Monday, February 01, 2016

Band of Thieves Targets Belmont Shops, 3 Charged

L to R: Foster, Oliver, and Walker (Chicago Police Department)
Three people have been charged in connection with a Sunday evening theft spree near the Belmont Red Line, Chicago police said.

Several shops reported thefts along Belmont between Clark and the CTA station shortly before 8 o'clock, including Belmont Army, Egor’s Dungeon, and Taboo Tabou. The Starbucks at 3184 N. Clark Street reported its tip jar stolen.

Police were not able to immediately confirm reports that retail shops on Halsted Street had also been hit.

20-year-old Aaliyah Foster and 21-year-old Deavin S. Oliver, of the same address in the 8200 block of S. Richmond and 19-year-old Ratero Walker of Dolton are each charged with one count of retail theft exceeding $300.

Foster is also being held on a warrant.

Passing patrol officers took one of the suspects into custody after being flagged down at the Belmont station. A CTA canine unit detained two others on the platform, police said. Other suspects are believed to have escaped on a southbound train before police arrived.

Taboo Tabou owner Mark Thomas tells DNAInfo Chicago that unidentified shoplifters threatened one of his employees as they exited the store with more than $500 worth of merchandise.
"If we had foot officers on Belmont, this kind of thing would be much less likely to happen," Thomas said Sunday night.
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“…It has to do with a lack of manpower, but it also has to do with the fact that we're not recognizing that the single hottest spot [for crime] in Lakeview is on Belmont by the 'L' station," said Thomas, who ran for alderman of the 44th ward against Ald. Tom Tunney last year.
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49 comments:

  1. Agree 100% with Mark. I've lived in Lakeview for 13 years. It's a city, with typical city crime, but it has gone DOWNHILL in the last 3-4 years. Crime, rats, graffiti, gunfire.....

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  2. Their mug shots look like ads for American Idol.

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    1. That middle one is always at the Center on Halsted. It's a man.

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    2. And the one on the left was arrested for trespassing at the Center on Halsted last January.

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    3. Lovely folks the center brings to our neighborhood!

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    4. So it's high time to shut that place down then. I concur.

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    5. ...but... but... but... but... TOLERANCE! This is BOYStown! We're supposed to be tolerant of this!

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    6. Instead of sarcasm, perhaps picketing the COH and Crib with crime stats since they entered the neighborhood and get the media involved. The do-gooders worried about these "kids"can simply open a shelter on the southside and save them train fare.

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  3. Quite a long way to travel for a shopping spree. Must be some very unique items in the neighborhood (of which some of it they discarded according to another report).

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  4. Statistically, we have not gone down hill, especially in the northside of town. If you look over a time period of 20 years, areas such as Lakeview are technically safer. I just believe today we have immediate updates to all the crime and action. Saying this, I cannot imagine we could not have one unit stationed to the Belmont stop. Its clear this is the stop point for those looking to commit crimes in this area and then they just jump back on here when done.

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    1. Sure, keep telling yourself that crime is down in spite of documentation showing Rahm and Garry playing with the numbers.

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    2. Statistically, the North side of Chicago has seen a 400% increase in crime since 2010. It's actually the South Side that's "safer." And we can see why. Their criminals come up here!

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    3. "Statistically, we have not gone downhill..." Wow, YOU are "statistically" a complete idiot!!!

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    4. That's only a 5 year window and I fear that you may be right, but over a longer time crime, especially violent crime is down. I do fear that getting rid of police, repealing anti loitering laws and taking officers away from the train stations will only harm this neighborhood. But we can not leave, keep the density up and be aware when out

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  5. Posting a full-time officer at the Belmont station would seem like an easy way to deter crime in the area by cutting off the escape route for criminals back to the south side.

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  6. what a surprise that none of the three live in the neighborhood. Shut the redline down after dark!

    I agree with above comment about how bad the hood got over the last few years and was a HUGE reason I moved to Seattle!

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    1. Shut it down after dark? How do you suggest people working in the evening now take to get back and forth and people who come there to the strip of clubs,stores,restaurants,etc? Not exactly a smart solution.

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    2. Umm, some people depend on the redline to get home after work.
      Maybe better to police the redline, platforms, and nearby area

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    3. It was bad enough in 2010 when I first moved to Lakeview East (ya know the "fancier part" of E. Lakeview). What's the use of living by the lake or gyms being open until 11pm when my neighbors batten the hatches by 9pm and that "you were asking for it anyway" mantra?

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    4. Word. Loving Austin myself. Lived next to the COH for years, cops were there EVERYDAY.

      Place should have been shut down years ago.

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    5. Don't shut down safe reliable transportation after sunset. This is a city! Just send all the convicted offenders to Seattle, and tell them it's easy pickings out there!

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    6. You can't shut down an entire method of transportation that thousands of people use on the daily, that's not logical. Also, if there were more appropriate facilities available to accommodate those in need on the Southside of the city, people would not have to go outside of their neighborhood to up North to receive help.

