Crime

Two Robberies On, Near Loyola Campuses This Week

Michael McDevitt | The PHOENIXTwo offenders stole a female Loyola student's phone Monday night as she stood waiting for a shuttle bus in the 800 block of N. Wabash Avenue, according to CPD.

A female Loyola student reported a strong-arm robbery at about 8:30 p.m. on April 24 at the Water Tower Campus (WTC). This comes after a strong-armed robbery was reported at the Lake Shore Campus earlier in the week.

Two people approached an 18-year old student as she waited for a shuttle bus in the 800 block of North Wabash Avenue Monday night, according to CPD News Affairs Officer Michael Carroll.

The pair stole the student’s cell phone then ran south on Wabash Avenue, Carroll said.

One offender is described as a 5-foot-4-inch male with dark curly hair wearing a “puffy” black jacket with no sleeves, according to a campus-wide email from Loyola Campus Safety Lieutenant Robert Langan.

The man was described as black and about 18 to 20 years old, according to CPD News Affairs Officer Michelle Tannehill. There was no information about the other offender.

Carroll said the investigation into the robbery is ongoing and detectives are obtaining surveillance video of the incident.

This is the second robbery incident at WTC this semester. In February, another Loyola student was the victim of an attempted armed robbery at the intersection of North Wabash Avenue and East Pearson Avenue.

A strong-armed robbery also occurred April 22 about one block from the Lake Shore Campus.

A man walked up to a 20-year-old male student between 2:10 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Saturday in the 1200 block of West Arthur Avenue, according to CPD News Affairs Officer Kevin Quaid.

The man told the student he had a weapon, but the weapon was never seen, Quaid said.

He led the student to the Chase Bank at 6415 N. Sheridan Rd., where the student withdrew money from the ATM. Following the transaction, the offender immediately fled, Quaid said.

The amount of money stolen is currently unknown.

The man was described as being 30 to 35 years old and wearing a green hat and a Chicago Blackhawks jersey, Quaid said.

The investigation is ongoing, according to Quaid.

Loyola Campus Safety is working closely with the Chicago Police Department on the investigations into both crime incidents, according to campus-wide email alerts sent by Langan and Loyola’s Deputy Chief of Campus Safety Ed Mirabelli after each incident.

Langan and Mirabelli urged anybody with information on the incidents to call Loyola Campus Safety at (773) 508-6039 or CPD at (312) 744-8263.