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Police Warn Of Rash Of South Side Armed Robberies

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Police are looking for several men accused of accosting South side residents and robbing them at gunpoint of everything from money to car keys to cars in the Park Manor and Grand Crossing neighborhoods.

Police say at least six armed robberies have been reported with men approaching and robbing citizens between State Street and Vernon Avenue from the 7100 to 7500 blocks, an alert from Calumet Area detectives said.

The robberies were reported on the following dates and locations: Sept. 8 in the 7200 block of South Michigan; Sept. 11 in the 7300 block of South Michigan; Sept. 16 in the 7400 block of South Vernon; Sept. 18 in the 7400 block of South State; Sept. 23 at 71st and State; and Oct. 2 at 73rd and Michigan, police said.

The men have approached victims as they walk to, from, or enter their vehicles at various times throughout the day.

An offender takes out a gun and states “give me everything you got,” “give it up,” or “give me your money.” In several instances, the victims were walking down the street when offenders accosted them, searched their pockets and took everything of value.

Some had their car keys and their vehicles taken, the alert said.

The men are black, between 17 and 30, 5-foot-5 to 6-foot-1, 120 to 200 pounds, the alert said.

Anyone with information should call Calumet Area detectives at (312) 747-8273.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2011. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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