CHICAGO — After taking a short hiatus, Chicago’s professional robbery crews returned to work Wednesday evening in the West Loop and West Town. They made additional appearances overnight in Logan Square.
Restaurant workers bore the brunt of the first wave of robberies, which began just after 9 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Fulton.
First, a restaurant valet reported that a Kia SUV boxed him in as he retrieved a customer’s car near the 1000 block of West Fulton. That possible carjacking attempt failed, but the same group successfully robbed a 25-year-old woman who was leaving work at the same restaurant, according to preliminary information at the scene.
The woman was walking to her car when three men ran toward her. She surrendered her property and ran away.
At about 9:25 p.m., a group of armed men robbed another man near Ohio and Wood streets in West Town. They were described as Black, about 5 feet tall, and wearing face masks. Two had guns. Some items taken from the woman in the West Loop were found at this robbery scene, an officer said.
Then, at 11:32 p.m., another restaurant employee was robbed at gunpoint in the 1300 block of West Fulton. The 26-year-old was outside when a silver or gray SUV pulled up and two men got out with a firearm, according to a CPD spokesperson. The men took the victim’s property and fled.
More robberies were reported in Logan Square overnight.
Around 2:07 a.m., a 27-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were robbed at gunpoint as they walked in the 2400 block of North Milwaukee. A gray sedan pulled up to them, and four men got out of the car with firearms, the police spokesperson said. One of the robbers struck the man in the head before taking the victims’ property, according to CPD. He declined medical attention. The woman was not injured, police said.
At about the same time, another robbery occurred in the 3200 block of West Fullerton.
The Logan Square robbers were described as Black men in their 20s, standing about 5’9″ tall. They wore masks, sweats, and hoodies.
Citywide robbery reports are up 24% compared to last year and 39% compared to 2019, according to the police department’s latest statistical report.
The surge is worse in the Near West (12th) and Shakespeare (14th) police districts, which cover the area from the West Loop to Logan Square. Robberies there are up 61% and 49%, respectively, compared to last year.
Robberies in both districts are up more than 110% compared to 2019.
But both districts enjoyed a reprieve from the relentless waves of holdup sprees last week. Robbery reports dipped 41% last week compared to the previous week in the 12th District. Cases were down 53% for the week in Shakespeare.