2 arrests in a single day have cops hopeful of “huge break” in weeks-long violent crime spree


Chicago police are hopeful that they made a serious step towards neutralizing a violent armed theft and carjacking staff suspected of committing crimes throughout the town and suburbs this winter.

Cops have linked the crew to the carjacking of Lyft driver exterior Willis Tower, road robberies, hijackings, and a string of restaurant hold-ups wherein gunmen crawled via the companies’ drive-thru home windows.

Police on the West Aspect arrested two males simply after midnight Wednesday following a three-hour string of quick meals restaurant robberies, together with a Northwest Aspect Dunkin’ the place the offenders crawled via the drive-thru window with weapons. When the lads have been arrested, they have been driving an SUV that was carjacked this week in West City.

“The [detectives] have so much to do,” a supply mentioned, saying the arrests “look promising.”

After the Willis Tower carjacking on January 20, Chicago police detectives launched two separate neighborhood alerts that linked the hijacking to a violent group of criminals that investigators mentioned was liable for shootings and different violent crimes throughout the town and west suburbs.

CPD additionally mentioned the lads robbed fast-food eating places throughout late night and early morning hours by crawling via the companies’ drive-thru home windows — and cops launched video of the crew slithering via the drive-thrus of Dunkin’ and McDonald’s eating places with handguns.

Final night time, two males crawled via the drive-thru window of a Dunkin’ at 5000 West Irving Park Highway and robbed the shop whereas displaying a handgun that had a lightweight or laser connected to its barrel, based on a CPD report.

A Subway restaurant and no less than two different Dunkin’ places have been additionally robbed late final night time. And so they’re suspected of robbing a Dunkin’ on the 3300 block of West Addison earlier within the day. Cops in Elmwood Park suppose they held up one among their city’s Dunkin’ places this week, too.

Shortly after midnight, cops who have been monitoring a CPD “blue gentle” digicam noticed two males get out of a recently-hijacked SUV within the Austin neighborhood. Tactical officers moved in and detained the duo. Police say they discovered a handgun with a lightweight connected to its barrel contained in the automotive.

In keeping with CPD information, the Toyota RAV-Four the lads have been driving was taken at gunpoint in West City earlier this week.

Now, the 2 males are on the heart of a “important” investigation into dozens of violent crimes over the previous few weeks. CWBChicago will put up updates as this story develops.

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