For the past few weeks, we have reported almost daily about yet another robbery spree on the North or Near West sides of Chicago in which four, six, or eight victims were robbed in a short time.
We have more to tell you about today. Candidly, there were so many armed robberies in our primary coverage area overnight, we simply cannot reliably tell you how many occurred. Conservatively, we can say 20 armed robberies occurred. We believe the number may ultimately be more than 25.
Chicago police investigators believe at least three different crews were at work last night, a source said. No arrests have been made.
Like all the previous sprees, last night’s robberies involved three to five masked men armed with multiple firearms who jumped out of vehicles (usually stolen) to rob people on the streets.
Here are a couple of cases that stood out as we reviewed the reports:
A little before 4 a.m., at least five armed men exited a black Chrysler 300 and robbed several people of phones and wallets near Taco Bell, 1107 West Addison, in Wrigleyville. The police report documenting the case was not finalized as of Sunday afternoon.
At 4:19 a.m., five gunmen exited a BMW X5 and robbed five men in the 6400 block of North Oakley in West Ridge, a CPD spokesperson said. One of the robbers also robbed a nearby business. Then, they all fled in the BMW.