Sunday, January 04, 2015

CRASH & GRAB: Area Best Buy Targeted In Overnight Raid; Short-Handed Police Muster 8-Minute Response

The minivan used to penetrate the store remains on-scene this morning.
Chicago's hottest crime wave hit close to home early this morning as a group of thieves crashed a minivan into the Clark Street Best Buy store and stole an undetermined amount of merchandise. The bold break-in and get-away were made easier by understaffing in the 19th district, which could only muster up an 8-minute response time.

A swarm of witnesses began reporting the heist in progress at 2650 Clark shortly before 5AM.

A minivan registered to a man from the South Side's Washington Park neighborhood had crashed through a Clark Street window and onto the sales floor. Then, a group of offenders stormed into the sales floor and started loading up two other cars with merchandise.

Char dogs and chocolate shakes were still being whipped out at the nearby Wiener's Circle, where witnesses told us that between four and seven black men were involved in the theft. People at a nearby McDonald's agreed.

While the thieves made entry near the store's computer, printer, and hard drive section, store managers have yet to determine exactly what was taken.

The bandits abandoned the minivan at the scene and escaped in two other vehicles. One of the cars was a beige Ford Focus and the other was a black 2013 Chevy registered to a couple from the Southwest Side Ashburn neighborhood. They were last seen heading east on Wrightwood and south on Lake Shore Drive.

Nearly all 19th district officers were tied up at the time of the burglary and the first officer on scene arrived about 8 minutes after the first 911 calls came in. Even more incredibly, the first unit to arrive actually came from a different district.

(Case HY103476)
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41 comments:

  1. So this just begs questions. Don't they have Best Buys closer to their homes? Wouldn't the Best Buy on Belmont be easier to hit since it's right at the freeway?

    Oh nevermind.

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    1. There might be cops there, but probably none available here for lack of sufficient man power---or maybe just a perception of such.

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    2. The "Best Buys closer to their homes" have a police presence.

      The criminals know we don't have the police coverage here in the 19th district.
      This is the evidence.

      Emboldened by the apparent success of this heist, I'd forecast similar acts to follow.

      Happy New Year! Don't forget to vote!

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    3. Are you implying that like many crimes in this neighborhood, it was more about sending a message than actually securing illicit merchandise?

      Unpossible.

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  2. Maybe the snow and ice and single digits temps will keep the criminals at bay for a few days; but considering their increasingly bold acts that get more encouragement from the community than condemnation, maybe not.

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  3. It looks like the business owners need to install the "ghetto proof" cages that are so popular on the south side store fronts. Can you imagine the view on Michigan Avenue every evening as the owners slide the huge metal grates across the store windows and secure the big padlock..... priceless!

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    1. Looks like Best Buy already had some sort of metal doors. Looks like it didn't do much.

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  4. Is there a way to hear dispatch tapes? I recall one time that I called 911 about a suspicious person. Mindful of the staffing issue, I streamed the 19th district radio to hear when my request was announced. It took at least 5 minutes for that to happen. So I have always wondered if the problem also lies with dispatchers who just don't get the word out quickly enough?

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    1. This is not the suburbs where the dispatchers are also the call takers. Call takers here must relay the job to dispatcher in appropriate area then based on other jobs priority the job gets assigned. It takes a couple of minutes. The calls that go thru immediately are legit shots, person shot person down etc also in progress calls get pushed thru as well as domestics. A suspicious person call is a routine non high priority job

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  5. Unbelievable! I no longer live in Chicago or anywhere near it, but I was visiting around the holidays and I was just at this Best Buy because I needed to purchase headphones. To the surprise of no one, the politically correct Chicago Tribune refuses to give a physical description of the perps. However, this great website (CWB) does not bow to the gods of cultural marxism and political correctness, so thank you for reporting all the necessary information!

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    1. How is saying they were black "necessary information" when there is literally no other physical description? In no way am I saying that CWB did anything wrong in stating that they were black, but I'm curious as to why you think that makes such a huge difference in the reporting of this particular case. Simply stating that a suspect is black or white or whatever really doesn't matter all that much in terms of "necessary" or useful information in there's nothing else to go on in regards to their physical description. Unless you're concerned about somehow keeping score you don't need to crow about that "PC" boogeyman you're so concerned about.

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    2. We publish all available physical description information of all offenders. At what point is a description enough? Race and height? Race and age? Age and clothing? Race and make, model, year of cars with directions of flight? Nobody knows what could spark a person's memory, so we run it all... Except license plate numbers.

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    3. Hey, I don't have any issue with you reporting what witnesses say they saw; I was just amused at the OP acting like the Tribune was dodging something by not saying that the witnesses thought the robbers were black. We have scores of crime-related articles in the paper that aren't shy about describing or showing a criminal or suspect to be black, so I have no idea why the OP would think they'd suddenly get shy over this particular case.

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    4. It's a question that comes up once in a while, so we thought we'd throw it out there. Thanks for being a part of CWB, we appreciate it!

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  6. That's not begging the question.

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  7. Now it is spreading into Lincoln Park, and about 2 blocks from the Days Inn.
    I have been saying it would for a long time.

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    1. The picture above shows a sign to the left of the van "60% Off".

      They need to update it to 100% off.

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  8. I was in the Best Buy at the Hancock on Michigan Avenue before Christmas. It took much longer than 8 minutes to have an associate help me. I could have had a Cop in less than 1 minute. Just Sayin.

