Thursday, October 02, 2014

BLOTTER: "Stack of Jeans" Stolen In Shoplifting Raid; Battery At Center on Halsted

The Express store at 659 Diversey. (Yelp!)
Some of the incidents reported to police this week:


1:47PM - Employees at the Express store near Diversey and Clark report three offenders just ran into their store and took a stack of jeans. Workers say these are the same offenders who went into the store last week and attacked an employee with a Taser.  The offenders are described as two black females and one black male who were last seen driving away in a red Pontiac.

3:40PM - Woman at the Addison Red Line station reports that a man pushed her and took her phone while on-board a southbound CTA train. She got her phone back, but the offender slipped off the train at Sheridan.

4:09PM - A real estate agency in the 3800 block of Broadway reports that a teenager came into their office under the pretense of selling candy, then grabbed a cell phone and fled. No arrest.

5:26PM - Officers meet with a battery victim near Howard Browns Aris Health, 3245 N. Halsted. The victim reports that two known offenders jumped on him and beat him up near the Center on Halsted about 15 minutes earlier. Report taken. Descriptions:
1) Male, black, dressed as a woman, 21 years old, tall, slender, gray hoodie, skinny jeans.
2) Male, white, dressed as a woman, orange hoodie, glasses, hair tied up, black nylons, flip flops.
6:11PM - Forcible-entry burglary confirmed in the 900 block of Oakdale.

10:10PM - Two forcible-entry burglaries confirmed at a residential complex in the 2500 block of Bosworth.


5:26AM - Burglary confirmed, 1400 block of George.

11:58AM - At the Diversey/Sheffield Starbucks, a woman wants to turn in some "found property." The property? Ammuntion she found in the street.

1:27PM - The Center on Halsted battery victim calls 911. He has spotted the two men who beat him up. They are at (brace yourselves!) the Center on Halsted! It appears that the offenders are gone when police arrive.

And, finally…

Many have said that the "knockout game" is just an urban legend, not a real thing.

According to our recent conversations with officers, though, it appears that the Chicago Police Department gives the "game" some credence.

The officers have told us that CPD gang investigators recently found social media conversations about what "may be the knock out game." The postings do not refer to areas around our neighborhood, but districts across the city are briefing officers on the gang unit's findings.
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