Wednesday, August 03, 2016

5 robbed in 4 incidents early Wednesday as muggings soar

In a year of soaring violent crime, our neighborhood has become the Oprah Winfrey of robberies.

Five people were robbed in less than 45 minutes around our area early Wednesday, with two of the hold-ups happening within Wrigleyville and Boystown.  The spree comes on the heels of at least three muggings in Wrigleyville and Boystown over the weekend.

No one was in custody for any of the incidents and two of today's robberies involved a gray or silver SUV similar to the one we told you about on Sunday.

Around 2:15AM, a man reported being robbed at gunpoint in the Recreation Drive parking lot, just south of Irving Park Road. The victim told police that four offenders approached him and one displayed a black handgun as he was ordered to hand over everything he had.

The robbers fled in a white Hyundai Sonata with the man’s wallet, about $100 cash, and his car keys. Two offenders were described as six-feet-tall black men. One weighed about 180 pounds, had short hair and wore a white tee-shirt. The other was skinnier and had long dreadlocks. No description was available for the other two men.

This SUV has been connected to at least 2 recent robberies in our area
About 20 minutes later, a woman was robbed at gunpoint near Western and Grace by two offenders who exited a gray or silver SUV that was driven by a third person. All three suspects were described as black men.

Within minutes, a woman and her son were robbed at gunpoint in Lincoln Square by two men who exited a gray SUV in the 4500 block of N. Paulina. The offenders took the two victims’ cellphones and a wallet. The offenders’ descriptions were similar to the Western and Grace hold-up with one robber wearing a blue hoodie and the other wearing a black hoodie, police said.

Most recently, a woman was mugged outside of the Lakeview Learning Center, 3310 N. Clark Street, around 3 o’clock this morning. She told police that a man and a woman implied that they had a gun as they robbed her of jewelry and an iPhone. The two offenders then fled westbound on School.

The man was described as black, 5’7” tall, and in his late 20’s. He wore a black and gray hoodie, black shorts, and a red snapback baseball hat. The woman was about 5’3” tall and skinny, the victim said.

Wild Weekend

This morning’s robberies come after a weekend that also recorded a number of muggings in our area:

• An Uptown man was chased by a group of two to four muggers who subsequently robbed him of his wallet, keys, and phone near the Belmont Red Line station around 2AM Sunday.

• At 1:20AM Sunday, a 21-year-old man was beaten up and robbed at an ATM near the Wrigleyville Taco Bell. The man lost his keys, wallet and phone to the mugger, who was described as a 6-foot-tall black man with a goatee. The robber wore dark jeans and a Cubs t-shirt.

• On Saturday, a man reported that he was jumped and robbed of his wallet less than a block from the 19th district police station. The victim said two thin black men attacked him at Addison and Wilton around 11:30PM. One of the offenders was wearing a black and white t-shirt.

• Back in Lincoln Square, a woman told police that four young offenders pulled out a knife or boxcutter and robbed her near Ravenswood and Wilson around 4:30AM on Saturday. All four men jumped into a silver car that was last seen northbound on Ravenswood.

And finally…

The Circle K gas station at 1160 W. Diversey was robbed at gunpoint last Wednesday for the second time in two months.

The cashier told police that a gunman came into the store around 7:40PM, displayed a handgun in his waistband, and took a bag of money and cigarettes before walking away eastbound on Diversey.

He was described as black, 5’7” tall, 145 pounds. 30- to 35-years-old, wearing a white baseball cap, black shirt, and “colorful shorts or swimming trunks.”

The same store was robbed at gunpoint by two men who took money and cigarettes on June 15. It is not known if the two hold-ups are related.
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29 comments:

  1. Crickets from Tommy, as is SOP.
    Too busy making cinnamon tolls

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    1. Right. And fair. Tunney is an incoherent putz.

      But....PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.....
      Give Jimmy 'Mr Social Work' Cappleman and Michelle 'Do Nothing' Smith their due here. Worse than Tunney. Worse!
      Be fair folks. They're all in it together and equally guilty in burning down the neighborhood.
      The Three Stooges - your guaranteed ticket to Detroit-ization.

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  2. Get your FOID card, get your CC endorsement, buy a gun and learn how to use it. It is going to get worse before it gets better.

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    1. I was robbed saturday morning by an armed assailant. Im a US Army veteran and ex-cop.
      The gunman was in my face before I knew it. Even if i had been armed, there was no way I could have withdrew a weapon and shot him without sustaining injuries.
      To those who believe that concealed carry is a magical solution, you're sadly misguided. At best, it wouldve allowed the gunman to capture another weapon and probably being shot myself.

