At least 3 robbery crews are working Chicago streets, police warn

CHICAGO — At least three different robbery crews are now working neighborhoods on the Near West Side of Chicago, according to a series of community alerts issued by the city’s police department on Monday. The warnings provide uncomfortable memories of 2023, when similar groups committed waves of violent crimes, sometimes nightly.

One group of robbers consists of three or four armed men traveling in a stolen Infiniti G37, police said. They always pull their victims out of vehicles and then take property like wallets, phones, and cash at gunpoint, according to CPD.

The group struck twice yesterday and again on Sunday:

  • Around 6:53 a.m. Sunday, they forced an Uber driver and his customer from a car in the 2200 block of North Leavitt. Four men displayed firearms and demanded property from the victims, one of whom suffered a minor shoulder injury during the robbery.
  • Monday at 4:31 a.m., they robbed a man at the BP station, 1600 North Elston, taking his wallet and iPhone.
  • At 4:54 a.m. Monday, they robbed a woman in the 1900 block of West North Avenue.

 
CPD’s community alert described this group as Black men between 17 and 25 years old, wearing black ski masks and all-black clothing. They stand 5’10” to 6 feet tall, weigh 130 to 150 pounds, and display Glock handguns with extended ammunition magazines. The license plate on their stolen Infiniti is 9528382, police said.

A second group of robbers is targeting pedestrians during the early evening hours, police said. They approach victims from behind and take valuables while implying that they have a weapon. CPD said this crew committed robberies:

  • in the 500 block of North Racine at 6:40 p.m. on March 5
  • in the 1400 block of West Chicago Avenue at 6:50 p.m. on March 5
  • in the 800 block of North Paulina at 6:30 p.m. on March 6. A 21-year-old man was walking when two men walked up, implied they had a gun, and demanded his property, Chicago police said in a media statement.
  • in the 800 block of North Noble at 8 p.m. on March 6. Another man reported that he was robbed of his wallet, phone, and computer near Chestnut and Noble in Noble Square. Two robbers confronted him, and he believed one of them displayed a gun, according to preliminary information.
  • in the 1500 block of West Ohio at 6:22 p.m. on March 9
  • in the 2000 block of West Lee at 7:30 p.m. on March 9. Two robbers physically attacked the victim behind Mariano’s. This time, they got away with the victim’s iPhone.

CPD said two suspects, both Black males between 20 and 22 years old and wearing black and red clothing, are responsible for this crime pattern.

The third robbery crew struck at least three times on Sunday morning, police said. In these robberies, men jump out of a silver 2020 Volkswagen Jetta bearing Illinois plate CM51730 and point guns at their victims’ heads, a CPD alert said.

They order victims to “give me all the money” or ask, “Where is the money?” or “Where is the wallet,” according to CPD. The crew has gotten away with wallets, cash, phones, and one victim’s gun. Police said the group pulled one victim from a vehicle and slammed him to the ground.

CPD also released video of the crew. Watch:

Detectives linked three robberies to this group:

According to the police bulletin, this group consists of two Black men and two Hispanic men, all 17 to 22 years old and slim. They wear black ski masks, stand 6 feet to 6’2″ tall, and are armed with handguns that have extended magazines.

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