Tuesday, June 20, 2017

COPS: Armed Robbers Posing As Ride-Share Drivers In River North, Lincoln Park Entertainment Areas

Robbery victims are being targeted in Near North and Lincoln Park entertainment districts by robbers who sometimes pose as ride-hailing service drivers, police said in a community alert today.

Since May 28, four people have been robbed after either being approached on the street or getting into what the victim thought was their Uber or Lyft ride, police said.

In most cases, the offenders threatened the victim with a weapon and took the victim’s property.

The alert offered only a vague description of the offenders: a black female between 20-40 years of age and several black males.

Four robberies are tied to the latest pattern:
• Sunday, May 28 in the 2000 block of North Halsted
• Sunday, June 4 in the 500 block of North Dearborn
• Sunday, June 4 in the 1100 block of North State
• Saturday, June 17 in the first block of West Illinois
All of the hold-ups took place during the early morning hours, police said.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380
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