Robbery crew robs man at CTA bus stop as police camera records it all. They robbed at least 10 people within an hour that morning

A frame from a Chicago police surveillance video shows a robbery in progress at Western and Division on November 20, 2023. | Office of Emergency Management and Communications

CHICAGO — You have to imagine the man was standing at the bus stop at 4:50 a.m. because he was on his way to work or someplace important. Unfortunately for him, a group of guys who consider robbing hard-working Chicagoans to be a “job” would soon come his way.

Chicago Police Department surveillance video received today in response to a Freedom of Information Act request shows the armed holdup unfolding at the corner of Western and Division early on November 20.

It was one of at least ten armed robberies that the same crew is suspected of committing within about an hour.

The crime spree likely began around 4:25 a.m. in the 4000 block of West Wabansia, followed quickly by two more in the 4000 block of West Armitage.

Each time, up to eight masked and armed men, traveling in one or two vehicles, pulled up to the victims on the street. One of the getaway cars was a Dodge Durango.

At about 4:40 a.m., another robbery occurred in the 1100 block of North California.

Then, it was our unlucky commuter’s turn.

As he stood waiting for his bus, the Durango sped up the street and came to a quick stop in front of him.

A Chicago police officer, already aware that a Durango was being used in a robbery spree, seems to immediately realize what’s about to happen. As the Durango’s doors fly open, the officer zooms the camera in. After finding no plate on the front bumper, the cop zooms back out to record the robbery in progress. They also notified patrol units about the crime as it was happening, according to CPD radio transmissions.

One gunman stands in a traffic lane on the driver’s side of the Durango while two accomplices take the victim’s valuables.

As the mugging continues, the gunman in the street leans into the back window, apparently to receive his portion of the robbery proceeds, which he tucks into his pants pocket.

Then, the robbery was over as soon as it began.

The Durango was used to commit three more robberies in the 2000 block of South Leavitt shortly after 5 a.m. Another followed that outside the Western Pink Line station. Two victims were robbed there, and one was pistol-whipped, according to a police report.

Back at Western and Division, the man’s bus arrived about five minutes after the robbers left. He didn’t get on, opting instead to walk down the block. The cops arrived about four minutes after that.

No arrests have been announced in connection with the crimes.

Sprees like the one on November 20 are fueling a 25% year-over-year increase in robberies across Chicago. Compared to 2019, robbery reports are up 39%.

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