Bucktown robbery crew caught on camera, shaking down victim in the middle of North Avenue

Chicago police have released surveillance video of an armed robbery crew that detectives believe is responsible for committing at least ten robberies this week, including seven on Wednesday. The footage shows a robbery unfolding in Bucktown in the 1900 block of West North Avenue around 4:54 a.m. Monday, March 11.

The police said the group had been traveling in a black Infiniti G37 with Illinois plate 9528382. They approach victims on the street, threaten them with a gun, and take their valuables.

In the video, the crew boldly shakes down the victim at gunpoint as motorists drive by one after another. Take a look at the footage:

Police said the same crew was responsible for robbing two men who were sitting in a car in the 2200 block of North Leavitt around 6:53 a.m. Sunday. CWBChicago learned the victims were an Uber driver and his passenger. A CPD spokesperson told us shortly after the robbery that four men displayed firearms and demanded property from the victims, one of whom suffered a minor shoulder injury when the group pulled him from the car and slammed him on the ground.

The robbers committed another robbery about 20 minutes before the one seen in the video. It occurred at the BP station, 1600 North Elston.

On Wednesday, March 13, they struck seven more times:

  • in the 2100 block of West North Avenue at 6:05 a.m.
  • in the 1800 block of West North Avenue at 6:08 a.m.
  • in the 1500 block of North Leavitt at 6:11 a.m.
  • in the 4000 block of West Potomac at 6:28 a.m.
  • in the 2000 block of West LeMoyne at 6:30 a.m.
  • in the 1200 block of North Lavergne at 6:30 a.m.
  • in the 4800 block of West Potomac at 6:36 a.m.

In the final incident, police said, the crew fired their weapon, striking a victim’s car.

CPD described the suspects as three or four Black men between 17 and 25 years old. They stand 5’10” to 6 feet tall, have slim builds, and wear black ski masks.

Information about them can be given to detectives by calling 312-746-7394. Refer to crime pattern #P24-5-018.

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