Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gunman Robs Walgreens of $10,000—Then Escapes On Rush Hour Train


Detectives are trying to track down the gunman who robbed a local Walgreens of up to $10,000 in cash during this morning’s rush hour.

And, to the surprise of absolutely no one, the offender is believed to have escaped the area by taking a train from the Belmont CTA station.

Shortly after 7 o’clock this morning, a man entered the store at 1001 W. Belmont then confronted a customer and an employee at gunpoint, according to a witness who spoke with CWB Chicago.

The two victims were forced into the store management office where the robbery unfolded.

Police describe the offender as a tall black man between 20- and 30-years-old. He wore a black wig, a tight fitted sweatshirt with front pockets, jeans with distinctive white markings on the front pocket area, and white gym shoes. One witness said the gunman had a black backpack and was carrying a can of Red Bull.

Investigators believe that he arrived at the Belmont CTA station minutes before the robbery and he subsequently fled on a northbound train around 7:15AM.

The Station That Cannot Be Secured

Today’s incident is the latest daring violent crime to unfold near the Belmont station this month. Yet, despite assurances from local alderman Tom Tunney that CTA station security is being “beefed up,” there never seem to be cops at the terminal when things go down.

This morning’s hold-up took place 100 yards from the station during the morning rush hour, yet there were apparently no CTA resources on-hand to take action when 911 calls came in.

As of late Tuesday night, there had been no arrests in three shootings and multiple robberies that have been committed near the Belmont CTA station this month.


Man Charged With Possessing Stolen Milk Crate At Belmont CTA

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Well, at least one Belmont CTA "criminal" learned his lesson.

Police resources were made available Friday to arrest a 50-year-old vagrant for sitting on a stolen Dean’s Milk crate at the bustling Red Line hub.

No, friends, this is not a joke.

Court records show that Mark Holden of Wicker Park was arrested at 9AM on Friday after police determined that he did not own the Dean's-emblazoned milk crate that he was sitting on while begging for money in front of the Belmont station.

He is now charged with one count of “delivery container theft.” Yes, that’s what the charge is called.

CWB Chicago editors have determined that Holden is only the second person to be charged with possessing a stolen milk crate in Chicago since 2013.
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57 comments:

  1. Thank god the police are always there to make sure the students aren't sharing UPasses though

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  2. HOLY CRAP !! My wife just left to take about 8 crates full of books to the Salvation Army...should I be expecting a call from the lock-up ???

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    1. I'm sure there are underlying reasons for this arrest other than the milk crate. A lil bird told me so. Broken Windows Theory, ya know....

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  3. where are the police stationed at the belmont red line ??????

    https://www.facebook.com/OverpassesForAmerica2/videos/1116024085103590/

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  4. Meanwhile in the 16 no patrols: http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/?m=1 . Any 19 coppers willing to report on the coverage? pictures please.

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  5. Ha, I assume that's the guy who's been sitting just east of the station on the south side of the street for several weeks, holding a sign asking for money. What a bizarre thing to be arrested for. I mean, he probably just found the crate somewhere - doubt he stole it off a Dean's truck. Plus, he was just sitting on it, it's not like he grabbed it and took it home with him. How is that theft??

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    1. Glad to see they are focusing their efforts on the busts that matter

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    2. What is the arresttees background? Stop running your mouths until you know all the answers

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    3. Are you f'ing kiddig me? A milk crate? Where's the proof he stole it? Where's the proof he knew it was stolen? Has that exact crate been reported stolen? And where is the harm caused by sitting on it? Older homeless men (and women) who sit with signs and beg are the least of our concerns. Yes, they do sometimes commit crimes and yes they are sometimes annoying and block the way, but I don't fear for my life when I walk by them like I do when people described like the Walgreens thief do. If that guy has to do time when all of the true criminals are being slapped on the wrist, what a travesty of justice and what a disservice and slap in the face to all of us. Would definitely appreciate being kept up to date on this one.

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    4. I heard he aggressively asked Tom Tunney for change or some sticky buns. Tunney wasn't having any of it.

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    5. What is the arresttees background? Stop running your mouths until you know all the answers

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      Glad you asked! In his 50 years, the man has been arrested one other time in Cook County--for panhandling.

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  6. Police were removed from CTA stations to save money and the employees are instructed not to get involved in any criminal activity. Chicago is shameful now the way citizens are treated. But the politicians get 24/7 police protection. Weird.

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    1. That is weird.
      In Chicago it's weird that citizens get any police protection at all.
      "The City That Works....but for the taxpayers, not so much."

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    2. What's weird is that these same citizens continue to vote for the same criminals into office.

