Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Updated carjacking alert issued for Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown, North Center

Chicago police this afternoon issued an update to their earlier warning about carjackings and robberies in the Town Hall (19th) Police District. As CWBChicago has been reporting, Town Hall officers have handled at least seven carjackings since October 1st.

The new alert indicates that at least five of the seven carjackings are connected to one robbery team. Detectives usually issue community alerts when they believe one person or group is responsible for committing a series of crimes.

Police said the carjacking team’s method of operation is to approach victims while they are alone in their cars or, in one case, on the street. Victims are ordered out of their vehicles, sometimes at gunpoint, police said.

Here are the latest incidents added to the detectives’ list (click each entry for CWBChicago’s original reporting):
2400 block of West Leland at 9:15 p.m. on Oct. 9th 
4200 block of North Hazel at 3 p.m. on Oct. 8th
Investigators previously announced these four cases were part of the pattern:
2300 block of West Waveland at 11:45 p.m. on Oct. 3rd 
3600 block of North Greenview at 10 p.m. on Oct. 3rd 
2900 block of North Paulina at 9:45 p.m. on Oct. 3rd (robbery, not a carjacking) 
1400 block of West Sunnyside at 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 1st
Police said the offenders involved in the pattern are two to five black men between the ages of 20 and 30. Anyone with information about the crimes may contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263

At least two other carjackings reported in the Town Hall District since October 1st have not been publicly connected to the pattern.
2600 block of North Greenview around 9 p.m. on Oct. 9th
3600 block of North Claremont at 6:35 a.m. on Oct 9th
No description was available for offenders in the Oct. 9th carjacking on Greenview. The carjackers on Claremont were described as Hispanic males between 16- and 20-years-old who stand 5’6” to 5’8” tall and weight 130 to 150 pounds.

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