Armed robbers swarm Bucktown again. Logan Square, West Town also hit.

CHICAGO — Bucktown came in the crosshairs of an armed robbery crew again Saturday morning, the second day this week that the neighborhood has been targeted by holdup crews. The robberies appear to have connections to a group that stole cars from an auto repair shop in North Center on Friday morning.

A group of men entered the shop in the 4100 block of North Lincoln around 5:40 a.m. and drove away in at least three cars, including a dark blue Audi with Blackhawks license plates, according to a CPD report.

Since then, the Audi has been seen in the area of several Bucktown robberies, starting around 6:45 a.m. on Friday, about an hour after it was stolen. Four gunmen jumped out of the Audi and robbed a man of his wallet, phone, and other items on the corner of Marshfield and Cortland, according to a police report.

The robbers were described as Black males in their teens. They covered their faces with masks or bandanas and wore dark clothing.

At about 5:20 a.m. Saturday, the Audi was seen near another robbery in the 2000 block of North Hoyne. The group robbed two victims of wallets and phones, and they tried to carjack one of the victims. However, because the vehicle had a manual transmission, they couldn’t figure out how to operate it.

More robberies were reported earlier Saturday morning. CPD said this group consisted of three Black men between 18 and 26 years old wearing green and gray hoodies with black pants. The suspects stand 5’8″ to 6 feet tall and weigh 150 to 200 pounds. Details of the incidents:

  • Around 1:31 a.m., three armed men in a light-colored car, possibly a Chevy Impala, robbed two victims in the 800 block of North Hermitage.
  • Another man was robbed around 1:47 a.m. in the 2300 block of West Wabansia.
  • A robbery in the 1300 block of West Erie at 1:47 a.m.
  • At about 1:42 a.m., three armed men robbed another man in the 2700 block of North Spaulding.
  • About 1 a.m., four armed men got out of a dark gray sedan and forced a man from his car in the 2400 block of North Maplewood.

A carload of armed men robbed five people in Bucktown on Thursday morning. The crew, wearing masks and black hoodies, jumped out of a gray Dodge Durango and pointed guns at their victims’ heads, police said.

Robberies were reported between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of North Hoyne, the 2300 block of West Charleston, the 2000 block of North Leavitt, and the 2100 block of North Oakley.

Police said the gunmen forced one of the victims to reset his phone password while threatening him with a pistol. They made another victim log into their banking apps.

According to CPD, the group consists of four slim Black males between 18 and 25 years old, standing 5’6″ to 6 feet tall.

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