Armed Robbers Luring Victims By Using Social Media To Set Up Fake Sales

May 22, 2018 - 6:57 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Police are warning residents of a series of fake online sales leading to armed robberies this month in the Gresham neighborhood on the on the South Side.

In five robberies, victims have been lured to a meet-up location to purchase items like cell phones and laptops through sale offers posted on social media. When they arrive, they are met by a group of three men who show a gun and take their property, Chicago Police said.

Items stolen include cell phones, purses, wallets and a car, police said.

The incidents occurred:

  • About 6:20 p.m. on May 2 in the 7700 block of South Union;
  • About 6:15 p.m. on May 2 in the 600 block of West 77th Street;
  • At 5:41 p.m. on May 8 in the 7700 block of South Union;
  • About 6:30 p.m. on May 14 in the 7700 block of South Union;
  • About 4 p.m.  on May 17 in the 7600 block of South Emerald.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Area South detectives (312) 747-8273.

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