Trio of robberies in River North, West Loop raises concern among area residents – NBC Chicago

Although police don’t officially link the crimes together, a string of recent armed robberies in North Chicago is causing residents to remain extremely vigilant.

Authorities say a series of at least three robberies occurred within hours of each other in River North and West Loop on Monday night and Tuesday morning.

“I just feel like there’s not enough police protection, and a lot of these people get arrested and released again,” says resident Richard Proto.

Authorities say the victims were all walking when they were held at gunpoint by a group of two or three men.

The first theft was reported on East Illinois Street around 7:50 p.m. Monday. Just before 11:30 p.m., another theft was reported on East North Water Street in Streeterville, and a third was reported at a half-hour count near the intersection of Green and Fulton.

Victims of this incident told police that three masked men pulled up in a gray car, got out and robbed them at gunpoint.

Locals check their habits when walking around the city at night.

“I generally try not to use my phone and be aware of my surroundings,” says resident Josh Horton. “I try to look at the people who are next to me, try to surround myself with people who walk with friends instead of walking alone at night.”

A separate community alert issued over the weekend cited three similar incidents that occurred over several days earlier this month. In each incident, multiple offenders would exit a vehicle near the scene and rob the victims at gunpoint.

A robbery took place in the 800 block of North Kedzie on August 11, while another took place the following morning in the 1200 block of South Komensky, according to police.

A third was reported on August 15 around 10 p.m. in the 200 block of North Waller.

While Horton called for an additional police presence in downtown neighborhoods, he also said he felt robberies were just a fact of life in a big city.

“Unfortunately, this is Chicago, so it’s kind of part of the course of life in a big city like this,” he said. “It’s unfortunate to say that, but that’s the way it is.”

Police recommend residents walk in groups where possible and be aware of their surroundings. Anyone with flight information is encouraged to call 911.

NBC Chicago

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