At least 20 victims were targeted in two waves of armed robberies on Sunday

CHICAGO — An armed robbery team committed eight holdups in about 90 minutes Sunday afternoon, mostly on the north and northwest sides. Earlier, at least eleven people were targeted in another armed robbery spree across many of the same neighborhoods. Chicago police say no arrests have been made.

Like dozens of similar sprees that have popped up this year, Sunday afternoon’s crew traveled in a stolen car and jumped out to rob people at gunpoint on the street, a Chicago police alert said.

A group of three or four men traveling in a stolen blue 2020 Kia Sportage struck first in the 2200 block of North Campbell in Logan Square around 1:30 p.m.

Then they headed to Lakeview, where they robbed a man in the 3600 block of North Hermitage just before 2 p.m. and another man in the 3500 block of North Marshfield a couple of minutes later.

On Marshfield, a masked robber jumped out of the Kia and robbed a man at gunpoint as two accomplices waited in the SUV, a police report said. He was described as Black, in his 20s, 5’9″ tall, 125 pounds, and wearing black jeans with a black hoodie.

The group moved over to Albany Park, robbing a victim in the 4300 block of North Spaulding at 2:15 p.m. and trying to carjack a driver in the 3300 block of West Wilson around 2:20 p.m.

About ten minutes later, they pulled off a robbery in the 3400 block of North Kedvale in Kilbourn Park before moving to the West Side. There, they committed another holdup in the 4200 block of West Crystal at 2:45 p.m. and the 4600 block of West Diversey five minutes later, according to police.

The approximate locations of Sunday afternoon’s robberies. | Multiplottr

They pistol-whipped the victim on Crystal, according to a CPD report, but the victim was not seriously injured.

The Kia they traveled in was reported stolen from the 2500 block of West Palmer around 1:30 p.m., just moments before the first robbery occurred, CPD records show.

Police said all of the robbers involved in the spree were Black males wearing ski masks and black clothing.

Sunday morning robbery spree

A few hours before the robberies began, another string of holdups unfolded. 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.

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.

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

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