Monday, March 19, 2018

Cops Warn Of Street Robberies West Of DePaul, Retail Hold-Ups In Near North

Police have issued new two community alerts for the North Side: One warns about a pattern of street robberies in Lincoln Park, the other connects two River North salon robberies to a single offender.

Approximate locations of three robberies in a pattern identified west of DePaul. | BatchGeo
The street robbery pattern, involving three known incidents, has been identified in the DePaul and West DePaul areas. In each case, an offender has approached victims from behind, placed a hard object into the victims’ backs, and demanded money, police said. The robberies were reported at 8 p.m. on March 7 in the 2200 block of North Racine; at 8 p.m. on March 11 in the 1300 block of West Webster, and in the evening hours of March 14 in the 2200 block of North Southport.

The offender is male, black, 5’6” to 6-feet tall, and 140- to 180 pounds, according to the alert. He has been wearing a black hoodie and dark pants.

Meanwhile, two salon robberies by another offender have been reported in River North.
Approximate locations of two retail shop robberies committed by a single offender. | BatchGeo
In these crimes, a gunman has entered small retail shops and displayed a weapon while demanding money from the cash register. Police said surveillance videos show the same man robbing a salon in the 1000 block of North Clark around 3:45 p.m. on January 29 and another shop in the 1500 block of North Halsted last Thursday afternoon.

According to the alert, the offender is a bearded black male, 6-feet to 6’3” tall, and 45- to 55-years-old. During the January 29 hold-up, he was wearing a brown and yellow Starter jacket with “New York” on the back, according to a police source.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

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