Loyola’s private police force, Campus Safety, has increased its patrol officers in Rogers Park following a spree of robberies near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, officials said.
In broad daylight Jan. 15, a Loyola student was walking on the 6500 block of North Sheridan Road, steps away from campus, when someone approached them and stole their phone out of their hand at 11:38 a.m., The Phoenix reported. The victim didn’t file a police report or ask for police assistance, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD) News Affairs.
In an attempted robbery only minutes earlier, at 11:35 a.m. Jan. 15, a community member was near West Arthur Avenue and North Glenwood Avenue when the offender started going through the victim’s pockets, at which point the victim pushed the offender away, according to police. The offender then displayed a handgun to the victim who yelled — the offender then ran away without taking any of the victim’s valuables.
The offender was described as male and fled in a blue or gray SUV, CPD said.
The following day, Jan. 16, two 21-year-old female Loyola students were robbed at gunpoint at 10:35 p.m. near West Arthur Avenue and North Greenview Avenue, near Devon Market, police said. The students were approached by an offender who displayed a handgun and demanded the students’ valuables — neither student was injured, according to CPD.
The most recent attempted robbery occurred Jan. 17 when a 41-year-old female community member was working delivery near The New 400 Theater on the 1200 block of West Columbia Avenue, less than half-a-mile from campus, according to CPD.
As the victim returned to her car, an unknown vehicle pulled up behind her and two offenders approached her, police said. One of the offenders displayed a firearm while the other demanded her valuables.
The victim put up a fight, kicking and screaming until the offenders fled the scene in their vehicle, not taking any of her valuables.
These robberies come in the midst of Loyola students returning to campus for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. Campus Safety told The Phoenix it’s already had increased patrols and personnel due to students being back on campus. But in light of recent robberies it has upped them even more, according to a statement sent to The Phoenix by Campus Safety Chief and Director Tom Murray.
“Because of the recent robberies occurring so close to campus and involving our students, we’ve increased our efforts even more,” Murray wrote in the statement. “We regularly direct and re-direct patrols based as needed to ensure we are always prepared.”
Campus Safety encourages students to refrain from using their phones while walking, as it can make them a target for robberies.
Students who see suspicious activity or feel unsafe when near campus are encouraged to call Campus Safety at 773-508-SAFE or CPD at 911.