CHICAGO — Chicago Police are warning residents about a rash of recent robberies in the Near West District.
In a community alert, police said one or two men have approached pedestrians and delivery drivers, hit them and then taken items from them. In one case the robbers were armed with a handgun.
The robbers were described as black men ages 17 to 25, between 5-foot-8 and 6-foot-2, and weighing 120 to 150 pounds. At least one had dreadlocks.
The robberies occurred at 8:36 a.m. June 28 in the 100 block of South Leavitt Street, 3 p.m. June 28 in the 100 block of North Carpenter Street, 1:25 a.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of West Jackson Boulevard and 12:45 a.m. Wednesday in the 2100 block of West Adams Street.
Separately, Near West District police issued an alert warning residents about two apartment burglaries.
In both cases someone pried open an apartment door and took items from inside.
The break-ins occurred on the afternoon of June 29 in the 1000 block of North Marshfield Avenue, and on Monday evening in the 1000 block of North Paulina Street.
The burglars were described as black men between ages 20 and 40, 6 foot to 6-foot-2, and weighing 230 pounds.