Tuesday, December 01, 2015

BAD DAY FOR NECK TATS: Prison Time For Two Accused In Separate Boystown Muggings

A 19-year-old parolee has pleaded guilty to the brutal beating and robbery of a man outside of Nookie’s Tree restaurant on Boystown’s Halsted strip this summer.

Sparks (Il Dept. Of Corrections)
You may remember when the robbery victim told us his story days after the mugging.

Richardson C. Sparks of the Auburn Gresham neighborhood was tracked down by a fugitive apprehension unit after he was positively identified as the person who used a credit card taken in the robbery to buy food at the Subway restaurant, 901 W. Belmont, moments later.

Charges of aggravated battery, unlawful restraint, unlawful possession of a credit card, and identity theft were dropped in exchange for Sparks’ plea.

Sparks never identified the other people who participated in the attack with him.


Jones (Cook Co. Sheriff's Dept)
Another of this summer’s muggings also reached a relatively quick resolution yesterday.

Amari Jones, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery in connection with mugging a man and then punching him in the face near Broadway and Melrose on September 5.

Charges of unlawful restraint, theft of lost or mislaid property, and two counts of aggravated battery were dropped in exchange for Jones’ plea, court records show.

Not-So-Funny Valentine

Valentine (Chicago Police Dept)
Finally, 22-year-old Noel Valentine has reached a plea deal in connection with he alleged robbery of a 58-year-old Lakeview woman in late September.

Valentine pleaded guity to one count of theft in the case, which was originally charged as a robbery. Valentine received two year’s of second-chance probation, according to court records.

Prosecutors alleged that Valentine walked into the victim’s backyard and asked her for directions before stealing her purse and crashing into her on his way out the back gate. A 40-year-old neighbor tackled Valentine within seconds and held him for police.
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$450,000 Bail For Career Criminal Charged In Local Burglary

Bail is set at a whopping $450,000 for a career criminal who’s now charged with three counts of residential burglary, with one charge stemming from a November 12 break-in in the 4100 block of N. Kenmore Ave.

A fugitive task force found 44-year-old Earl Hampton hiding under bags of clothing in a closet in his Chicago Heights home after he was positively identified in a photo line-up as being involved in the Kenmore burglary, court records say.

Hampton was also identified as one of two burglars who broke into two apartments in the 5700 block of N. Winthrop in Edgewater, police said.

Police also alleged that Hampton sold the burglary proceeds to a South Side pawn shop.

State records show that Hampton has been sentenced to a combined 36 years in prison since 2009, yet he managed to get paroled after serving just 5 years.

His prison record shows the following sentences:
• 10 years for residential burglary in 2009
• 6 years for narcotics in Jefferson county in 2011
• Another 10 years for residential burglary in 2009.
• Yet another 10 years for residential burglary in 2009.
• 2 years for possession of burglary tools in 2006.
• 2 years for theft in 2006.
• 4 years for narcotics in 2002
• 30 months for attempt burglary in 2000.
• 6 years for burglary in 1996
• 1 year for narcotics in 1996.
• Another year for narcotics in 1996.
• 3 years for possession of a stolen vehicle in 1993.
• 8 years for burglary in 1992.

Man Charged With Assault At Center On Halsted

A man currently on parole for aggravated battery to a police officer is now charged with threatening to slit a man’s throat at the Center on Halsted (COH), 3356 N. Halsted Street.

A COH employee asked Shaun B. Phillips to leave the facility after Phillips created a disturbance, but Phillips refused to leave and told the employee, “I will slit your throat, you fucking faggot,” according to court filings.

Phillips, who lists the Howard Brown Health Center on Sheridan Road as his home address, is charged with assault and criminal trespassing. His bond is set at $10,000.

State records show that Phillips was paroled on September 25 after serving about half of a three-year sentence for the police battery conviction.

Image: Phillips' intake photo from the Cook County Sheriff's Department
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More Charges For Man Accused In Lakeview Robbery Spree

Darryl Walton, the 23-year-old South Side man who's accused of pulling off a string of robberies in Lakeview and Roscoe Village last month, is now facing additional charges.

A 69-year-old Lakeview woman has positively identified Walton as the man who robbed her in an alley behind the Brewster Apartments at Diversey and Pine Grove around noontime on September 17.

