Armed men rob at least 11 people in 2-hour crime spree, Chicago police say

CHICAGO — A group of armed men went on a two-hour robbery spree in Chicago on Sunday morning, even targeting one victim as he arrived at a Northwest Side church.

In a community alert, Chicago police said the group traveled in stolen cars, displayed guns, and “in a vast majority of the incidents” ordered victims to provide phone PINs. No arrests have been made.

CPD’s alert said the crew committed eight armed robberies, starting around 4:19 a.m. in the 700 block of North Milwaukee. A woman and her boyfriend were confronted by four armed men who displayed a rifle and three handguns, according to a police report. After the robbery, the group fled in a white car.

Chicago police soon determined that the vehicle was a stolen white Honda Civic.

The group robbed another man in the 2100 block of West Farwell around 5 a.m. and then robbed two more men in the 7000 block of North Ridge about ten minutes later.

Cops found the white Civic abandoned in the area a short time later after the group switched to a black Dodge Durango that was reported stolen earlier in the morning.

Another victim was robbed by three armed men as he entered a church in the 5000 block of North Northwest Highway in Jefferson Park around 5:20 a.m.

Other holdups were reported in the 3500 block of West Lawrence around 5:38 a.m.; the 5100 block of North Elston at 5:50 a.m.; and the 5100 block of West Foster at 5:50 a.m.

Finally, around 6:05 a.m., a couple was robbed at gunpoint in the 4100 block of North Cicero.

The approximate locations of the robberies police linked to the armed men. | Multiplottr

Most of the victims reported that the crew displayed multiple firearms, including at least one long gun or rifle. CPD described the group as consisting of between three and six Black males who are 17 to 25 years old. The men wore dark clothing and black ski masks.

Tips can be shared with detectives at 312-744-8263. Refer to crime pattern #23-CWP-037.

While similar robbery sprees have been happening for months, here is some of our more recent coverage:

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