Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lakeview Landscaper Robbed Of Leaf Blower, Cops Say

One man is in custody while another remains at large after a landscaping contractor was robbed of a $900 leaf blower in Lakeview, police said.

Brewer (Chicago Police Dept)
The 20-year-old landscaper was working in the 3500 block of N. Janssen when he saw a man stealing the leaf blower from his equipment trailer around 2:30PM on Friday.

The victim ran to confront the thief and another man who was standing near their get-away car. The thief pushed the landscaper to the ground and then reached into his waistband to indicate that he had a firearm, the victim said. The two men got into their car and drove off.

Minutes later, police alerted to the robbery found the get-away car parked in an alley behind the 3500 block of N. Bosworth. The lone occupant of the car —Cornelius Brewer of the Chicago Lawn neighborhood—was arrested.

Meanwhile, the thief who allegedly stole the equipment and reached into his waistband remains at large. He is described as black, about 19-years-old, 6-feet tall, with long dreadlocks. He was last seen running in and out of gangways near Addison and Bosworth, according to a witness.

Brewer, 20, is charged with aggravated robbery, theft of lost or mislaid property, battery, and pot possession, according to court records.

Police say Brewer told them that he and the other man went to traffic court earlier on Friday and were just driving around town when they wound up in Wrigleyville.

The landscaper suffered cuts and bruises in the attack, but he refused medical attention.

Officers also recovered a Stihl cement saw from the suspects’ vehicle. The saw is also believed to be stolen.
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26 comments:

  1. Just watch...the "lost or mislaid leaf blower" incident will be a catch and release.

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  2. 2:30 on a Friday....hope that let's you know how worried these POS are about getting caught.

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  3. His face looks too small for his head.

    In the last two years, Mr. Brewer has been arrested 12 times (including this bust), mostly for pot possession and "soliciting unlawful business." He actually managed to stay out of trouble for about eight months...before this, he was last arrested in September.

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    1. Not getting caught isn't the same as staying out of trouble.

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  4. Our neighborhood is being overrun with these dirtbags.

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  5. I feel sorry for the people that live in the 3300 to 3900 N. Janssen block. They have seen too much crime. Wound up in Lakeview. Right.

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    1. That really seems to be the case as of late - never thought that'd be the case

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  6. Ummm....that's a funhouse picture, right?
    Or did you guys use that old magnetic Wooly Willy to make it?

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    1. He needs a smaller face, bigger facial feautures or his own cartoon show.

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    2. I guess we can make fun of their pictures all we want but it's very possible this is why they can't get a job in the first place. There are other types of discrimination other than race or sex.

      Actually, these comments about someone's looks are rather bizarre coming from or regarding an incident in the city's most diverse, accepting area.

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    3. I think politically correct goes right out the window when you're confronted with this level of crime daily

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  7. ".....theft of lost or mislaid property"

    How can they use this term with a straight face? The leaf blower was not lost or mislaid, it was on the man's equipment trailer, where it belonged. Even if it was laying on the ground near where the man worked, it still was not lost or mislaid. Ridiculous charge!!! This is a strong armed robbery!!!

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    1. Our understanding is that the robbery charge is for the leaf blower and the theft of lost or mislaid property relates to the saw.

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    2. I may be wrong but I think the leafblower is probably part of the robbery while the Stihl cement saw is the mislaid property?

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    3. Probably calling it theft of lost or mislaid property under the same asinine theory that a burglar "fell into" a home the other day.

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    4. Thanks for the clarification. But I'd guess a years wages that the saw wasn't "lost" or "mislaid," either. Grrrrrr....I hate these thugs! And hate the mamby-pamby judges even more!!

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    5. This reminds me of those "mislaid" catalytic converters from a couple of years ago. "Oh shit, I mislaid my catalytic converter, and someone five-fingered it!"

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  8. Any of us can expect to be robbed by young Cornelius soon, since he'll be back on the street pretty much immediately with a pat on the head. As usual, thanks to the police for doing great work - and no thanks to our laughable judicial system, for not doing the same.

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  9. I can't believe you commenters. This pour soul was just going around collecting power tools so he could start a landscaping business and turn his life around. He'd figure since Lakeview is such a nice community with such fine equipment laying around that this would be a great place to start. Leave the young lad with the big forehead alone. He probably gets ridiculed enough.

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  10. memorize this face cuz this loser who clearly has no job and is not in school will be back ripping off more people as he tries to coast thru life on someone else's dime. if he just left court for a crime right before he committed this one he's probably out right now committing another. he's a POS parasite.

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  11. That nose has one wide-ass nostril.

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  12. What is this fool going to do with a leaf blower?

    He looks like he never had a job in his life!
    Does he even know how to use that machine?

    Just saying!

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  13. Is that really his nose???

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  14. A true gentle giant. Where's his junior high graduation cap?

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  15. Don't blame him. He just loves to blow leaves. Another Rhodes scholar.

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