Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Southport Wine Shop Robbed During Tuesday Rush Hour

Two offenders robbed an upscale wine shop next to the Southport Brown Line at knifepoint during the evening rush hour Tuesday. No one is in custody.

Commuters and shoppers reported hearing a Galleria Liqueurs employee screaming for help after the robbery unfolded in the store at 3409 North Southport at 5:10 p.m.

The two robbers—one man and a woman—bolted through the store’s rear door, shed some of their clothing, and then fled through the alley, witnesses said. They were last seen outside of the nearby Gap store.

Police said the man was black, skinny, and wore a white t-shirt.

The woman was black, heavyset, and wore her hoodie zipped all the way up.

Rob The W

The overwhelming police force that swarmed into Wrigleyville during last weekend’s World Series Games had little effect on the post-game activity of our neighborhood’s dedicated robbery professionals. Among the reported cases:

Saturday, 2:08 a.m. — A man is attacked, pushed to the ground, and carjacked by a man who takes his Chevy Lumina at Halsted and Wrightwood. Police said the offender is black, male, and 25-years-old.

Saturday, 4:29 a.m. — Another man is jumped and robbed outside of the new Target store at 2650 North Clark Street. The robber pushed the victim against the Target windows with enough force to set off its burglar alarm, police say.

Saturday, 4:38 a.m. — A man is robbed near Newport and Clark by three offenders who brandish a handgun. Nineteenth District officers are short-handed at the time, and they lost track of the victim during their investigation. No report filed.

Saturday, 4:48 a.m. — A robbery victim flags down an officer who is trying to quell a series of fights on the street at Belmont and Sheffield. The officer tries to locate suspects but is not successful.

Friday, 4:30 a.m. — Woman is robbed by two offenders in the 800 block of West Belmont. The woman tells police that two black men wearing dark clothing took her iPhone and her Coach wallet.

Thursday, 7:40 p.m. — A man is robbed at gunpoint in the 800 block of West Fletcher by a gunman who demands his wallet and phone. The offender flees in an older model black Grand Am with a temporary tire on the driver’s side rear. He is described as black, in his 20’s, and 5’10” tall. Police later recover the victim's phone, which was ditched in the 1100 block of West Diversey.
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  1. It's more commonly known as a donut spare. And if you're riding on one to flee a robbery scene, well.....Chicago just earned Ghetto of the Planet title.

  2. Belmont and Sheffield should be napalm bombed every Friday and Saturday night at 4:30am. It's the sludge Grand Central Station thanks to 10,000 Liquors, Big City Tap, and Berlin. Report your complaints at Tunneys office so they can't get their 4am liquor licenses renewed in February.

    1. I'm sure all three businesses will make fat donations to Tunney's re-election war chest and their licenses will be renewed w/o a hitch.

    2. I would, but Tunney doesn't care at all.

    3. HaHaHa! Do you honestly think that closing those 3 establishments will suddenly make Belmont & Sheffield a quiet and peaceful corner? You're nuts. Keep in mind those legit businesses are monitoring what's going on outside far more often than anyone else in the area and are often the first to alert the police when something goes wrong. Close them down, and the corner will just get worse than it is. But, to each their own opinion. (You also might want to brush up on what it takes to close a bar in Chicago, because a handful of complaints to Tunney will do squat.)

    4. I've said it on here before, and I'll say it again- All three of the places you mentioned were there loooooong before that intersection became a crime infested hellhole. In the 80's, myself and a thousand other little punk rockers, safely ran around that very intersection when frequenting (the now defunct) Medusas's on Sheffield and School. Berlin and 1000 were there- and Big City Tap was formerly (until 2001) a major dive bar that catered to the transient motel crowd. Please place the blame where it belongs- on the scumbag criminals and Rahm.

    5. Maybe I should have been more clear. Force those businesses to close at 2am like every single bar in Wrigley is required to do. Multiple people involved in these recent shootings were attending these businesses after 2am. It encourages the trash to loiter and it's no secret that this late night crowd are buying what the criminals are selling. Loitering/selling drugs is not permitted here (surprise) and buttoning up those businesses at 2am will allow the police to sweep the trash down the gutter we call the red line. CTA has their own security detail in place for the neighboring problem area AKA gutter.

  3. All three fine establishments contribute "big" to the re election fund of Tunney. Do you think for one second he is going to try to pull their 4 AM license ? ? ? ? LOL

  4. I would sign that petition.

  5. Why aren't there a eye level cameras at Belmont and Sheffield recording everyone who passes by at night? In the train station, some hidden in the store windows facing outwards. The high up city cameras never get clear enough pictures. There have to be the same people doing this over and over right?

  6. If the alderman had a pair he would close those three establishments immediately.

    He could do it if he wanted to, but he won't.

    Please ask him why, when you see him next

    Please ask him why when you see him next.

    1. Why should legitimate, licensed businesses be closed because of crime in the area! You think like a Democrat! I bet you think banning handguns will stop shootings too. And banning spray paint will stop graffiti. Almost all businesses are closed in Englewood...does that make it the safest neighborhood in town? Do you have "CLUELESS" tattooed on your forehead?

  7. Do you think that we will have another shooting there this weekend?

    That would make three weekends in a row, possibly topping any corner in Engelwood or Austin.