Uber, Lyft drivers are being carjacked by passengers in Wicker Park, police say


Approximate areas of the carjackings

No less than three ride-hail service drivers have been carjacked just lately within the Wicker Park space by individuals who ordered rides by way of the Uber and Lyft apps, in line with a brand new group alert from Chicago police.

CWB has reported the elevated concentrating on of ride-hail drivers by carjackers who order rides on stolen telephones since November. However the corporations received’t remark about what steps their drivers can take to make sure that the individuals who get into their vehicles are the precise account holders.

Police mentioned the Wicker Park sample entails two carjackers who order rides by way of the corporate apps. One carjacker will get into the again seat, and the opposite will get into the entrance seat. Then, the again seat passenger pulls a gun, and each offenders rob the motive force of their valuables earlier than ordering them out of the automobile and driving away.

The primary incident was reported shortly after midnight on December 28. A ride-hail driver instructed police two carjackers took his black Infiniti QX60 within the 1900 block of West Evergreen. The sufferer thought one other automobile, probably a black four-door sedan, was additionally concerned within the crime, in line with a CPD report.

A few hours later, round 1:50 a.m., an Uber driver was robbed of his black Kia Optima within the 2000 block of West St. Paul. As soon as once more, the motive force mentioned he thought the carjackers may need gotten out of a darkish Honda or Toyota earlier than stepping into his automobile.

Then, round 7 p.m. on January 9, a trip service driver was carjacked of his white Lexus RS350 within the 1400 block of North Maplewood. The offenders additionally bought away with the person’s pockets and cellphone, which have been within the automobile.

In keeping with the CPD alert, each carjackers are male, Black, and 18- to 30-years-old. One stands 5’four” to five’6” and weighs 130 to 150 kilos. The opposite is about 5’7” to 6-feet tall and weighs 140 to 160 kilos, they mentioned.

Anybody with details about the crimes can contact Space Three detectives at 312-746-7394 concerning sample #P21-5-Zero01.

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