Chicago police release videos of 3 more active robbery crews

A surveillance image shows one of the crews robbing a man at gunpoint. One of the robbers is seen at a different location in the images on the left and right. (Chicago Police Department)

Chicago police detectives released surveillance video and photos of three more active robbery crews as they try to glean tips from the public and warn Chicagoans about suspects who remain at large. As of Monday, robbery reports were up 3% this year, sitting at the highest level in at least five years.

The most disturbing video involves a group of men that CPD says have committed at least 13 robberies since March 12. In the footage, a man is targeted as he arrives to open a business in the 4300 block of West Division around 5:45 a.m. on March 16.

As he lifts the security gate protecting the front door, a silver sedan pulls up and two men hop out with firearms. They corner the man in the doorway. One pats him down while threatening him with a pistol equipped with a drum magazine.

The victim surrenders his wallet. But that’s not enough for the second robber, seemingly more interested in terrorizing the man than robbing him, jams a rifle into the back of the victim’s head and pushes him to the ground.

At the end of the video, CPD included two images showing one of the robbers at a different location. His face and features are clearly visible, as is an unusual shirt that someone may recognize. Check out this footage:

CPD says the crew committed five more robberies in the 90 minutes leading up to that crime. The group also robbed people on March 12 and 14, according to information police included with the video:

  • in the 1100 block of North Kostner on March 12 at 3 a.m.
  • in the 2500 block of West Madison on March 12 at 3:40 a.m.
  • in the 2100 block of North Kimball on March 12 at 3:44 a.m.
  • in the 1600 block of North Keating on March 12 at 4 a.m.
  • in the 1100 block of North Pulaski on March 12 at 4:25 a.m.
  • in the 4200 block of West Grand on March 12 at 10 a.m.
  • in the 1500 block of West Cortez on March 14 at 12 p.m.
  • in the 2600 block of South Pulaski on March 16 at 4:15 am.
  • in the 2800 block of South Lawndale on March 16 at 4:15 a.m.
  • in the 1000 block of North Pulaski on March 16 at 4:19 a.m.
  • in the 3500 block of West 26th Street on March 16 at 4:20 a.m.
  • in the 4400 block of West Cortez on March 16 at 4:41 a.m.

The department described the group as three or four males standing 5 to 6 feet tall, weighing 150 to 190 pounds, and wearing black clothing and ski masks.

Area Four detectives have organized the investigation under crime pattern #24-CWP-015A. They’re at 312-746-8253.

The second video released by CPD on Wednesday shows a robbery crew that Area Five detectives linked to four holdups committed on March 12. Police say the group struck in the 2100 block of North Kimball at 3:44 a.m.; the 1500 block of North Laramie at 4 a.m.; the 3400 block of West Cortland at 4:02 a.m.; and the 4200 block of West Grand at 10:54 a.m.

Surveillance footage shows an SUV stopping in the middle of a street and three men jumping out with guns. They run toward a parked car and force their way in, robbing at least one person sitting inside. Watch:

Police said the group consisted of four Black males, 15 to 20 years old, 5’0″ to 5’9″ tall, wearing black hooded sweatshirts and black ski masks. Tips can be shared with investigators at 312-746-7394. Refer to crime pattern #P24-5-019.

The third video shows men connected to five robberies mugging a 21-year-old man in the 800 block of North Paulina on March 6 around 6:30 p.m. Police said the duo announces a robbery while one implies they have a gun by holding a hand in their jacket pocket or gripping their waistband. Watch:

Police said these suspects, described as Black men between 20 and 22 years old, also robbed victims:

Detectives from Area Three are looking into this crew. Their number is 312-744-8263. Refer to crime pattern #P24-3-017A.

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