Criminals use Craigslist to find victims in Humboldt Park

Crime Briefs: Criminals use Craigslist to find victims in Humboldt Park

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PolicePolice are warning Humboldt Park residents to be on alert after two robberies were reported this month.

In both cases, the offenders reached out to victims via social media to buy or sell electronics. While meeting in the victims’ vehicles, offenders in the first robbery wielded a knife while a handgun was displayed in the second robbery, police said.

The first incident occurred on the 1300 block of N. Monticello Avenue on Jan. 8 at around 6:25 pm. The second took place on the 1600 block of N. Pulaski Avenue at around 10:30 pm.

The offenders are described as two Hispanic men between the ages of 19 and 22. In the first robbery, one offender was described as wearing both a black hoodie, and black jeans. The second offender wore a skull cap, jacket and jeans, also all black. In the second robbery, the two are described as wearing a grey sweater and a black hoodie.

Police are urging residents to use caution when using sites like Craigslist, and to not conduct transactions inside a vehicle. Instead, transitions should be made in a well-lit, comfortable and public location. Residents are also advised to document the username, phone number, site listing or any other relevant information before making the transaction.

Residents should call 911 immediately if contact is made with the suspects and provide a detailed description of the them, their vehicle description, license plate information and direction of flight.

Anyone with information regarding these robberies should contact North Area detectives at 312-744-8263.