Prosecutors have now filed charges of robbery of a senior citizen, aggravated battery of a senior citizen, and unlawful restraint to Walton's growing menu of charges.

Dumb & Dumber

One of the other victims that Walton is accused of robbing is a retired Chicago police officer. Now, CWB has learned, a South Side woman is charged with trying to sell the victim's stolen cell phone back to the retired cop.

40-year-old Letrece Salley of Englewood called the ex-cop's husband in an attempt to arrange a meeting, according to a police report. She is charged with theft of lost or mislaid property according to court records.

Images: Walton (top) from the Cook County Sheriff's Department and Salley from the Chicago Police Department
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Monday, November 30, 2015

Alert Issued After Southeast Lakeview Robbery Spree

Chicago police Monday issued a robbery alert in which a series of post-Thanksgiving armed robberies in southeast Lakeview are connected with a number of similar crimes in Wrigleyville and Bucktown.

On Friday, one victim was shot at, a second was pistol-whipped, and a third was forced to lie on the ground at gunpoint during a 45-minute spree that we first reported here.

Detectives say the three incidents are connected to a series of hold-up in which two or three offenders approach their victims and rob them at gunpoint. Several victims have been pistol-whipped and one victim was shot in the hand, according to the new alert.

The gunmen are described as being black men between 20- and 25-years-old of average height who weigh 160- to 225 pounds. They wear hooded sweatshirts and one or more offenders has dreadlocks, police said.

In addition to the three incidents on Friday, police believe the crew is responsible for the following armed robberies:
• The 1200 block of W. Waveland on November 15 at 12:30 am.
• The 2900 block of W. Belden on November 23 at 3:55 a.m.
• The 3600 block of N. Clark on November 23 at 5:00 p.m.
• The 1500 block of N. Paulina on November 25 at 11:41 p.m.
• The 2400 block of N. Wabansia on November 26 at 1:30 a.m.
• The 2400 block of N. Oakley on November 26 at 1:00 p.m.
• The 1200 block of N. Hoyne on November 27 at 12:05 a.m.
• The 1700 block of W. Cortland on November 27 at 12:54 p.m.
CWB Chicago has also learned that three teens tried to rob a man at gunpoint around 1:30PM on Thanksgiving Day in the 1900 block of W. Byron. The details and the offender descriptions in the incident closely resemble those given in the police alert.
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Burglars Using Stolen Cars As Break-In Spree Continues Through Holiday Weekend

Chicago police today decided to announce that there have been a lot of burglaries in the area, something that CWB Chicago has been reporting for over a month.

We'll get to their alert later. First, though, some details that they aren't telling you.

One group of burglars—and there are believed to be at least two of them working the area—intentionally ran into a suburban woman's car in the 3000 block of Lincoln around 11:15PM Wednesday and then stole her vehicle when she got out to talk about the collision.

A 2012 Toyota Corolla 4-door
That car is a silver 2012 Toyota Corolla 4-door with an Illinois plate that begins with the digits Z345.

Police briefly pursued the vehicle Sunday morning after it was used by a group of burglars in the 2700 block of N. Burling around 6:15AM. Officers lost the car in Bucktown.

The occupants today were described as two black men in their late teens or early 20's. One wore a puffy down jacket with a hood while the other wore a puffy vest over a dark hoodie.

The crew is also believed to be responsible for stealing a gray Honda Accord with Florida plates from the 2700 block of N. Marshfield on Thanksgiving morning. In that case, the homeowner reported hearing someone come into her home, take the car keys, and drive away.

We have also confirmed the following burglaries since our last report on Wednesday:
• Burglars kicked in the back door and looted an apartment in the 800 block of W. Roscoe Street on Saturday.
• A woman encountered two burglars matching the earlier description in her home in the 1000 block of W. Wellington Ave around 5AM on Saturday. The pair fled through the alley.
• A forcible entry burglary to an apartment in the 600 block of Patterson on Saturday.
• Three young men attempted to break into a garage in the 2600 block of N. Wayne at 12:40AM on Sunday. They fled in a small SUV.
• A burglary by unlawful entry in the 1300 block of Schubert on Sunday.
• A burglary to an apartment in the 3400 block of N. Sheffield Avenue was reported Sunday afternoon. 
Also, these cases:

DateBlockType of BurglaryLocation
11/26/20151900 W ADDISON STUnknownRESIDENCE

Better Late Than Never

While dozens of burglaries have been reported in a spike that started last month, Chicago police issued their first warning this morning. In the community alert, detectives only mention the Bosworth, Wellington, and Marshfield incidents that are reported above.

