Sunday, August 23, 2015

OLD HABITS: Robbery Victims Pepper Sprayed, Threatened With Gun In Separate Incidents Overnight

The sharp reversal in record-setting robbery rates that resulted from dedicated police work over the past year seems to have stalled out. And, with two more muggings reported overnight, August 2015 will likely see an increase in robberies over last year.

In the latest incidents,, a man was robbed at gunpoint by four offenders near Seminary and School at 11:45PM Saturday. The victim reported that one of the robbers produced a black handgun and demanded his valuables.

The offenders fled in a silver four-door sedan that has dark rims and damage to its right rear quarter panel.

Nearly five hours later, the victim called 911 again to report seeing the offenders driving their vehicle in the 3200 block of Clark Street. Officers were unable to catch up with the car.

• At 3:30 this morning, two men dressed as women pepper sprayed a victim at Belmont and Sheffield, then went into his pockets and took money.

The victim described one offender as dark complected and wearing a gray shirt while the other was said to be medium complected and wearing a blue shirt.

As of this morning, Wrigleyville and Boystown have recorded 13 robberies in August. There were 15 reported cases for the full month of August 2014.
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