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Police warn of West Loop robberies

Police are warning residents about a pair of robberies reported this month in the West Loop.

The first robbery was reported in the 400 block of West Madison on May 4 between 6:45 and 7 p.m., according to a community alert from Chicago Police. The second occurred in the 600 block of West Jackson about 7 p.m. May 21.

In the first robbery, a man punched a female victim, knocked her to the ground and continued to hit her while taking the wallet from her pants pocket, police said.

In the second robbery, a man had committed retail theft and grabbed the purse off a woman’s shoulder while leaving the scene, police said. She tried to regain control of her purse before the man kicked her, ran away and got into a gold-colored Toyota, which drove off.

The suspect is described as a 25 to 30-year-old white man standing between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-9 and weighing 130 to 160 pounds, police said. He has brown eyes, short brown hair and a light complexion.

The driver of the Toyota is described as a black man between 25 and 30 years old with dreadlocks, police said. The Toyota may have had a temporary license plate.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to contact Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8384.