Tuesday, September 10, 2013

NEARBY: Business Ticketed And Burglarized, Police Say

It was a rough start to the week for the proprietors of Bad Ass Coffee, 3737 N. Southport.

Police went to their store at 2:47AM Monday in response to a burglar alarm that had been triggered by the store's front door. The coffee shop was issued a citation, according to police reports.

An early-arriving employee found something far worse than the citation when she entered the store. She found that the shop had, in fact, been burglarized. So had its neighbor, the White Birch Trading Company. The Birch Trading Company case number for forcible entry burglary is HW444275.

Bad Ass case #HW443827.


  1. Bet they still have to pay the ticket , city is getting rough on all kinds of minor business violations and fines have been raised to unbelievable amounts .

  2. You know they have to pay the ticket - if they don't they will not get their business license renewed.

  3. So, does that mean that they were issued a citation because the police arrived to a 'false alarm' that in actuality was a 'true alarm'? And that the police officer was probably writing the citation as the criminal(s) were inside stealing.

  4. Jeff on BuckinghamSep 10, 2013, 11:42:00 AM

    I'm confused...were the police called to the store because of the alarm going off? If so, did they not notice it had indeed been burglarized?

    Was the ticket for a noise violation/false alarm?

  5. Yes, Anonymous and Jeff, it appears that the citation was for a false alarm.

    The police unit was dispatched to the coffee shop at 2:47AM for the front door alarm. The unit went to lunch about a half hour later.

    When the employee arrived, different officers were dispatched to handle the burglary. These officers stated that the business had been "issued a citation at 2:47."

    Our presumption is that the citation was for the alarm.

  6. Jeff on BuckinghamSep 10, 2013, 2:04:00 PM

    They should definitely contest that ticket. If not, contact "Problem Solvers" or some other news outlet.

    Cops are human, they make mistakes. But, that's pretty embarrassing for the police officer who wrote the ticket.

    Then again, the burglar could have managed to enter without any visible signs of forced entry. Example: climbed in from the roof. But left through the front door and locked it on his way out?

    Who knows. 2 sides to every story.

    1. It's probably a little unsettling for the officer, too, it would seem.