Saturday, May 30, 2015

CIRCLE JERKS: Boystown Store "Looted" By 100-Person Mob

UPDATE MAY 31: Video of the incident's early moments has emerged.
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Strange things were definitely afoot at the Boystown Circle K this morning as police happened upon the store as it was being looted by an estimated 100 people.

At least one person was injured in the 3:55AM raid, which broke up when offenders saw that cops had arrived.

But the damage had already been done at the store, which is located on the corner of Halsted and Addison—just a half-block from the 19th district police headquarters.

Employees were working hard to restock the store's shelves when we visited at sunrise. The candy aisle appeared to be particularly hard hit, with huge boxes of Butterfingers, Starburst, and other sweets stripped bare. Racks of beef jerky and bagged snacks had been reduced to barren pegboard.

At the cash register, a cab driver who had been caught up in the mayhem begged the cashier to provide surveillance video of the raid.

Outside, we talked to another taxi driver who said he locked himself in his car as members of the mob swarmed his Yellow Cab.

"I thought they wanted to kill me," said the cabbie who declined to give his name. "What has gotten into people?"
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76 comments:

  1. What the wholly hell is going on in this neighborhood????

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    1. Gay "pride" Chicago style.

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    2. Stupid statement. Gay pride has made the neighborhood what it is. ..one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country. These are thugs coming from other parts of the city to take advantage of the people that fell comfortable (rightfully so) in their environment.

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    3. "Gay "pride" Chicago style"

      Do you have some facts that the fine authors of this blog don't have? If you do, please share. And if you don't, go take your classless, uneducated comment to a blog populated by people like yourself. Because in case I missed it, the blog owners said nothing about gays in their post so I can only read your post to be what it is - a classless and uneducated comment by someone who doesn't give a damn about what is going on in the North Side neighborhoods but rather uses a newsworthy blog to spout off on your own attitudes unrelated to the problems at hand.

      It's getting to a point where it's not worth reading the comments any longer, as all they seem to do is spout comments that have little to do with the postings themselves.

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    4. George Washington, Thomas Edison, and so many others never read a single internet comment. They all made out OK.

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    5. If this is one of the most "desirable" communities in the country, God help us.

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    6. If gay Boystowners had any pride, they would have done something to stop the thuggery in their neighborhood when it became visibly horrible about 6 years ago. Instead, they keep electing the same crooks into office and act as if they live in Malibu.

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    7. We were gay Boystowners with pride and we did something...the same year they built the Center on Halsted...we moved to a better neighborhood.

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    8. Yeah....out of state I hope. No good neighborhoods in Chicago

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  2. It's going to get worse this summer. This will be the watershed summer. It's well known Citywide to the thugs now East Lakeview and Boystown is the place for easy prey. Hell, all our officers were moved to the West and South Side of Chicago. They took all the Police from the tax paying neighborhoods to ones that don't pay taxes. Rahm doesn't care you all just voted for him and he has 24/7 armed officers plus a motorcade fit for a king.

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    1. I live on the South Side in one of the more desirable neighborhoods. They have moved our cops, too. I was personally told at a CAPS meeting that we are on our own to prevent crime in our parks. Our neighbrohood just elected 2 former long term mayor's relative as our alderman. I worked hard against electing the status quo. We are doomed!

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    2. One reason why I moved to Berwyn. It's not perfect, but it's affordable, has good public transit, and I can walk around and not be jumped or step in vomit or broken glass. Even in the "quiet" neighborhoods west of Boystown there are constant drive-bys done by shooters with poor aim. The omnipresent young professional crowd isn't registered to vote and will live in the thick of it because "nobody ever bothers" them.

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    3. Second City Cop.com states "CWB is going to be very busy this Summer".

      I'm already waiting for the invite to a Gay Pride house party from some very good people and my response this year will not be an excuse with a "thanks anyway" but a flat-out NO! The difference is this year I'm going to tell them why.

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  3. how does cwb get these stories?! quotes and everything! looks like its going to be a busy summer unfortunately.

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    1. It's pretty easy. Just walk to Circle K and talk to people. :-)

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    2. After the horrible story of the murder last night, reading this 'header', "Circle Jerks", made me laugh. You guys are sharp!

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    3. Maybe CWB can provide training to the "main stream" media on how to get a story and actually report on it. Seems like the media now only reports Twitter quotes from morons as news.

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    4. You mean to tell me that actually going to a crime scene, seeing it for yourself, and talking to legit witnesses provides an accurate account of whats really going on.

      They don't teach this in the schools our so called "reporters" go to. How did you figure all this out on your own?

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  4. 100 ppl and how many arrests?

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  5. Police stations down the street.Thats how dumb these teens are.Yea sure you got away for now,but you will make it to prison somehow someway.

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    1. Where have you been? They commit these crimes 1/2 block from the police station because they know they won't serve time.

