Residents on the city’s Near North Side are being warned about a series of thefts involving individuals posing as rideshare drivers.
The thefts have occurred over a three-month span, and involve offenders picking up victims who believe that they are rideshare drivers, according to police. The suspects then rob the victims by force or steal property from the individuals in the cars.
The incidents have occurred:
-700 block of North Wells Street, Sept. 21 in the morning hours
-300 block of West Locust Street, Sept. 27 in the morning hours
-600 block of West Grand Avenue, Sept. 29 in the morning hours
-700 block of North Wells Street, Sept. 30 in the morning hours
-100 West Kinzie Street, Oct. 21 in the morning hours
-1100 block of North Clark Street, Nov. 15 in the morning hours
-600 block of North Dearborn Street, Nov. 24 in the morning hours
-600 block of North Wells Street, Nov. 25 in the morning hours
-600 block of North State Street, Nov. 30 in the morning hours
-100 block of West Illinois Street, Dec. 3 in the morning hours
According to police, the suspects in the case are described as two or three African-American women, standing between 5-foot-1 and 5-foot-6 inches tall and weighing between 120 and 150 pounds. The women are estimated to be between 20 and 35 years of age.
Police are urging residents to be aware of their surroundings, and if you are the victim of one of these drivers, to remember any unique physical characteristics, including scars, tattoos, acne, or limps.
Anyone with information on the incidents is encouraged to call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8380.