Police are warning residents of this Chicago neighborhood of crime spike

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If you live in the Near West Side neighborhoods of Chicago, the police have a message for you.

A string of armed robberies has lead the police to issue a community alert.

The robberies occurred at:

  • about 1:50 a.m. Aug. 22 in the 1000 block of West Vernon Park Place;
  • about 2 a.m. Aug. 22 in the 800 block of West Jackson Boulevard;
  • about 7:15 a.m. Aug. 22 in the 2000 block of West Huron Street;
  • about 5:15 a.m. Aug. 23 in the 900 block of North Wolcott Avenue; and
  • about 5:25 a.m. Aug. 23 in the 2000 block of West Ohio Street.

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The offenders were described by police being as three to five black men ages 17-28, standing 5-foot-9 to 6-foot-1, weighing 140-160 pounds, with black hair according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Contact Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8382 if you have any information regarding the robberies.

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