One possibility is that an increased police presence one stop north at the Belmont L station is pushing robbery offenders to safer waters.
The three recent robberies near the Wellington stop are:
• A strong arm robbery on the street at Wellington and Sheffield at 1AM on Saturday, November 16. CPD case #HW536769
• An aggravated robbery on the sidewalk on Sheffield south of Oakdale at 2:30AM on Saturday, November 23. CPD case #HW545560
• A robbery with a handgun at Wellington and Kenmore at 10:50PM on Monday, November 25. The case number is HW548204.By comparison, the immediate area of the Belmont station has recorded just two robberies in November.
According to CPD records, beat 1933, which includes the area bordered by Halsted, Lincoln, Belmont, and Diversey, has recorded 47 robberies so far this year. At this point in 2012, it had logged 39 robberies.