CHICAGO (WLS) --Police are warning Rogers Park residents after three robberies were committed in the North Side neighborhood in six days.
In these robberies, victims were walking from CTA Red Line stops at Morse and Loyola when they were approached by multiple robbers who beat them and took their property. Items taken include money, wallets, a backpack, work uniforms and a cell phone.
The first robbery took place in the 6900 block of N. Glenwood Ave. on Saturday, May 7 at 8:20 p.m. The robbers were described as four black males.
The second robbery took place in the 1400 block of W. Lunt Ave. Tuesday between 2-3 a.m. The robbers were described as five black men, ages 21-29.
The most recent incident took place in the 7000 block of N. Sheridan Rd. on Friday at 7 a.m.
The robbers were described as a black man, 35-40 years old, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, white t-shirt, blue jeans and black gym shoes; and a black woman, 25-30 years old, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.
People who live in the neighborhood and CTA riders said they know they must stay alert.
"I am trying to be aware and careful as I can be. I am very aware of my surroundings. I try and expect the worst. I kind of go along with it," Brittnae Davis said.
"I think it's terrible. I've lived here for six years and this is the second time I heard something like that," Alan Tolliver said.
"If this is your only means of transportation and you don't feel safe, it's pretty concerning," said Sharon Summers.
"When they begin to let down their guard is when the attacks occur. As the weather gets better, you're going to find a lot of people walking the streets late at night, stuff like that," said Thomas Hunt, Guardian Angels.
In addition to these latest incidents, the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce says businesses have been dealing with several smash-and-grabs, starting last October.
"I'd like to see an increase in the CAPS meetings. I'd like to see more people being aware," said Bill Morton, Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. "Also the small businesses, we're encouraging them to light up their storefront windows and install security cameras if they haven't already yet."
For those who live in the area, there is just one thing to do.
"I just go as quickly as possible, home. Try and stay on the main street," said resident Christy Meyer.
Anyone with information regarding these robberies should contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263.