Saturday, May 31, 2014

FRIDAY: Burglaries And Bogus Bills

Two-and-a-half burglaries to report from Friday:
• 700 block of Belmont. Forcible entry to an apartment in a multi-unit building. Case HX282941
• 900 block of Barry. Unlawful entry. Case HX283061.
• And, then, a woman called 911 from her apartment in the 400 block of Surf at 9:20 Friday night after an unknown man wearing a hoodie broke through her window and got into her apartment. She chased him out into the hallway. This incident has been categorized as…. trespassing. Case HX283197.

Bogus Bills

Counterfeit money continues to make the rounds at area businesses. The latest batch of fakes are $50 bills.
• A fake $50 bill was passed at Mullen's bar in Wrigleyville around 12:10 this morning. The men who used it are described as black men - one wearing a red Starter jacket, the other wearing a black Starter jacket.
• Another face $50 was passed around noontime on Tuesday at the Caribou Coffee on Halsted and Cornelia. That offender is described as male, black, in his late 30s or early 40s, 6'3" tall, with missing front teeth.
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  1. Well if the gent didn't actually steal anything then trespassing would be correct... Not likely but he could have been trying to get in to enjoy some air conditioning and then was planning in leaving.... He may have been entering with the intent on raping or murdering but we just don't know so trespassing is correct

    1. Which shows how little you know about the law.

      Burglary has absolutely nothing to do with stealing anything.

      Burglary is the act of entering an area without permission with the intent to commit a felony OR theft.

    2. It's your kind of thinking...rationalizing and defending criminal activity...that empowers these thugs to behave like uncivilized animals and terrorize our neighborhood. You must work for Rahm or Tunney...or you should.

    3. Does that mean if the occupant of the home shot him she would be charged with first degree murder because all he was doing was "simply" trespassing into her home (through her window at night)? In a screwed up city like Chicago, she'd probably be the one in deep shit.

      People need to start getting seriously charged and imprisoned for their crimes or they will continue to be motivated to continue committing them.

    4. Both of you are incorrect. First responder: case reporting has NOTHING to do with charges. For case reporting purposes it is a trespass because you have nothing more than an unlawful entry, you could argue for a criminal damage for the window as well but not for burglary because it just isn't there.

      Second responder: I hardly sympathize with the criminals, let them enter my house and I will blow them away with my legally purchased firearm, I'm just relating the facts of why, for case reporting purposes it was classified as it was.

    5. Third reply: the big thing here is the guy was not caught! If someone enters your house there is such a thing as the castle doctrine, you have the right to defend your residence . She would have been fine.

  2. Unfortunately, the trespassing charge was appropriate. If the offender ran into the hallway with her jewelry then the charge of residential burglary would have been appropriate. If the offender broke in with a weapon and threatened or used force a Class X Felony of Home Invasion would have been committed(720 ILCS 5/19-6) (was 720 ILCS 5/12-11).

    (720 ILCS 5/19-3) (from Ch. 38, par. 19-3)

    Sec. 19-3. Residential burglary.

    (a) A person commits residential burglary when he or she knowingly and without authority enters or knowingly and without authority remains within the dwelling place of another, or any part thereof, with the intent to commit therein a felony or theft. This offense includes the offense of burglary as defined in Section 19-1.

    (a-5) A person commits residential burglary when he or she falsely represents himself or herself, including but not limited to falsely representing himself or herself to be a representative of any unit of government or a construction, telecommunications, or utility company, for the purpose of gaining entry to the dwelling place of another, with the intent to commit therein a felony or theft or to facilitate the commission therein of a felony or theft by another.

    (b) Sentence. Residential burglary is a Class 1 felony.

    (Source: P.A. 96-1113, eff. 1-1-11; 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13.)