Armed caravan committed 15 robberies in 2 days, police say

In blue are the approximate locations of the robberies committed on April 12. Red stars mark the locations of the April 15 incidents. (Multiplottr)

CHICAGO — The latest warning from Chicago police about the city’s seemingly endless supply of armed robbery crews involves a group of up to eight armed men who’ve committed at least 15 holdups during two sprees in three days.

We first told you about the group after they went on a lightning-fast crime spree around the Clybourn Corridor last Friday morning.

During each crime, multiple men confront victims on the street to take phones and other valuables at gunpoint. They’ve been traveling in several different cars, sometimes moving in a caravan of three vehicles, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

Last Friday’s robberies began around 4:45 a.m. when they robbed a 29-year-old man as he got out of his car in the 1300 block of North Halsted. Similar crimes occurred after that in the 1800 block of North Halsted, the 1400 block of North Kingsbury, and the 1600 block of North Sheffield.

Police believe the same group committed even more robberies on Monday morning, April 15.
The crew started on the Northwest Side sometime around 4 a.m. and worked their way across the city, reaching Lakeview and Lincoln Park around 5:30 a.m.

Robberies on Monday morning were reported in the following locations, according to police:

  • 5300 block of West Patterson
  • 3200 block of North Keeler
  • 2700 block of North Leclaire
  • 5100 block of West Barry
  • 4900 block of West Fletcher
  • 2900 block of North Lavergne
  • 1400 block of West Cornelia
  • 3200 block of North Southport
  • 2100 block of North Cleveland
  • 800 block of West Armitage
  • 2100 block of North Halsted

CPD’s alert described the suspects as a group of four to eight Black men between 18 and 25 years old wearing masks and black clothing. Anyone with information about the men can call Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263.

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