Chicago police are warning residents of a series of crimes involving thieves targeting victims trying to buy or sell vehicles on Facebook Marketplace, with one of the victims sustaining gunshot wounds in the attack.
Authorities say at least three such incidents have occurred in the past week in the city.
During the attacks, one or two suspects come into contact with victims who sell or try to buy a vehicle. When they next meet, they robbed victims at gunpoint, authorities say.
In at least one of the incidents, the victim was shot by one of the suspects as they tried to resist. In another robbery, the suspects used a tow truck to tow the vehicle without paying the victim.
The flights took place:
March 21: 1110 block of South Langley Avenue (Pullman)
March 24: 200 block from West 107and Location (Roseland)
March 25: 600 block of West Vermont Street (West Pullman)
Chicago police say the suspects in the case are between the ages of 16 and 25 and are armed with at least one handgun.
Police advise residents never to pursue fleeing thieves and to always be aware of their surroundings. They also recommend that all exchanges arranged online be conducted at police stations or other secure locations.
Anyone with information about the thefts is encouraged to call South Area Detectives at 312-747-8273.