Thursday, July 17, 2014

OH, BABY: $3,000 Heist At American Apparel; Get-Away Car Occupied By Infant

A shoplifting crew rolled $3,000 worth of clothing out of the Belmont Avenue American Apparel store yesterday evening, rolled the racks up Wilton Avenue, loaded it all into a black Ford that was occupied by a baby, and sped off. No one is in custody.

Other witnesses said no racks were used, but the offenders loaded large bags with merchandise and ran up Wilton, bowling over an employee in the process.

The heist succeeded despite the fact that the store is five doors east of the Belmont Red Line, which was flooded with rush hour activity as the theft took place around 6:30 last night.

Police officers who reviewed photographs describe the offenders as:

  1. Female, black, 5'5" tall, 120 pounds, Pink Nike workout jacket, gray gym shoes
  2. Female, black, 5'8" tall, black leather jacket, black sweat pants with a stripe on the side, pink socks, white gym shoes
  3. Female, black, white letterman-style jacket with a "W" on the chest, black and white leopard pants, brown sandals
  4. Female, black, white tank top, leggings printed with "superhero" style words such as "POW," black purse

They were last seen heading westbound on Belmont.
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21 comments:

  1. Another nail in the coffin called Belmont.

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  2. These thieves are just becoming more and more brazen in their actions.

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    1. its because we have no police.... say "THANK YOU RAHM EMANUEL" for cutting the police dept by half!

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  3. ROLLED A RACK OF CLOTHING DOWN THE STREET AT 6:30pm?? Nobody to stop them. I'd love to say I'm shocked.

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  4. I'll bet the baby was not in a child safety seat.

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    1. The baby was probably being carried by the driver as they drove away.

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  5. Thuggery, depravity abound .. sheesh: with a baby strapped in the car no less. What .. did they hatch this flash heist over afternoon tea? Words fail ..

    On another note, interesting video vignette from the always insightful Trib commentator, John Kass, on the current plight of the Rahm .. "Why Rahm Is In Trouble." Mentions the police situation and the Montrose Beach mayhem. Kass knows the score.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/changing_lanes/

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  6. This is almost laughable. Extremely appalling but laughable at this point. The fact that they rolled racks out at 6:30 pm down the street kills me. How did they get away with this? Unreal.

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  7. Wasn't there another robbery of clothing in that store a few months back? If memory serves, it was after hours, though, and they think the doors might have intentionally been left unlocked (inside job).
    Did employees not notice these women rolling the clothes out the door? Who called the police and when?
    Perhaps, better vetting of employees might be in order, IF there's that suspicion.
    Yes, it's so ridiculous that it's almost laughable!

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    1. Yes, you're thinking of the burglary last fall. The door was (reportedly) left open.

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/10/open-door-policy-thieves-enjoy_5079.html

      We have heard that employees tried to intervene on Wednesday, but at least one was bowled over by the stampede of exiting shoplifters.

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  8. They must not have much in the way of security. Macys downtown has the 001 District Police there every day for shoplifters in custody.

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  9. This is all so depressing.

    I used to live in the area a few years ago. I lost my job and had to go back with family. I am always homesick and always planned to go back as soon as I found a job again.

    But I think the place I once knew and loved is only in my memories. Things seem to be getting worse there with each passing day.

    It makes me so angry. Who do these savages think they are? Why ruin a perfectly lovely neighborhood?

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    1. The thugs have already destroyed their neighborhood, so they have moved on to greener pastures. Kind of like locuts. They sucked the life out of one area, and have moved on. And lets not forget that the thugs are LOVING the police shortage here. They basically get away with whatever the F they want to do. No repercussions! And are free to do it again and again.

      So sad. I'm not sure how much longer I'll stay in the area.

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    2. You must be new to Chicago, or unacquainted with its history.
      Many, many neighborhoods have become urban wastelands in the same way. I doubt This area will drop to that level, however. You're not the first to feel that way. Talk to long-time southside or westside residents who bought a house in 1968 and can't go out past 8 pm.

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  10. What's laughable is that most here obviously forgot they rolled some racks out of the Sports Authority right around the corner, what, a year ago? Maybe it's been two already.

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    1. who said we forgot? it was less than a year ago and our sports authority isn't the only one who got hit. this has happened quite a few times!

