Thursday, September 17, 2015

TEAM PHOTO: NBC5 Airs Video Of Thieves Who Pose As Sports Fundraisers

NBC5 has now broadcast video of two men who are allegedly posing as basketball team fundraisers in order to gain access to businesses where they steal phones and other valuables.

CWB Chicago first reported on the thefts this weekend.

On Saturday, two young men who handed out fliers for a "basketball team" stole phones and other property from a Cuban restaurant and two salons in southeast Lake View.

Then, a crew using the same ruse struck on Monday in the 2000 block of W. Belmont. A mortgage office and a spa were hit there.

According to NBC reporter Trina Orlando, the crew also hit at Home Tavern in the 2800 block of N. Lincoln. And one customer that Orlando interviewed there is none too pleased.

Saturday's victims offered the following offender descriptions:

  1. Male, black, early 20's 5'7" tall, 150 pounds, tattoo on his neck, twists in his hair. Wearing a shiny jacket.
  2. Male, black, 5'9" tall, 160 pounds. He has a deformed lip and wore a red top.

Monday's victims described three offenders:

  1. Male, black, 17- to 22-years-old, heavyset, full head of hair (possibly braids), wearing a red t-shirt, baggy jeans with holes in the knees, and white gym shoes.
  2. Male, black, 17- to 22-years-old, thinner, gray hoodie, black pants, baseball cap that appears to have a Chicago Bulls logo.
  3. Male, black, 17- to 22-years-old, wearing a white and gray hoodie, red pants, and carrying a black bag over his shoulder

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14 comments:

  1. I got hit up for donations from this crew a couple weeks ago at Clark and Diversey. Flyers said S.O.S.A... googled it when I got home. No basketball team.. just rapper and gang stuff.. Facepalm!

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  2. And to think some residents buzz them right into their building in Lakeview!

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    1. Hell, a certain coffee shop manager gives them free goodies and lets them hangout in her shop!

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    2. They lose MY business. One Dunkin' Donuts lets them harass and panhandle you right at the register. Never went back.

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  3. Lots of commotion on the scanner about something at Diversey & Mildred around 1:15/1:20p on Thu - I heard "victim" but not sure what happened. Sounds like they got one of the offenders. Any idea what happened?

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  4. One of these guys JUST got off the Brown line at Belmont. Was asking for money from everyone on the train around 2pm.

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  5. CALL THE POLICE!!! These guys are breaking the law. Report them for aggressive panhandling or solicitation and report that you recognize them from recent news and police alerts.

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  6. Around 9 tonight, a black male in a white t-shirt knocked on my door and presentd a clip board asking for a donation. I waved him away and he left without incident and was by himself. Didn't think about calling the police until I read this post. Will do so next time.

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  7. Maybe "next time" you wont have a phone to call the police.

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  8. Well, doesn't look like the same person in the video, but...
    https://www.facebook.com/2marz6/videos/772808746105481/

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    1. "You need to get a different hustle." Awesome.

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  9. Unless pot smoking is a sport this crew doesn't look like they could handle any athletic activity, which is good for us when the coppers are chasing these punks. .

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    1. Excellent comment!!

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  10. Is this the new "buy a candy bar for the baseball team?" scam?

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