U.S — On the North Side of Chicago on Thursday night, there were at least five armed robberies in a span of less than 20 minutes, according to police. All of the robberies, police said, followed the same pattern. After receiving a warning about at least four armed robberies on the North Side that appear to be connected, Chicago police rushed a petrol station at Halsted and Addison streets in Wrigleyville at about 4:30 a.m. Friday and looked to be focused on a white automobile.
It was unclear, however, whether or not the police action on Friday morning was related. According to the police, all of the robberies occurred within a 20-minute period. The most recent incident occurred about eleven thirty at night on Wolcott Avenue and Roscoe Street. One of the incidents was captured on surveillance footage. The robbers pull up to the sidewalk in a white sedan, and one of them points a handgun at the pedestrians while the other points a long gun at them.
Police say the victims gave the robbers what they asked for and the fugitives drove off. In the other three occurrences, the same thing happened: Near the intersection of Berteau Avenue and Paulina Street, a 61-year-old man was robbed by the same group of people. Two more armed robberies had occurred just prior to that, one on North Leavitt Street and one near the intersection of Grace Street and Hoyne Avenue.
He came in and ordered us to barricade the doors and contact the police, Kozlowski recalled. He claimed to know one of the victims whose phone had been taken. I don’t possess a gun and I have no interest in them. He then went on to say, “I think guns are a big problem.” There was a scream outside, and a man heard it. This one seemed a lot crazier, so I got out of bed to investigate. “It lasted for a few seconds and then it fizzled out,” said Lakeview homeowner Jacob Munoz-Wurfel.
At before 2:45 a.m. on April 15, a 67-year-old man heading home on the 900 block of West Dakin Street was robbed by a group of people who looked to be using the same car. All the incidents included the theft of private property. According to the police, all of the victims in these robberies cooperated immediately, and nobody was hurt. ‘I think it’s because it’s so brash and rapid, that’s how they’re able to get away with it,’ speculated co-owner of Four Moon bar Matt Kozlowski. Around 3 a.m., one of the five robberies occurred directly in front of their doors.