Monday, October 20, 2014

"HELMONT" HEADQUARTERS: Steps From Alderman's Office, Gang Tag Lays Claim To Criminal Beachhead

Looking for the alderman's office?
It's under the scaffolding, just past
this Gangster Disciples tag.
UPDATE OCTOBER 21 9:30PM: The city's "graffiti blasters" removed the tag today. Nicely handled. Now, for the hard part: that gangway.
Readers of CWB quickly learn that the area of Belmont and Sheffield is one of the best places to go if you’re in the mood for a good old-fashioned mugging.

It’s a well-established beachhead for street criminals that city officials have essentially surrendered to bad elements—most notably, the Gangster Disciples (GD) street gang.

44th ward Alderman Tom Tunney’s office is located a few storefronts north of the infamous intersection—just south of this blue, six-pointed star that the GD's have conveniently placed on the sidewalk.

We’ve opened a graffiti removal ticket with the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

But, you know how that goes.

This unsecured gangway is used as a hiding spot and
get-away path for thugs operating near Belmont and Sheffield.


Just south of the alderman's office, next to the now-empty Leona's restaurant storefront, lies this unsecured gangway.

It doesn't look like much, but according to multiple robbery victims, you should do yourself a favor by not walking past it at night.

Phone snatchers and beat-down artists hide in this gangway waiting for the right victim to walk past. It also eases post-crime getaways as an easy cut-through from Sheffield to the Belmont Red Line station.