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  9. Any idea what was going on around lake shore and Sheridan? Sounded like multiple bouts of women screaming, and then there were cop cars with lights going on both ends of the street all night.

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    1. Sadly, a man jumped from the 15th floor of 3900 LSD.

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  10. BEST case scenario is an 8 minute response time to a robbery in progress.
    In progress!!
    Does anyone know what the staffing level was in the district Sat night / Sun morning?
    It's not like we've had any problems staffing overnight shifts....have we? I'm just sayin.

    With all of the late-night / early morning stuff within a block of this place, plus...it's not as if Clark is lightly traveled at any time of day....this just seems like a big-time F.U. to anybody who thinks that there's effective policing in our district.
    There's NOT.

    Eight minutes Tunney!!! 8. Eight.
    The thugs are saying F.U. in no uncertain terms. Are you listening?
    Got any ideas what the people in your district ought to say to you?
    I have a few suggestions.

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    1. Why are you complaining about Tunney on this one? This is in the 43rd ward. The correct alderman to complain about is Michelle Smith. She has the same vote as Tunney.

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    2. Folks just need to accept that the likes of Tunney and Rahmmy don't give a shit what the citizens think. They know that they'll be voted in time after time. Not worth it to get your panties curled up worrying about what either one of them think.

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    3. I'm sure the Alderman's Crime Task Force Committee will look into this...oh wait a minute, whatever happened to the Alderman's Crime Task Force Committee, and what in their brief existence did they do besides calling the owners of this blog "liars"?

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    4. it was never the Alderman's crime task force--it was the Lakeview Citizen's Council. Ya'll love to place the blame for Tunney on everything--even when it's not his ward! Why not ask Cappelman, Smith, Pawar and Waguespack about the reduction in police too--they all share the same district

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    5. 1) Because Waguespack has the spine to vote against the budget that slashes cops AND other legislation that is not right for Chicago.

      2) If you haven't seen criticism of the other aldermen on this site, it's because you are selectively reading.

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    6. Agreed. But even though he stands up--we are still not getting any more cops.

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    7. That tells us that we need more like him and fewer like the others. See how that works?

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    8. "it was never the Alderman's crime task force--it was the Lakeview Citizen's Council."

      The LVCC is Tunney's lackey. That "crime task force committee" was Tunney's invention and stocked with his stooges. The woman who was put in charge of the "social service organizations" end of the crime task force committee called this blog "liars" and said that people who were complaining about crime were just out to get the alderman. I know this because I spoke to her, and that's what she told me.

      Have you ever attended an LVCC board meeting? They refer to Tunney as "Tommy."

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    9. I wrote the original post above RE Tunney.
      I apologize if it could have been clearer.
      The reasons I directed the aldermanic comment to him, and not to Michelle Smith:
      - I live in Tunney's ward, not Smith's
      - The 19th precinct (obviously) services both areas
      - The policing problems are well known. This (the Best Buy incident) is only one more example.
      - He's been a complete ghost in dealing with public safety - one of, if not THE key quality-of-life issues to the people he's paid to represent

      No presence, no leadership, no plan, no action, and...surprize....no results.
      Seriously, sorry if the positioning was unclear.

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    10. Is isn't just this one crime - it's as if they act like they now run the country - and maybe they do.

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  11. As an example of how times have changed with the depleted police force, about 5 years ago a friend and I lit a joint on that exact same corner and within 10 SECONDS 2 cop cars pulled up and had us cuffed. I didn't even have time for a full toke. Now, an SUV can drive through the building and it takes 8 MINUTES for a cop to become available.

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  12. I thought the overnight watch had the most manpower? Where the heck are all the police? Sad response. Does the commander keep an eye on stuff like response time and manpower?

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    1. You ever hear the Bars of Wrigleyville and Boystown always go up for grabs, with amateur drunks on the weekends that need babysitting!

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  13. We all know that our "leaders" don't give a shit about John & Jane taxpayer....that we are simply "perceiving" there is more crime. Seems they don't care that we are getting robbed, beaten, etc...

    Will a big store like Best Buy receive the same brush off, or will they carry more weight than the folks who live in the area?

    I can see it now....big stores (heck, even small stores) will begin to pull out of the area. Seems these crooks came a long way and most likely passed quite a few Best Buys before deciding to rob this particular location. As another commenter suggested, seems the robbers chose this store due to the lack of police in the area.

    An 8 minute response is pretty sad. I'm assuming the robbers had split by then??

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    1. They rolled racks of stuff out of Sports Authority not so long ago and they're still in the same location. How soon we forget.

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  14. About response times: First off it occurred around the change of shifts which means only about 1/2 of the cars were available while the rest were changing to the daywatch. Secondly, the commander has everyone assigned to the Clark Street, Halsted Street, Sheffield area so the rest of the district gets no patrols. And that's the fact jack.

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  15. The most surprising part of this story is that Best Buy is still in business.

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  16. More companies should install bollards around the perimeter of their buildings to prevent vehicular attacks like these.

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  17. I wonder how long before Best Buy sees a huge insurance rate increase and decided to close this store.
    Maybe close the store on Elston also, and just keep the one at North Avenue and install 24 armed guards.

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  18. If it's like the Best Buy's I've been to, I bet there were 5 sales associates standing around, and no one asked them if they needed any help finding anything.

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