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Downtown Taxi Drivers Robbed 3 Times While Taking Fares To Englewood

By Kelly Bauer | October 20, 2017 8:05am

CHICAGO — Two men have been robbing Downtown taxi drivers at gunpoint, police said.

In three robberies since the start of October, the men get into a taxi Downtown and ask to be taken to blocks in Englewood, according to a Chicago Police community alert. Once there, the men get out of the car and one of them takes out a gun. The robbers then take cash from the driver and leave.

The robberies have occurred:

• 3:50 a.m. Oct. 7 in the 7400 block of South Harvard Avenue

• 3 a.m. Oct. 12 in the 6700 block of South Perry Avenue

• 2:15 a.m. Oct. 13 in the 7300 block of South Harvard Avenue

The men were described as two black men who were 18-25 years old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 and 180-220 pounds, police said. One of the men has carried a gun during the robberies, police said. 

Police advised taxi drivers to make sure they have a functioning camera in their cab, install tracking software and security locks on cellphones and keep track of the serial numbers on their electronics.

Anyone with information about the robberies was asked to call police at 312-747-8273.