CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police have issued a warning of a new way some enterprising crooks have been using to rob their victims.
Police said the robbers used a prop in at least two holdups in the Fuller Park neighborhood. They set up a road construction barrel in the street, and when a motorist gets out of his or her car to move it aside, the robbers pounce.READ MORE: SWAT Team Dispatched After Man Barricades Himself In Home On Halsted Street In Lincoln Park
Motorists have been victims of the ruse twice in the past week – on Thursday in the 300 block of West 51st Street, and on Sunday in the 400 block of West 51st Street, according to a community alert from Chicago police.READ MORE: LOCATED: Matthew La Luz, 32, Last Seen In Rogers Park
In each incident, when the motorists got out of their cars, they were beaten and robbed.MORE NEWS: 4 Suspects Apprehended After Woman Is Robbed At Roosevelt Red Line Station; Police Stop Train After Robbers Escape
Police said anyone with information should contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8382.