Armed robbers targeting victims near cars in South Loop

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Chicago police are cautioning residents of the South Loop after four robberies were reported in three days earlier this month. (WLS)

Chicago police are cautioning residents of the South Loop after four robberies were reported in three days earlier this month.

Most recently, someone was robbed near their car in the 2200-block of S. Indiana. Police say that's the thieves' M.O.

Police said four robberies have occurred between 4 and 7 a.m. Two men wearing dark clothes and covering their faces with masks are targeting people getting in and out of cars, according to police.

The men are armed with black semi-automatic pistols. Police say they work quickly and steal jewelry, watches, cellphones and cash.

According to a community alert, the robberies occurred:
-in the 300 block of East 21st Street on Jan. 11 at 4:10 a.m. and again at 6:15 a.m.;
-in the 1600 block of South Prairie on Jan. 13 about 5:30 a.m.;
-in the 2200 block of South Indiana on Jan. 13 about 5:33 a.m.

The suspects were described as black men between 25 and 35 years old, police said. One was wearing a black jacket and pink pants.

The other man wore a black leather coat, a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, police said. He had short black hair and was wearing a multi-colored skeleton mask.

Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8384.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.
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