Sunday, September 13, 2015

FLIER BOYS NOT CHOIR BOYS: Thieves "Raising Money For Basketball Team" Steal Phones From Area Businesses

Two thieves worked businesses hard in the southeast Lakeview area this weekend, getting away with a least three cell phones.

Among the reports filed on Saturday afternoon:

• Around 1:40PM, an employee of a Cuban restaurant in the 2800 block of Broadway told police that two black men came into the business with fliers, seeking money for a "sports team."

She thought the duo had left, but they had actually gone to the second floor and stolen an iPhone and clothing. The two were last seen running southbound in the 2800 block of Broadway.

• Two men entered Salon Salome, 747 W. Diversey, around 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon and handed out fund-raising fliers. The two stole a customer's cell phone from a counter and fled.

Offender descriptions: Two black men in their early 20's.

One stands about 5'7" tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has a tattoo on his neck and twists in his hair. He wore a black shiny jacket.

The second offender is slightly taller, weighs about 160 pounds, and has a deformed lip. He wore a red top.

• Around 4PM, a customer's iPhone 6 was stolen from a counter at Temilla's Skin Care, 3110 Sheridan, by the same men.

Not Funny

Late Friday night, two men stole a glass that contained 15 customers' credit cards from the Laugh Factory, 3175 Broadway. The two offenders were last seen running southbound on Broadway around 11;45PM.

Descriptions:
1) Male, black, 6'1" tall, long dreadlocks, gray shirt, blue jeans.
2) Male, black, 5'11" tall, short hair, Yankees hat, blue jacket.
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18 comments:

  1. 15 credit cards in a "glass" at the Laugh Factory obviously left in plain sight for easy pickins'? No wonder I never went into that place.

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    1. yea - that's REALLY irresponsible. If it's gonna be in a glass, at least have someone watching over it like a hawk.

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  2. I would suggest businesses stop holding customer's debit/credit cards. Run each purchase at a time if you are worried about not getting paid.

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    1. I would suggest never forking over a card unless a bill is being run, a receipt is being brought back, and the card is returned immediately. This club is probably going to have hell to pay to these customers. I certainly shan't be patronizing this "business."

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  3. The club is liable in this instance.

    (I miss the Lakeshore Theater.)

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  4. Two weeks ago was eating at el Nuevo Mexicano when two men matching the description came in raising money for tgere basketball team. They walked right up to our table. I told them they couldn't solicit, and the man began calling me a white piece of shit and a racist. They were walking into every business on Clark doing the same thing. One kid/man had a deformed lip- per the above description. They both appeared high and not in school. Both were not in shape to hoop either. Their combined weights were 300 lbs.

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    1. They should hit up the Center on Halsted..I'm sure they would be happy to donate!..For the youth and all.....

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  5. These thieves came into the bar that I work in on Broadway at the exact time mentioned above. He was bothering two of my patrons. When I asked him to leave he looked at me as if to say mind your own business. He finally left, but I'm positive it was the same thieves mentioned in this report.

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    1. Any chance y'all have cameras you can hand over to the police?

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  6. Man, they still haven't raise enough money for uniforms!?

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  7. These 'youths' will often ring condo/apt buzzers with the same story. As soon as you buzz them in, they grab whatever Amazon packages are sitting in your hallway - visible through the door's glass.

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    1. You buzz them in?! WTF?! This is 80% of Lakeviews problems right here!

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    2. I don't buzz them - I see them doing it when walking down the street.

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    3. OK, 79.999999% of Lakeviews problems then.

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  8. The Chipotle near me lets theee kids stand near there entrance and bother customers. All the other business in the strip mall don't let them stand outside and bother the customers. I asked the manager why he won't tell them to leave. I got a blank stare. I haven't been back because, saying no to the erstwhile fundraisers wasn't enough when one followed me to my car and scared the bejeebers out of me.

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    1. I would never patronize those businesses that allow that harrassing, blocking and free speech at the door. One Dunkin Donuts allowed it right at their counter. She knew him by name and called him off when I told him NO and to get out of my personal space.

      Just as many customers that appreciate their compassion, there are just as many that never come back.

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  9. I was unfortunately one of the victims of the robbing spree happening in the Lakeview neighborhood. I was at Moksha Yoga at 3334 N Clark St on Friday, September 4th when my purse was stolen while I was in class. Based on the description I heard the receptionist describe to the police, I'm now 98% these are the same guys. I've been to hell and back trying to replace everything that was taken that day and my peace of mind is nearly nonexistent so I really hope they can be found soon and charged for their crimes.

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  10. Man, they still haven't raise enough money for uniforms!?

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