Saturday, November 09, 2013

WELCOME TO THE BUNGLE: Burglars Busted As Terrified Mom Relays Info To 911

Damn, we've got some good street cops around here. It's always impressive to see what they can do when there are enough of them available to handle calls appropriately. We'd like to share this story from last night.

A Lincoln Park mother's nightmare came true overnight when she was awakened by the sound of three intruders barging through the family's front door as she and her children slept.

Her 911 call came in at 2:50 this morning, sending 19th district officers racing to the 1400 block of Altgeld, near DePaul's campus.

As police rocketed to the scene, more details emerged. The woman could hear that the intruders had made it through her front door and they were on the first floor. Her children were asleep and she was hiding in a second-floor bathroom.

Then came the sounds of someone pounding on her second-floor bedroom door.

Within seconds, officers announced that they were inside the home and three intruders were in custody.

The mom and kids are safe. Brilliant work, officers!

Recorded as a burglary/forcible entry in CPD case #HW526565.
Image: Cinekatz


  1. Sounds like home invasion to me. Thank goodness the Police did thier usual good job racing over and scooping up the bad guys,

  2. OMG .. that is so terrifying. God bless you, CPD! You were there when SO needed, and just in time. Who knows what could've happened. I can't imagine and pray I never know that depth of icy cold, heart stopping terror.

    Again, thank you CPD for your incredibly quick response and apprehension. You are the heroes on the front lines we do really appreciate immensely and so desperately need in adequate numbers more than ever.

  3. Oh dear God! Poor woman. I hope her children slept, blissfully, through it! Kudos CPD and thank God there were actually officers available to respond.

  4. Thank you CBW for keeping your neighbors to the south informed of these incidents, this latest one a block from home. Stay safe 19th district neighbors and a big thank you to the responding officers.

  5. Can we see their mugshots?

    This is a very dangerous call for the police, takes a lot of skill and bravery. Best to all of you.

  6. This story chills me to the bone. What if there had been a RAP (Radio Assignment Pending) situation like so many nights in the 19th district and the police had not been available to respond? What if there had been a RAP? What if...what if...? We desperately need more police officers in Chicago and certainly in Lakeview and the 19th district.
    In the meantime, deadbolt your doors and windows and garages and... At the CAPS meeting Wednesday night, the police said you could call them and they would come out and inspect the security of your home and advise on what you could do to make it more safe. Call them if you need help.

  7. You did not mention if the district was in a RAP (radio assignments pending) at the time. Thank goodness there were officers available to respond to this call. I would hate to think what would have happened if all of the officers were tied up.

    Good work, officers, and a big THANK YOU ! ! !

    1. 19th district was ~not~ in Radio Assignment Pending status.