Thursday, September 26, 2013

$tarbuck$: Punks Swipe Phone, Sell It Back To Victim

Here's a unique twist on cell phone theft. Three offenders stole a victim's cell phone at the Starbucks on Diversey at Clark/Broadway around 6:15 Wednesday evening.

Then, in a bizarre turn of events, one of the thieves offered to sell the back phone to their victim for $60.

Remarkably, the victim agreed to the deal!

The offenders, last seen westbound on Diversey, are described as:

1-male, black, 5'8" tall, shaved head, black long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans

2-male, black, 5'7" tall, gray t-shirt, a gold chain, and shorts.

3-no description given

12 comments:

  1. I can't even wrap my mind around this one.

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  2. It's called desperation. They knew they wouldn't get it back otherwise. Cops won't be there to help, the victim can't hold 3 offenders alone, and those phone cost too much to replace.

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  3. He's lucky he didnt lose his phone + $60!

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  4. Damaammmnnn - dont even know where to go with that! ...and its starting even earlier now! yay!

    Love the picture, BTW ;) We certainly could use her with the bracelets and magic lasso.

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  5. If someone steals your phone or any other item that belongs to you FIGHT BACK DON'T F*ING PAY THEM! Scream bloody murder, kick, punch, claw... whatever you have to do. Do not give in to these savages.

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  6. Murray Gell-MannSep 26, 2013, 1:34:00 PM

    I'm saying, if you have enough time to negotiate buying back your phone, wouldn't you have enough time to summon help while these guys were waiting around after they took your phone?

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  7. How much does it cost to buy your phone back these days? I live in the area and expect mine to be stolen one day and would buy it back too.

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  8. My phone was stolen. Deductible plus SD card cost over $200.00

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  9. A .44 magnum revolver in the hands of the victim, pointed at these mutts would have been an excellent way to commence negotiations.

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  10. Here is a tip. If your phone gets stolen or even "lost" and someone offers to meet you to sell it back to you, contact the police! I know for a fact they can send out a plain clothes unit to pose as the victim and wait for the seller. Then, when the deal is done and the mope is arrested, SIGN A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT! They were holding your property hostage, that is theft!

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  11. Anonymous said...

    They were holding your property hostage, that is theft!
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    Indeed, Anonymous. Interestingly, the responding officer twice referred to the crime as an "attempted theft." We'll see if/how it is recorded in the reports.

    But, this is a clear-cut theft.

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  12. He probably saw that it was an iPhone4 and decided he'd rather have cash than the phone. He's saving up for the gold iPhone5.

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