Sunday, October 27, 2013

TEXTBOOK CASE: Robbery Victim Tempts Fate, Loses In Southport Alley

There's really no better way to ensure that you will get robbed than to do what a man did this morning near Addison and Southport.

He was (a) walking in an alley; (b) while intoxicated; (c) and playing on his phone; (d) between midnight and 5AM.

Sure enough, two criminals saw the man coming, punched him in the face, and took his phone.

The offenders, described as two males, black, 16 to 20 years old, wearing white t-shirts, were last seen fleeing southbound in the alley.

As CWB reported earlier this week, the Southport area of Lake View saw a 100% increase in robbery cases in recent months.

No report is filed.

10 comments:

  1. This sounds like a good excuse to set up a textbook style undercover scene with the
    CPD detective division. These predators are easily baited. Why not pre-empt them and get them off the street BEFORE they hurt anyone?

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    1. In no way am I saying that the crime in this area isn't serious and a real threat for us all, but with crime in the rest of the city including things like rapes, murders, shootings, huge drug busts, etc., why would the city ever devote police to an "undercover scene" to stop a few iPhone robberies? That would be an extreme misuse of resources. We do still have to think outside our little bubble to be taken seriously, you know?

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    2. I am wondering if you would feel the same if it was your face got that punch? Excuse me, but you must have missed the point. Phones can be replaced ,bodily injury is a different story. With our policing resources being given to the south and west sides, the situation has become serious and can quickly escalate to the scenario's you describe. Isn't it better to get violent, robbing predators off the street before they become raping ,murdering dogs?

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    3. And maybe you are missing the point, punched in the face is bad. Shot in the head or raped is worse. There are far more grim crimes going on around the city that deserve more attention than a drunk many tempting fate in an alley.

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    4. See CWBs post below. It says it all when it comes to these "nobodys been killed" people..... Nah. If/when someone is killed or seriously injured, the response will be that it was an "isolated incident." When it happens twice, the response will be, "well, it happens every day in other neighborhoods."

      It's crime creep. The exact same thing happened with our robbery problem. People complained and were made to feel stupid. Told to look at how much worse it was elsewhere. Told that it's not as bad as other areas. And here we are.

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  2. As dopey as the drunk victim was, a VIOLENT crime is stil a VIOLENT one, and is damned serious. Instead of using police resources for Ed Burke, you need to stop violent robberies before they become murders, rapes and the like. And they will.

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  3. And when murders, shootings, etc. do happen, the city will finally care. You know any such crime in this neighborhood will be local front page news akin to a government shutdown. A shame that is what it will take, but it will.

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    1. Nah. If/when someone is killed or seriously injured, the response will be that it was an "isolated incident." When it happens twice, the response will be, "well, it happens every day in other neighborhoods."

      It's crime creep. The exact same thing happened with our robbery problem. People complained and were made to feel stupid. Told to look at how much worse it was elsewhere. Told that it's not as bad as other areas. And here we are.

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    2. I love your blog but I can not agree with you on this one. The shootings occur in other areas because of conflicts between gangs over drug money. Boystown and wrigleyville do not have this problem. Belmont and Sheffield does have a "gang" influence - the gangster disciples, but no one disputes that, the territory is theirs. Now if a huge sweep came by and threw a bunch of those members in jail a vacuum could occur and we might see some violence in the form of shootings as they fight for turf

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    3. Sooooo, the Belmont bangers are a good thing? Hmm. One more thing to be thankful for this holiday season.

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