Robberies reported in Wicker Park, Bucktown, River North overnight as cops try to contain surging crime wave

CHICAGO —  Police are investigating three robberies reported overnight, one each in Bucktown, Wicker Park, and River North. Those cases will be added to a growing stack of open cases as Chicago police try to get a handle on a dramatic surge in robbery reports.

In Wicker Park, four offenders robbed a 34-year-old man in the 1400 block of North Wicker Park around 2:15 a.m., police said. One offender held a rifle to the victim while another punched him in the face. Then, they took his property and escaped in a maroon minivan, according to a CPD spokesperson. The victim declined medical attention.

An officer at the scene said the suspects were Black males wearing ski masks who appeared to be juveniles.

The 7-Eleven at 2010 North Damen in Bucktown was robbed just before 3 o’clock this morning. Police said two men walked into the store with a handgun and elbowed the 54-year-old cashier in the face. They pointed a firearm at a customer and a delivery driver while taking money from the store’s register. Then they escaped in a dark sedan, police said. Once again, the victim did not need medical attention.

The robbers were both Black males wearing gray hoodies. One is about 5’10” tall and 180 pounds, while the other is a little shorter and a little lighter, an officer said. Their getaway car may have been a black Kia.

In River North, a man was robbed outside the Hyatt Place Chicago River North, 66 West Illinois, around 4:10 a.m. The victim was standing outside the hotel when the robbers took his valuables. They used his car keys to unlock and drive away with his silver BMW 4 Series Coupe.

No descriptions were available for those suspects.

Chicago police have been struggling to control a seemingly endless wave of mostly nighttime robberies that have popped up repeatedly. During Sunday’s overnight hours, dozens of people were robbed when at least three armed robbery crews simultaneously worked the city from downtown to Rogers Park and over to Humboldt Park.

City records show 61 people were robbed in Chicago on Sunday, compared to 23 robbery victims on the same day last year. On Saturday, 30 people were robbed. Last year on that date? Eight.

Through Tuesday, 398 people had been robbed in Chicago this month—up 52% from 261 last year.

CPD detectives have recently issued a half-dozen community alerts about different robbery patterns. Police have successfully fought one group: a squad of Divvy bike-riding robbers who’ve targeted people in the Loop since June. A 17-year-old boy, a 23-year-old man, and a 19-year-old man have been arrested and charged separately over the past few days.

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