Chicago Police detectives are asking residents of the Gage Park neighborhood to help find two teenage girls suspected of committing strong-arm robberies in the area in recent weeks, at least one of them against another teenager.
At least two robberies have been reported to police in the Chicago Lawn District’s Beat 824, according to police. The suspects are both believed to be about 16 years old, according to a community alert issued by Wentworth Area detectives on Thursday.
The first robbery took place about 3:50 p.m. on May 23 on the sidewalk in the 5500 block of South Mozart Street, according to police. The second happened about 3:20 p.m. May 27 in the 5800 block of South Troy Street.
In the more recent attack, a 15-year-old girl was walking on Troy when two other girls approached her and asked her to make a gang sign, according to police. When she would not, the two girls grabbed her and forced her to do so.
The two attackers then told the girl to empty her pockets, and when she said she had nothing in them, they grabbed a necklace she was wearing, breaking it, and fled, according to police.
Both of the attacks were described as strong-arm robberies, meaning no weapon was used.
The attackers are both described as about 16 years old and Hispanic. One stands between 4-foot-8 and 5-foot-2 and weights 100 to 115 pounds. She was wearing a white top and blue jeans in at least one of the robberies.
The second girl is described as between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-5 and weighing between 115 and 150 pounds. She was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans in at least one of the robberies.
Detectives warned residents to walk in groups and not to carry too much “unnecessary baggage” such as backpacks or duffle bags, make note of any suspicious, “loitering” people or vehicles and call 911 when they see anything suspicious.
Anyone with information about the two attackers is asked to call Wentworth Area detectives at 312-747-8382.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun