Police are warning Chicago residents to be aware of their surroundings following four robberies reported in May and June in the Gold Coast on the Near North Side.
In each incident, the offenders approach the victims from behind, take their cell phones or purses and run to a white car with tinted windows or a grey Ford before fleeing, according to a community alert issued by Chicago police.
The robberies happened:
May 28 in the 200 block of East Pearson Street;
May 31 in the 800 block of North Lake Shore Drive;
June 3 in the 200 block of East Chestnut Street; and
June 3 in the 800 block of North Lake Shore Drive.
All incidents happened in the evening hours and multiple teenaged boys and girls are thought to be involved, police said.
Anyone with information about these robberies are asked to call Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380.