Chicago street vendors on edge after string of armed robberies

Chicago police are warning residents of recent armed robberies that targeted victims near or at street vendor locations.

In each incident, police say four male offenders approached a victim on the public road and pulled out rifles and black handguns before demanding the victim's property.

The offenders then fled the scene in a black Infiniti Q50.

Along 47th street in Brighton Park, people are often seen purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables and patronizing local food trucks.

"It’s scary because we have a small businesses here," said one worker.

Customers at five different vendor locations in Brighton Park, Galewood Park and Archer Heights were robbed at gunpoint on Saturday. The crime spree occurred from 7:30 a.m. through 11:30 p.m.

Estella Del Gado told FOX 32 the owner of their taco truck was robbed three weeks ago. Thieves stole the owner’s wallet.

Fortunately, no one was injured in each incident.

Police say be aware of your surroundings and never pursue the perpetrator if you’re targeted.

Customers say increased police patrols would make the community feel safer.

The crimes occurred at the following times and locations:

  • 1600 block of North Major Avenue on December 02, 2023, at 7:30 A.M.
  • 2900 block of West 47th Street on December 02, 2023, at 11:15 P.M.
  • 3000 block of West 47th Street on December 02, 2023, at 11:10 P.M.
  • 4500 block of South Pulaski Street on December 02, 2023, at 11:15 P.M.
  • 4700 block of South Whipple Street on December 02, 2023, at 11:30 P.M.

Police say no one is in custody. The offenders are described as Black males, wearing gray jeans, black hoodie sweaters, white gym shoes, multicolor gym shoes, red gloves, and a black facemask.

Anyone with information is urged to contact CPD detectives at 312-747-8380.