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Police warn of armed robberies in Austin

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Police are warning residents of two armed robberies that occurred minutes apart early Thursday in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

In both incidents, a maroon vehicle pulls up to a victim and three people, armed with semi-automatic handguns, exit the vehicle and rob the victim, according to a community alert from Chicago Police. The three people then get back in the vehicle, which drives away.

One robbery happened at 1:25 a.m. in the 100 block of South Lotus, while the other robbery occurred at 1:40 a.m. in the first block of North Mayfield, police said.

The suspects are described as four black males, between 25 and 30 years old, standing between 5-feet-8 and 6-feet, weighing between 170 and 180 pounds, police said. The vehicle may have been a Buick Regal.

Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to contact Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.