Armed robber targets West Side victims using dating apps, police say

Armed robber targets West Side victims using dating apps, police say

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police are warning West Side residents about a thief targeting people looking for love online.

On four occasions since the end of June, the robber used a dating app to arrange meetings with his targets, and when they showed up at the designated location, he robbed them at gunpoint:

  • 200 block of North Pine Ave. on June 26, 2024 from 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • 200 block of North Pine Ave. June 30, 2024 at 12:00 AM
  • 5300 block of West Van Buren St. on July 2, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.
  • 200 block of North Pine Ave on July 4, 2024 at 2:34 p.m.

During one of the robberies, the suspect met the victim at her home. Once there, the thief demanded the victim’s keys at gunpoint, got into her car and drove off.

The police only have a vague description of the thief.

Police have recommended that anyone wanting to meet someone they met online should try to meet them in a public place, such as a restaurant or police station.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call Area 4 detectives at 312-746-8253.