Suspects in those burglaries are described in the alert as black men between 18- and 25-years of age with slim to medium builds who stand 5'8" to 5'10" tall.

Previous Coverage

• INTRUDERS: Suspect Vehicle Identified As Burglary Spree Rolls On
• IN-N-OUT BURGLARS: With 20+ Recent Burglaries, Prowler Stories Get Creepy
Burglars Hit 4 Homes Tuesday As Break-In Spree Continues

Break-in Image: The Brian Crabtree Show
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Victims Are Shot At, Pistol-Whipped, And Forced To Lie In The Street During Post-Thanksgiving Robbery Spree

While you slept off a turkey orgy, three people were targeted by an early-rising armed robbery crew in southeast Lakeview Friday morning.

One victim was shot at. Another was pistol-whipped upside the head. And one was forced to lie on the ground while an offender ransacked his car.

No one is in custody for the assaults, which played out over the course of just 45 minutes.

In the first incident, a man reported that an offender approached him as he tried to get into his car near Wellington Avenue and Waterloo Court at 5:15AM. The robber claimed to have a handgun and ordered the victim to lie in the street before entering the victim’s car in search of valuables.

The offender was described as a black man in his mid-20’s who wore a dark jacket over a red hoodie. He was last seen driving northbound on Waterloo Court in a red 4-door Chevrolet Cobalt.

About 10 minutes later, two offenders approached a man in an alley behind the 400 block of W. Surf Street, produced a handgun, and announced a robbery. An offender fired one shot from a semi-automatic handgun during the incident, police said.

A CPD evidence technician recovered a shell casing from the scene.

This victim described the offenders as two black men in black hoodies who stood about 6-feet tall. He last saw them running northbound.

Finally, around 6AM, two offenders armed with at least one gun approached a man outside of the 2930 N. Sheridan Road condo building in a robbery attempt. One of the offenders struck the victim in the head with a handgun, which was described as a black semi-automatic.

The third victim described the offenders as two black men dressed in all black. They stood about 5’9” tall and had thin builds.

Image: Locations of Friday morning's incidents plotted on a Google map.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Burglars Hit 4 Homes Tuesday As Break-In Spree Continues

One victim lost $25,000 worth of jewelry. Another lost three laptops. And a golf supply store had its safe wheeled out the front door on a dolly. Alarm systems were knocked completely off of walls.

Those are just some of the latest reports as a series of mostly-residential forcible-entry burglaries continues in Lakeview and nearby Lincoln Park.

At least four homes were targeted yesterday: two in the 1400 block of W. Lill and two in the 1600 block of W. Barry.

On Lill, a third resident may have gotten a glimpse of the offenders after a suspicious person knocked on their door. Twice. When the homeowner answered the door after the second knock, they encountered a "pimply-faced" Hispanic man in his mid-20's who said he was looking for "Roxanna." The man walked away and got into an SUV that was occupied by two other individuals.

As we reported in our November 15 burglary update, police suspect that a stolen SUV is being used in many of the break-ins.

Three's Company

Last Thursday, another victim came face-to-face with two burglars in his home. As the man entered his home in the 3000 block of N. Racine around 11PM, two offenders with backpacks ran out the door. Both thieves were described as white men in hoodies. A watch and three computers were taken.

No Green

On Monday, some well-prepared burglars broke into the Golf Tech store at 2847 N. Halsted around 4:30AM. They ripped out the store safe, placed it on a dolly, and wheeled it out the front door with an $800 set of golf clubs thrown on top of it for good measure.

We don't want to ruin the surprise for the thieves, but they're probably going to be disappointed if they ever manage to get the safe open. It only contains blank deposit slips and a couple of golf videos.

