Two juveniles were arrested in connection with a string of robberies on Chicago’s North Side early Monday morning, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD). Similar robberies occurred early Monday morning in and around Rogers Park.
A Loyola student was robbed just steps from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus just before 1 a.m. March 19, according to CPD News Affairs Officer Jennifer Bryk. No one has been charged with the Rogers Park robberies, according to CPD officials, and it’s unclear if the Rogers Park incidents are connected to robberies which occurred in Albany Park the same night.
The investigation into the Rogers Park robberies is ongoing, CPD officials said.
Three black males reportedly approached the 21-year-old male student around 12:55 a.m. on the 6300 block of North Winthrop Avenue. The victim was struck over the head and his cell phone was stolen by the three males, Bryk said in an email to The Phoenix.
The offenders were 16-19 years old and fled in a four-door, black sedan. The victim refused medical attention, according to Bryk.
Campus Safety sent a crime alert email about the incident to the Loyola community Monday morning and said the three males fled northbound.
Two related robberies also occurred early Monday morning in north Rogers Park, according to Bryk.
A 22-year-old male was pushed by unknown offenders and his phone was stolen at around 12:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of West Farwell Avenue. The offenders fled in an older model blue Saturn, Byrk said.
In another incident, a 60-year-old’s wallet and cell phone were stolen at approximately 1:47 a.m. in the 7200 block of North Ridge Boulevard. The offenders were three black males who fled in a silver sedan, according to Bryk.
CPD Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson held a press conference Monday morning about overnight robberies in Albany Park about five miles southwest of Loyola’s campus.
Johnson said he believes a total of nine robberies happened from the night of March 18 to the early morning of March 19.
Johnson said he believed three black males — the two who were arrested and one who might still be at large — in their late teens or early 20s wearing dark hooded sweatshirts were responsible for the robberies. Johnson said there’s video evidence of some incidents, and the offenders drove a stolen dark sedan with an Illinois license plate Q817490.
The stolen vehicle was recovered March 19, and two juveniles aged 15 and 16 were arrested in relation to the Albany Park robberies, according to CPD News Affairs Officer Jose Jara.
The juveniles were charged March 19 at approximately 1:30 p.m., according to a news release sent to The Phoenix. The 15-year-old was charged with one felony count of robbery and one felony count of theft. The 16-year-old was charged with felony counts of unlawful possession of a stolen credit card.
The juveniles were set to appear in court March 20.