Police have issued a Community Alert for the Lakeview area after several people reported getting sprayed with mace, attacked and mugged over the past few weeks.
The robbers approach their victims as they are walking on the street or into their homes during the early morning hours, police said. They then proceed to spray the victims with mace or pepper spray, knock them to the ground and forcibly mug them before fleeing the area.
The robberies have occurred within the following boundaries: Belmont to the South, Addison to the North, Pine Grove to the East and Sheffield to the West.
The robbers were described as black males between the ages of 18 and 30. They're said to be between 5 feet, 5 inches and 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing between 150 and 200 pounds. They were wearing T-shirts and blue jeans, police said.
The community alert urges residents to be extra vigilant: don't walk alone, check to see if area surveillance is working properly and inform friends and neighbors of the crimes.
If you have any information contact Area 3 police at 312-744-8263.