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    2. Oh so the the prisons are empty. This criminal behavior is a stepping stone for their journey to the big house eventually!Now how long they will stay locked up is a case by case and who the judge is.So in the end these creeps aren't as smart as you think they are.they will eventually do some sort of time .

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    3. You think these THUGS are afraid of our understaffed and de-clawed Police Department?!

      Heck, the CPD is literally more afraid of our Department of Justice than the criminals, and this just isn't happening in Chicago. I can't see this ending, ever.

      The endless propaganda about the racist, dumb, drunk, bullying, torturing, dirty cop movies/ TV shows has reached it's apogee. The law Enforcement communites in major cities are at the point of giving up. How can we (city residents) hope for a recovery? This has taken years to percolate and I don't think it's results can be undone.

      Have the majority of "heater" cases (like the poor 4 yr old kid who got shot or the recent robbery/murder victim from Palos gone unsolved? Have there been any major riots, like in other cities, occur after we win championships? Did the anarchists take over the city during NATO? No. I guess those awful police officers just continue to get lucky. How else can you explain it after being told how bad these cops are?

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    4. I worked at the old 019 District in the early 70's the gangbangers were beating gays then we never had much in the way of crime or problems with places like Sharis Cheeks LiL Jim's the Annex but some a-holes gave them a lot of trouble then.

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  6. This is the straw that broke the camel's back. With the murder and now this 100 person robbery, its time to pull up stakes. We had planned to be here several more years before moving to California but that has changed. But its only 2 crimes? No, its the beginning because the politicians and police that represent us do nothing for us. We will take our combined income of $150,000 and the taxes we pay, which receive no representation for those taxes, and move elsewhere.

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    1. Same here, 10 years and I'm out.

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    2. Same here. I'm taking my family out of this state ASAP.

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    3. Already gone, but sad for the hood I spent a carefree youth in...

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    4. We have been here 11 years and are moving to San Francisco next month

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    5. I'd love to leave Chicago too but not sure where to move. Any recommendations?

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    6. Madison, WI

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    7. Madison has it's "bad side" too. There's a prison located just about dead center and vacant plots similar to Detroit and many parts of Chicago all over. There's a block long peep show place there too if that's your thing like Halsted St. Don't fall for the liberal utopia you desire there either. When comenting my disappointment with Madison, a lifelong Wisconsin resident replied "the rest of Wisconsin is not like this, Madison is like another state".

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    8. Same here. I am going the hell out of here.

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    9. I keep a home here and in another city, We are relocating the one in Chicago to LP or Gold Coast. Lakeview needs to change and the political sensitivity will overrule smart policing for a long time.

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    10. I moved to another neighborhood last year after having lived right off of Halsted for nearly a decade.... too much.

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  7. I can't wait to see Tunney's response to this event ..... Oh wait, he can't be bothered.

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  8. Thank you CWB for all that you do.

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  9. But Tunney sez we have more than enough police officers here.

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  10. I gave someone a ride home this morning.. I have not been on halsted for some time.... (HELLMONT either) and for good reason.. it is unbelievable... im surprised more murders and robberies have not occurred... it is disturbing....

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    1. EB reports "unlawful posession of a handgun - 3300 block N. Halsted".

      I remember when we just had to bring our i.d. and cash to the bar and a bad night was high humidity messing up our hair.

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  11. Time for the residents to take to the streets, take care of business. It's the only way to stop thugs from viewing this area as an easy target.

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  12. We need to stop the cta trains at a certain time or run them every 30 mins with police at the stations. Also businesses need to close early. 24/7 might be convenient but it's not worth the carnage

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    1. Typical ludicrous solution...punish the majority in an attempt to stop crime. How about actually punishing criminals by locking them up and throwing away the keys instead?

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    2. CTA runs just 2 of 8 "L" lines per night when most bus routes go to sleep. In this area, neither the 8 nor 36 run all night. Making people walk on those dark side streets to catch the 22 makes matters worse.

      NYC runs every physical route all night at 20 minute intervals without the mayhem. Yes, there is trouble in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but nothing like this. .

      Chicago clearly does not want to police public transit.

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    3. Maybe keep everything opened 24 hours, with neon lights everywhere.

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    4. "Typical ludicrous solution...punish the majority in an attempt to stop crime" Really? I think the MAJORITY of people are probably at home in bed at 3:55 a.m. It's about time to decide, either put the police resources on the street at night to allow stores and bars and the L to be open all night, or shut them down at midnight. If you want to see what that might look like, visit Andersonville. Pretty much shuts down at midnight and pretty much does not have a crime problem. I don't have a problem with that and I think the MAJORITY of people would agree with me.

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    5. What would be the appropriate time to allow commerce and public transportation to resume? And how are the people who work at the city's establishments supposed to get to work without transportation?

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  13. Subway on Helmont should be made to close at midnight. That would reduce the victim pool.

