Monday, March 21, 2016

Man Charged With Belmont CTA Phone Snatching

Coleman (Chicago Police Dept)
A 20-year-old Woodlawn man is charged with stealing a woman’s cellphone at the Belmont Red Line station last week in a caper that sounds remarkably similar to another theft case that he was involved in as a resident of The Crib youth shelter, 835 W. Addison, last summer.

In the latest case, a 22-year-old West Ridge woman reported that a man snatched her cellphone shortly before noon Wednesday at the Belmont station. A suspect matching the woman’s description was found in an alley behind the 3200 block of N. Sheffield.

That man, Deangelo Coleman, is now charged with theft. Officers said that Coleman told them that he ditched the woman's phone in a garbage can along Clark Street. Police recovered the device.

Last September, while Coleman was living at The Crib, a Schaumburg man walked into the nearby 19th district police station to report that someone had just snatched a tablet from his hand and the offender may have run into a nearby church where The Crib was setting up for the night.

Officers found Coleman sitting on the steps of The Crib with the victim’s tablet in his hand, according to a police report. Police say Coleman claimed to have found the tablet lying in the grass after someone named “Maleek” stole it.

Coleman was charged with theft of lost or mislaid property, but the charges were dropped when the victim failed to show up in court.

Coleman was granted deferred prosecution on January 13 in a suburban shoplifting case that accuses him of stealing hats, shorts, pants, and a nightshirt from Macy’s in Old Orchard.

Three days later, he was arrested after a South Loop convenience store accused him of stealing a ski hat, court records show. The case was dropped when the store failed to show up in court.
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19 comments:

  1. Why don't these victims show up in court?

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    1. ..You give your name and address in court , or the defense attorney will drag it out of you...and the thugs have friends with NOTHING BETTER TO DO than harass " known enemies ".

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    2. They don't think it's worth it and the criminals know it. We need a three strikes and you're out law.

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  2. Lord have mercy, at first when I saw his photo I thought it was that little Robert Vacha.Jacob Lapinsky moron from months ago, resurfacing, Fortunately I was wrong! But there is some physical similarity. (A little refresher: https://www.facebook.com/robert.vacha1/about)

    Anyway ... twice in this article mention is made of victims of failing to show up in court. That is so helpful when victims don't bother with going to court. There is almost always one result from that: the thug/perpetrator is set free, to be free to thug/mug again. Just once, I'd like to see a thug commit a crime on someone, the victim fails to show, then the same victim gets thugged by the same thug AGAIN, a few weeks/months later. Bet they show up to court THAT time. Or maybe not! #smh

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    1. Victims fail to show up in court because the charges are usually downgraded to be worthless. Even when the charges are not downgraded the sentencing is a repugnant joke. The system is broken.

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    2. And they get dicked around with a million continuances. That's a defense tactic and the JUDGES KNOW THIS but allow it to happen. Let an officer or victim be late or a no-show once. Case nolle'd or dismissed.

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    3. Think about the efficiency of Cook county scheduling. You need to get a judge, the defendant, the victims, the police, etc. all to show up at the same time. Throw in continuances and its surprising anything gets done. This is now a well oiled machine people. I was happy when the guy caught in my garage got about 6 months, because he couldn't pay the bond, before they kicked him (I never received notice of anything except an automated call from the jail that he was being released).

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  3. In a separate matter, Walgreens reports a spike in blond hair dye kit thefts.....

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  4. Is that a clowns wig on this deviants head? Send him back to his circus at cook county jail, please! Clowns are scary!

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  5. As one of your police officers in the district it's very unnerving to have all of you whip out your cell phones to record our every arrest, you say "if your doing your job correctly you shouldn't worry" Ok let me show up where you work and video you doing whatever you do. Good luck with the burglars, I'll stay in Uptown, at least I know who the bad guys are.

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    1. i'm guessing tact or 06 - don't answer. I'm in a unit and it's so bad now. I work where the three cops were just shot and I will tell you it's like nothing ever happened. No unit-level OJC response. They're so bold now. They keep pushing to see how far they can go, circling behind your back, trying to illicit a response so they can file that ghetto lottery. I've only worked south and west and I don't know anyone that feels secure enough to make real proactive stops. Now, I never touch people and if they become violent I just stand there.

      Funny story...white people on Madison and Pulaski manning a "stop police violence" booth. They hated me when I went to talk with them. Person stabbed on 3900 block right after they packed up. I've been to so many shot and killed in that area. Cops just shot at at keeler and west end (right by there) tonight. Where are these liberals for the shootings?!?!?! Obama? DOJ? Media that hates us?

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    2. "all of you whip out your cell phones". I doubt you would see many CWB readers whipping out their phones to record police.

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    3. Not all of us do this. Please try not to lump us all together just as you do not want to be lumped together with the few bad officers. There are many of us who recognize the difficult work you do and support you. We need to feel supported, too, in order to continue with those positive feelings.

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    4. I've lived in Lakeview for almost 20 years and I've never seen another citizen do this, nor do I think anyone I know would ever be bothered to do this while an officer is doing his/her job. So do I just associate with a better class of people, or what? Because this type of behavior sounds insane to me. This is a serious question. What sort of person do you typically see doing this?

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    5. Agreed - i've been here since 89 and i've never seen it (and have seen my share of arrests). The riot on the montrose lakefront two years back had a lot of phone recording, but other than that? and if you are a district officer, please accept my family's sincere thanks to you. You are working against the worst of our citizens on one hand, and the worst kind of politics on the other. So thank you for you service- it's appreciated.

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  6. I guess the old adage, "blondes have more fun" has been given new life. Are blonde jokes still safe to tell, or does this change everything?

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  7. Please catch this kid already !

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  8. I saw someone who looked remarkably like Coleman at the Walgreens near Broadway and waveland last night buying gift cards and cigarettes and acting suspiciously. Is that possible or is he actually still in custody?

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