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.

12 comments:

  1. Do we know WHERE on school?

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  2. It doesn't sound like any of these victims had their phones out when robbed? Kinda debunks the CPD mgmt and CAPS stance that it's all drunk, late night happenings where people all have their phones out.

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  3. Dole said...
    Do we know WHERE on school?
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    1100 block, Dole.

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  4. Craig said...
    It doesn't sound like any of these victims had their phones out when robbed? Kinda debunks the CPD mgmt and CAPS stance that it's all drunk, late night happenings where people all have their phones out.

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    Hi Craig,

    It's hard to know conclusively about the phone whereabouts. However, police reports actually have a section where the victim's sobriety is noted. The four categories are unknown; sober; had been drinking; and intoxicated.

    From top to bottom, the categorizations are:
    Had been drinking
    Sober
    Had been drinking
    Sober

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  5. OK, so they're not all stubmling home drunk from the bar distracted by their phones.

    End of story.

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  6. Great, right at the end of my block

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  7. Even drunk, I look all around me every 10 seconds (literally) these days. If I see anyone who "looks like an offender," my legs start moving really fast in the other direction. Be smart. Yes, I know we should not *have* to be, but until the problem is addressed, we have to protect ourselves by paying attention.

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  8. I'm a police officer. I guarantee you those most of these victims were paying attention to their phone or Ipod and were not aware of their surroundings. That's a fact citywide. It may be unfortunate, but true. If you have a lot of potential victims you will have a lot of predators. It happens that way in the animal kingdom; it happens that way in humankind.

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  9. I am too old (56) to be an cell-phone junky, keeping it off and hidden from view, unless I am making a call, which is rare, unless I am sitting down in my motel room or a restaurant. I have unlimited landline at home. I hardly need a cellphone, unless traveling.

    I am also too cheap to get a data plan and can live without it very well.

    BUT, this tourist is still afraid of walking around there, especially after 8pm, and I won't be when there in a couple of weeks.

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  10. What TIME did these incidents occur?

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  11. Saw a groups of teenagers attempt to steal the bike of an employee that was locked up near Il Molina on Western and Winnemac. There was a patio full of patoins sitting 10 feet away, myself included. While this was outside of the Wrigleyville/Boystown area, this brazen act speaks to growing audacity and regularity of criminal behavior Nothside-wide.

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  12. Why don't people fight back and start bashing in some heads?? Carry a bat and soon, a gun. Jeez..aren't you sick of letting the criminals be the only armed ones?? This city is doomed.

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