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  14. I have video of this incident and will be posting it on my channel.

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    1. Drop us an email when you put it up. contactingcwb@gmail

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    2. This looks like what started it, it might be the video that A is referring to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amFafYIcKCk&feature=youtu.be

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  15. I'm curious to see if any of the news channels will cover this story. We know this store has cameras since the Halsted rapist was caught on their film, maybe with video it will catch the media's attention?

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  16. It's scary reading comments from people on Tiny Tunney's Facebook page. They are blind sheep and believe the poor Aldermen are completely helpless and have no influence on city affairs. It's no wonder these same morons keep getting voted into office, the majority of residents don't have a clue anymore about how government works.

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  17. I hope they all have belly aches!

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  18. "one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country"....that's a joke right?

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    1. Wasn't that a hoot?!

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  19. I enjoy your witty writing style. Thanks for the reference to"Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure". Be excellent to each other. Party on, dude.

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  20. okay, now I am going to say something ... first off, boystown is still a great neighborhood ... and this crime has nothing to do with the neighborhood or its people, but being that it is a nice neighborhood with a bit affluence and access to public transportation from every angle It is a target. the center on Halsted was built several years ago and it services the gay youth of the Chicago who do not live here, and unfortunately, the youth it services also invites some undesirable people who like to cause trouble. The Center is a good thing and it was built for the right reasons, but it was built in an area that the people it serves do not reside ... but it could not be built in their neighborhood because it would be vandalized, so what do you do. Let's not shut our eyes to the fact that crime is happening everywhere and because of social media and blogs ... we are more aware of it now. when you have shootings happening in Magnificent Mile ... you know there is something going on. It is much more complicated then just thugs ... it has a lot to do with affluence and economics ... criminals are not going to target their neighborhood ... because the people there do not have anything to steal, but they will target more affluent areas... because people have $700 cellphones and money.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, alderman.

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    2. ^^^
      winning!!

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    3. What a crock of shit, no doubt written by some social worker asshole employed by the CoH who justifies crime by blaming those who earn a living for owning nice possessions.

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    4. Hey You Tunney,

      Do you think we are so stupid we can't figure out that is you ???

      Pick your head up of out of the sand and face reality: This crap does not go on in affluent areas of New York, Washington, or LA, or any other world class city.

      You are a inept, corrupt, rubber stamp, and pimp for Rahmbo. Chicago's Debt is rated junk and your ratables will go down the toilet. Detroit in the making.

      This annual tourist of 15 years will NEVER return.

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    5. The Center on Halsted is a disaster.Get real!It is an invitation to the dysfunctional undertow. Protecting criminals appears to be more important than protecting law abiding productive taxpayers.

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    6. I call BS. That damn center could have been built on Stony Island in Hyde Park. And it has nothing to do with affluence. This BS doesn't go on in Andersonville.

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    7. After working my ass off all my life, being proud of my education accomplishments and career achievements, always striving to better myself and my community, how dare some douchebag claims that hordes of savage criminals have any right to take my "$700 cellphones and money," just because I have them and they don't. May whomever posted that Socialist/Communist bullshit be the next target of the malicious criminal thugs he defends.

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    8. What a crock of shit this post is. The Center is a disaster and should get its funding yanked until they decide to do something about securing the shit they drag into the neighborhood. I know the bars have security on the street but the center needs to step up, or leave

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    9. Everyone disagrees but the author is absolutely right. You live in an affluent neighborhood that is easily accessible by transit. There was only a matter of time before the crime spilled over into the neighborhood. Lakeview has a dangerous mixture of accessibility, Wrigley and boys town party scenes to contend with. It's an area that's easy to target people in because of that

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    10. Maybe a letter to Governor Rauner would help. He loves to cut budgets for social service agencies.
      Perhaps a letter would convince him to cut all state funding to COH.

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    11. They do it up here because if they stole the wheels of a car or their neighbors $700 cellphone down there they'd get shot first. Get a clue.

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    12. Hey 1020 am, you misspelled criminals, is 'votes', they're protecting votes.

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  21. Hey CWB,
    Can we request help from the Guardian Angels? Lord knows we don't have enough police to curb the violence and mayhem, but perhaps a strong Guardian Angels presence would help? Maybe if the GA were patrolling the area, it would encourage residents to join them. Maybe, just maybe, the thugs would move on. Something needs to happen to take back our once safe neighborhood. If not, people will flee. Heck, they are already feeling.

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    1. I would like to see GA come along for a post parade reconnaissance walk! Maybe make a second run of CWB tshirts with blood spatter logo considering this weekends senseless cold blood killing. the1stmikec

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    2. You seem to be ignorant of the fact that the Guardian Angels offered to set up shop in Boystown if they could have space in Center on Halsted as headquarters. But the CoH denied them accessibility to the building. So they withdrew their offer.

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