Police are again warning Gold Coast residents about a string of robberies that occurred in the Near North Side neighborhood over the weekend.
The most recent case happened on the afternoon of March 2, when a group of men and a woman robbed someone in the first block of West Ontario Street, according to a community alert issued Wednesday morning by Chicago police.
Police previously issued an alert early Monday morning, describing three incidents in which a woman and between one and four men snuck up behind pedestrians and grabbed cell phones and purses from their hands.
These incidents occurred:
- Early March 1 in the first block of East Chestnut Street;
- During the afternoon March 1 in the 900 block of North State Street; and
- During the afternoon March 1 in the first block of East Oak Street.
The suspects have usually fled on foot, but once used a silver Ford Escape to get away, police said. In one incident, one of the robbers pulled out a blue semi-automatic handgun and threatened the victim when confronted.
Police believe the suspects may now be driving a blue Audi Q5 vehicle. Anyone with information should call Area Central Detectives at (312) 747-8380