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Police warn of Lakeview muggers with hammers

September 30, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Beware of robbers bearing hammers, Lakeview. And strangers who want to borrow your phone.

Those are the warnings in the Chicago Police Department's latest community alerts, which caution 19th District/Lakeview residents of an increase in area muggings this month.

In one alert released Monday, police officials said there have been three night-time robberies in Lakeview, in which between one and six robbers approached pedestrians and threatened them with a hammer. The first robbery was logged May 22, between 3 and 3:45 a.m., in the 2800 block of North Southport Avenue. The second was reported Thursday, Aug. 22, at midnight in the 600 block of West Buckingham Place.

The third robbery occurred at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning, the alert said, in the 3000 block of North Seminary Avenue. In that case, one of the six robbers struck their victim in the leg with the hammer before the group fled in a four-door sedan.

In the second community alert released Monday afternoon, police warned of four late-night and early-morning robberies that were reported over the weekend, and one from earlier this month. In each case, between one and five robbers, approached people on the street and asked them if they could use their cell phones. The robbers then snatched their purses or wallets, sometimes after kicking and hitting their victims to disable them, the alert said. Pepper spray was also used in two of the incidents, the alert said.

The alleged robbers were described to police as, "a male and female African American (or men dressed as women) varying in age from late teens to 30," the alert said. One was described as a man wearing a blond long-haired wig and a dress.

 The locations and times of each incident, according to police officials:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at 3:30 a.m., in the 900 block of West Belmont Avenue
  • Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at 7:30 p.m, in the 900 block of West Belmont Avenue
  • Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at 4:10 a.m., in the 3500 block of North Sheffield Avenue
  • Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at 12:20 a.m., in the 1200 block of West Cornelia Avenue
  • Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at 12:50 a.m., in the 600 block of West Belmont Avenue

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