An armed robbery crew stole a car in Lincoln Park on Tuesday evening and then committed a series of hold-ups in Lakeview, Lincoln Square, and, possibly, West Ridge. Chicago police have not announced any arrests.
The incidents began around 9 p.m. when someone stole a silver 2013 Hyundai from the 2400 block of North Burling in Lincoln Park.
Just over an hour later, the robberies began, with some of the victims providing license plate numbers of getaway cars that were similar to the plate on the stolen Hyundai:
Around 10 p.m., two men wearing masks stepped out of a car and robbed a victim at gunpoint in the 2700 block of North Pine Grove.
About an hour later, three masked men violently robbed a woman and her friend in the 2300 block of West Ainslie in Lincoln Square. The crew pistol-whipped the woman and took the victims’ property.
Then, around 11:15 p.m., four masked men displayed two guns as they robbed a man in an alley in the 2200 block of West Argyle, They got away with the victim’s wallet.
The crew returned to Lakeview around 1:35 a.m. to rob a man and a woman at gunpoint in the 400 block of West Barry. While displaying handguns, they took the victims’ phones, an Apple Watch, wallets, and a purse, according to a CPD report.
Chicago police license plate readers located the stolen Hyundai a few minutes later as it exited Lake Shore Drive at Hollywood shortly before 2 a.m. Not long after that, another armed robbery involving three armed men occurred in the 7000 block of North Hamilton in West Ridge.
In each incident, the robbers were generally described as slender Black males who stood about 5’9″ to 5’11” tall, wearing black clothing and ski masks.