The crash-and-grab burglary crew that slammed a car into a Magnificent Mile department store early Monday is the same group that has committed similar crimes recently downtown, in West Town, and in Wicker Park, Chicago police say.
A man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing people’s credit cards and identities while posting as a ride-hail service driver in Chicago. It’s the second time Gabriel Jackson has gone to the big house for the same scam.
A group of armed carjackers who caravaned across the North Side are suspected of hijacking two drivers in Wrigleyville and another in North Center after robbing a man in Lincoln Square on Tuesday night. Chicago police say no arrests have been made in the hour-long crime spree.
Another string of daytime robberies on Monday wound through the same Chicago neighborhoods that have been hit time and time again by similar sprees since early this year: West Town, Bucktown, and Logan Square. And one of the West Town robberies was caught on video.
A coalition of neighborhood groups is calling on Chicago and Cook County officials to address “dramatic increases in violent crime,” especially armed robberies, in West Town, Logan Square, Wicker Park, and adjoining neighborhoods.
Police arrested the driver of a getaway car used by armed robbers that took a Chicago man’s dog at gunpoint overnight. Meanwhile, there were more robberies in Logan Square on Thursday afternoon and again last night.