Friday, August 16, 2013

NEVER-ENDING STORY: Robbery Methods Vary Widely, Police Reports Show

So, how do the thugs who target people in Wrigleyville and Boystown ply their craft?

Review of police reports that document recent robberies in the immediate area shows that a wide variety of methods are used. We have summarized four of the reports below.

There have been no arrests in any of these cases, according to the Chicago Police Department.

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A 29-year-old male victim was walking on the sidewalk at Halsted and Aldine, outside of the Dexter Lock Service shop, when the offender approached and engaged the victim in a conversation. At some point, the offender grabbed the victim's arm, took an iPhone from the victim, pushed the victim to the ground, and fled in an unknown direction.

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A victim was walking westbound on School Street when three unknown offenders approached him from behind and picked him up off the ground by his armpits. The victim believes the offenders said, "we have a gun, do not yell." The offenders helped themselves to all of the victim's valuables, set him back down on the ground, then told him to walk away and not turn back.

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A local resident was walking eastbound on Roscoe Street from Broadway when he was approached by an unknown offender who struck him on the chin with the back of his hand, then displayed a dark colored pistol. The offender demanded the victim's wallet and all of his other belongings.
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The victim saw the three soon-to-be offenders walking southbound on Racine near Addison. The victim continued walking northbound toward his residence when he was approached from behind by one offender who tapped him on his shoulder. When the victim turned around, the offender punched him in the nose and head, after which all three offenders took the victim's iPhone, credit cards, and cash.