Wrigleyville robbery victim says armed men Zelled themselves $1,000 from his phone

CHICAGO — Police are investigating two robberies reported in Wrigleyville overnight.

The first victim told Chicago police he was robbed near the 3400 block of North Clark around 1:15 a.m. by two men who approached him to solicit money for “the youth of Chicago.”

When the man pulled out a cash donation, the men told him it wasn’t enough, and one of the men lifted his shirt to display a firearm, according to a CPD report. They proceeded to take the victim’s phone and Zelle themselves $1,000 from his account before fleeing.

About 15 minutes later, another man reported that two offenders robbed him near Cornelia and Racine.

Descriptions of the suspects were not available.

Robbery reports in the Lakeview-based Town Hall (19th) District are up 3% this year, which is well below the citywide increase of 25%. However, robberies in the district are up 53% compared to 2019.

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