Wednesday, August 14, 2013

WHILE YOU WERE OUT: Trio Steals Wallet From Unconscious Man

Officers on patrol at 2:50 this morning found a man unconscious in an alley near the Belmont Red Line. Police were able to rouse the man and give him a ride to a home in west Lake View.

As officers prepared to drive away, 911 received a call from a witness who reported that three offenders had gone through the unconscious man's pockets, taken his wallet, and fled northbound. One of the offenders is described as male, black, 55 to 60 years old, 5'10" tall, skinny, wearing a white t-shirt.
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Shortly before 5AM, a woman reported that a male, black, wearing a black shirt had stolen her money near Belmont and Clark. The offender was last seen heading toward the Red Line. Officers could not locate the victim upon arrival.

12 comments:

  1. Folks, don't drink and pass out.

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  2. A 55 to 60 year old "youth."

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  3. I'm really tempted to start riding my bike at night with my scanner, waiting for these cowards to assault people. I guarantee my response time would be faster than our understaffed and overworked cops. What's the point in calling 911 if there aren't even cops to respond?

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  4. < Folks, don't drink and pass out. >

    Better yet, don't go out and patronize these irresponsible business owners at night to begin with. hey have done nothing but rollover over the past 3 years while the place turns into Rogers Park.

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  5. Riding a bike with a camera attached would be awesome...video tape the creeps and then upload to Youtube!!

    Im almost ready to start calling for an outright boycott of Boystown businesses, in order to wake them up and get them to start putting pressure on the city government to hire more police, or deploy massive amounts of police in the area...boycott bars, restaurants, shops, stores...dont rent in Lakeview either...put massive pressure on the businesses and landlords to start doing something concrete that will restore REAL safety to the neighborhood.

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  6. Encourage bar owners and staff accurately report their taxes so it's not just residents paying for the police.

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  7. ^ That IS an obvious problem.

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  8. Many restaurant and bar owners are going to the meeting, passing out flyers, & actively calling the police (and giving up some days to be witnesses in court). Some owners have even contacted politicians and the police commissioner themselves. Boycotting all businesses won't do a thing. Many are trying just had hard as residents. If the residents don't think that this crime has already affected businesses, it has.

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  9. Anonymous said...
    Many restaurant and bar owners are going to the meeting, passing out flyers, & actively calling the police (and giving up some days to be witnesses in court). Some owners have even contacted politicians and the police commissioner themselves. Boycotting all businesses won't do a thing. Many are trying just had hard as residents. If the residents don't think that this crime has already affected businesses, it has.
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    Right you are, Anonymous. Several businesses in the area promptly report problems not only within their doors, but also situations that they see on the streets outside.

    At the same time, other businesses that are literally feet away from the "good citizen" establishments never call the police about anything.

    There are some excellent corporate citizens in Wrigleyville and Boystown. There is also a generous sprinkling of businesses that seem completely detached.

    We've been surprised to learn which businesses fall into which column.

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  10. Be nice to know which businesses are good corporate citizens from the "detached" ones so as to be selective in voting with your wallet, but publishing a list could be libelous.

    So my behavior when I visit over Labor Day weekend is err on the side of caution and stay out of Boystown completely, as I also do not know precisely when it is safe to be there, when it is not, whether Belmont is ever safe, and not to patronize any irresponsible outfit.

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  11. I lived at Belmont and Sheffield (upstairs from the Potbell sandwich shop) and it was a NIGHTMARE living there. All day, all night, nonstop NOISE and countless crimes being comitted right outside my doorstep on Belmont. Belmont is not safe, day or night, especially around the El stop. The need a substanital 24/7 police presence there, with riot gear, squadrols (paddy wagon) and a "rapid-porcessing" car that can repidly book arresstees and send them to the jail on Addison.

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    1. Anonymous writes:
      I lived at Belmont and Sheffield (upstairs from the Potbell sandwich shop) and it was a NIGHTMARE living there. All day, all night, nonstop NOISE and countless crimes being comitted right outside my doorstep on Belmont. Belmont is not safe, day or night, especially around the El stop. The need a substanital 24/7 police presence there, with riot gear, squadrols (paddy wagon) and a "rapid-porcessing" car that can repidly book arresstees and send them to the jail on Addison.

      For years, there were squad cars galore parked in front of the Belmont L, on both sides of Belmont.
      At night there was usually a squadrol on the South side of Belmont too.
      Also, when Clarkes was the Melrose Diner, at all times of day & night, there were squad cars parked on Wilton and Belmont, while their driving officers ate.
      I presume the lack of dining officers presence is do to low staffing and very short meal breaks.
      It used to feel overly policed.
      I sure miss that feeling.
      I think we need to look to the city that handles drunks, thugs, violent crime, in a dense residential / heavy bar setup. New Orleans.
      These cops have it down! People have a good time, but if you fuck around, BAM. You're busted.
      I'm certain that their staffing is better than ours, but they are effective. The L is a big problem for us though.
      Lately it seems that the number of crimes committed by thugs in cars has grown. That makes me think more about the gang influence. Plus, news has spread that "it's easy to come up to Belmont and rob away! You won't get caught, and theirs lots of drunks with phones & money."
      Note to Foolgaris, I perceive stationing around the clock squad car(s) at the Belmont L, and a squadrol at night, and on the weekends, will cut down crime.
      And for Christs' sake, it is an established fact that a lot of thugs hang out, and a lot of shit goes down in that concentrated area, on Belmont from Wilton to just West of Sheffield every night until a couple hours after the bars close.
      Perhaps have all available squad cars hang there waiting for assignments, or doing paperwork, or any other cop stuff that would otherwise have them parked at or near the station.
      Better yet, set up a satellite mini station right there.
      I would perceive that move would help.

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