3 suspects detained after Thursday afternoon robbery sprees in Logan Square, West Side

Chicago police on Thursday may have scooped up one of the many armed robbery crews that have been wreaking havoc on many parts of the city this summer.

The arrests followed three sets of robberies that occurred within a couple of hours yesterday afternoon.

In Logan Square, a man was robbed at gunpoint in the 2400 block of North Milwaukee around 1:35 p.m.

At about the same time, another man was followed as he left a bank in the 2200 block of North Milwaukee by a man who tried to rob him. Two accomplices were also involved, but the victim fought back and slipped away, an officer said. A white SUV was used in both robberies.

A few minutes before the Logan Square crimes, a postal worker was robbed at gunpoint in Austin. Surveillance video shows two robbers emerging from a white SUV to confront him in the 1500 block of North Long around 1:15 p.m.

Two more robberies involving a similar car soon followed: in the 7000 block of West Bloomingdale and the 1800 block of North Natchez.

But the good news came around 3 p.m. in Garfield Park.

After a carjacking and two armed robberies were reported in the area, a Chicago police surveillance camera operator saw three men bail out of the hijacked Hyundai Elantra near Sacramento and Harrison. The camera officer sent patrol units to the scene, and cops detained three suspects after foot pursuits.

Officers said they recovered a rifle, gloves, a hoodie, and other evidence. No charges have been announced yet.

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

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