Friday, June 05, 2015

STOWAWAY: Boat Burglary Suspect Frequents Our Area

Mikkelson a/k/a Castillo (Chicago Police Dept)
Media reports are telling the story of a Diversey Harbor boat owner who returned to his vessel early Friday only to discover that someone had been living in the boat for several days while he was out of town.

The boat owner told the Chicago Tribune,
“He has been cooking. He has been sleeping with a girl in my bed. He has taken anything and everything,” [...] “This guy is pretty bold.”
"This guy," sources have informed CWB, is a 24-year-old man who has listed both the Howard Brown Health Center and local youth shelter The Crib as his home addresses during arrests.

Terry L. Mikkelson Jr. failed to appear in court this week on one of those charges and a new count of escape was filed against him Friday morning.

According to Cook County Criminal Court records:

  • In April 2014, using the alias James Castillo, Mikkelson was arrested and charged with reckless conduct after he allegedly ran from police who wanted to question him about 911 calls of a suspicious person walking into buildings in the 3500 block of Reta--the same block that is home to The Crib. During his arrest, he listed a home address in the 2600 block of N. Hoyne. He received a sentence of 6 months court supervision.
  • He was charged with resisting police and reckless conduct for allegedly running from cops who tried to conduct a field interview in Uptown on April 27. Mikkelson allegedly told cops that he ran because "I have several warrants." Mikkelson listed The Crib youth shelter as his home address during arrest processing. Charges were subsequently dismissed by Judge Anthony Calabrese.
  • On May 27, Mikkelson was arrested and charged with burglary in connection with an incident in the 2800 block of Cambridge. In this case, he listed the Howard Brown Health Center in Uptown as his home.
Mikkelson, who was fingered as a prime suspect in the boat burglary after his Cook County Jail release papers were found on board, remained at large as of Friday afternoon.

Peeved
The owner of the allegedly burgled boat, Ramon Beaulieu, voiced his displeasure with the effort he had to exert in order to get a police response, CBS2 reports
“I had to call 911 three different times because they would not take a report. They said, ‘This isn’t an emergency.’

“I said, ‘It’s an emergency. The guy’s got my keys. He stole a knife on the boat. I’m out here by myself. It’s 4 in the morning. I don’t know when this guy’s coming back.’ ” 
The dispatchers who declined to send officers were following a controversial Chicago Police Department policy that states that police will not be dispatched for crimes in which no offender is on scene, no one is injured, or no major property damage has occurred.

Another high-profile crime victim, the owner of a Lincoln Park boutique that lost $6,000 worth of merchandise to a shoplifting crew, voiced similar concerns about the city's policy last week.

While victims of real crimes are denied a police response, the department continues to send officers to handle ridiculous calls like a man who claimed to find a "device" in his McDonald's milk shake.
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28 comments:

  1. The call with 911 is something I plant to bring up at the next CAPS meeting. The police last week said "call 911." The info they passed out said "call 911." Police themselves have told me in person, "call 911."

    This story is the second time in two weeks I've read about 911 being frustrating or telling people they can't help them and to call 311. This seems to be a complete contradiction to what the police say about 911. I would love some clarity from them on this.

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    1. So strange. We have a horrible business owner on our block who loads and unloads all day long thus blocking the ally. Our neighborhood group took up the cause, and the old commander told us to call 911 anytime we saw a truck. The 911 operator took the ca ll. Not exactly an emergency, but thats the way the local commander (the old one) wanted to handle it. For those interested police came a few times I think and a few tickets were issued I think but this business operates like a cockroach and they are still at it. A little bug spray isn't slowing them down one bit.

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    2. Now you know we're all dying to know who the business owner is. Of course you could just list the location of the alleyway (i.e., "between so-and-so street and whatever avenue") and we could figure it out. I'm pretty sure I know who you're describing, just want to make sure. Yeah, it is mad annoying.

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    3. Same situation here, we have a huge problem with blocking of the alleys, I'm always told to call 911. I've asked our beat cops and tell them I feel silly calling 911 when there's other emergencies going on, I just wanted a ticket/tow - but they always say call 911.

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    4. you would think that the city/police would love an opportunity to write another ticket.

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    5. I called 311 to report a specific vehicle left for days with it's $29 going off at all hours. I was told to call 911. There was a ticket on it within hours.

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    6. ^ $29 alarm that is

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    7. Its the good old Village Discount outlet on Roscoe. The ally is their personal loading dock all day long. I just drive to the other end of the ally to avoid them. After the tickets started being issued they now put out a sign saying to honk and they will move.... gee thanks.

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  2. The man who found a device in his shake was probably a mental. The situation could of escalated without a police response.

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    1. But the guy who found someone had been living in his boat could not?

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  3. Dear God .. intentionally avoiding police response in addition to their other outrageous infamies?? What more proof of inflammatory and dangerous negligence do folks need? Put a mayoral recall movement on the list ....

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  4. Bright guy, this stowaway criminal ..

    "According to published reports, a bag containing documents for a man who was recently released from the Cook County Jail was also found on the boat."

    http://abc7chicago.com/news/chicago-man-discovers-squatter-living-on-his-boat-/768796/

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  5. If you call 911 and they refuse to send a squad, ask to speak to a supervisor.

