Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BLOW OUT: Burglars Break Into Boystown Salon, Tear Down Wall To Burglarize Restaurant Next Door, Too

A brazen prowler felt so comfortable during his burglary of a Boystown hair salon early Monday morning, he actually took the time and effort to tear down a wall so he could burglarize the restaurant next door, too.

In addition to the double-burglary, at least three other local businesses fell victim to thieves on Monday.

Police say that the burglar entered Changez salon at 3347 N Broadway sometime early Monday and then proceeded to tear through drywall to enter Esencia Urban Kitchen, 3351 N Broadway, too.

Items were taken from both businesses.

Police believe the tag team crime took place around 3 o’clock in the morning. That’s because a burglar alarm at the nearby YoFresh yogurt stand, 2935 N Broadway, was activated at 3:17AM. The intruders made off with that store’s cash register.

Also targeted early Monday was Pompei restaurant at 2955 N Sheffield and a mom-and-pop grocery store in the 2400 block of Lincoln.

Over the past four months, nearly two dozen local businesses have been burglarized in overnight sprees. Restaurants and hair salons have been particularly hard hit.

In late July, local Alderman Tom Tunney told ABC7:
"I've been in communication with police department [sic]. They do not feel there is a rash or something particularly different about the past 10 days but we're on top of it.”
Thank God he's on top of it.
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16 comments:

  1. I feel a rash every time Tom Tunney speaks. Pointless, useless gobbledeegook! If only it would go away with a simple ointment.

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  2. Perhaps if Tunney's restaurant were robbed at gunpoint, employees locked up in back room during a robbery, had a wall knocked down from a business next door, it would hit home. Even that depends on his degree of narcissism.

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    1. If anything criminal ever happened to his restaurant, I suspect he'd demand the National Guard.

      What a clown.

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  3. While he is on top of it now, can't wait till he gets to the bottom of it.

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  4. Of course they're comfortable, they have at least half an hour before anyone shows up, alarm or not.

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  5. On top of it? Well, after all, a while back he did screech on national TV that he would be "all up in our butts." I guess this is another example of his all-up-in-our-buttsedness. I seriously wish he would just go away. Every time I read of him "looking into something" or "closely working with someone" I want to go find my fly swatter. So annoying!!! And so useless!!

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    1. And so sad that he was voted back into office.....

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    2. Ald. Tunney is looking into the concerns about the uselessness of his office. He is working closely with the stakeholders involved, including residents, business owners, and a specially appointed staff.

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  6. An alarm was triggered -- so where was the response? Were all units otherwise occupied? Wouldn't that much activity -- including hauling off a cash register, you know, kind of attract some attention, even at 3:00 in the morning?

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    1. Gotta say, the lack of a co-ordinated response to this by the detective division is baffling.

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  7. Just another comment on the shortage of officers: Yesterday, a man with clear, severe mental health issues was having some sort of serious episode at Clark and North just as the schools across the street were letting out a little after 3:00 in the afternoon. He was storming back and forth, screaming obscenities and waving his arms wildly, taking up the entire sidewalk. I called 911 from my car. 10 minutes later, there was a sea of kids crossing the street and on the sidewalk, and this guy was still there, still screaming, still talking up the whole sidewalk, and still waving his arms wildly at some imaginary person/thing. Still no sign of any officers. 25 minutes after I called, he was still there, and there were still no officers. As far as I know, no officers ever came. This is similar to an incident I posted here from a few months ago. During recess at the playground at the school near Sheridan and Broadway, a clearly mentally ill, homeless-looking gentleman was standing on the curb with his pants around his ankles, openly fondling himself while watching the kids having recess. Several of us walking past called 9-1-1. 20 minutes later, still no sign of any police. I know the CPD sometimes has to prioritize, but apparently mentally ill dudes menacing or jerking off to kids doesn't even make the grade for a response these days. It's a disgrace.

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  8. I never ever see ailmless thugs strolling around the hood. NOT.

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  9. It's hard enough to run a small business in Chicago without out of control crime and a do nothing alderman.
    I would hate to see them go, but I wouldn't blame these businesses if they closed down.

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  10. The hair salon gives great haircuts and the cafe has yummy food.
    Before long, Lakeview could loos these wonderful small businesses and all we will
    be left with will be Jewel, Walgreens and Walmart.

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  11. Regarding businesses leaving Lakeview, consider this...
    These two small businesses probably pay the property taxes on the storefronts they rent (that is pretty typical with the retail rentals in Lakeview). They probably pay about $10,000/year in property taxes currently. With Rahm's $600,000,000 property tax increase, these businesses will probably see their tax bills increase 50% or more, and that will convince many small business owners to move to smaller spaces or just shut down.

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  12. We need more liquor stores and check cashing places.

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