Chicago police issued a community alert Monday warning of a string of violent robberies in the city’s North and West Side neighborhoods.
Victims reported being approached by two or three men and robbed at gunpoint, according to police. In many of the incidents, the victims were pistol-whipped before one of the men fires a shot and misses. In one robbery a victim was shot in the hand, police said.
The men typically flee on foot or by car after the vicious robberies. The cars used in the crimes have been described to police as a black Toyota Prius, a red Nissan Altima or a blue car of an unknown make.
In all of the holdups the men were said to be wearing black hooded sweatshirts with at least one of the offenders having dreadlocks.
At least 10 robberies have been reported in the span of seven days:
• 1200 W. Waveland; Nov. 15 at 12:30 a.m.
• 2934 W. Belden; Nov. 23 at 3:55 p.m.
• 3600 N. Clark; Nov. 23 at 5 p.m.
• 1533 N. Paulina; Nov. 25 at 11:41 p.m.
• 2458 W. Wabansia; Nov. 26 at 1:30 a.m.
• 2417 N. Oakley; Nov. 26 at 1 p.m.
• 1221 N. Hoyne; Nov. 27 at 12:05 a.m.
• 1758 W. Cortland, Nov. 27 at 12:54 a.m.
• 425 W. Surf; Nov. 27 at 5:50 a.m.
• 2850 N. Sheridan, Nov. 27 at 6:00 a.m.
Police ask anyone with further information to contact Bureau of Detectives – Area North at (312) 744-8263.