Tuesday, November 19, 2013

HUFF & PUFF & CUFFED: Foot Chase Yields Thieving "Suspicious Man"

Now, just where did he think he was going to run off to in those boots?

An observant neighbor and some fleet-footed cops teamed up to take down a neighborhood thief who decided to make a run for it Monday afternoon.

Officers responded to the "suspicious man" call in the 3700 block of Wilton at 12:40PM after a witness saw someone "ringing doorbells, checking gates and houses." The individual was described as a male dressed as a woman, black, with short black hair, a puffy coat, and women's boots.

As cops initiated a street stop, the suspect took off running east bound on Grace, then south through an alley, then over a fence, and east on Bradley Place toward Halsted.

Officers caught up with him at 838 W. Bradley and took him into custody.

The matter is recorded as theft of under $500 in CPD case HW538193.

Keep It Close, Squeeze It Tight
Police handled another call of someone having their wallet snatched as they took it out to make a purchase.

A witness called 911 at 12:58AM Monday from the Circle K/Shell station at Halsted and Addison after seeing the theft take place. The victim chased the offender westbound on Addison toward the Red Line station.

Officers toured the area but never located the victim or suspect. No report.

A similar incident was reported Saturday evening in the 800 block of Belmont.


  1. Must be difficult to run in women's boots.

  2. He/she almost made it to the Center on Halsted, where he/she would be safe from the cops.

  3. There is no evidence whatsoever that ANY Center on Halsted clients engage in criminal activity. None. Zilch. Nada.

    1. This line is as good as " if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period.".

    2. Reeaalllyyyy...my reports say otherwise.

  4. Good work CPD. The offender was definitely make a fast track to COH but couldn't make it the Bradley alley way. The wallet snatching is a new one to me. The anti-theft smartphones are making an impact? Thanks for the info.

    1. I ONCE laid my wallet on the counter to grab some coins out of my pocket and realized that was a VERY stupid thing to do here. There's a "homeless" person outside of one of the Starbucks that watches your every move at the counter through the window too. I just make some fierce eye contact with him. Let them know you notice them too.

    2. Apparently, anti-theft smartphones have issues.


      There must be some way to come up a reasonable solution. New business opportunity for some savvy tech innovator.