Friday, September 19, 2014

BURGLARY BONANZA: Prowlers Are Having A Field Day

Employees clean up broken glass after a burglary at
their cell phone store on Belmont this week. (CWB Reader)
At 8 o’clock last night, an anonymous 911 caller reported seeing a “youth” trying to climb into an apartment window in the 800 block of Addison. The suspect, sporting a pink back pack, gave up and then joined a group of people waiting to enter The Crib youth shelter at 835 W. Addison, directly across from the 19th district police station.

Officers crossed the street and were approached by two people who saw the man try to crawl through the window. At the same time, the suspect walked away, heading down Fremont Street. Cops in vehicles caught up with the suspect but, in the end, no victim could be located to sign a complaint, so no report was filed.

• When a resident returned to their home in the 3700 block of Greenview yesterday evening, would-be burglars were kicking in the back door. They turned around and ran out when the homeowner entered. Recorded as a criminal damage to property. Case HX434000.

• Not dissimilarly, a man woke up at 4:30 this morning in the 1300 block of Roscoe upon hearing someone break into his back yard. When he went to see what was happening, the offender was at the man’s back door. No report.

• Another cell store fell victim to burglars this week. Unlike last week’s attempt on Broadway, the offenders succeeded in entering the Verizon store at 1022 Belmont early Tuesday morning. After breaking out glass next to the front door, the burglars reportedly helped themselves to the store’s Apple products. Camera were rolling, but a witness reports that the thieves’ faces were covered and they wore gloves.

As it turns out, before boldly crashing through the front window, the offenders tried to break in through the store’s back door. They picked the wrong door and broke into the neighboring Japanese Cultural Center by mistake.

Here are some other confirmed burglaries this week. “Unlawful entry” means the offenders did not use force to enter the dwelling—a door or window may have been left unlocked.

  • Monday, 500 block of Oakdale. Unlawful entry.
  • Wednesday, 1400 block of Belmont. Forcible entry.
  • Today, 3300 block of Clifton. Unlawful entry while the victim slept last night.
  • Today, 2900 block of Sheridan. Forcible entry to a business.

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15 comments:

  1. It's just a matter of time before we start seeing the bars that are common for the establishments on the South and West Sides. Welcome to the Jungle..............

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  2. At some point, very soon I believe, these losers are going to break into the 'wrong' house from their perspective and receive a welcome courtesy of a lawfully registered home-defense object.

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  3. To the people who are being critical of Judge Calabrese I have a few things to say. Judge Calabrese is not necessarily anti-police but he has been holding court for quite a while. He has seen all the tricks that the CPD uses to convict defendants. His bonds are on the low side but there are other judges who issue "softer bonds".

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    1. Bah! Thanks for checking in on us, Judge.

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    2. LOL, good catch!

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    3. I don't have a problem with low bonds on non-violent crimes. Innocent until proven guilty after all. My issue is when proven guilty turns into a slap on the wrist and the multiple-time offender is going back to what they were doing.

      It's disheartening to hear about guys who have been busted 3 or 4 times getting off with 2 days time served and the loss of their $12 crowbar. At some point a judge has to decide that a person is a nuisance to society and needs to spend some time behind bars.

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    4. "His bonds are on the low side but there are other judges who issue "softer bonds"." Please share their names with us for consideration of retaining when the election roll around.

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  4. The alderman's office told me this week that the Crib could not be shut down as there is not enough documentation to designate it as a problem. I don't think there is any hope of these social services agencies going away or being held accountable for anything. Looks like the only option is leaving the neighborhood. So sad.

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    1. We have two more Crib stories coming up in the next few days.

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    2. Not enough documentation?! He was present at all of the meetings the neighbors of the Crib demanded last summer to deal with all of the "undocumented" problems they were facing due to that place.

      Tunney must be getting kick-backs from all of these organizations. That's the only reasonable explanation.

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    3. The ONLY reason that these corrupt and inept social services organizations exist is the MONEY a few people make off them.

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    4. Documentation = 911 calls. Simple math.

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    5. Actually, it's not simple math. No number of 911 calls will be the "right" number of calls to shut this place down. I am sure there have been enough 911 calls, the SWAT team has even been called out to deal with a situation there and that was not enough to warrant any kind of punishment or warning. I have personally been to dozens of meetings with the alderman, the Night Ministry, the LVLC, police, and concerned residents and time and time again, the opinions of the tax paying residents do not matter. The LVLC and Night Ministry are allowed to operate in any way they see fit. I assume if they wanted to turn their basement into a flop house they would be allowed to without consequence, based on how they have been operating the last three years.

      Unfortunately, I have to work for a living to be able to pay my ridiculous property taxes, so I do not have the time to police the Crib and document what they do. My neighbors and I have more than done our part to raise concerns and document issues, but it has been shown over time that it truly does not matter what we as residents do, they will continue to operate in whatever manner they choose without consequence.

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  5. 8 recognized openings in 019. 016 and 017, our biggest competion, have 5 each.

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