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  7. TUNNEY: How do you live with your conscience, you snake oil salesman? DO SOMETHING. Keep your promise.

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    1. How many police protect Tunney?

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  8. I tell you I am SHOCKED by this. Just shocked!
    With all the security 'beef ups' at Belmont station.....and after all the hard work from our dear diligent alderpersons, and after such important leadership by our benevolent mayor....
    I am just shocked.
    But I must point out (before any stain should come to this, America's greatest city) - THAT Walgreens often fails to lock it's doors. And I think there might be a loose air conditioner too.

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  9. Tunney has not updated FB since August 11th, and that was for an Arts Festival.

    Let's stop blowing hot air for this certified narcissist to do something, because he won't, and do something productive like report these incidents to the FBI and CNN. I'd like to see Anderson Cooper, who is gay, all over the C-W-B situation like a cheap suit.

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    1. "I'd like to see Anderson Cooper, who is gay, all over the C-W-B situation like a cheap suit."

      Excellent idea! Anyone on this blog in the journalism field and know how to contact him? I've been saying for years that the only way we are going to see a turn around is to publicly humiliate our elected "leaders."

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  10. Thank god our milk crates are safe.

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  11. I think it's safe to say, even in that area, if you see somebody with a wig and/or sunglasses (amongst other odd things), exit asap. No way in hell your forcing me into the "management office" either.

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  12. I leave at 3:30 am Monday - Friday. There is always CPD sitting in suv at an idol at Addison redline. Why can't we have that at Belmont too?

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  13. Poor Mark. Who the fuck made that arrest Barney Fifth?

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  14. Stolen milk crate? Stolen from where? Its a by golly milk crate! Let that man sit on that milk crate to rest his bones. This aint 19 hundred and 52.

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  15. Said the rev. Jessie.."Ah hippity jippity dippity crates belong for long term careativity."

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  16. It's not a milk crate crime but CPD had a marked unit sitting by the BoA branch at Lincoln/Ashland/Belmont for a couple hours tonight making traffic stops at the intersection.
    Good thing there's no street robberies to worry about.

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    1. So much for staying fetal.

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    2. Was it a traffic car? Please folks don't speak ignorantly

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  17. Walgreens needs to hire security. It has the money. Bank ofAmer has armed guards that stand outside....do you think it's been robbed? No! In fact, all of Lakeview businesses would do well to pool their money and hire private security, like Wicker Park is doing. (Did Walgreens have cameras).
    The Walgreens on Broadway-Belmont always has carjackings and robberies, and the one on Broadway-Waveland has robberies.
    When someone gets killed inside a Walgreens (or other store) maybe then people will get serious. But I fear we have become used to crime and just brush it aside.

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  18. It is ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE for the armed robber to have arrived or fled the scene of the crime via the CTA. Because, as everyone knows, concealed weapons are prohibited from being carried on public transportation.

    Oh, wait . . .

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  19. Cha-Ching!!!! WORD is going to GET OUT that you can steal 10K from Tunneys area or 19th district and get away with it!

    Great work Tunney. You're good at throwing tantrums. How about throwing a tantrum in city hall demanding more officers in Chicago from your buddy Rahm?

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    1. Yeah, I'd love to see him shriek at Rahm about being "up his butt" about getting a respectable level of police protection in one of Chicago's few remaining desirable neighborhoods. Asshole.

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  20. Tunny just sent out another e-mail blast. Any mention of all the robberies, burglaries, shootings or general mayhem ? NO - it was to inform people of the upcoming air & water show with the practice and show time hours. Thank goodness, we all needed that info.

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  21. Ha, with no one from Dean's to sign a complaint... so basically they were tired of this guy panhandling and had nothing other to take him in on. Genius waste of time.

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  22. CWB lets try and keep our journalism pro-active and safety focused - regarding the Milk Crate caper ..... did anyone consider that this is a very creative arrest of a disorderly issue that has been very difficult to resolve. Beggars and vagrants bring more crime and associated problem issues, and they just will not go away. Bond for a disorderly complaint is one thing, bond for a theft issue is a little more difficult. Finally we see police initiative and creative thinking on an issue that plagues the area .... well done CPD!!!!!!! EVERYONE IS AN IDIOT WHO DOESN'T SEE THIS :)

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    1. Thank you to whomever wrote that statement. You pay attention to more than most

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    2. Well said all these people leaving comments are probably the geniuses who give all the panhandlers money to keep bringing them back to the neighborhood

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    3. Was the guy being disorderly / aggressive? Show me the incident report.
      Until then he was just a low-level distraction.
      And until then, the only 'creativity' applied, is a creative waste of a bunch of time.
      I think the neighborhood has been calling for REAL creative action, involving REAL crime for a very long time. We haven't gotten shit.
      Sorry, but beggars and vagrants aren't part of the REAL crime problem.

