Tuesday, September 15, 2015

UNCHARITABLE: Posing As Fundraisers, Thieves Hit Two More Businesses

They did it again.

A group of thieves who steal phones and wallets from businesses while pretending to be raising money for a sports team struck at least two more times Monday afternoon. Both of the latest incidents were in the nearby North Center neighborhood.

Three suspects pretending to be raising funds for a sports team handed out fliers as they entered a mortgage company  office in the 2000 block of Belmont around 4:30PM.

One of them then grabbed a cell phone off of a desk and the group hustled out the door.

Minutes later, the trio stole a wallet from a spa in the 2000 block of Belmont while using the same "sports team" ruse.

Police believe the incident is related to a string of similar incidents in southeast Lake View on Saturday afternoon.

Officers who reviewed surveillance footage yesterday offered the following offender descriptions:

  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.

One of the three has tattoo near his eye.

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22 comments:

  1. This sounds like the same 3 people on the red line yesterday morning. They got on at Wilson and got off at Belmont. The 3 were basically shoving flyers in everyone's face for their alleged basketball team.

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    1. Wait til Thangsgiving. It's like a bell rang for them to wander the cars for Christmas gifts.

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    2. Not chess team?

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  2. This is why I don't ever deal with any of the so called street "charities", all seem like scams to me. I never answer the door either just yell "not interested". Lets get these punks ASAP before every "sports" team in the city starts raising money in our neighborhood.

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  3. Brown line as well around 12:30. They got off at Belmont. They have white flyers that have signatures all over it. I was reading a book with headphones on and they put the flyer on top of my book and started talking about their basketball team

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  4. I got hit up by one of these guys in Evanston. I was sitting in the main branch of the Evanston public library when one of these kids gave me a flyer for his Englewood basketball team. It seems strange that someone from Englewood was panhandling in Evanston. They go where the liberal suckers are. Shame on the public library letting them in the door.

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  5. I wonder what response we would get if Lakeview residents went to Englewood trying to raise money for our sports teams?

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  6. Milford MillimeterSep 15, 2015, 10:40:00 AM

    I just saw two fitting this description (except for different colored clothing) in Peet's Coffee on Halsted. I noticed they were kind of loud and obnoxious and using inappropriate language for in-public, and weren't ordering any products; just hanging out and taking up space AND they had a cardboard box with them. But that's ok, I'm sure they are just terrific great good boys who are on the very cusp of turning their lives around. ... sigh ....

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  7. @Felix: CTA has multiple cameras on each rail and each station. If you knew approximate time or rail car number (or at least was it the first car, seventh car of the train. Maybe CTA could review the "tape" and watch who got on a southbound train at Wilson and then got off at Belmont and release those photos to the public. (If not arrest them)

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    1. Yes. Can surveillance footage be released? or at least screenshots of the offenders.

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  8. Geeze I cant believe they are still trying this scam.

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    1. Those flyers are family heirlooms, originally designed on an Apple II gs by grandpa!

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    2. Milford MillimeterSep 15, 2015, 9:06:00 PM

      I can't believe the morning manager woman at Peet's lets them sit in there and hang out and take up space PAYING CUSTOMERS could use without ordering products.

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    3. Well, seems to be working.

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    4. @Milford Millimeters: If they're hanging out in Peet's, I hope everyone of the paying customers are watching and protecting their iPhones and laptops.

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    5. @Anonymous in reply to @Milford Millimeters: It won't do any good. The morning manager (the woman who wears the backward baseball cap and has tattoos and looks grumpy all the time) actually hobknobs and knuckle bumps with the thugs. Unacceptable! I stopped going in there long ago for that very reason. Shame on you, Peets morning manager! And fix that slow wireless in your store!

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  9. I've seen them congregating behind my building previously, chatting, getting their bags together, etc. I'm pretty sure it's the same 3 guys. Last time I saw them was over the summer during the day when I was unemployed and home during the day sometimes. I'll keep my eyes peeled and I guess call 911 if I see them again? Will the cops even care or do anything?

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    1. No. Sadly, they won't do anything, because they can't do anything.

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  10. i think that it is time for the businesses to put buzzers on their front doors, nothing says ghetto like a buzzer on the door!

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  11. duo on southport today just saw them in front of subway on waveland/southport. sandwich artists beware

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  12. We should be grateful that they're still in their larceny phase and haven't yet graduated to armed robbery

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