Sunday, September 08, 2013

SUNDAY STUNDAY: At Least 2 Robbed Overnight

Ahh! Sunday morning. The smell of coffee in the air and news of overnight robberies to share.

• An employee of the  24-hour CVS pharmacy at Halsted and Barry called 911 for a man who sought help in the store after being robbed around 1:30AM. Officers arrived, but the victim told them that he did not want to file a report and did not want to press charges. We've added this to the list of "unofficial" robberies.

• Around 3:50AM, a man called 911 from 3170 N. Sheridan at Belmont to report that he had been robbed of his cell phone. The offender is described as a male, black, 30 years old, dark complexion, with a black bandana or sweatband on his head. He was last seen running westbound on Belmont. Case #HW442548.

• Also of interest overnight, shortly after midnight, a caller identified as "security" called from Halsted and Aldine to report that they were holding a man wanted for robberies in the area. There is no indication that anyone was taken into custody.

7 comments:

  1. Jeff on BuckinghamSep 8, 2013, 12:59:00 PM

    I'm trying to come up with answers on why a person would not want to file a police report or press charges in a robbery. Anyone else care to weigh-in?

    My theories:
    -Victim and offender know each other. Victim is afraid of retaliation.
    -Police aren't making it convenient to file a report. Example: victim has to go to the police station
    -Victim doesn't want police poking around his affairs. Example: victim might have drugs in purse. Or, victim may have a warrant

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    1. Feeling intimidated or dumb.. Feeling the guy will never be caught so why bother. Just want to go home.

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    2. Yes Jeff on Buckingham,
      There is a fear of retaliation, and I can't blame any victim for that. Considering their new found loss of safety and knowledge that their likelihood of protection is on par with their attacker's likelihood of sprouting a conscience.
      Also being a regionally known gayborhood, someone leading a straight life might not shine to the idea of explaining to the wife & kids why they were outside The bookstore or bathhouse when they were robbed.
      Also, the desk sergeant on duty when I tried to report a violent stalker, years ago, left me feeling more unnerved after the failed attempt, and less likely to want to try again.
      I think they have had enough sensitivity training now and have gay officers who are easier to speak with. The lack of reports in most cases, I perceive, is generated by the city, not the victim.
      Danny in Lakeview.

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  2. It seems like the retaliation factor is pretty big whether victim/offender know each other or not.
    They're stealing your wallet.....they know where you live. Even if the offender is sent to jail, they have friends.

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    1. We all really need to consider either false ID's or PO boxes?
      Maybe In this age if computers no address information should be on your ID, just name and number. The cops have computers to verify your address....Why else would ur address be needed? Retail stores will just have to desl unless thry want dead customers?

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  3. Anonymous said...
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    Maybe In this age if computers no address information should be on your ID, just name and number. The cops have computers to verify your address....Why else would ur address be needed? Retail stores will just have to desl unless thry want dead customers?

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    Interesting idea, Anonymous. Social Security Numbers used to be standard on licenses, at least in other states. Now it is usually optional. Unit #s in apartment buildings are options, as we recall. Passports do not include address information and they are far more secure than DLs.

    We really like this idea.

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  4. I actually suggested IDs without addresses to the cops at a neighborhood meeting last spring. Both Voulgaris and Clark said the cops needed the address. (I don't believe that. The address should be encoded on the DL strip.) But, more importantly, Clark said that if my purse was stolen with my keys they would send someone to my house to watch to make sure that no one broke in. I guffawed loudly.

    That said, we could maybe get Ann Williams or someone else to try to bring attention to this at the state level.

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