Robbery crews sweep across Chicago, attacking some victims with clubs

CHICAGO — Carloads of armed robbers swept across the North Side on Sunday evening, attacking victims and taking valuables, according to Chicago police reports. Some victims reported that the offenders struck them with club-like anti-theft devices car owners use to lock steering wheels.

The robberies began around 6:15 p.m. in the 6200 block of North Leavitt. Two men were robbed of about $2,000 in cash at that location. Minutes later, another robbery was reported in the 1500 block of West Ardmore.

Around 7:20 p.m., a woman was struck in the head with a club-like object by a man who stole her phone in the 4500 block of North Leavitt. Several witnesses, including an off-duty police officer, reported the attack. They described the robbers as two Black males wearing bandanas on their faces. Both stood 5’8″ to 5’10” tall.

Another victim was robbed around the same time in the 5500 block of North Rockwell. They said the offenders were three Black males wearing ski masks and black coats who fled in a black sedan. One of the black coats had red and white elements.

According to dispatch records, a woman called 911 to report that her daughter and her daughter’s friend escaped a robbery attempt as they walked to the store near Cullom and Lincoln at about 7:45 p.m. Officers met with the girls, but the mother decided not to file a police report.

Before long, Chicago cops found a stolen Kia Rio abandoned in the 1700 block of West Ainslie. Investigators believe the vehicle was used in at least some of the earlier robberies.

The robberies resumed a couple of hours later.

At about 9:45 p.m., a driver was parking in the 3300 block of North Lamon when a white Kia Soul occupied by masked men tried to block him in. The driver, believing that they were about to be robbed or carjacked, sped away.

But a 66-year-old woman was not so lucky around 10:39 p.m. She was at the Chase Bank, 3225 West Addison, when two men opened her driver’s door and struck her with an object. They took her property and fled in a car, according to CPD. She was treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Two more robberies were reported before the spree ended. 

In the 2900 block of West Peterson, two men drove up on a victim with guns around 11:30 p.m. He realized what was about to happen and ran away before they even got out of their car. At about the same time, two people were robbed at gunpoint by four men who displayed weapons, including a club-like object, at Rockwell and Lincoln.

While robberies soared 23% in Chicago last year, incidents are down 8% so far in 2024, according to CPD records.

That’s not the case in the four police districts where last night’s robberies occurred. The police department’s latest statistics report shows robberies are up 19% in the Albany Park (17th) District; up 34% in the Town Hall (19th) District; up 67% in the Lincoln (20th) District; and up 105% in the Rogers Park (24th) District.

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