Updated: November 16, 2011 1:22AM
Holdup men typically steal wallets and jewelry, but some muggers in Waukegan have also started demanding their victims undress as well.
It’s apparently designed to give the thieves more time to get away, because the victim gets dressed before calling police.
“I’d assume it is to distract the victim,” said Waukegan Police Cmdr. Gabriel Guzman.
In two separate robberies on the same day last month, victims were forced to undress, but Guzman does not believe it’s a trend.
, “Other than the two [incidents], I know of no other robberies like that,” he said.
Two men told police that three men robbed them on July 24 and made them undress before fleeing with their wallets and $3.
The victims said they were walking down the alley at 7 a.m. in the 700 block of Walnut Street in the far north suburb when a group of 16- to 20-year-olds approached and demanded money.
The victims said they didn’t have any, and one assailant took out a gun and hit one of the victims with the butt of the weapon. After taking their wallets and $3, the man with the gun told them to remove their shirts, pants, shoes and socks before the robbers fled, police said.
Another resident told police he was inside his vehicle July 24 when he was approached by four males who ordered him out. They took his wallet and cellphone and demanded he take his pants off. Then one assailant fired two shots in the air with a 22-caliber handgun..
So far, no arrests have been made.
Police said there is little victims can do but comply, especially if robbers display a gun or other weapon.
— Sun-Times Media