A car that police linked to a sweeping armed robbery spree that hit the city early Friday crashed and burst into flames moments after the last hold-up was reported, leaving one of its passengers dead at the scene.
Groups of armed robbers committed at least 15 hold-ups across between Thursday evening and Friday morning — just hours before CPD’s robbery detectives will be ordered to sit on street corners rather than investigate crimes.
Three men, one on probation and all on affordable bail for pending felony cases, are facing gun and auto theft charges after one of them allegedly stole a Cadillac from a West Loop restaurant valet stand Saturday evening.
Police are investigating another robbery reported in the West Loop on Saturday morning and one reported minutes earlier in West Town. The muggings follow two street robberies in the area on Friday night.