2 teens charged with robberies in Bucktown, Near West Side

Chicago — Two juvenile boys have been charged with participating in a robbery spree Friday morning that stretched from Bucktown to the Near West Side. The area has been hard-hit by similar robbery sprees since mid-November, and the crimes keep happening even though police have made several arrests.

The first robbery on Friday occurred around 7:45 a.m. outside a bank in the 3300 block of West Diversey. Officials said three men robbed a 29-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman, then fled in a black SUV with duct tape covering one of its back side windows.

Then, around 12:45 p.m., offenders confronted a woman with a handgun and tried to take her car in the 2300 block of West Lyndale, a CPD report said. But the crew decided not to hijack the vehicle because the woman’s child was in the back seat. The offenders fled in a car that had tape or a bag covering one of its back windows.

About 15 minutes later, a 55-year-old woman was robbed at a bank in the 2100 block of West Madison.

Chicago police tracked down the robbers and took them into custody in the 3700 block of West Douglas around 1:30 p.m. Two guns were recovered inside their vehicle, which had been reported stolen.

CPD said a 15-year-old boy is charged with three counts of armed robbery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of burglary tools, and criminal trespass to a vehicle. A 17-year-old is charged with two counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and criminal trespass to a vehicle. The older boy also had an outstanding warrant, according to police.

For about a month, armed crews have unleashed nearly 100 robberies during increasingly frequent crime sprees, with Chicago’s near west, northwest, and north sides being especially hard-hit.

Last Monday, Chicago police arrested a four-man crew that officials said was responsible for some of the robberies. They’re all being held without bail.

A concealed carry holder shot three members of a four-person robbery team that allegedly tried to rob him on December 5. Charges have been filed against three members of that group, and the fourth remains hospitalized after receiving a gunshot wound to his head.

Our original reporting is 100% reader-funded. Please contribute to our operating fund or purchase a subscription today.

About CWBChicago 6013 Articles
CWBChicago was created in 2013 by five residents of Wrigleyville and Boystown who had grown disheartened with inaccurate information that was being provided at local Community Policing (CAPS) meetings. Our coverage area has expanded since then to cover Lincoln Park, River North, The Loop, Uptown, and other North Side Areas. But our mission remains unchanged: To provide original public safety reporting with better context and greater detail than mainstream media outlets. Our editorial email address is news@cwbchicago.com