Two robberies Wednesday night may have been pulled off by the same trio, police say.
The first happened at Varsity Place apartments in the 1700 block of North Vassar at about 10:10 p.m., Lt. Doug Nolte said. A 21-year-old man was walking through the parking lot when he was approached by three men in their 20s.
One pulled out a handgun and demanded the 21-year-old’s wallet and cell phone. He complied, and the other two went through his pockets as he was held at gunpoint. They then ran south on foot.
A few minutes before midnight, three men forced open a side window of a house in the 2100 block of North Piatt and awoke three sleeping members of a family. They demanded cash and jewelry and left with several electronic items and cell phones, Nolte said. The victims ranged in age from 24 to 58.
After the three left, two of the family members went to a neighbor’s house to report the crime. Because of the timing, proximity and number of robbers, police are checking to see whether the same three committed both crimes, Nolte said.
All three men are black, Nolte said. The first is about 5-feet-6 and wore a brown hooded sweatshirt. He has a small build, short hair and is clean-shaven.
The second man is about 6 feet tall, has a thin build and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans. He was armed with a black revolver.
The third man is about 5-feet-10, has a thin build and has a light complexion.
They left in a two-door sedan with a cloth top and a 30-day tag. The car is a late 1980s or early ’90s car that is black or a dark color, witnesses told police.
Anyone with information about either incident should call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111, Nolte said.