Sunday, December 29, 2013

SATURDAY BLOTTER: "Mob" Shoplifts At Boystown Convenience Store

10:20PM Saturday, December 28
Officers have rounded up a large group of shoplifters who stormed out of the Circle K convenience store at Halsted and Addison with gobs of merchandise.

The store clerk reported that 10 to 15 black men and black women, most wearing fatigue-style pants, fled on foot.

At least five of the offenders were located and taken into custody at Halsted and Roscoe minutes later. The thieves have been positively identified.

4:20AM Saturday, December 28
Residents report a large crowd outside of Circuit nightclub, 3641 N. Halsted. Officers on their way to another call confirm that "about 100 people" are on the streets and sidewalk at that location. A series of fights reportedly broke out before police dispersed the crowd.


Cop Out
The district ran out of officers again Saturday morning. This is the 31st time since late June that our area entered "Radio Assignments Pending" status. Today's shortage ran from 2:33AM until 4:22AM.

And Finally…Ewwww.
A concerned citizen reported a bad smell emanating from an apartment in the 600 block of
Wellington near Broadway around 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon. The caller said that he could see a colony of very large flies buzzing in the unit's window and he was concerned that something "unfavorable" had occurred.

Police arrived, saw "lots of large flies on the inside of the window" and immediately investigated.

Their findings? "Turns out it’s a bunch of 20-something girls that have cleanliness issues."

18 comments:

  1. Dayum...a bad stank emanating and flies in the window. I will never complain about my own neighbors again.

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  2. Confucius say: Usually when 10-15 people are allowed to loiter outside of your business for years, something bad will eventually happen.


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  3. /sarcasm on/ The crime at Circle K is absolutely OK because its for survival. They should not be prosecuted, reported on, etc. This coming from our very own social agencies like COH and Broadway Youth Center. I do remember reading something somewhere (maybe DNAInfo) where they equated this to being OK.

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    1. Those troubled youths do not respond well to rules.

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  4. amish yoots running amok yet again. orland park mall had an outbreak of amish flashmobitis last couple of days as well. thanks CRIME IN BOYSTWN/WRGLYVL for reporting what LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS dont have the balls to report anymore in the Peoples Republic of Shitcago, if tiny dancer and mcidiot say crime is down, lowest since 1965, IT IS, DAMNIT, and dont you dare report otherwise.

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  5. Note to Self: Call and cancel dinner plans with girls on Wellington.

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  6. Whatever happened to the old Circuit? The one you didn't have to fear for your life at?

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  7. Just wait until someone gets the bright idea to open a juice bar.

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  8. When Circuit closed down last time one of the co-owners wanted to open a teen dance club in that space. Oh wouldn't that be grand?

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  9. It wasn't that many years ago when you'd see people lined up outside of the bars on Halsted to get in on most weekend nights and even during the week. Sure don't see that anymore, it's pretty quiet now except for the thugs.

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    1. I still say when the dust settles from the Wrigley expansion Halsted Street will have become part of Wrigley Wonderland. If business is failing all it will take is for one major bar owner to sell out to someone who puts a new name on the place and turns it into a straight bar.The rest will go like dominoes. I think the Ricketts' goal is to turn the area into a Disney-fied Times Square sort of thing. They'll clean up Clark, take over Halsted and then you'll see an epic crack down on the thugs. Look at it this way, we'll have our very own Cheesecake Factory in the neighborhood.

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    2. Maybe a Cheesecake Factory would be better than, say, a newer take-out only pizza joint that's only open from the hours of 9pm-3am. Think about it.

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    3. As sad as a Wrigley-cake Wonderland sounds, if that is what it'll take to keep me from getting my ass kicked while going to the store, I give.

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  10. Most of those bars have already "sold out". On any given weekend night there are more 20-something straight females then gay men in all of those places. One has gone so upscale and mainstream now that they offer "bottle service". Soon you'll see limos lining the street for the reserved VIP rooms.

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    1. You are exactly right. That thugged out re-booted Circuit Nightclub has male dancers on Saturday night that is for women only.

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  11. Wrigleyville is hardly a safe area now. I do not think there is any safety culture to spread down Halsted.
    What is going on is Uptown is taking over Lakeview.

    I do not see any analogy to Times Square at all. If anything, while Chelsea is doing well, the rents are pricey, so its gaity is spreading north of 42nd into Hell's Kitchen. Unfortunately, Folsom Street East is a thing of the past.

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    1. The Ricketts aren't spending $500 million just for a hotel and ice rink dropped into the middle of that Clark Street mess. The one thing they're not spending money on is a winning baseball team. They want to turn "Wrigley Field" into a year round attraction with the Cubs as a secondary element. Eventually they'll break the backs of the roof top owners then watch how quickly everything begins to fall into place. I joked about the Cheesecake Factory, but it probably will happen. We'll be like Navy Pier. We'll see a lot of corporate family oriented businesses come in and take over...and along with it a big crack down on crime.

      Gay bars and gay neighborhoods are becoming less and less relevant. There is no "gay" neighborhood in Chicago...we've spread out: Lakeview, Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lincoln Square, Revanswood, the West Loop. It's not like the old days of everyone crammed into New Town. Times have changed.

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    2. There is more to bars that makes a neighborhood gay. It is the residents, the restaurants, the stores.Unfortunately, We're Everywhere, Bad Boys Chicago, and Universal Gear are gone too, and that predates all of this. "Spreading Out" does not mean abandoning what you have. The concept is not obsolete. Most of Uptown and parts of Edgewater and Rogers Park are pretty dangerous too. The pilons are ONLY on Northalsted.

      But I can see what is going on. Rahmy wants mega-millions from the Ricketts to redevelop the place, Tunney is giving him a hard time, so he will cannibalize the 19th precinct to whatever extent necessary, including turning Lakeview East into Englewood if need be, to get his way. He’ll build a school in Lincoln Park to keep the straight moms off his back and buy their votes.

      As far as your rights go as taxpayers, Rahmy sees things exactly as Leona Helmsley: “only little people pay taxes”. Her inheritance went to her dog.

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