Sunday, August 30, 2015

BURGLARY BLITZ: Fresh Outbreak Has Prowlers Entering Homes, Stealing Cars

A fresh string of home break-ins may indicate that another enterprising burglar has set up shop in the neighborhood. In two cases yesterday, a burglar took car keys from residences and stole the victims' vehicles, too.

• At 8:30AM on Friday, a man woke up in the 600 block of W. Roscoe and discovered that someone had forced open a window and burglarized his apartment as he slept. Among the items taken was the man’s iPhone, which was last seen pinging from a Cricket wireless store in Humboldt Park.

• At 5AM on Saturday, a resident of the 3200 block of N. Seminary reported that his home had been burglarized and his vehicle taken.

• Shortly after 10AM on Saturday, a man reported that his apartment was burglarized in the 800 block of Newport. His vehicle was also stolen from his garage.

• A landlord found one of his units burglarized in the 700 block of Barry at 8:45 this morning. No report has been taken because the person who rents the apartment was not on-scene to sign a complaint.

• Near Graceland Cemetery, a citizen in the 1400 block of W. Belle Plaine was awakened at 5AM on Saturday by the sound of an intruder breaking out one of their home’s windows. The would-be burglar fled upon discovering that someone was awake inside.

And, of course, there’s the man who went to his basement in the 800 block of Bradley Friday afternoon and returned moments later to find a complete stranger in his living room. The stranger ran out the back door and then tried to rob a neighboring resident at knifepoint.

No one is in custody for any of the crimes.

A Reader's Note

Posted in our comments section this afternoon:
My husband and I live in a first floor unit near Wilton and Cornelia and just noticed that the screen in one of our bedroom windows has been cut out - We are not sure when it happened. Sometime during the weekend, though. 
We think that whoever did it may have been deterred from proceeding by the barking of our two large dogs who stay in our bedroom when we are out. 
My husband went to the district station and the officer manning the front desk said this is a common tactic of burglars. They'll either tear the screen out or cut it out, checking each window to see if it's locked - Suffice to say we've been cased. 
We were told to keep everything locked with the blinds lowered and that we should be mindful of our surroundings. Just a heads up for others in the area that it seems we all need to be very careful.
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14 comments:

  1. I spend half my life looking for my wallet and keys and yet these burglars can break into a strange apartment and find them immediately. Amazing.

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    1. Great comment. Made me LOL!

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  2. My husband and I live in a first floor unit near Wilton and Cornelia and just noticed that the screen in one of our bedroom windows has been cut out - We are not sure when it happened. Sometime during the weekend, though. We think that whoever did it may have been deterred from proceeding by the barking of our two large dogs who stay in our bedroom when we are out. My husband went to the district station and the officer manning the front desk said this is a common tactic of burglars. They'll either tear the screen out or cut it out, checking each window to see if it's locked - Suffice to say we've been cased. We were told to keep everything locked with the blinds lowered and that we should be mindful of our surroundings. Just a heads up for others in the area that it seems we all need to be very careful.

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    1. Thank you for letting your neighbors know. This is excellent information.

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  3. "...we should be mindful of our surroundings."

    How long will it take people to figure out, if ever, that this "be aware of your surroundings" baloney is just the authorities' way of blaming the victim - and of maintaining the status quo.

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  4. Just waiting on one of these burglars to enter the wrong house and find a resident armed who is not afraid to pull the trigger when justifiably threatened. Maybe that will send a message. Now easier than ever to legally buy a firearm and own it in the city since they did away with the separate city license when the new concealed carry laws came out. All you need is a FOID card which you send away for in the mail.

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    1. You don't have to be "justifiably threatened" to shoot someone who's illegally broken into your home. To believe otherwise would imply that someone could break into your home and a typical person would not feel threatened by it. Or someone could break into your home, and the typical person would feel threatened, but that feeling would not be justified. The very fact that they've forced their way into your dwelling is sufficient cause for you to fear for your life. Be aware that, even if the invader turns around and starts walking towards the door, there have been cases where, once the door is closed, the invader has pulled a gun, and in a final act of malice shot through the door from the outside.

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  5. I guess when you are sleeping you are no longer aware of your surroundings. LOL

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  6. Question for CWB. If a burlar opens my first floor window and crawls inside, and I shoot him dead with my licensed gun, will the police charge me with a crime?

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    1. Take the 16 hr CCW class and you'll learn the answer! You need to prove the burglar had intent to harm you -- it's not enough that he's inside your house. Believe it or not.

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    2. Command them to stop, if they proceed and you defend yourself then that is pretty justifiable. Simply lying in wait or shooting when you see them walking away from you with your stereo are murder.

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    3. By Illinois law you are justified in shooting someone if they are in the act of committing a forcible felony which includes residential burglary and robbery. The key phrase is you feared for your life.

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    4. Illinois badly needs a Castle law.

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  7. As stated take the firearms safety course and then the ccw course first.

    Then read the law for yourself. In Illinois you can justifably kill anyone who commuted an aggravated crime to gain access. So if you leave your door open you can't unless they attack you. If they break in through a window or door the law is clearly on your side. It is essentially a castle doctrine but it is not called that.

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