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    4. "Show me the incident report."
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      Glad you asked. Here is the full narrative:

      “EVENT#-04008. MARK HOLDEN (OFFENDER) PLACED UNDER ARREST AFTER HE WAS OBSERVED SITTING ON A ‘DEANS FOODS’ MILK CRATE ON THE SIDEWALK IN FRONT OF THE CTA STATION, BEGGING FOR MONEY. UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, A/O’S INQUIRED ABOUT THE ‘DEANS FOODS’ MILK CRATE AND WERE TOLD BY MARK HOLDEN(OFFENDER) THAT- “THAT’S MINE”. OFFENDER PLACED UNDER ARREST FOR THE DELIVERY CONTAINER THEFT. OFFENDER TRANSPORTED TO THE 019TH DISTRICT (2453 W. BELMONT AVE) FOR PROCESSING. NAME CHECK IS CLEAR.”

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    5. RE: Show me the incident report
      Thank you CWB.
      Note- A/Os (plural)
      Note- "Name check is clear"
      These make your conclusion about poor priorities even more clear.

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  23. Yeah, and being hit up for money 6 times in one afternoon of shopping isn't a problem either,right?

    Jewel needs to enforce its no trespassng on its property. So sick of getting hit up for money all the time!

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  24. For all of you "Monday Morning Quarterbacks", please leave your work address, schedule and name here so the Officer that made the arrest can come to your work place and look over your shoulder and critique your every move! He will have no training, experience, or knowledge, mind you but will freely tell you when you are "Wasting Time", and not focusing on the "Important Tasks". This includes all the Doctors' Lawyers, and other professionals that have spent the time getting the education and training to to their respective job! I'm sure you wont mind his recommendations on how you can improve, and do your job better? I believe that it's been well documented (NYC under Giuliani) that when Police take a proactive approach to the minor crimes, effectively cleaning the area of the trash....All crime goes down! All of you can also come up with a list of Ordinance's and Crime's you want the CPD to disregard, and just not enforce, that way the officer's will be able to focus on the really "Important" stuff......according to you! Very sad what this once great city has become.

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    1. Gotta tell you, when there's a double-shooting and multiple robberies near the CTA station in less than a month, but the primary arrest at the station is for a stolen milk crate, something seems off. Priorities seem out of whack.

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    2. Sorry CWB, I agree with OP on this one. The broken windows theory of policing is not sexy and gives way to the "don't you have anything better to do?" "There's real crime out there!" "People are shooting but you're stopping me for speeding?" I used to say, "really? Where are the shooters? Tell me and I'll go get them." At the end of the day we don't know what we're pulling over. You don't think officers attempt to curb a speeding vehicle and it so happens they just shot someone or robber a bank? I've been a part of those calls numerous times. This doesn't happen anymore. If someone is driving crazy we don't pursue unless we know that car was a shooter. I was in 015 not too long ago, vehicle speeding and refused to pull over. No chase conducted. Officers extinguished emergency equipment and called out description. The vehicle's occupant(s) did just shoot someone.

      On a less serious note, we have to be a society of law and order. I don't break the law but I'm not the best driver, admittedly. On the rare occasion I get pulled over, I've been apologetic, I don't argue and am respectful. Even before I was a cop this worked getting me out of tickets usually. If I got the ticket, I was a man about it. I turned right on a red once because I didn't see the sign. The cop ran my info, I apologized and was respectful and he saw my military ID. He said, "thanks for your service and happy birthday, have a good day." I expected a ticket.

      People are never happy. If there are people stealing, drinking in public and pissing in front of your kids or on your building, wouldn't you want that to not be the case? I agree, it's low priority as hell but it makes a difference. Of course we all want to get the real bad guy but in this environment it is nearly impossible. I'm surprised there's coppers up there that are still locking anyone up. After a few lawsuits that will change.

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    3. Oh dear god....
      (Hair on fire) Don't EVER criticize ANYTHING about law enforcement. Ever. We don't care how much you support us otherwise. Ever!
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      CWB 12:45 PM you're spot on. Thank you.
      Others: It's not a damn personal attack there Mr Sensitive Pants. It's valid observation about priorities.
      Yes - 'Broken Window' policing works. Not everywhere, but in most urban settings. But this isn't a broken window approach. It's a 'Got you doin' 36 in a 35 zone' approach.
      F*ck sake. The arrest wasn't about 'broken windows'. And it wasn't about 'effective policing' either (note "Name check clear"). It was about a guy sitting on a piece of trash.
      Citizens have both a right and a responsibility to make their views known about how their resources are being used. It's what separates us from North Korea.
      And just in case you need to know, (I've said it before) Yes I support cops. And with my own checkbook, well in addition to my property taxes.

