The Chicago Police Department released a community alert Monday night warning of an increase in strong arm robbery in River North.
In each of the incidents, the alert said, multiple offenders approached people walking on the sidewalk in the late night and early morning, punched them, pushed them, or threw them to the ground, and took belongings from them.
The offenders may have driven a dark, four-door vehicle, the report said. The first incident took place Aug. 22 in the 400 block of North Wabash Avenue at 1:30 a.m.. Another took place in the 0-100 block of East Illinois Street on Sept. 13 at 1:45 a.m., and a third took place in the 0-100 block of East Ohio Street on Sept. 18 at 11 p.m.
CPD officials suggest pedestrians stay in well lit areas at night, or refrain from walking alone, and call 911 to report any suspicious people, vehicles or activity. If attacked, they recommend providing a detailed description of the offender, including vehicle description and license plate information.
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