Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ROUGH COMMUTE: CTA Patrons Get More Than They Bargained

Whew! Some CTA patrons got their $2.25 worth of excitement this afternoon.

Woman Robbed Along Red Line

Around 3 p.m. witnesses saw two teenagers push a woman to the ground in a robbery on board a southbound CTA train as it approached the Sheridan Red Line station

The offenders escaped, but not without a some challenges. One of the muggers got into a struggle with a Good Samaritan and lost his hoodie in the process. The victim chased after her offenders, too, and saw them escape eastbound on Irving Park Road.

Witnesses describe the robbers at two black males, between 16 and 18 years old. One wore a green hoodie, blue jeans, and Timberland boots. The other, who lost his black hoodie in the struggle with a witness, was also wearing jeans and Timberland boots.

Police believe the offenders were captured on surveillance video.

CPD case number is HX131756.

Teens Fight, Take Purse On CTA Bus

Over on Ashland Avenue, witnesses reported that a fight broke out on a southbound bus around 4:15 p.m. In the end, a group of five girls—all described as black and between 16 and 18 years of age—took a woman’s purse and fled in an unknown direction at Belmont. 

CPD case number is HX131863.

Shoplifter Escapes on CTA Bus

While the Ashland melee was still unfolding, the Walgreens at Belmont and Broadway reported that a shoplifter had just walked out with some liquor. He hopped on a westbound CTA bus. Officers stopped the bus at Halsted and Belmont, where the offender was positively identified and taken into custody.

Also…


Forcible-entry burglaries were reported on the first and second floor residences of a home in the 3500 block of N. Wilton this afternoon. About an hour later, the people who live across the street from that house reported that their home showed signs of an attempted break-in.

9 comments:

  1. It's about time the liquor gets locked up in cases and a few other establishments (a certain gas station) get the bullet proof glass before something worse happens. I don't frequent the bars anymore but some were overdue for uniformed security onsite too. Quit pretending you live in paradise and the area wouldn't be such easy prey.

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    1. The answer to escalating crime is NOT to replicate Englewood and put retail merchandise behind bullet proof glass. The answer to escalating crime is restoring the police department staffing to previous levels.

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    2. I very much agree with you. The animals are the ones that need to be in cages not the merchandise. Why should we have to lower our quilaty of life.

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    3. "When seconds count, the cops are minutes away".

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  2. Congratulations, and thanks in behalf of the neighborhood, this site is getting additional coverage :). Let's do to Tooney what social media did to ruthless dictators during the Arab spring. Keep doing what you do so well and let us, your readers, know how we can support you. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140130/lakeview/tunney-staffer-deletes-residents-questions-on-facebook-about-crime

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  3. Wake up people....The neighborhood has changed. Your going to have to be on guard at all times. The thugs aren't going away.

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    1. Agreed. It's not like there was a sudden "rash" of violence or robberies. It's been years now.

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  4. Hi CWB - do you guys have a Twitter account? There needs to be a twitter feed so that as breaking news happens, we can get it on our phones, in case we are out an about in the neighborhood, and can watch out for troublemakers. This will also help to rally residents together. As we start to band together and get organized, we can use social media to stay aware of criminal activity while we are out and about, and to either avoid the trouble spot, or to look for perps.

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    1. We do. @cwbchicago

      General alerts are issued on breaking items, but fuller details are withheld until situations wind down.

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