CHICAGO — Calling a pair of Friday afternoon armed robberies in Lincoln Park "disturbing," 43rd Ward Ald. Michelle Smith said police officers will plan a show of force next week with a public roll call.
Friday's daytime incidents included the robbery of a Clark Street jewelry store in which thieves tied up employees and made off with thousands of dollars in jewelry and cash, and a gunman reportedly pointing a weapon at a stroller while stealing a woman's wedding ring and iPhone on a residential street.
On Wednesday at 6 p.m., Smith said, Town Hall District officer will receive their orders in a public roll call at the intersection of Mildred and Wrightwood avenues - the scene of the second robbery - to "further send a message to those that wish to commit violent acts against area residents - namely, that such activity will not be tolerated in the 43rd Ward."
The robberies are apparently unrelated, Smith said. Smith's ward has seen 12 armed robberies so far in 2014, according to city data, versus 40 in all of 2013.
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