4 robberies in 60 minutes may be linked in West Rogers Park, Irving Park

The approximate locations of the robberies. (Multiplottr)

CHICAGO — Four robberies reported on the North and Northwest sides Tuesday evening may have been committed by the same men. They remain at large this morning.

The two-hour crime spree began around 10:30 p.m. in Irving Park when two men hopped out of a silver or white Hyundai Elantra in the 4300 block of North Keeler. They pulled a knife on a man and tried to rob him, but they didn’t get anything.

A Chicago police officer at the scene said the men were both Black, one wearing a neon green ski mask with a brown hoodie and the other wearing a black ski mask with black clothing. Two more people stayed in the car while the robbery attempt unfolded, the cop said.

The other three robberies occurred in West Rogers Park, all unfolding within 20 minutes.

Around 11:10 p.m., three men exited a small gray car, displayed a knife, and took a man’s phone, bag, and wallet in the 6100 block of North Talman.

About ten minutes later, a 48-year-old woman was mugged as she walked in the 2500 block of West Albion. A Chicago police spokesperson said three robbers exited a white sedan, pushed her to the ground, and took her property. She did not see any weapons, nor did the assailants mention that they were armed, the spokesperson said.

Finally, at about 11:25 p.m., two men approached a 20-year-old woman as she walked in the 2900 block of West Jarvis. They displayed a knife and demanded her property, the police spokesperson said. The pair ran away and fled in a white sedan that was waiting nearby after the woman started screaming. They didn’t get anything from her.

She also reported that one of the robbers wore a bright green ski mask, according to initial information from the scene.

While robberies citywide are down 1% this year compared to 2023’s high level, the police districts where last night’s robberies occurred are not enjoying a decrease. The first robbery occurred in the Albany Park (17th) District, where robbery reports are up 46% this year. The others occurred in the Rogers Park (24th) District. Robberies there are up 79% this year.

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