Public enemy #1, #2, #3, and #4: These are the guys who’ve been robbing Chicago’s tamale vendors (and other folks), cops say

Chicago police say these armed men are responsible for committing a series of armed robberies on February 16, 2024. (Chicago Police Department)

Chicago cops are on the hunt for an armed robbery crew that robbed and physically attacked several robbery victims on February 16, including some tamale vendors. Police previously said they shot toward one of the victims.

Take a look at the pictures above and the video below. They show members of the robbery team jumping out of a gray Jeep Cherokee to rob one of the victims that morning. They’re all carrying guns with extended magazines, according to CPD.

“Give us your money,” they ordered the victims. “We know you got money.”

The crew committed at least six robberies that morning:

  • in the 3300 block of West Armitage at 8:45 a.m.
  • in the 3300 block of North Milwaukee at 8:46 a.m. (shots fired)
  • in the 3300 block of West Fullerton at 8:55 and 8:56 a.m.
  • in the 4800 block of West Dakin at 9 a.m.
  • in the 2600 block of North Parkside at 9:30 a.m.

CPD described them as Black males between 15 and 25 years old. They wear ski masks, black hoodies, and white gloves. All stand 5’8″ to 6 feet tall and weigh 130 to 160 pounds.

Several robbery sprees have been reported since these guys hit the street last week. Some of those sprees involved multiple armed men with similar descriptions wearing white gloves, but CPD has not linked the suspects in this crew to any other cases. Not publicly, at least.

If you have information about the group, call Area Five detectives at 312-746-7394. Refer to crime pattern #P24-5-012.

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