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    7. Shutting transportation down at sunset is extreme, but you could do it by midnight or 2 AM. Lots of other cities (and other CTA lines) do it.

      And all in favor of a Center on South Halsted, say aye!

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    8. Great, then let's set up something on the north side, make them travel there, give them free cookies and let them rip us off blind. What a novel idea!

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    9. Frankly, the issue isn't the COH. In theory it should work. The issue is the management of COH and their tolerance for such things. If it's there to help felons get back on their feet, fine. But if those felons continue to participate in crime, they need to be barred. Plain and simple. And it would seem that two officers at the Belmont, Addison, and Wellington stops with mugshots posted like in a post office would go a long way to curbing the escape routes.

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    10. The COH isn't wasn't opened to be a criminal reform center, was it? Zero gays that I knew used it, it is simply a holding cell. Shut it down or better yet...move it south

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  7. They should fill our potholes with people like this.

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  8. Hello all you people. Just go with what Alderman Tom tells us at every meeting --- "You People" need to hire private security to ensure safety at your property. The Chicago Police do not have sufficient manpower to cover the crime in this area. And we re-elected you ????

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  9. I know, kids - it's no fun getting caught. But think of all the times you weren't caught, and won't be again. Think of the good times. That will cheer you up.

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  10. How efficient that the guy on the right (see mugshot) is already wearing "prisoner orange".

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  11. Oh, the one in the middle is also a frequent non-paying patron of Peet's Coffee at Cornelia and Halsted. I've personally witnessed staff giving him/her free stuff on two occasions. WHY? How dare they just go into businesses and take what they please. These people don't even live in this neighborhood. 8200 South is miles and miles away. Why are they even up here? OH! Must be that "social service" agency, the Center on Halsted. "Crime is down!" -T. Tunney

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    1. stop going to Peets Coffee and let then know why,everybody thinks, just be nice to people and maybe they'll be good to others, nope never gonna happen with some.

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  12. Aside from his own restaurant, does anyone ever see Tom Tunney patronize any shops or bars in his ward --- other than during voting time?

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    1. He's afraid to go out, he might get mugged.

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    2. I've seen him twice at Yoshi's in the past year or so.

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  13. The Center on Halsted need new management or be shut down.

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    1. Between Center on Halsted and The Crib (youth homeless shelter on Addison), there's simply a huge amount of criminal mischief going on in the area. COH more often than not simply "looks the other way" concerning the riff - raff - few of those arrested at COH are punished because COH does not show up in court. Security at the place is simply lousy. The lobby area shared with the Whole Foods next door is supposed to be a nice place for patrons and guests to hang out; that is negated by the criminal element always present. Ostensibly, there is a "one hour" limit rule for those sitting in the lobby who have not purchased anything from Whole Foods - this rule is *never* enforced. There is also sometimes a "perv" element in the lobby, e.g. older guys who flash, masturbate, etc. SO glad I don't work there anymore - although I do miss the entertaining daily reports that Operations would send to staff regarding all this nonsense, LOL...real jaw - droppers at times, and often it is the SAME people OVER AND OVER again causing the trouble.

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    2. I agree! What a mistake that turned out to be!

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  14. I catch shoplifters in this area and 97% of the people are not residents.I have also seen the Centar on Halsted used as an address many times.

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    1. Yeah -- I doubt the owners of 500K condos are robbing those stores on Belmont.

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  15. What an ugly trio.

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  16. Why does COH bring trouble to the area?

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    1. Oh, no! CoH doesn't bring trouble to the area, not at all. After all, that weasly roly-poly guy from CoH stood up at a CAPS meeting awhile back and proclaimed that "We do not have any criminal element at the Center on Halsted. The people causing trouble are not affiliated with the Center on Halsted." Or some similar bullshitica. I know many of you remember the guy I'm describing.

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    2. The Center On Halsted is a pit stop for various crime element from other area's.Mind you not all that go there but,a high percentage of people that I catch stealing liquor,Coriccidin cough cold HBP Pills used for getting a buzz of some sort,cigarettes,fried foods,cosmetics for some to look good while stealing,using stolen credit cards to buy gift cards,fake checks,passing counterfeit bills,pick pockets and assault charges while trying to get away at times attend the Center.To the crime element the Center is social service not party time or theft time! Get your help and be on your way.I see the their back ground records in court too its not just petty grocery store theft there are,home invasions,burglary,assault,grand larceny and attempted murder attached to some files.

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  17. Ha. Ha. Ha. I wonder if Ratero Walker knows that his first name means "snitch" in Spanish. Can't make this stuff up. LMAO.

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  18. They are looking at banning habitual felons from the Subway in New York; maybe we need a similar approach here.

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    1. And then what do they plan on doing when these people are unable to get legitimate jobs because they don't have transportation? Taking people who already have only a small chance of getting a job and restricting them to their own neighborhoods with few jobs, if any, is a bad idea.

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  19. It makes me LOL that the fugly one in the middle thinks he is making himself prettier by coloring his hair. LOL

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  20. How's this for irony: Ratero (as in Ratero Walker) in Spanish means "thief".

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