Saturday, November 29, 2014

COPS: Pickpockets Targeting North Side CTA Customers

A pickpocket spree on CTA trains and near CTA stations in our neighborhood is the topic of a fresh alert from Chicago Police.

Detectives say victims traveling alone have been targeted at CTA stations or "in a CTA conveyance" passing through our area by one or two offenders who surreptitiously took valuables from the victims' pockets.

Among the locations and times of related incidents:
· 900 block of W. Belmont on October 25, 2014 at 5:00pm.
· 1100 block of W. Wilson on October 25, 2014 at 8:30pm.
· 900 block of W. Addison on October 31, 2014 at 1:00am.
· 900 block of W. Fullerton on November 6, 2014 at 4:00pm.
· 600 block of W. Deming on November 6, 2014 at 10:30pm.
· 900 block of W. Wellington on November 15, 2014 at 9:00pm.
· 900 block of W. Belmont on November 22, 2014 at 3:30am.


The police alert states that the department has no "definitive description" of the offenders "due to the nature of these crimes."

However, a CWB source has told us that officers arrested a man in connection with the incident aboard a CTA train at 3:30AM on November 22. They had to let the man go because the victim refused to sign a complaint.

That suspect, who is currently on parole, has a long list of imprisonments for theft, marijuana trafficking, and aggravated battery. He is a 58-year-old black man, 6' tall, 240 pounds, with a scar on the inside of his left forearm. CWB is withholding his name and photo because he has not been charged with any of the pocket-picking incidents.

Police Contact

Police are asking victims or those with additional information to call Area North Detectives at 312.744.8263 and refer to alert #P14-N-202(CA) or case numbers HX483889, HX482289, HX489370, HX517728, HX498851, HX511693, and HX515918.
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  1. The knitwit that wouldn't sign the complaint should have to reimburse every other victim for their losses.

  2. Agreed. There comes a point when uncooperative crime victims become complicit in the continuance of crime and in generating future victims.
    It becomes discouraging for police to successfully respond to crime victims and take offenders into custody only to release them without charges while the victims continue on about their business.

  3. Getting thugged, then refusing to sign a complaint, is the epitome of wussdom. I think it's time these fools are also identified publicly in the media, with name, photo, etc., just like the thugs. A cop goes out and puts his/her life on the line to apprehend the thug, while you "refuse to sign a complaint?" You need your ass kicked!!

  4. This is the reason that crimes persist! Victim does not care!

    Why should Police even show up to help them when the victim refuses to help prosecute the bad guys and let bad guys go to rob other people!

    Can't wait to move from Chicago!

  5. That 58-year old youth needs the many social services our neighborhood offers.

  6. Everyone is dead on about those who won't file a report. If you don't want to file a report, don't waste the cops' time coming to help you.

  7. There is a very valid reason that some victims do not file police reports. They are criminals themselves and have warrants.

    1. Interesting point.