The Chicago Police Department issued a business alert Tuesday afternoon warning Chicago Lawn businesses of a recent rash of pawn shop jewelry robberies.
In the incidents, which were each reported in the month of December, one or two male offenders entered pawn shops and jewelry stores in the 8th and 10th police districts. While one brandished a handgun, the other would break the store display cases and steal jewelry from them, usually during business hours, the alert said.
The incidents were reported in the 2400 block of West 63rd Street on Dec. 3 at about 1:26 p.m., the 4300 block of South Pulaski Road on Dec. 6 at about 6:50 p.m., the 5300 block of South Archer Avenue on Dec. 13 at about 6:20 p.m., and the 3900 block of West 26th Street on Dec. 16, at about 5:27 p.m.
Police officials warn business owners to protect themselves by remaining calm if confronted by an assailant, reporting suspicious activity immediately, remembering the physical characteristics of an offender, saving video surveillance footage if any is available, and requesting contact information from witnesses.
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