Police warn of robberies in Englewood targeting motorbike and ATV buyers


CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are warning residents of Englewood of a spate of burglaries in recent weeks targeting those looking to buy a motorbike or ATV.

In each of the incidents, which took place between July and this month, the victims were traveling to certain locations to purchase a motorcycle or ATV, according to Chicago police.

The attackers would then approach the victims displaying a black handgun and seize the victim’s property.

The attackers would then flee on foot.

The incidents occurred at the following locations:

  • Block 6700 of South Elizabeth on August 13 at 10 p.m.
  • 6700 block of South Throop Street on July 29 at 8:20 p.m.
  • Block 6700 of South Elizabeth on July 25 at 9:00 p.m.
  • 6800 block of South Ada Street on July 17 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Block 6700 of South Elizabeth on July 17 at 1:15 p.m.

Police described the alleged perpetrators as four individuals in black clothing and ski masks armed with a black handgun with an extended magazine.

What you can do:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Report suspicious activity immediately
  • If you are confronted by an attacker, remain calm
  • Remember any unique physical characteristics (scars, lameness, acne, teeth, etc.)
  • · Never pursue a fugitive attacker, provide the information to the police
  • If CCTV equipment is present, please save a copy of the incident for detectives to investigate
  • If approached by a witness to the incident, ask for their contact details
  • Dial 9-1-1 immediately and stay on scene if possible

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bureau of Detectives – Area One at 312-747-8389.


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