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    2. I agree. The only way arming yourself would help is if there was equal advantage. No one wanting to rob you comes up to you and says "Excuse me, I am going to rob you but, I will give you a chance to defend yourself." And I don't care what anyone says - if you are ambushed from behind you have almost NO chance to defend yourself.

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    3. I have no idea of the circumstances in this particular case other than it happened late at night / early morning on a weekend so I'm guessing alcohol may have been consumed at some point in which case you should probably not be carrying concealed anyway. However, if you are sober, aware of your surroundings and carrying, you at least give yourself a fighting chance of not being robbed.

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    4. My experience with conceal carry worked much the same way as when criminals flash their guns to frighten intended victims. Last summer I was approached by urban youth who clearly had ill-intentions. I pulled up my shirt to show them I was loaded and they reacted as expected, by high tailing it.

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    5. So because it doesn't always work, you shouldn't have one? I'd rather take my chances with rather than without. It isn't magic, but like a fire extinguisher, when you need it you really need it, and nothing else will really do.

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    6. Cop and army INFANTRY (with "experience"). That's a POG ass statement. If you maintain your training and proficiency you have a fighting chance. Action is quicker than reaction and I've been to plenty of scenes where shooters have drawn from concealed to confront an armed offender. Of course things may not go your way but you have to decide who you are and what you will fight for. Please tell me you were never in the infantry? If so...wow. I don't want anyone to get hurt but this is a violent world. I would, however, want armed and good citizens to defend themselves against violent predation. Good luck though, sir/ma'am.

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  3. Remember to check your mail boxes for your increased property tax bills. Let Rahm and your Aldercreature know how much you appreciate the service your getting from all the city departments. :-|

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    1. NO SHIT GREAT POST.

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    2. Wait - - Rahm just announced that he wants a new tax on utilities to be spread out over a 4 year period. Get the puppet strings ready so all 50 of those alder creatures can raise their hands at the same time to vote YES.

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  4. For the love of Christ - CLOSE THAT PARKING LOT AT NIGHT ON REC DRIVE.

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    1. Let's be honest, the only thing closing the lot is going to do is keep out law abiding citizens.

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    2. Why should law-abiding citizens lose an entire parking lot because of a few punk thug criminals? It is your way of thinking that ruins city life. It makes more sense to capture and prosecute the criminals instead of punishing law abiding citizens.

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    3. i've lived across from and observed this lot for many years. there are not many "law abiding citizens" driving in to enjoy the park after 11:00. the cars come onto rec drive from lsd, park in packs (sometimes with parking lights on, some folks wander off to lakefront to break bottles and leave whatever they came with), and when the cops run them off, they get in their cars, go around, and drive back in. go watch it some night. closing parks at night doesn't ruin city life, it makes it better. unless you play baseball in the dark at 2 am, in which case, perhaps you'd prefer a northern country where it is light at night.

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  5. Anyone see a bigger issue? Men aren't allowed to be men anymore. In the old days, this mess would have been mopped up in a week's time.

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  6. You mean cops wore allowed to be cops? Where are the protests for this violence?.... Alderman?

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  7. Eventually these people are going to run into the wrong person, someone who thought this out in advance and did what the poster @ 9:15 said. The result will be Swiss cheese.
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    1. I never thought I would say this but Anonymous @9:15:00 PM makes sense to me.

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  8. If the city had more money for cops and the ACLU had not screwed things up, the police could have decoys walking around these neighborhoods and shoot these criminals when they attack.

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    1. It's not the money but you're definitely on the right track when you say the ACLU. Look at the courts, the media and our level of support. Our hands are tied. Good luck out there.

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  9. The city of Detroit stopped convenience store and gas station robberies by installing real-time surveillance cameras.http://www.freep.com/story/news/2016/05/23/detroit-expands-video-camera-based-anti-crime-program/84803842/
    I can't see why Chicago businesses can't do the same.

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    1. 3 reasons off the top of my head:
      1) There is no one to view the surveillance camera footage.
      2) Even if there was, all the criminals look alike and dress alike, making it impossible to identify them.
      3) Even if they were identified and captured, Judge Luckman would not give them jail time...so they would be back at it the next day.

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  10. This is an interesting read. Early parolees: http://capitolfax.com/2014/09/23/rauner-going-all-in-on-prison-related-issues/
    These must be the people committing crimes on the north side.

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  11. where is batman when you need him?!

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    1. He's not the superhero we deserve right now. We get rahm.

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  12. If I see that silver SUV, I'm sending a brick right through its window!!!! 😀😀😱

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