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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