Sunday, December 08, 2013

BUSTED: 3 Victims Robbed In Separate Gunpoint Robberies; Cops Track, Arrest Offenders On Stratford

Three offenders who were on an armed robbery spree in the neighborhood around midnight are now in custody thanks to the brilliant work of our 19th district officers. At least three people were robbed in two separate incidents according to early information.

The two robbery incidents are marked on this neighborhood map.
Red lines indicate the offenders' movements after the second hold-up.
It all began just before midnight when a man who was returning from a trip to a nearby store was robbed at gunpoint in the 400 block of Barry, east of Broadway.

In that incident, two offenders were said to have pointed a "large pistol" at the victim and took virtually everything in his possession: his wallet, his phone, his groceries, some booze, some soda, and even the jacket on his back.

Officers arrived and immediately began tracking the victim's stolen iPhone. The first ping indicated that the offenders were traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Newport from Clark Street toward Halsted.

The robbers were fleeing down Newport after robbing two other men of their phones and wallets near Clark and Aldine.

Officers played cat and mouse with the offenders as the get-away car weaved through Boystown. The white vehicle with Michigan plates was brought to a stop on Stratford Place near Lake Shore Drive.

The three occupants were arrested and positively identified. Proceeds from all of the robberies were found in their vehicle as were two handgun-style pellet guns.

The first victim provided descriptions of two suspects:
1) male, black, late teens, 6' tall, black jacket, armed with a gun
2) male, black
No description is available for the third offender.

Chicago Police Department case number HW562803 for Clark and Aldine; HW562809 for  Barry.

It is not yet clear if any of the arrestees are responsible for the robbery at gunpoint that occurred early Saturday morning in the area of Cornelia between Halsted and Clark.

Well done and thank you, officers.