CHICAGO — The hits just keep on coming. Chicago police are investigating at least four daytime armed robberies that unfolded this morning in Uptown, North Center, and Bucktown.
The robbers traveled in an Acura SUV that was carjacked Sunday morning when dozens of people were robbed in an all-night crime wave that stretched from downtown to the North and Near West sides.
Monday morning’s robberies began around 6:10 a.m. when the black Acura MDX pulled onto the 4400 block of North Sheridan. A witness said three men emerged from a black SUV with guns and robbed a man waiting for a bus.
About ten minutes later, the crew struck again in the 1900 block of West Montrose. A man was walking home from Starbucks when the Acura pulled up next to him. Two men stepped out of the car, put a gun to his head, and robbed him, a CPD report said.
Minutes later, a woman was robbed in the 3900 block of North Lincoln. And another woman was soon robbed in the 3300 block of North Paulina, police said.
Finally, around 6:30 a.m., a woman was robbed at gunpoint for her purse near Damen and Dickens in Bucktown by men who reportedly escaped in a black Acura SUV.
The car was taken at gunpoint from a man in the 3600 block of North California around 12:12 a.m. Sunday, according to CPD records.
Police have linked this group of men to five other recent robberies: on Saturday in the 400 block of North Noble and on Sunday in the 2800 block of West Chicago; the 4000 block of North Damen; the 4600 block of North Ravenswood; and the 4800 block of North Ravenswood.
In a new community alert issued on Monday afternoon, police said the suspects are slim Black males between 15 and 30 years old.
At least 15 other armed robberies were reported during the early morning hours on Sunday. A law enforcement source said police believe at least three groups of robbers were working the streets at essentially the same time.