Thursday, December 03, 2015

Burglar Busted After Lincoln Park Woman Barricades Herself In Room, Texts For Help

A 19-year-old Humboldt Park man is charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into an occupied Lincoln Park apartment, causing a woman who lives there to barricade herself into a room and text an acquaintance who works in law enforcement for help.
Craig (Cook Co. Sheriff's Dept)

Eric D. Craig faces one count of burglary. Bail is set at $150,000.

Around 12:45 Friday morning, a woman who lives in the 800 block of W. Lill texted a California Highway Patrol officer to tell him that she had locked herself in a room because there were people in her apartment.

That officer contacted an Illinois State Police officer who, in turn, contacted the 19th district. Incredibly, despite the zig-zag communications, officers arrived in time to see a man exit the back door of the woman's apartment.

Craig was taken into custody moments later, bleeding badly from one hand. Police believe he injured his hand during the alleged break-in.

“Major Burglary” At Lincoln Square Verizon Store

The targeted Verizon store (Google)
Up to $57,000 worth of phones and tablets were stolen from a Lincoln Square Verizon store by burglars who took a creative route to the booty.

Sometime late Sunday or early Monday, the back door of a neighboring storefront was pried open in the 4700 block of N. Lincoln Avenue. Then, the thieves knocked a hole in the drywall to access the Verizon store and its safe, police said.

No one is in custody.

Home Break-Ins Continue

Despite several recent arrests, burglaries of homes continue to be reported at break-neck speed in Lakeview and Lincoln Park. Among the latest confirmed incidents:

• Forced entry through the back door in the 1500 block of Waveland on Monday.

• Forced entry to an apartment in the 3600 block of N. Clark sometime between November 9 and November 18. An attempt burglary was also reported in the same building on Monday.

• Forced entry through a rear glass door in the 1900 block of W. Wolfram on Tuesday.
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  1. Glad the burglary situation ended well but the obvious question is why didn't she just call 911, which is local? This was nothing more than luck for out depleted district to have responded in time.

  2. OMG!! She texted a CHP officer? Did the 911 buttons on her phone not work? She's lucky that the LEO in California that she knows wasn't on a call and was able to even respond. Much worse could've happened. Unreal!

    1. In similar situations, it has been said that the victim was afraid to tip the intruder off to their location with phone noises/voices.

    2. Private security would have solved that - Ald. Tom Tunney

  3. I'm assuming she didn't want to be found by the robber, hence why she was texting instead of dialing for 911. I probably would have done the same in her situation.

  4. It seems lame that in 2015, there still isn't a way to text 911 for those reasons exactly.

  5. Does anyone know if we have text capabilities for 911 in Chicago? That would be good to know in case of a similar situation.

  6. We do not have text capabilities for 911 services in Chicago or other municipalities, which is why you hear abt people posting for help on Facebook or other social media. I can't tell you how many times I've witnessed something on the CTA (like an active pickpocket) but been unable to call 911 because of the confined space.

    1. Thanks @likwidsky this is really something they need to change. it can save lives