Wednesday, August 06, 2014

DIRTY DEEDS: Laundry Room Thefts Return To Boystown, Car Break-Ins Spike

A CWB reader photo of coin devices pried from Boystown
laundry room machines in November 2013.
It's been a while since we've reported on laundry room break-ins.

A rash of break-ins last November resulted in up to a dozen apartment buildings targeted for the coins inside their washing machines—mostley between Halsted and Lake Shore Drive from Waveland down to around Roscoe.  There has not been a reported laundry room caper since a prime suspect was arrested late last year.

Until now. Two Boystown apartment buildings reported thefts from their coin-operated washers and dryers last Monday evening: One in the 700 block of Brompton and the other in the 800 block of Cornelia.

@3200nwilton44th posted this photo
of a car that was broken into near
School and Wilton overnight.
The exact time of the break-ins is not known and no offender descriptions have been released.

This would be a good time to ensure that laundry room doors and windows are properly secured. We suspect there will be more of these capers.

Vehicles Targeted

A large number of auto break-ins and reports of suspicious people checking car door handles and peering into vehicles have been reported over the past 10 days. Suspect descriptions have varied.
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13 comments:

  1. Imagine how much of a loser one has to be to be stealing quarters.

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    1. These laundry room break-ins happen on a fairly regular basis across the city. Our building was hit in December and again in June. We assume the management company didn't report it because they don't want the building to look unsafe. In fact, had the cleaning crew not mentioned it, I wouldn't have known what happened since they told us the room was closed due to a electrical issue. The only buildings where this hasn't happened are those where the laundry room was operated via debit card or where there were no windows or frosted windows.

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  2. Our spare tire was stolen off of our car last week. Anyone else?

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    1. At least three were stolen in our area about a week ago.

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    2. Yes. I'm near Wilton and Cornelia in Wrigleyville, and our upstairs neighbors had the spare tire stolen off their Nissan X-Terra TWICE recently. They were parked in one of the spots right behind our building. Keep an eye on your stuff....these dirtbags will snag anything that isn't nailed down. Of course, they usually come to "shop" our neighborhood when respectable people are sleeping or at work.

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    3. Same here, my truck tire was stolen right in I think the same alley about a year ago...I don't even keep a spare because of this.

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  3. a friend of mine had expensive tires on his car.
    he parked on hawthorne and when he went there in the moring to go to work
    his car was on cinder blocks. his four tires were removed right on hawthorne
    sometime between 7pm and 7am/

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    1. To be fair, that's a problem all over the city. Wheel thieves target Honda Fits and Honda Accords, or cars that have expensive aftermarket wheels/tires. They resell them via shady Facebook groups or on Craigslist.

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  4. A woman I work with lives in Brookfield and this happened to ten cars on her block. It's happening all over. A general lawlessness has settled in over the city.

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  5. It happened to us in the 600 block of Aldine last week. Our auto deductible is $500. So as my husband puts it, "It cost us $500 to wake up that day." The sad part is that I feel lucky that the kids and I weren't IN the car when we were robbed.

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  6. The lawlessness happens all over the city but not everywhere, It doesn't happen on N Hermitage just south of Helen Zatterberg Park 4246 N Hermitage Ave.

    I believe it is time time to bring national attention to Rahm's front yard. Who is up for a march against crime?

    Crime in Boystown/Wriglyville - Post the suggestion of a march to twinkle toes front lawn. Let's do it.

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    1. Me! Tell me when and where.

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