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:
- 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.
- Male, black, 17- to 22-years-old, thinner, gray hoodie, black pants, baseball cap that appears to have a Chicago Bulls logo.
- 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.