Police have issued a crime alert regarding two strong armed robberies occurring within blocks of Lyons Township High School between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 27.
None of the three victims were injured and no weapons were displayed, said investigator Robert Wardlaw.
“We can’t say with 100 percent certainty the two incidents are related, but we have strong reason to believe they are,” Wardlaw said. “We are reinterviewing the victims to get better information.”
A 14-year-old Western Springs boy told police he was approached by two men about 8:39 p.m. near the school at 100 S. Brainard Ave. The men demanded valuables and left with $5.
One of the robbers was described as a black man in his 20s, weighing about 200 pounds with a slight beard and Afro hair and wearing a sweatshirt. The second robber was described as a black man about 18 or 19 years old, 5 feet, 6 inches tall with short hair.
In the second incident shortly after 9 p.m., two boys told police they were approached by two teens, who demanded valuables, at Cossitt and Blackstone avenues. One boy handed over items, but the second boy resisted, and his cellphone and wallet were taken from him by force.
After the men left with items valued at $80, a chase and a short struggle ensued, but the boys didn’t appear to have been injured, Wardlaw said.
The boys described one robber as a black boy 16 to 17 years old, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds with a medium complexion. The second robber was described as a black boy 16 to 17 years old, weighing 190 pounds with a medium complexion and wearing a T-shirt and gray pants.
Although the descriptions vary somewhat, police believe the incidents could be related, Wardlaw said.
“To have two robberies in the same area is a little strange,” he said. “We don’t rule anything out.”
Police advise community members to take extra precautions when going out and to be aware of their surroundings, particularly after dark. Avoid using headphones, walk with another person, and don’t attempt to resist someone demanding valuables, Wardlaw said.
The village’s crime alert urges residents to be aware of strangers who may approach them. Residents also should change direction they are walking, attempt to remove themselves from a situation in which they feel threatened and call police.