Saturday, January 10, 2015

ROBBERY ROUND-UP: DePaul FedEx Store Robbed At Gunpoint; Alert Issued In Wrigleyville Mugging

Employees of a DePaul-area FedEx Office store were said to be "pretty traumatized" after getting robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon. No one was hurt.

A gunman walked into the store at 744 Fullerton around 2:40PM and demanded money, then fled in an unknown direction after getting about $100 from the cash register. The store is plastered with surveillance cameras.

Victims describe the robber as a black man, 40- to 50-years-old, 5’5” tall, 130 pounds, with a beard. He wore an “Eskimo hat” and a navy or black coat. (Case HY109030)

• Closer to home, yet another man has reported that he was the target of an attempted robbery near the 500 block of Diversey. The Lincoln Park resident is the third person to report being targeted there in the past 10 days.

Around 2:30 this morning, two would-be muggers jumped out of a car near Diversey and Pine Grove and started swinging. Both fled empty-handed as the victim resisted them.

One suspect jumped back into the duo’s black 4-door sedan while the other fled on foot.

Police have categorized the incident as a statistics-friendly battery case. UPDATE JAN 18: This case was later classified correctly as an attempted robbery. (Case HY108538)

As CWB previously reported, two other men—one of whom is blind—have been robbed in the same area recently.

• Detectives have issued a community alert in connection with Thursday morning’s mugging near Wrigley Field. Investigators believe that case may be related to two others in Uptown.

Uptown Update has the full alert details.
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19 comments:

  1. Best Buy, Fed Ex, etc. are bi enough financial powers that they can tell Rahm to put the police back, or we Red Line (no offense to CTA) Chicago, and leave the city.

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    1. I doubt either will say anything. They will just pull out of the neighborhoods and keep only a presence downtown. Dominick's closing proved that a company really doesn't need Chicago's neighborhoods. I live in Edgewater. There are over 30,000 people per square mile here but Broadway, wow, it just seems like half the retail space is vacant. Walgreens and Aldi have security guards at the door. I'm sure retailers like the market opportunity, but then look at the crime and just say no thanks. The incremental sales are no longer worth it when people can stay home and shop online.

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    2. Urban America is no Tokyo. It's the reason why everyone with serious money lives in the burbs.

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  2. Let's contemplate this: a walk-in thugging in a FedEx store in the middle of the afternoon, in a busy urban area.How brazen! What's next? A Jewel at high noon full of customers? Ann Sather at 9am full of people who should know better? A Target store at 2pm full of customers?

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  3. This is, in one important respect, very much the same as the smash-and-grab at Best Buy.
    That was, and this is, a serious F.U. to everybody involved in Public Safety in the 019th.
    Tommy? Are you pickin' up what they're layin' down?

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  4. Maybe when, not if, they start doing smash and grab to the small business storefronts along Northalsted, the stupid owners will remove their ass-sucking "Tunney" signs.

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    1. You will never see one of those ass-sucking signs in front on my business!! And I was approached Saturday by a guy whom I *thought* was a friend, neighbor, and business colleague, borderline threatening me for not displaying a pro-Tunney sign. Hell will freeze over first. Tunneys sticky buns will freeze as well, before I will erect such a sign in my yard.

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  5. @ Anonymous - One could only hope that this would happen at 9 a.m. at Ann Sather. Then our Alderwaste would actually pay attention to crime and properly staff our police force as needed.

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    1. Oh please. If it did happen at 9am Saturday, he'd just stare off onto Belmont vacantly for a few minutes and then promise to "work closely" with officials as he "looked into" the matter. The alderthing is spineless, wormlike, and does not give a whit about safety or anything else (other than useless photos ops) in this neighborhood.

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    2. Alderwaste. Love it. I hope you don't mind if I use it from time to time. I think this word does a really good job of describing MOST of the Aldermen in our town. A big, fat WASTE of money.

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  6. You've got 3 large vacant storefronts at Diversey/Clark and the flagship is a towering Walgreens that probably has just about everything everybody needs outside of amazon.com. Panera Cares and the Walmart seem to be thriving. I had the pleasure of nabbing a parking spot in front of the flop house/hotel across from the smash and grab Best Buy the other night only to have my car circled by a resident the split second I exited. Thankfully the interior of that vacant mall isn't visible from the streetscape. Something tells me there are deeper problems around there than the police.

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  7. It appears the thugs have some taste since they have never touched Tunney Sather's tasteless cinnamon buns.

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  8. Completely off topic, not sure if it is covered elsewhere, but there were only two openings in districts, citywide. Guess where. Pretty embarrassing that they can't keep anyone there. Eli, look in the mirror.

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  9. And, of course, none of these stories appear in the mainstream papers. Sad! Journalistic integrity is dead.

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  10. A lot of folks on these boards complain about Tunney. Why do you keep electing him?

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    1. Because he's gay. So am I but made no difference to me. But that's just me.

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    2. I doubt anyone here on this forum "keeps electing him."

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  11. Have my car circled?
    What does that mean?

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    1. It means dude from the flop house walked around the car looking inside to see if there was anything valuable in it to make it worth smashing a window. That's why certain people walk in the street rather than on the sidewalk. They are looking in the cars for briefcases and bags hoping to score a laptop, phone or anything of value.

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