Community Alert: Strong Arm Robberies (14th District – Shakespeare)

Area 5 Detective Division
Alert # 650-12-007
February 1, 2012
Community Alert :  Strong Arm Robberies
14th District – Shakespeare

About This Crime:
Strong Arm Robberies are occurring within the 14th District. The majority of victims targeted are lone females walking on the sidewalk by themselves. The offender usually approaches victims from behind and robs them of purses, money, and cell phones. Most of these incidents are occurring in the late evening and early morning hours, within the boundaries of Ashland to Central Park, Division to Diversey.

Offender Description:
· Male black offender 18-39 years of age.
· Height is 5’08″– 6’06″.
· Weight is 150-180 pounds
· In three incidents, offender was described as having dreadlocks.
· Wearing a gray or brown hooded sweatshirt or a black puffy coat.

Wanted Vehicle:
· 1990′s White Cadillac Deville – 4 door

What You Can Do:
· Walk in pairs
· Walk in well-lit areas
· Do not walk while wearing earphones or headphones
· Do not use other electronic devices which act as a distraction
· Be aware of surroundings at all times, especially people behind you.
· Be aware of this situation and alert neighbors in the area about this crime.
· Pay special attention to any subjects loitering in the area
· Call 911 if you observe any suspicious persons or activity

Incident Locations:
3100 block of W. Fullerton, Dec. 4, 2011, 5:20 AM
1800 block of N. California, Dec. 17, 2011, 6:00 AM
1700 block of N. Central Park, Dec. 21, 2011, 6:15 AM
1900 block of N. Western, Dec. 22, 2011, 11:00 PM
2100 block of N. California, Dec. 24, 2011, 7:30 AM
2000 block of N. Kimball, Dec. 31, 2011, 11:20 PM
1500 block of N. Hoyne, Jan. 3, 2012, 3:00 AM
1700 block of W. Wabansia, Jan. 4, 2012, 4:32 PM
2600 block of W. Wellington, Jan. 6, 2012, 8:00 PM
2100 block of N. Milwaukee, Jan. 8, 2012, 12:00 PM
1500 block of N. Maplewood, Jan. 20, 2012, 8:00 PM
1500 block of N. Milwaukee, Jan. 21, 2012, 2:00 AM

Reference: HT617109, HT635862, HT641389, HT644217, HT645859, HV102482, HV102659, HV104613, HV107649, HV110547, HV125833, HV126235

If you have any information about this incident,
Please call the Area 5 Detectives at (312) 746-8362