Police Warn of Rideshare Robberies on Chicago's North Side

Police are warning rideshare users about a string of armed robberies on Chicago's North Side.

In four incidents, victims were either picked up in what is believed to be a ride sharing vehicle or were walking when someone used force or a weapon to demand their property, according to a community alert from Chicago police.

The robberies all occurred in the early morning hours on Saturdays and Sundays at the following locations:

  • on June 17 in the 0-100 block of W. Illinois St.
  • on June 4 in the 1100 block of N. State St.
  • on June 4 in the 500 block of N. Dearborn St. and
  • on May 28 in the 2000 block of N. Halsted. St.

Rideshare giant Uber recommends basic tips to stay safe using the app. The company says riders should check to make sure they're getting in the right car each time - the vehicle's make, model, plate number and driver picture are all in the app.

You can also share trip details, like ETA, with a friend so they'll know if something goes awry.

Uber also asks that you trust your instincts. If something seems suspicious, they say you should listen to your guy and not take the ride.

Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to contact Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

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