Saturday, August 03, 2013

A SMOKING GUN: Police Report Details Robbery At Gunpoint

What is it like to be robbed at gunpoint in the neighborhood? This morning, we can tell you.

A CWB reader who has occasionally sent police reports our way, sometimes in support of our reports, and sometimes to set us straight, emailed another set of documents last night.

This is the narrative from the police report that documents robbery #6 in our July 14 report "Overnight Plague." We have substituted plain English for shorthand and abbreviations used in the report:
Both victims relate that they were smoking a cigarette outside, in front of [victim]'s residence. . .The first offender then stood behind the male victim and placed a handgun at his back and head and said, "give me your wallet and cellphone." The male victim states that he put his arms up and the second offender went through his pockets and removed his wallet, cellphone, and house keys. 
The first offender then told the female victim to give them her phone and money and she replied she had nothing. The first offender then racked the slide to his gun and pointed it at her face. Offender 2 then patted the woman down. 
Both offenders then fled northbound on Racine towards School Street.
Neither victim suffered injuries and refused medical treatment.
CWB posted our original report,which was based on initial information, less than four hours after the attack. Police were asked to respond to an address on Clifton, which is one block east of Racine:
#6) 5:30AM: Two friends who stepped out of an apartment to smoke in the 3200 block of N. Clifton were robbed at gunpoint of their phones and house keys by two offenders. The gunman is male, black, about 5'8" tall and he wore a white t-shirt and blue jeans. His accomplice was also described as a black male and may also have worn a white shirt. Both were last seen running westbound on School Street toward Racine. Chicago Police Department case #HW361729
The police report states that both victims were sober, not out drinking at 5:30AM, and the report states that the man's cell phone was in his pocket, not being flashed around.

The documents also state that no arrests have been made in this case.

5 comments:

  1. Oh come on CWB, no one's ever said that you can't get robbed if you keep your phone in your pocket. But we all know that you're much more likely to get robbed if you have it out in plain sight. There are things you can do to REDUCE the likelihood of being a crime victim. That doesn't mean you can eliminate that possibility altogether. Even if you never left your home, someone could break in.

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  2. Anonymous said...
    Oh come on CWB, no one's ever said that you can't get robbed if you keep your phone in your pocket. But we all know that you're much more likely to get robbed if you have it out in plain sight. There are things you can do to REDUCE the likelihood of being a crime victim. That doesn't mean you can eliminate that possibility altogether. Even if you never left your home, someone could break in.
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    Absolutely, Anonymous.

    The CWB partners have been discussing something behind the scenes that was probably on the mind of the person who wrote that post.

    Essentially, we're wondering how many of these area robbers specifically target people who have cell phones on display and how many target people who, like most people, happen to be carrying a cell phone as part of every day life. In other words, cell phones are an expensive item that people have when they are in public, so robbers take them during hold ups.

    If so, the point was not well made.

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  3. BTW, we should point out that we have a tab at the top of each page that links to our best advice for staying safe in the area.

    http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/p/at-all-times-from-sunset-until-6am-if.html

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  4. Is it easier to flip a phone for resale if it's unlocked, or does it not matter these days?

    If preparing a phone to sell is easier if a thief gets it while it isn't locked, maybe they target people with the phones out because a phone that's obviously in use is more likely to be a phone they can sell.

    Personally, even when I'm listening to music, I leave my phone in my pocket as much as possible, and use an unlock pattern to prevent access. I have no idea whether that would prevent it from being flipped for another user though.

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