At least 12 more people robbed in holdup sprees on Friday afternoon, evening

CHICAGO — At least 12 more people were targeted during two waves of robberies Friday, one across West Town in the afternoon and the other in Wicker Park during the evening, according to preliminary Chicago police reports. The same stolen Hyundai was used as a getaway car during both sprees.

Police began receiving robbery reports around 1:35 p.m. That’s when a woman was robbed at gunpoint by three men behind the 1800 block of North Spaulding. Three men wearing black clothing and ski masks jumped out of a silver Hyundai sedan and took her purse, a CPD report said.

The crew was described as Black males in their late teens or early 20s, thin, and about 6 feet tall.

Similar robberies were reported within minutes.

Three people were robbed at gunpoint in the 4100 block of West Wabansia around 1:45 p.m. A few minutes later, a woman was robbed outside BMO Bank, 4959 West North Avenue.

The same Hyundai was used during both crimes. According to witnesses, a shirt or blanket was covering the broken rear-side window. That detail is typically a sign that the vehicle has been stolen by “Kia Boys.”

Police suspect the same crew committed three robberies around 2:15 p.m., robbing a man in the 2200 block of West Walnut and robbing two men in separate holdups in the 2100 block of West Walnut.

Two or three masked men stepped out of the silver Hyundai each time to commit the crimes.

Chicago police license plate readers detected the Hyundai entering Wicker Park around 7:34 p.m. More robberies were soon reported.

First, three people were robbed at gunpoint by three men near Division and Wood streets.

At about the same time, a food runner was robbed at gunpoint while making a delivery in the 1500 block of North Damen.

No arrests were announced in connection with any of the robberies.

Robbery reports are up 25% from last year in Chicago. They’re up 36% compared to 2019.

The real story, though, is what’s happening in the areas where Friday’s sprees occurred.

Robberies are up 58% this year in CPD’s Shakespeare (14th) District and up 114% versus 2019, according to the police department’s latest statistics report. Based in Logan Square, Shakespeare’s officers serve nearby neighborhoods like Bucktown, Wicker Park, and part of Humboldt Park.

Next door, in the Near West (12th) District, which includes areas from Humboldt Park to the West Loop, robberies have increased by 63% this year. They’re up 95% compared to 2019.

Just west of the 12th District, the Grand Central (25th) District is even worse, with robberies up 129% from 2022 and 111% compared to 2019.

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