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  11. It was last year when thugs stormed 3 different Sports Authority stores in Chicagoland. News video = includes Lakeview event

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0lXVUSWTS0

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  12. Remember this happened in a clothing store in wicker park last summer, and I just saw on the news a few weeks ago about the same thing happening to a store on the south side...both had video of the thefts. I also read the pricey stores on Michigan Ave have told employees not to attempt to detain shoplifters because they'll turn around and sue the store claiming that the store employee assaulted them.

    No area of the city is safe from this, and as in so much of the garbage that's going on in this city, the thugs have figured out how to stymie the authorities. That's why the continue to become more brazen.

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  13. I repeat Chicago political observer John Kass's recent commentary about the mayor, budgetary issues here, and most urgently to us: crime/police below. It's about red ink, broke city, folks = really broke. County and state, for that matter, but this is about Chicago and our neighborhood now:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/changing_lanes/2014/07/17/why_rahm_emanuel_is_in_trouble.html

    Kass: "He doesn't have enough money for cops. You don't think he wants to hire police? There was just a riot on Montrose Beach 2 days ago. There weren't enough police to go. They came up with this story: yes, we had enough police >>> yes, after you made all your calls, but there weren't enough police at the time."

    The convergence of decades of IL/Chicago political corruption and overspending and the Machine's control throughout Chicago, mixed with the last years of national economic recession and blues have brought us here = grossly inadequate police staffing amidst serious crime and public safety concerns. It's a total, terrifying hot mess .. and hearing Kass's take only magnifies that to me = he, being a credible, long-time chronicler of all things Chicago politics. There've been whispers of not only the school system declaring bankruptcy, but also the city. What would happen then to city services and police coverage? Alarming.

    There's got to be grownups in charge of making prudent decisions over the competing issues with whatever available funds there are and putting public safety first, not PR or "world class city" frills. It's truly frightening to consider they're that strained and were actually a bit stumped by the Montrose Beach chaos .. who knows what/where the next worse crisis than a neighborhood beach riot could emerge. So, the old saw always and ever applies: we get the government we deserve. I pray voters wake up and in time to begin a drastic rework of the same old, same old.

    FYI = the other two Kass video interviews about Chicago, Illinois politics, crime, etc. - both worthwhile IMO.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/changing_lanes/2014/07/18/chicago_in_the_news.html

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/changing_lanes/2014/07/18/will_obama_help_governor_quinn.html

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  14. Kass is wrong, because the mayor can use his slush fund, er I mean the T.I.F. fund (tax increment financing,) Read all about it: Ben Joravsky, a staff writer at the Reader, has been writing about T.I.F. districts for years. The City's T.I.F. fund allegedly totals more than $500 mil, normally earmarked for the mayor's pet projects by the politically connected. The mayor could decide hiring more police is higher priority, he has total control of this fund, our tax dollars.

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    1. I didn't know he could tap into that at will. If true, that would be a deadly serious dereliction of duty .. and at this dangerous level of police staffing and resultant crime: beyond reprehensible, perhaps actionable.

      Just did a search - found this:

      http://chicagorants.com/2012/08/24/how-bias-is-chicago-tribune-tif-funds/

      Excerpt:

      Need money? Just take it out of TIF petty cash!
      http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/03/19/need-money-just-take-it-out-of-tif-petty-cash

      “I’ve been writing about TIFs for so long, you’d think there’d be nothing new for me to learn about the mayor’s favorite $500 million-a-year property tax scam… Mayors Daley and Emanuel claimed the right to dip into the TIF petty cash without anyone’s approval.”

      Mayor Emanuel gives Sara Lee a big, wet, and sloppy $6.5 million TIF kiss
      http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/12/13/mayor-emanuel-gives-sara-lee-a-big-wet-and-sloppy-65-million-tif-kiss

      “You’re apparently so wealthy you can afford to give between $5 million and $6.5 million to Sara Lee, a multibillion dollar food conglomeration. Actually, most taxpayers in Chicago probably don’t even know they’re giving Sara Lee all that money. That’s because Mayor Rahm Emanuel is snatching the cash from the shadows of the Tax Increment Financing treasure chest, which is one of those slush funds folks in Chicago still can’t figure out.”

      Thanks for the info .. truly sickening. Do you think Kass is intentionally avoiding that subject?

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