At least 8 people robbed in crosstown armed robbery spree

CHICAGO — At least eight people were robbed during a crosstown robbery spree on Monday morning. The holdups—four in Bucktown and three farther south—all involved armed men who got around in a red pickup truck. No arrests have been made.

The robberies began shortly before 5 a.m. in the 3200 block of West 53rd Street in Gage Park.

Minutes later, two men, ages 45 and 40, were robbed in the 5400 block of South Springfield in West Elsdon. Chicago police said the men were walking outside when a red vehicle, possibly a Dodge, pulled up.

Two robbers emerged from the vehicle and demanded the victims’ property at gunpoint.

A nearby ShotSpotter detected six shots fired at the exact location where the robbery occurred, according to CPD dispatch reports. A police spokesperson did answer directly when asked if the robbers fired shots during the robbery.

Within a few minutes, another man was robbed a few blocks away, near Springfield and 51st Street.

Then, around 6:25 a.m., robberies involving the red truck began in Bucktown. Each involved three men who displayed at least two guns.

After robbing a man near Fullerton and Oakley, the crew robbed another man in the 2400 block of North Western Avenue around 6:30 a.m. They took his phone and money, then sped away.

The truck pulled onto the 1800 block of North Honore around 6:30 a.m. They spotted a man sitting in a car and knocked on his window with a gun, the victim said.

After taking the man’s valuables, including a 9-millimeter handgun, they fled in a red Dodge Ram 150 with Indiana plates, according to a CPD report. A witness later reported that the truck had a white and blue logo of a towing company that is based in Gary, Indiana.

Finally, another victim reported that two masked men armed with guns robbed them of cash near the 1900 block of North Wood. A third man drove the Dodge Ram.

Bucktown is located in CPD’s Shakespeare (14th) District, where robberies are up 59% this year and up 129% compared to 2019.

The other three robberies occurred in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District. Robberies in the district were down 1% as of last Monday but up 8% compared to 2019.

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