Robbery crew committed 12 holdups in an hour on Thanksgiving morning, Chicago police say

CHICAGO — For an hour on Thanksgiving morning, a group of men zipped across Chicago, occasionally jumping out of a blue sedan with rifles and pistols to rob people on the street, police said in a community alert Thursday afternoon.

The crew got to work at 7:20 a.m. in the 2300 block of West 21st Street. A rifle-wielding man exited the car’s passenger seat and robbed two men of phones, cash, and a wallet.

Within ten minutes, the robbers struck again in the 2000 block of West 23rd Street, the 1700 block of West Cermak, and the 1900 block of West Cermak.

At about 7:47 a.m., a 54-year-old man was in the 3700 block of South Wolcott when a blue sedan pulled near him. Two men got out with rifles and took his keys, wallet, and phone. They also stole property from inside his car, but they didn’t take the vehicle.

They put a rifle to a woman’s head in the 4900 block of South Paulina around 7:55 a.m. and took her wallet and phone, another police report says.

More robberies followed, according to CPD:

  • in the 4700 block of South Hermitage at 8 a.m.
  • in the 5800 block of South Francisco at 8:07 a.m.
  • in the 5000 block of South Fairfield at 8:08 a.m.
  • in the 4700 block of South Honore at 8:10 a.m.
  • in the 5200 block of South Rockwell at 8:15 a.m.
  • in the 5900 block of South Mozart at 8:20 a.m.

The Chicago police alert said the robbery crew consisted of between two and four Black or Hispanic males between 17- and 25 years old. They wore dark clothing and ski masks. Police said their car is a light blue or dark blue sedan, possibly a Toyota or Hyundai.

Tips can be shared with CPD detectives at 312-747-8380, 312-744-8263, and 312-746-8253. Refer to crime pattern #23-CWP-058.

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