Armed Robbers Force Victims to Clear Passwords Before Turning Over Phones, Wallets

Chicago police have received reports that offenders in south downtown Chicago have forced victims to unlock their phones and leave them accessible without a password while the victims were held up at gunpoint on the sidewalk.

According to Chicago police, the armed offenders stopped people on the sidewalk, displayed a gun and then, under the threat of violence, take victims’ cellphones after passwords were disabled. Also taken were the victims’ wallets and other valuables in purses, according to a Chicago Police community alert.

The offenders also demanded PIN numbers for victims’ bank cards, police said.

Armed Robbery Locations …

900 block of South Michigan Avenue at 1:00AM Aug. 29,

1200 block of South Lake Shore Drive at 12:30AM Aug. 31,

500 block of South Columbus Drive 1:15AM Sept. 1

The offenders at one robbery were described as …

a male/black teen, 15-17 years-old, 5’7″ 150 LBS wearing a black baseball hat with yellow writing,

a male/black teen 15-17 years-old, 5’7″ 160 LBS wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The offenders at another robbery were described as …

male 17-22 years-old, 5’6″ 160 LBS with a black baseball hat with a Batman logo,

male 17-22 years-old, 6’0″ 150 LBS with black pants.

Police urge any citizens with information about the robberies to call police at 312-747-8384.

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