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Armed thieves on the west end of the elevated Bloomingdale Trail have knocked cyclists off their bikes to beat and rob them twice this weekend, and Chicago Police are warning users of The 606 park system to watch out.

Three incidents this month on the trail, a former elevated railroad line, were the subject of a police alert Sunday evening.

The robberies happened July 2 and then on Saturday and Sunday.

Police said the men knocked the victims from their bikes as they rode on The 606.

"In the first two incidents, the victims suffered injuries when they fell off their bikes. In the latest incident, the offenders were armed with a small black handgun and the offenders beat the victim and demanded his belongings," police said in a news release.

The attacks happened:

• July 2, 2017 at 1:15 a.m. at 3510 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

• July 22, 2017 at 5:29 p.m. at 3300 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

• July 23, 2017 at 4:30 a.m. at 1850 N. Ridgeway Ave.

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Why not request that police use decoy riders throughout the day in order to catch these robbers? Wouldn't that make the most sense, or would you rather just complain?


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