Tuesday, January 20, 2015

IF THE SHOE FITS, STEAL IT: Shoplifters Swarm Diversey Akira

Five shoplifters, described only as black women, swarmed into the Akira women's store at Clark and Diversey Monday afternoon and escaped with a large selection of shoes. A store employee who chased the thieves down Diversey was clobbered by one of their bags.

The women piled into a dark Chevy Lumina and sped westbound on Diversey.

911 calls about the incident began coming in at 2:17PM yesterday, but no one was assigned to the incident until 2:34PM because no officers were able to take the call. (Case HY120902)

About an hour after the Akira incident, police were called to the American Apparel store at 929 Belmont by employees who recognized a crew of four known black female shoplifters on the sales floor. The would-be thieves left before police arrived. No merchandise was taken.

Slow Service For Lincoln Park

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You'd think Lincoln Park Alderman Michele Smith would be concerned about police service levels in her area after hearing about recent incidents there.
• 17 minute response time for yesterday's shoplifting mob at Akira.
• 8 minute response time after a crash and grab team drove a van into Best Buy to steal merchandise.
• A 15-minute response time for a recent strong arm robbery victim.
But, no. She says everything is just hunky-dory in Lincoln Park. Voters of the 43rd ward should keep that in mind.

It's a shame that the city took away 121 of our neighborhood's police officers, leaving the district too thinly-staffed to allow for proactive policing and prompt responses in "good" areas like LP.

As recently as last week, Alderman Smith was telling public audiences that Clark Street has an officer on foot patrol south of Diversey because of her efforts. FACT: The only foot patrol officers on Clark Street work a 2-block stretch in Wrigleyville, not Lincoln Park. If there were a foot patrol in LP, the police wouldn't have needed 17 minutes to get to Clark and Diversey. (Hey, somebody had to point that out, Michele.)
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21 comments:

  1. I pay big money to live in the Boystown/Lakeview/Lincoln Park neighborhood. I care about what happens here and every time I read about criminals coming into my neighborhood to rob and steal, I get offended. Like another poster said, nobody cares. We have 26% less police patrolling our streets and the criminals are emboldened by each successful robbery to commit even more. 17 F'ing minutes for an initial police response is insane! I have had 4 sets of friends come visit from NYC this summer and they all ask the same thing- where are the police? My partner and I spend a lot of money in the neighborhood shops and restaurants, not to mention what we pay in taxes, but we are thisclose to pulling up stakes for somewhere safer.

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  2. Where were all the officers during this crime at lunch???
    How is there no officers available when the public is in need? And needs Help?

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    1. Why honey, you-all must be new around here (and to these forums .....)

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    2. Imagine that, police officers get to take a lunch break! Damn those union workers and their contracts!

      Fact is, not all squads in a sector would go down on lunch at the same time, but if there are four calls for service and three squads available, then dispatch would need to send a squad that might be further away.

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    3. ya you old dogs all take luch at the same time so you don't get any jobs.
      Just quit already let some young kids have this job

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    4. No young kids being trained to take my job. And I'm not a dog, hairgel.

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  3. They swarmed into Akira, not warmed.

    I'm new here and hoping you guys aren't as lax with proofreading as DNAinfo is.

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    1. Can't promise anything on that, Will, but we are pleased to hear that you're with us.

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    2. Sorry about the sentence fragment.

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  4. Alderthing Smith looks as clueless in that photo as alderthing Tunney in his. They appear to both be Polyannas and, now that I think about it, if they somehow began working together, they might just cancel each other out and we could start a-fresh with new alderpeople in wards 43 and 44.

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  5. It's very clear that the aldermen of the tony North Side - Smith, Tunney, etc. - are just too soft to deal with matters like these. Fighting blue-collar crime takes blue-collar attitude and actions, not assurances and pronouncements.

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  6. Are we sure the shoe store robbers were women? Or men dressed as women??

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  7. A politician who lies through its teeth? Who would guess!! I blame the ignorant voters for buying into this nonsense and reelecting these people into office. The real career criminals? Politicians! Why do we embrace them? Americans now view politicians the same way we view celebrities.

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  8. That's turning into a bleak area. The once overly saturated Diversey/Broadway/clark corner now only has a vitamin shop left. And I don't know if it's just me, but that huge new Walgreens there is never busy for some reason. Maybe it just seems that way because it's so large, but it seems to be a very slow Walgreens for its size.

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    1. It's decaying, just like the 3200-3600 blocks of N. Halsted. I shop through there on occasion. Trader Joes does a brisk business but it has a parking garage attached. In other places I regularly haunt, I have indeed noticed much less shoppers than before, including Lenscrafters, Starbucks, The Edge, The Body Shop, and even Century Cinema and that building. So, these fine citizens who felt entitled to Akira's property probably found it, like much of N Halsted, to be easy pickings, a cornucopia of the clueless and dimwitted.

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    2. Vitamin Shoppe is closing the end of the month, so for a period of time the entire corner will be empty. Supposedly a Stan's Donuts is going in where Jamba had been located, and there is a request for a midrise, I believe, on the site of the old Walgreens.

      As far as the comments about the 43rd Ward, Smith is simply out of touch with reality and could care less about anything but herself. Her staff is arrogant and ignores complaints related to the increase in crime and vagrancy in the north end of the Ward, and she touts that laughable street-corner roll call as her being tough on crime.

      She is a former prosecutor who was found guilty of campaign law violations, she ran as a reformer and has been anything but, and deserves to be a one-term Alderman. Unfortunately, there is a trio running against her and she'll likely get to 50% + 1 and return with her blindfold to City Hall.

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  9. Anyone know how the occupancy rate at Days Inn is faring in the last year or so ?

    I sent them a note a year ago saying that having been a regular customer, stayed there once or twice a year for 15 years, I will no longer return unless Tunney and Emanuel are tossed from office and police headcount is restored.

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  10. In addition to Panera Cares for free food, perhaps there should be an Akira Cares for free shoes and a Walgreens Cares for free drugs and a Century Cinema Cares for free movies and a Best Buy Cares for free electronics and a...

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  11. Well, I never thought I would see the day when that corner emptied out. It was just a year ago I was complaining about how busy it is.. As far as Stan's Donuts, how many donuts do you have sell to pay the rent on that place? It's not the type of corner where people pull up in a car and run in and grab two dozen donuts to take to the office. Trader Joe's will continue to keep that area populated, but it's a far cry from a few years ago. I used to actually shop at Century City mall, they even had Express in there! And the Vitamin Shoppe used to be a two story music store, Coconuts. The landlords in this area are kidding themselves with huge rent hikes. Even in my apartment building, a 2 bedroom unit with 0 amenities has increased to a higher rent as a 2 bedroom downtown that would have a pool and a doorman. Stan's Donuts. Great... While the crime is out of control, the landlords are also responsible for that area literally closing down.

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    1. Barnes & Noble was vacant for many year before Trader Joes came in.
      Which store was Wamu Bank ?

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  12. Alderman Michele Smith who claims to be a "full-time" alderman made an extra $84,000 in her non-city job in ADDITION to her 6 figure city tax paid salary?! Must be nice, that she make more than DOUBLE in her part-time job, than what I make in my full-time job. So this alderman makes well over a total of $175,000 a year, all for rubber stamping every vote that the Mayor wants her to. She never has, or will ever earn my vote. And if you vote for her, excuse my opinion, you are an idiot.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/carol-marin-opinion/7/71/316393/carols-latest-column

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