CWB received an email today with information about a robbery that we had not previously reported. The time, date, and location align with an incident that was confirmed by city data last week.
At 1:45AM on August 7, three offenders strong arm robbed a man of his wallet, cash, $90 flip phone, and a Gibson Maestro guitar on Roscoe near Lake Shore Drive.
There aren't any alleys on that block of Roscoe, so the victim couldn't have been strolling through the alley. He had an entry-level phone, so it's doubtful that he was targeted for "flashing his phone around."
The thugs saw a guitar and decided to go for it and everything else this man had. They're probably trying to start a band, right?
This is something to keep in mind. An increasing number of robberies in our area are targeting people who are just going about their business. Despite our police commander's speeches to the contrary, hardly any of the victims are targeted while waving iPhones as they stumble through darkened alleys. BTW, we don't recommend walking through alleys, but alleys are not where people are being robbed in droves. Sidewalks are where people are being robbed in droves.
Last week, three guys were hanging out on their front porch on Briar Street when three other guys (plus one handgun) walked up to them and took everything they had.
A week ago, a woman was robbed while walking her dog on a Monday morning.
And so on. The offenders are becoming bolder and they're after anything that is of value, not just phones.