Chicago police are warning residents of neighborhoods including South Commons and Bronzeville that a group of young kids and teens are robbing people at gunpoint on sidewalks, in parking lots and even inside apartment buildings.

Authorities on Saturday said a group of three to nine school-aged robbers was listed in robbery reports taken throughout the month of June in the area west of Dunbar high school and north of Illinois Institute of Technology. The most recent case, on June 28 in the first block of East 29th Street, involved a boy who was described as being between the ages of 6 and 8, and who “displayed a silver handgun and demanded money,” according to a news release.

An officer said it likely was a large group of kids and teenagers with robbers of varying ages from 6 up to 20. He explained that no clothing descriptions for the most recent robberies were available and no detectives from Area Central were available to discuss the case.

Addresses where robberies took place included:

–The 2900 block of South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (four times)

–The 2900 (twice) and 2600 blocks of South Michigan Avenue

–The 2700 and 2900 blocks of South Indiana Avenue

–The first block of West 30th Street

–The first block of East 29th Street

Those reporting the crimes said the group of boys came up to them both during the day and at night, and “demanded and/or forcibly removed property from the victims before fleeing on foot,” police said in their warning to residents.

Authorities advised that anyone who finds themselves the victim of this type of crime should:

–Be aware of their surroundings.

–Stay calm if confronted.

–Remember unique physical characteristics.

–Never pursue a fleeing assailant.

–Call 911 to report the crime.

–Stay at the location when it’s safe.

–Get contact information from anyone who witnessed the crime.


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