3 more armed robberies reported as West Ridge holdup surge continues

Chicago — Police are investigating three more armed robberies in the West Ridge neighborhood, an area that has been hard-hit by a series of holdup sprees since mid-November.

Most recently, 

a man was robbed after he made a deposit at an ATM in the 6100 block of North Western Avenue around 2:20 this morning, a CPD spokesperson said. Three robbers stepped out of a black four-door car, displayed guns, and demanded his property.

A Chicago police patrol unit saw the getaway car speeding from the Chase bank parking lot and quickly found the victim. But the robbers escaped.

According to CPD reports, three victims were robbed just seconds apart around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. In the 6300 block of North Oakley, two masked men emerged from a car, put a gun to a man’s head, and robbed him and his friend of valuables. Moments later, they robbed another victim in the 6400 block of North Claremont.

On Tuesday afternoon, an Amazon worker was using his personal car to deliver packages when two masked men approached him in the 5700 block of North Campbell around 9:25 a.m., a CPD spokesperson said. One of the robbers displayed a handgun, and the pair drove away with the courier’s Toyota Corolla.

Within minutes of the carjacking, two other robberies were reported in the area, according to CPD reports:

  • Two robbers put a gun to a woman’s head and took her phone in the 6100 block of North Maplewood.
  • Two men pointed at least one gun at a woman and took her purse and keys in the 6400 block of North Hoyne.

The robbers have generally been described as two or three Black males who wear ski masks and display at least one firearm. They have been seen traveling in one or two vehicles.

West Ridge has experienced a string of robbery sprees in recent weeks. Five robberies were reported in the area within about 15 minutes on Friday, November 25. On November 19, a string of robberies and hijackings were reported from West Ridge to the Loop. And on Thursday, November 17, a group of six to eight male and female offenders traveled in two cars to carry out a series of robberies and carjackings that stretched across the north and northwest sides.

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