Robbery crews fire shots in Old Town, West Rogers Park during overnight sprees

CHICAGO — Armed robbers fired shots while committing holdups in Old Town and West Rogers Park on Saturday morning. Chicago police are investigating several other robberies committed around the same time; many are likely linked to a single crew.

No gunshot injuries were reported during the spree, which began around 4:15 a.m. in the 2300 block of West Arthur in West Rogers Park. Four men armed with firearms robbed a victim outside his home after emerging from a white SUV, according to initial information.

A witness saw the robbery from a nearby apartment and yelled at the robbers to go away. They fired a shot at him, breaking his apartment window but leaving him unharmed, according to officers at the scene.

Robbers traveling in a white SUV robbed another man in Boystown around 5 a.m. The victim was at the corner of Halsted and Aldine when two masked men got out of the vehicle and took his backpack at gunpoint.

On Halsted, the robbers were described as two Black males, one wearing a blue hoodie and the other wearing a black hoodie. Both were masked.

Another string of robberies, this one involving armed men in a black Nissan Maxima, began around 5:10 a.m. in Old Town. The victim was in a strip mall parking lot in the 300 block of West North Avenue when four men took his phone.

Moments later, another victim was robbed nearby moments later. He chased the crew’s getaway car, and one of the offenders fired shots at him as the cars sped along the 1800 block of North Clark, according to initial information from the scene. Officers said they did not find any shell casings, but 911 callers reported shots fired, and the victim told police he heard popping sounds as he chased them, an officer said.

More robberies, possibly involving the same crew, were reported around 5:45 a.m. in the 1600 block of West Superior and around 6:15 a.m. in the 4200 block of North Keeler.

The second group was described as Black males wearing ski masks and black hoodies. All of them displayed handguns.

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