Other confirmed burglaries that have been reported since our last update include the following:


Previous Coverage

• INTRUDERS: Suspect Vehicle Identified As Burglary Spree Rolls On
• IN-N-OUT BURGLARS: With 20+ Recent Burglaries, Prowler Stories Get Creepy

Image: Safe Touch
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

SHOCKING: Bailed Out, Wrigleyville Burglars Are Hunted Down After Suburban Break-In

It looks like McHenry County is cleaning up Wrigleyville's trash.

Two men accused of attempting to break into a home in the 3700 block of Kenmore on November 5 were hunted down by U.S. Marshals and McHenry County authorities this week after they allegedly (wait for it) broke into a home there, stealing a gun and a car.

We told you about Bashiek Stovall and Amire Rose on November 6, the day after 19th district cops chased them down following a reported burglary in progress.

Stovall—who is supposed to be on supervised release after serving 10 years for armed robbery, according to Wisconsin records—was charged with trespassing and theft, then released on bail. Rose, who is accused of unscrewing security lights at the allegedly-targeted home in Wrigleyville, was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct and then released.

Stovall (Chicago Police Dept)
But, now, the two are facing a whole heap of trouble in McHenry County.

According to the Northwest Herald, Stovall, Rose, and a third man are accused of breaking into a home in suburban Woodstock on Wednesday.

Stovall and the third man were taken into custody shortly after police responded to a reported burglary in progress, the Herald reported.

Local schools were locked down for almost four hours while police searched for the third suspect—later identified as Rose—who escaped.

The Herald reports:
Rose (Chicago Police Dept)
Rose was identified...during a meeting with Stovall's family, during which detectives learned he is Stovall's nephew, police said.
The Great Lakes Regional U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force assisted the Woodstock police in finding Rose, who was arrested about 3:15 p.m. Thursday on the 7800 block of South Essex Avenue in Chicago.
Police located a vehicle they believe was used by the three suspects about a block from the crime scene…A Ruger handgun that was taken from the residence was found on the path where the suspects fled, Woodstock Police Detective Sgt. Jeffery Parsons said.
Humorously, the paper adds,
Police have had contact with Rose before...but not for this type of criminal activity.
No. No. Nothing like this at all.

McHenry County has charged Stovall with burglary, theft, criminal damage to property, resisting police, and possessing a stolen vehicle. His bail is set at $80,000.

Rose's bond is set at $100,000 as he faces identical charges.

The third man, Kentrell Leggitt, faces the same charges plus possession of a stolen firearm. His bail is set at $100,000.
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Friday, November 20, 2015

ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO: In Fresh Alert, Cops Warn Of Another Lakeview Arsonist

Chicago police today confirmed our on-going reports that a second arsonist is responsible for some of the numerous suspicious fires that have been reported in west Lakeview and North Center over recent weeks.

Yesterday, the department announced charges against a 17-year-old boy in connection with one fire that gutted a 3-flat in the 1900 block of W. Diversey Parkway last week.

Now, a fresh alert officially connects four other fires to a different offender, reinforcing investigators' theory—reported exclusively here—that a recent arson spree in North Center was the work of a copycat.

The fires listed in today's alert were set on in the 1300 block of W. Wolfram and the 1400 block of W. Diversey (seen above) on October 17; on October 28 in the 2900 block of N. Lincoln; and on November 8 in the 1200 block of W. Diversey.

Map of recent suspicious fires. Red denotes cases classified as arson by police.
The alert does not offer an offender description. However, CWB Chicago sources previously described a man seen on video setting at least one of the fires. He is white and is believed to be in his late-40's to mid-50's. He stands about 5'10" tall and has dark, unkempt hair that appears to be thinning on top. The man has been described as "homeless looking."

A source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak about the investigation, listed several other recent fires that may be connected to the suspect who's currently being sought:
• A sidewalk trash can fire in the 3300 block of N. Broadway at 7:51PM  on November 3 which is not officially classified as arson.
• A trash fire two hours later behind the Walgreens at Clark/Diversey/Broadway, which is an official arson.
• An alley fire that spread to an abandoned wooden structure in the 2500 block of N. Halsted at 6:30PM on November 15. This case is not yet classified as arson.
• A bona fide arson behind the 700 block of W. Roscoe on September 28.
Anyone who has information, particularly video or images of suspects, is asked to call Area North detectives at 312.746.7618 and refer to pattern P15-N-261.
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