Strong-arm robbers steal phones in River North: police

In each case, a group of one to three suspects has taken a victim’s cellphone by force, according to Chicago police. In several incidents, they also beat the victims.

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Police are warning of several strong-arm robberies since Oct. 16, 2019, in River North.

Police are warning of several strong-arm robberies since Oct. 16, 2019, in River North.

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Police are warning residents about a series of strong-arm robberies this month in River North on the Near North Side.

In each case, a group of one to three robbers has taken a victim’s cellphone by force, according to Chicago police. In several incidents, they also beat the victims.

The robberies have occurred:

  • About 9 p.m. Oct. 16 in the 300 block of North State Street;
  • About 8:45 p.m. Oct. 17 in the 800 block of North State;
  • About 2:30 a.m. Oct. 19 in the first block of West Grand Avenue;
  • About 5:30 a.m. Oct. 21 in the 700 block of North State; and
  • About 4:45 p.m. Oct. 21 in the 800 block of North State.

The suspects were described as males between 15 and 30 years old, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380.

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