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    4. Just one fact addition here: Guliani is continually credited with reducing crime...but that only happened because the previous mayor Dinkins got a tax passed that paid for an increase in the size of the NY police force by 25%.

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  25. Can you imagine if Chicago were hosting the Olympics right now? I know that Rio has 10x the crime rate, but I wonder if the geniuses elected into Chicago office would have at least put more officers on the CTA trains and at stations???

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    1. Chicago losing the Olympic bid under Daley seemed to be when things started to head south. I think they really thought they would get it, would get a ton of investment to bulldoze whatever in the South and West side for urban renewal and Olympic venues with somebody else's money.

      Rahm is not a mayor - he's a CEO. CEO's do not dirty their hands with details, and regard the police force as a CEO would building security guards.

      The Limo Liberals who voted for Rahm and Tunney live on the Gold Coast and historically take the former Chicago Motor Coach buses on Lake Shore Drive, not the Howard "L". Diversey and Belmont are better places at the Lakefront than it is at Sheffield, as long as you are not out after 8pm.

      The time and place to get rid of these people is at the primary, not the general election. The GOP has become a party for older, Christian fundamentalist, un-educated, white people, which is not Chicago.

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    2. "The GOP has become a party for older, Christian fundamentalist, un-educated, white people, which is not Chicago"

      And there right there is why everyone is fleeing Chicago for those "Christian fundamentalist, uneducated, white" enclaves, including this white, young, gay, educated, LOG Cabin Republican. Well, 1 out of 4 isn't bad, huh, comrade?

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  26. (Sorry if this comes through twice) Since none of us were there, let's give the arresting police officer a benefit of the doubt. Maybe the guy was being an asshole, or shooting up on the sidewalk, or throwing piss at people. My hats off to the officer for arresting him.

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  27. In Rio they have to worry about feces in the water.
    In Chicago they would have to worry about the lead content in the air.

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  28. Timothy M., the Oklahoma bomber caught on a broken taillight traffic stop! Andrew C., murdered 2 people in Chicago, tracked down from a parking ticket! Those are 2 noteworthy cases, f you only knew what Policing really was you would be shocked. With all due respect, please pull your head out of your ass and realize that "Broken Windows" concept, as distasteful as it is to the Libtard's, really does work! Try getting rid of all those pesky Ordinance's and Law's you are so against Officer's enforcing, then let me know how that works for you?

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    1. I think NYC's "Son of Sam" Berkowitz was caught with something to do with parking tickets, don't remember exactly.

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    2. Thank you two...my point exactly without citing specific cases.

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  29. For one, no the police do not have anything better to do. Society has taken away their rights as your protectors and now they get fired or goto jail if they have to use force. So a "working" officer is one that writes tickets and makes minor arrests. All your cameras caught many views of the offender from Walgreens and CTA has great cameras. Detectives will try to id the offender and once there is no doubt who he/she is a warrant will be issued. Until society takes the handcuffs off the police and allow them to do their job stop complaining. You complain when they do their job and you complain when they don't Make up your minds or enjoy anarchy Here's a thought it's so bad here and the police are always wrong? Move to North Korea or the Soviet Union

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  30. With all due respect...
    Please try to focus on a key word here: A-R-R-E-S-T-E-D. Got that?
    TMV wasn't a-r-r-e-s-t-e-d for a broken taillight. He was contacted for a broken taillight. And he was a-r-r-e-s-t-e-d because he was a wanted mass murderer. There's a difference.
    No police sought to a-r-r-e-s-t Andrew Cunahan for a parking ticket. He was a wanted for multiple murders in multiple states.
    This is (and I know this is hard to understand) quite different from being a-r-r-e-s-t-e-d for sitting on a piece of trash. Now does it make sense?
    You see mass murder and trash-sitting actually have different 'costs' to our society.
    Again, again, again....we aren't talking about 'broken windows'. We're not calling people libtards or fascists. We're not talking about suspending traffic laws or erasing misdemeanors or legalizing heroin or murder. We are talking about the deployment of assets. How hard is that to comprehend?

    Using multiple officers to a-r-r-e-s-t a name-clear 'offender' for trash-sitting??? Well some of us feel as though there might...just might....be a better use of limited resources. Understand?

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  31. Now I wish the police would arrest all the a**holes who ride their bicycles on the sidewalks of Lakeview.

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