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Robber Wearing ‘Scream’ Mask Strikes South Side Neighborhoods

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A ‘Scream’ mask viewed as evidence in the first day of the trial of Thierry Jaradin in 2003. Jaradin was convicted of murdering his neighbor, Alisson Cambier, on Nov. 9, 2001, in Gerpinnes, Belgium, in the same style as the movie Scream. (Credit: BENOIT DOPPAGNE/AFP/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are warning South Side residents about a gunman who has been going around in a mask inspired by the movie “Scream.”

As WBBM Newsradio’s Jackie Swike reports, police say a young man, possibly in his teens or early 20s, has been robbing people in the South Side’s Jackson Park Highlands and Woodlawn neighborhoods while wearing the “Scream” mask.

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The robberies have happened in the past week in the 6700 block of South Cregier Avenue, the 6900 block of South Oglesby Avenue, and the 1500 block of East 67th Street, police said.

The suspect hops out of a gray-silver or whit-champagne colored sport-utility vehicle – possibly a GMC or a Saturn – and announces a robbery as he displays a silver handgun. He then gets the loot and leaves.

The suspect is described as a 15- to 20-year-old African-American, standing about 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 11 inches tall.

A second suspect, possibly a driver, is described as an 18- to 22-year-old African-American man with dreadlocks, police said.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.