4 armed robberies in under an hour on North Side, one is caught on video

Images from video show the victim walking down the street and the robber committing the holdup. (Ring)

CHICAGO — Four armed robberies reported in under an hour on Monday morning may have been committed by the same crew, based on initial information from the victims. One of the holdups was caught on camera.

Chicago police have warned about more than a dozen active armed robbery patterns that detectives have identified in recent weeks. Whether Monday’s crimes align with one of these patterns or if the robbers are part of a new team remains unclear.

However, based on a video posted online of one robbery, they don’t seem to lack experience. They operate smoothly and quickly and know exactly what they want, suggesting they’re seasoned holdup artists.

Cameras were rolling around 6:15 a.m. as a man walked near the intersection of Glenwood and Early in the Edgewater neighborhood.

He didn’t notice a small black SUV had just pulled to a stop ahead of him. The people inside that car—a driver and at least one accomplice—were waiting to spring their trap.

As he passed them on the sidewalk, the passenger jumped out and bolted to the sidewalk with a gun extended in front of him. The robbery quickly unfolds.

The audio is low, but the robber appears to demand the man’s iCloud password, but the victim says he doesn’t have it. As the robber returns to the car, he stops, points the gun at the man again and demands the phone password.

After the man reveals the code, the robber replies, “It better be.”

Another robbery was reported shortly after that near the 900 block of West Margate Terrace in Uptown. The same scenario unfolded there: the getaway driver stayed in the car while a gunman emerged to rob a man.

Two earlier robberies in West Rogers Park, near the 6100 block of North Campbell and the 6500 block of North Bell, may also be linked. Those occurred just after 6 a.m.

Robbery reports are up 1% citywide as of Monday, according to CPD’s latest data.

However, Monday’s robberies occurred in two police districts that are faring much worse than the overall city. Robberies are up 65% this year in the Rogers Park (24th) District, which extends from the city limits to Peterson Avenue and the river to Lake Michigan. Just south of there, in the Lincoln (20th) District, robberies are up 58%. Lincoln District officers patrol Peterson to Lawrence Avenue between the lake and the river.

CPD’s reports show that robberies are at their highest level in at least five years in both districts and the city overall.

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