*Another* armed robbery spree reported Monday night in Bucktown, Lincoln Park, and the Gold Coast

CHICAGO — For the fourth time in 24 hours, armed men went on a crime spree Monday evening, robbing and carjacking victims in the Gold Coast, Bucktown, and Lincoln Park, according to Chicago police reports. The group may also be responsible for burglarizing a smoke shop on the Northwest Side overnight.

The Gold Coast robbery was the first of the night. A CPD spokesperson said a 24-year-old woman was mugged in the first block of East Goethe around 10:40 p.m. She was walking when two robbers walked up from behind and took her property. They escaped in a dark sedan. The police spokesperson said the men did not display or mention any weapons.

Then, just after 11 p.m., a 31-year-old woman was robbed in Lincoln Park. She was walking in the 900 block of West Wrightwood when three men approached her from behind, and at least one offender displayed a handgun, according to the spokesperson. They went through her pockets and took her valuables, then escaped in a dark-colored car.

About 15 minutes later, one man was robbed and another was carjacked in the 1800 block of West Wabansia in Bucktown.

The first victim, 27, told police he was walking when three men confronted him with a handgun and demanded his property. He complied. The robbers then turned their attention to a 43-year-old man who was nearby.

They demanded his car keys and drove away with his white 2021 Honda Civic, police said. A dark-colored sedan followed the hijacked car from the area.

None of the victims was injured, the police spokesperson said.

An officer who responded to the Bucktown robberies said the suspects were slim Black males between 5’8″ and 5’10” tall wearing ski masks. The black sedan, believed to be a Mazda, was seen in the area of the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park robberies and was also seen traveling with the hijacked Civic after the carjacking occurred, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Police are working to determine if the crew is also responsible for burglarizing Urban City Smoke Shop, 4803 West Foster, around 12:30 a.m. Three men got out of a car and broke into the business, taking tobacco products and other merchandise. The hijacked Honda Civic was in the area at the time of the break-in.

Three other robbery sprees had been reported on the North and Northwest Sides since Sunday evening:

  • At least six robberies were reported between 6:15 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. Sunday. Several victims and witnesses reported that the robbers were armed with a red club, possibly a steering wheel locking device designed to prevent auto thefts. The crew physically attacked some of the victims with the club.
  • As many as eight armed men carjacked and robbed victims across the Lakeview neighborhood between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Monday.
  • The club-wielding crew returned to the streets around 11:15 a.m., committing a string of violent robberies from Portage Park to Ravenswood. Victims and witnesses provided conflicting descriptions of the suspects and the robbers’ getaway cars, suggesting that more than one group of robbers may have been responsible.

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) emailed his constituents on Monday evening, saying officials believe the robbers on Sunday evening and midday Monday were using stolen Kias and Hyundais.

“The City’s Priority Response Team will be adding patrols in the 20th District tonight,” Vasquez claimed. “The district will be prioritizing patrols in and around targeted areas. Neighbors are encouraged to [be] on alert for suspiciously approaching Kias and Hyundais, which are more susceptible to theft due to vehicle software vulnerabilities. These stolen vehicles are then often used to commit additional crimes.”

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