String of weekend robberies reported near U. of C.

University police say the five incidents occurred within 36 hours.

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A string of robberies occurred over the weekend near the University of Chicago on the South Side, according to a statement from police at the university.

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A string of robberies occurred over the weekend near the University of Chicago, according to campus police.

On Friday, about 6:40 p.m., a person was walking north on the sidewalk in the 5500 block of South Greenwood Avenue when their wallet was stolen, police said.

About five minutes later, a second person was walking off-campus in the 1100 block of East 55th Street when someone got out of a dark SUV and took a cell phone , police said. The robber returned to the SUV and headed north on South University Avenue, the statement said.

Early Saturday morning, two people were walking in the 5300 block of South Dorchester Avenue when they were approached from behind by three gunmen, police said. The robbers took wallets, phones and a jacket, then drover south on Dorchester Avenue, authorities said.

About 10:50 p.m. Saturday, four people were walking off-campus in the 900 block of East 54th Place when they were approached by three gunmen who got out of a parked sedan in the alley, police said. The robbers took coats, wallets and cell phones before driving off, officials said.

Around 20 minutes later, two people were walking in the 5400 block of South East View Park when four gunmen approached from a silver sedan, police said. The robbers took a laptop, car keys and a tote bag before driving off, officials said.

University police said the robberies may be related.

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