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Police warn of armed robberies in Austin

Police are warning residents of a recent string of armed robberies in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

Four armed robberies have happened in the neighborhood in the last week, according to a community alert from police.

The robberies happened in the:

  • 1000 block of North Massasoit Avenue on Dec. 20 at 3:15 p.m.
  • 1000 block of North Central Avenue on Dec. 24 at 1:30 p.m.
  • 5600 block of West Chicago Avenue on Dec. 24 at 6:20 p.m.
  • 1000 block of North Monitor Avenue on Dec. 25 at 12:19 a.m.

In each robbery, two to three robbers approach people, display a beige or black handgun and then demand property, police said.

The robbers are described as black males, between 17 and 30 years old, standing 5-foot-8 to 6-foot and weighing 145 to 180 pounds, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 744-8263.