Police warn of robberies in North, Northwest suburbs

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WILMETTE, Ill. – Police in the North and Northwest suburbs are warning residents after a string of robberies in the area.

Two incidents Monday night  - one in the  9500 block of N Kedvale in Skokie and one in the  400 Sandy Lane in Wilmette - are just the latest in a series of recent robberies and attempted robberies in the North and Northwest suburbs.

Wilmette police believe that the same suspects were  involved in car burglaries have now morphed into doing more brazen crimes at gun point.

Around 8:54 Monday night on Kedvale, police say three young black men between 18 and 21 held a man up at gun point and made off with his cell phone and got away in a four door sedan. The man was not injured.

In Wilmette, just about the same time, a woman pulled into her driveway on Sandy Lane.

Neighbors say two young black men with ski masks and  a handgun approached the 30-year-old victim.

When they tried to take her keys, she started screaming, neighbors say.

The men ran off and got into a waiting car, possibly a white or silver Toyota Camry.

Police departments are asking residents to be extra vigilant in the evening hours if you have to go out, especially between the hours of 8 p.m. and 11 p.m..