Students at St. Barnabas School in Beverly are behind an effort to raise money for bulletproof vests.
The effort in a ward filled with police aims to help officers replace their aging bulletproof vests.
The robberies occurred in January and February, officials said.
More officers are patrolling the South Loop after an uptick in robberies this month, police said.
Four incidents were reported, police said.
The robberies occurred in January, according to a community alert.
Tommy Langston, 21, was charged with nine counts of robbery between September and November.
The thefts occurred in December, according to officials.
Thieves rob the victims after meeting offline, in the victim's car.
Officers working nights and late afternoons will be testing out the equipment.
Two victims were sitting in cars in Garfield Park last week during the purse-snatchings, police said.
Six Northwest Side garages have been burglarized in recent weeks, police warned.
Five Northwest Side homes have been burglarized in recent weeks, police warned.
Seven Northwest Side homes have been burglarized in recent weeks, police warned.
The officer had a non-life-threatening injury to his leg and a possible concussion, police said.
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