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Armed robberies reported in Auburn Gresham

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Police are warning residents about a series of armed robberies over the past two months in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.

In each of the incidents, one to three armed men approached victims, displayed a handgun and demanded cash, cell phones and other valuables, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

The robberies happened:

–about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 23 in the 9200 block of South State Street;

–about 12:00 a.m. Aug. 31 in the 9300 block of South Lafayette Avenue;

–about 12:30 a.m. Sept. 1 in the 9200 block of South Wabash Street;

–about 12:45 a.m. Sept. 3 in the 9100 block of South Lafayette Avenue;

–about 7 a.m. Sept. 8 in the 100 block of East 93rd Street;

–about 7:40 a.m. Sept. 18 in the 0-100 block of East 89th Street;

–about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the 9400 block of South Michigan Avenue.

The suspects are described as black men 17-25; one as short at 5-foot-7 and one as tall as 6-foot-3; 125-250 pounds, with medium/dark complexions, police said. The men have different hairstyles: an afro, dreadlocks and short hair. They were last seen wearing black hooded sweatshirts and jeans.

During one of incidents the suspect wore a black ski mask and black gloves, police said. In another incident the suspect wore a maroon hooded sweatshirt.

The suspect(s) were also spotted driving a grey van in one of the reported incidents, police said.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to contact Area South detectives at (312) 747-8273.