Carjackers Strike Twice Thursday Morning In Bucktown; Task Force Reactivated

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago police are looking for carjackers who stole two vehicles Thursday morning in Bucktown. 

The first incident happened around 2:36 a.m. in the 2300 block of North Shakespeare Avenue, Chicago police said.

Police said a man was standing outside his brand new black Jeep Grand Cherokee when two males approached, one of whom had a gun. The suspect pulled out the gun and demanded the man's car keys before both taking off in the victim’s Jeep.

The Jeep was then seen in another carjacking a mile away at 7 a.m. in the 1700 block of North Winchester Avenue. 

A man got out of a black Jeep, flashed a gun and demanded the keys to a 34-year-old woman’s Nissan hatchback, police said.

The woman dropped what she was carrying and ran up some nearby stairs, while the carjacker got into the Nissan and drove south towards North Avenue, police said.

No injuries were reported in either robbery, police said.

The suspects in the first carjacking were two males between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-9, police said. One was wearing a yellow hoodie and jeans, while the other had dreadlocks and a dark beanie.

In the second carjacking, the suspect was described as a 5-foot-7 man between 18 and 20 years old with short black hair, police said.

Area Five detectives are investigating.

Bucktown Community Organization President Steve Jensen told CBS 2 such crime is on the rise.

“It’s been quiet the past couple summers, and it’s disheartening to see this flare up again,” Jensen said. “Hopefully, the police can activate the task force that we remember from two years ago and see if they can make a dent in this."

The task force has been reactivated and has plenty of work, as the department reports three carjackings in Bucktown this month alone.

(WBBM Newsradio and the Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this copy.)