Police warn about string of robberies

The Chicago Police Department has warned of a string of robberies to businesses in Hyde Park. In each incident, the offenders approached people on the street or employees leaving a business, produced a weapon and demanded property or access to closed businesses, where they took property.

The first incident occurred at 11:50 p.m., Feb. 6, on the 5000 block of South Cornell Avenue. The second incident occurred at 10:15 p.m., Feb. 23, on the 5000 block of South Lake Park Avenue.

Descriptions of the offenders vary but are usually described as two African American men between 20 and 30 years old, between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing between 150 and 170 pounds.

Chicago Police recommend that people always be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity immediately. If confronted by an assailant remain calm and remember unique characteristics like scars, a limp, acne, etc. Save and make a copy of any video surveillance footage for detectives, if it exists. Never pursue a fleeing assailant and provide information to the police. Collect contact information if approached by any witnesses. Dial 911 as soon as possible.