Police release warning on robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

Chicago oolice issued a community alert about an increase in strong-arm robberies in the area of 51st to 55th streets between south Ellis and Blackstone avenues in December.

The offenders approach victims during school dismissal time and announce a robbery, CPD said. The offenders then take the victims’ property.

The offenders’ descriptions vary but they are described as African American men between the ages of 15-25, weighing between 145-200 pounds.

CPD advises people be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity immediately. Remain calm if confronted by an assailant. Note unique physical characteristics like scars, limp, acne, teeth, etc. Walk in groups of two or more. Never pursue a fleeing assailant. If approached by a witness request contact information and dial 911 immediately.

l.welbers@hpherald.com