Robberies reported in West Loop, West Town, Lakeview on Tuesday evening

Chicago police are investigating at least four armed robberies reported Tuesday evening in West Town, the West Loop, and Lakeview. At least two of the holdups appear to be related.

Two men are suspected of pulling off a pair of robberies within ten minutes in West Town, according to CPD.

First, they confronted a 30-year-old man as he walked in the 500 block of North Racine around 6:40 p.m. They implied that they had a gun as they took the man’s phone, laptop, backpack, and money. The men also forced the victim to surrender passcodes to his items before they left.

A few minutes later, two men robbed a 27-year-old man who was walking in the 1400 block of West Chicago Avenue. This time, one of the offenders displayed a gun, the police said.

In both cases, the robbers were described as Black men in their early 20s. One was wearing a red hoodie and black jacket, and the other a black jacket. They both wore ski masks.

Later, around 8:20 p.m., another man was robbed by two offenders in the 200 block of North Clinton in the West Loop. Officers were told to be on the lookout for two suspects, both Black males, one of whom wore a yellow safety vest.

CPD said yet another man was robbed earlier in the evening near the Belmont CTA station in Lakeview. The 23-year-old was walking in the 900 block of West Belmont when a robber walked up and took his valuables around 5:46 p.m., according to a police media statement.

So far this year, citywide robbery reports are down 1% from the decade-high levels seen in 2023. But robberies are up 89% in the Town Hall (19th) District, which includes Lakeview. Cases are up 159% compared to 2022 and 49% compared to 2020.

The other robberies reported on Tuesday evening occurred in the Near West (12th) District, where incidents are down 4% year-to-date. However, the number of incidents remains elevated compared to other recent years.

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