By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police are searching for suspects in three overnight armed robberies on Chicago’s North Side. They all happened just moments apart and within about a mile.

Investigators say they could be connected to each other and to several more crimes over the last few weeks.

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The first happened at Halsted and Barry around 11:45 p.m. Friday. According to the Chicago Police Department, five men and three women were walking when a dark-colored sedan pulled alongside them. Three men with handguns got out and demanded the victims’ purses, wallets, and cell phones, then got back in the car and drove away. No one was hurt.

Five minutes later, three armed men robbed a woman near Melrose and Broadway and hit her in the head.

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And just after midnight, two men with guns stole phones and wallets from a couple near Ashland and Wrightwood.

The offenders in these robberies also drove away in a dark sedan.

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There have been nearly a dozen similar crimes in Lakeview and Lincoln Park just this month.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff