Crew robs 6 people in 15 minutes on Saturday evening; one holdup caught on video

Armed robbers pulled off four holdups in about 15 minutes on Saturday, including one that was caught on video. | Multiplottr; Ring

CHICAGO — Armed robbers mugged six people in about 15 minutes Saturday evening in Irving Park, Belmont Cragin, and Hermosa, according to Chicago police reports.

A doorbell security camera was recording as the first victim arrived home in the 2900 block of North Kilpatrick around 6:15 p.m.

Moments after the man exited his car, another car pulled up, and two men emerged with guns. The driver remained in the getaway car as the pair put guns to the victim’s head and took his wallet.

The man’s wife shared their footage on the Ring network.

“This happened in front of our house,” she wrote in her post. “Be careful on these crazy streets.”

Her video is a little choppy at times, but here’s what the robbery looked like:

Video: Ring network

The holdup crew traveled in a stolen copper- or orange-colored Kia with a broken rear side window that they covered with a white towel or sheet. Broken rear side windows are frequently seen on stolen Kia and Hyundai vehicles. So-called “Kia boys” break the window and climb inside to start the car with a USB plug.

Shortly after the Kilpatrick holdup, the Kia pulled onto the 4700 block of West Altgeld. Three masked men jumped out and took a man’s wallet at gunpoint.

Next stop: the 3000 block of North Kennth. Two men were robbed there around 8:25 p.m.

That was quickly followed by another robbery attempt in the 3400 block of North Kenton. The men tried, but failed, to get a woman’s purse there.

Additional robberies were reported in the area during a midday spree on Saturday. Those holdups followed the same gameplan, with armed men hopping out of a stolen Ford Fusion to rob victims on the streets and in alleys.

Robbery reports citywide are up 25% this year and up 37% compared to 2019, according to the latest CPD statistics report, published Monday.

Things are much worse in the three districts where the latest robbery sprees occurred.

The west end of the area is in the Grand Central (25th) District. Robberies there are up 138% versus last year and up 122% from 2019.

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 106% compared to 2019.

Robberies are up 65% this year in CPD’s Shakespeare (14th) District and up 106% versus 2019, according to the police department’s latest stats. Based in Logan Square, Shakespeare’s officers serve nearby neighborhoods like Bucktown, Wicker Park, and part of Humboldt Park.

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