Chicago — After taking a few days off, armed robbery crews returned Saturday morning for another crime spree that stretched from Bucktown and Logan Square to Little Village and West Town. Similar waves of armed hold-ups have been reported in the area for weeks.
At least seven people were robbed in five incidents, beginning around 3 a.m. in the 2700 block of West Superior. A cab driver told police that four men wearing ski masks pulled up next to him, displayed guns, and took his wallet and watch, according to a Chicago police report. The crew also robbed the cabbie’s female passenger before driving away.
Another robbery occurred around 4 a.m. at a Chase bank in the 2300 block of West Madison. The victim said three armed men stepped out of a white SUV and took his cash and phone, according to a CPD report. Chicago police have previously warned about an armed crew that is targeting people at ATMs in the area.
Then, around 4:35 a.m., a Lyft driver was beaten and robbed by a group of men in a white SUV near Damen and Wabansia. The victim was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.
About ten minutes later, in Little Village, a 36-year-old man was robbed by four masked men who pointed guns at him as he stood in the 2300 block of West 21st Street, another Chicago police report said. The group took the man’s wallet and phone, then headed west in a blue sedan.
Finally, police said a 42-year-old woman and a 72-year-old man were robbed at gunpoint in the 3500 block of West Armitage around 5:10 a.m.
The victims were walking down the street when a blue car with a broken rear passenger window pulled up and two men emerged with guns. According to a Chicago police report, they went through the victims’ belongings, took valuables, and fled west on Armitage in the car.
Before Saturday, armed crews most recently hit the area last Sunday morning, January 15.