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  6. We already know that most of our problems, robberies, batteries, gang activity etc etc occur after midnight but most of the personal is gone by midnight. Unlike many other districts in the city that have 3 tactical teams , 019 has 4 tactical teams. No tactical teams should work days until we can put a dent into the issues we are having at night! each team has 10 guys. So everyday we should have 10 guys 6 in plain clothes and 4 in covert capacity and in covert vehicles driving around monitoring the areas for large groups of flash mobs and robbers in the area. The places where most robberies occur are in a 8 block radius. Most tactical teams are gone by midnight though . One team should start 8 pm and work until 5 am, and on the weekends start at 9pm and go all the way until 6am. As we see on the weekends crime occurs much later! There are days when multiple teams are there because the overlap. On those days you would have 20 guys and two sgts. Once the offenders get the message that these teams are not messing around and have zero tolerance for any type of crime. example obstruction of traffic, flash mobs, loitering, gangactivity, noise disturbances, prostitution etc etc crime will slowly start to diminish. But until then forget about it! The beat cars are too busy running around handling jobs, transports, hospital runs traffic crashes , domestics etc etc to be effective especially on the weekends. The 4 tactical teams need to step up there game or nothing will ever get accomplished!

    This is a great idea !!

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    1. Who's in charge of the tactical teams and their deployment with regards to time? I mean, it would make sense to me (I'm not a cop, so what do I know?) to have more officers working weekend nights than say, Tuesday mornings.

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    2. The tactical teams in 019 are a joke and there is no accountability. The tactical teams in general are supposed to be your heavy hitters per se! In different districts the tactical teams are self motivated and make many arrests . However in the 019 district the tactical teams do not care about making arrests rather working only 5 hour days and leaving early and that's all the way up to the sgts. The sgts leave early themselves and quite often go drinking while still on the clock! This is why the district is a joke. The bad guys know they can do what they want because nobody wants to do anything. Lets have some accountability here from downtown. There are 4 tactical teams in 019 and not one of these teams are doing anything but leaving early!

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    3. Tactical teams no longer make arrests though, so nothing will be accomplished. All they want the tactical teams to do is write ANOVs, the city ticket that produces revenue. Don't believe me? Check it out then as tactical arrests are down about 50% from last year. You need more cops and you need them locking up bad guys.

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  7. Unfortunately the 19th is a rather large district that also includes Uptown. I see the tact teams in uptown quite often dealing with the ongoing gang b.s that I am sure will get worse in both areas as the weather gets warmer.
    Bottom line we need more police. This shuffling police around is not working.

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    1. Besides combining these 2 precincts, they closed a lock-up.

      This is what happens when Chicago twice chooses to have a CEO rather than a Mayor, who regards police as Building Security guards, and also like a CEO plays with Metrics to cover his incompetence, like AIG and the banks did to the rating agencies. It's all the same DNA and modus operendi.

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    2. If most mayors were CEOs cities wouldn't be in their present fiscal mess to begin with.

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  8. Hire 5000 more police. In the old days you couldn't sit in a bar and look out the window and not see a CPD car all the time.

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  9. How does. 24 year old man live at a youth center? Is it actually a youth center? I would expect a youth center to be room of 8 year olds. If it really is a real youth center - you would usually not have adult men sleeping next to children.

    His other address - how is your address a clinic? If I want to move to New York City can I just list a random clinic on my drivers lisence? Can I just pop in every week and ask the receptionist for my mail?

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    1. I can't tell if you really want answers to your questions or if you just haven't been paying attention. I thought that by now everyone knew that social service agencies use the term "youth" very broadly. They don't like age restrictions because they are funded by headcount, so the more the merrier for them. There aren't enough teenagers needing their "services," so they have to lure 20-somethings in as well. Additionally, those same social service agencies allow/encourage their clients to use the agency as an address. This is done under the guise that in order for them to seek employment (fat chance of that), they need a residence address. The result of all of this mess is that many able-bodied individuals well into their 20's are using these places as their official address (yes...they get their mail there, although it's not like the rest of us where they have any bills or letters from home...mostly court documents) and a place to sleep while they conduct their neighborhood criminal activities. Any more questions?

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  10. Why is this shithead still on the street??

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    1. Why do you think? Choose One:
      a) Because he can.
      b) Because the judges allow it.
      c) Because liberals don't want criminals incarcerated.
      d) Because politicians pander to the lowest common denominators.
      e) Because there aren't enough cops around anymore to prevent criminal behavior.
      f) Because social service agencies protect him from law enforcement.
      g) All of the above.

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  11. they need to find terry mikkelson real quick before he leaves town he is a low life piece of shit that needs caught they need to check the grandma house thats where the dad lives and thats who he willl contact first

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    1. If you know where he might be, why aren't you calling the cops and telling them rather than posting on a blog??

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  12. So in other words, LIE to the dispatcher. Well, perhaps embellish is a better word. I THINK I hear the offender downstairs in another room. I THINK my arm is broken. I THINK I heard glass breaking upstairs. When cops show up... oh, I guess I was mistaken.

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