Chicago Police issued a public warning after two individuals said they were robbed at gunpoint and forced to withdraw money from ATMs after they organized the sale of items in markets in line.
Both thefts have been reported in recent weeks, with one in the Darrow Homes neighborhood and the other in the Lake Meadows neighborhood, both on the south side of town.
For each theft, the victim arranged to meet with someone to sell an item in an online marketplace. When the victim arrived at the scene, she was approached by four men, who forced her into their own vehicles at gunpoint.
Once inside, the individuals both reported being physically assaulted and then told to go to an ATM nearby, where they were forced to withdraw money from their bank accounts.
The thieves then allowed the victims to get out of their cars and then stole the vehicles.
The first theft was reported in the 3500 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue on June 25, and the second was in the 500 block of East 33.rd Held on July 17, according to police.
Residents are encouraged to check online profiles of buyers or sellers in online marketplaces before meeting. Residents are also advised to meet in a public place, such as a police station.
If residents are the victims of theft, they are urged to stay calm and try to remember any unique physical characteristics to assist the police.