Chicago postmen proceed to be robbed at gunpoint, together with 12 in final month: police

Postmen throughout town proceed to be robbed at gunpoint and police say there have been no less than 12 instances over the past month, most lately within the North Lawndale borough on Wednesday.

In every case, one to a few armed robbers approached postmen on public thoroughfares that afternoon and demanded their postal keys, threatening violence, earlier than fleeing the scene in a ready car, in response to a Chicago police alert.

In one of many incidents, the robbers violently took away a sufferer’s car after one of many assaults, which started March 2 within the Little Italy neighborhood and lasted Wednesday afternoon in North Lawndale.

  • 1400 block of South Halsted Avenue on March 2nd

  • 100 block of South Leavitt Avenue on March seventh

  • 7900 block of South LaSalle Avenue on March seventh

  • 200 block of North Wells Avenue on March seventh

  • 9200 block of South Throop Avenue on March 14th

  • 2200 block of West Warren Boulevard on March fifteenth

  • 100 block of South Seeley Avenue on March sixteenth

  • 2900 block of West Wilcox Avenue on March 18th

  • 6600 block of North Hoyne Avenue on March twentieth

  • 1800 block of West Maypole Avenue on March twenty third

  • 700 block of South Claremont Avenue on April 4th

  • 1500 block of South Drake Avenue on April fifth

Police described the robbers as African American males, ages 15 to 25, sporting darkish clothes and ski masks. The robbers are armed with semi-automatic handguns.

In February, the top of the Chicago department of the Nationwide Affiliation of Letter Carriers informed the Tribune that postmen within the Chicago space had been traumatized and feared for his or her lives after a sequence of armed robberies and thefts towards postal staff since final summer season.

“It’s a traumatizing expertise to have a gun pointed at you whereas performing your public service duties,” stated Elise M. Foster, the chair of union Department 11, who says she represents native transportation corporations which have lately grow to be victims had been assaulted. “They’re scared and a few don’t even need to return to work.”

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In most robberies, armed thieves goal postmen’s grasp keys. The keys enable entry to blue drop-off bins and cluster mailboxes. The continuing robberies not solely increase considerations concerning the security of mail carriers, but in addition the protection of the general public, whose private info may very well be compromised by the hands of the criminals, Foster stated.

Anybody with info is urged to contact Space Three detectives at 312-744-8263.

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