Homewood police arrested the four men on Sept. 1, just a few hours after sending out an alert to residents about the robberies through the village's Electronic Neighborhood Watch program.
All four men were charged with one count of aggravated robbery and robbery, police said. One of the accused lives in Glenwood while the rest reside in Chicago. Police did not immediately release their identities.
A group of up to four young men between the ages of 18 and 21 had been stealing the cell phones from people who were on their way to or from their homes and cars, police said in the weekend alert. The crimes typically happened between 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., in the area east of Ashland Avenue and Riegel Road on main streets such as 183rd and 187th.
An ongoing investigation by Homewood detectives linked the four men to the robberies, police said.
One incident from Aug. 31 involved through juvenile victims. In that incident, the robbers said they were "loaded" but never display a handgun and only indicated they had one, according to a Homewood report. One victim who didn't have a cell phone was punched three times in the face, police said.