Thursday, December 15, 2016

Teen Theft Crew Stealing Luxury Cars, Phones From Lakeview Retailers; 9 Victims Since Saturday

A group of young thieves has stolen cell phones and luxury cars from victims in retail shops across Lakeview over the past few days. And there are now indications that the crew has become more confrontational, bold, and possibly violent.

The team, typically working as a group of three or four, has entered salons, spas, and small retail shops along the Diversey, Clark, Belmont, Lincoln, and Broadway corridors. Once inside, some team members distract customers and employees while others pick up unattended valuables, including key fobs and phones.

The crew became physically confrontational in one incident, which escalated to robbery status, according to a police source.

Witnesses describe the offenders as black males between 15- and 20-years-old; 5’9” to 6-feet tall; 150- to 160 pounds. One wears tan boots. Another has a jean jacket with a tiger or similar emblem on the front. Most are said to be wearing acid wash or ripped jeans.

Here are recent incidents that are known to be connected to the crew according to police reports and CWB Chicago sources:

Saturday, December 10, 2:04 p.m.
Four teens asked to use the restroom and snatched customers’ phones at Gymboree, 3158 North Lincoln. The offenders then fled northbound.

Saturday, December 10, 2:05 p.m.
Four teens entered a salon in the 1400 block of West Belmont and asked to use the restroom. Employees chased the teens out when the group tried to access an unauthorized area.

Tuesday, December 13, early evening
Three offenders stole a key fob from an unidentified storefront in the 2900 block of North Clark and drove away with the victim’s white BMW.

Tuesday, December 13, 7:10 p.m.
Three teens pushed a woman and took two cell phones from an astrology shop in the 600 block of West Belmont. The case is classified as a robbery.

Tuesday, December 13, 7:20 p.m.
Three teens walked into Eclipse Salon at 1010 West Diversey and stole cell phones.

Tuesday, December 13, 7:48 p.m.
Three teens entered Firefly Salon at 1227 West Diversey, took an employee’s key fob, then drove off in the victim’s silver Audi Q5. Some of the offenders were seen leaving the area in a white BMW.

Wednesday, December 14, 4:48 p.m.
Officers on patrol saw three or four suspects matching the thieves’ descriptions parking the stolen white BMW in the 500 block of West Wellington. The offenders disappeared by the time cops circled back. Units flood the area in an attempt to capture the suspects.

One teen is eventually taken in for questioning, but the others escaped.

Wednesday, December 14, 5:18 p.m.
About a block from where the BMW is parked, a store clerk reports that four to six offenders entered his store and stole his cellphone at Smoque Vapours, 2900 N. Broadway.

Wednesday, December 14, 5:46 p.m.
Isabella Salon reports that a group of teens came into the store and tried to rob them, but the employees managed to push the offenders out and lock the door. 444 West Fullerton at Clark Street.
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36 comments:

  1. At some point storefronts are going to need locked front doors and ID checks before allowing entry. Especially as even if the police catch these "youths" they will be released by our LOL court system immediately.

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  2. Foxx? A penny for your thoughts.

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    1. Her thoughts aren't worth that much.

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  3. Wow! I saw these kids walking down Diversey on Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. and thought they looked suspicious. It was absolutely this crew, I remember the tiger emblem on the jacket and the ripped jeans they were all wearing. They all looked way underdressed for the cold weather and out of place with the Diversey commuter crowd. Hope they get caught soon.

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    1. I see this crew aallll the time in the neighborhood. That goofy Tiger coat and the ripped jeans - not hard to spot.

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  4. No crimes here. According to Crook County, they have to have stolen more than $1,000 worth of goods and have been arrested a measly 10x before action can be taken. Welcome to A Clockwork Orange. Thank God Trump was elected, at least.

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    1. No, not arrested ten times. Must have ten *felony* *convictions* before shoplifting will be escalated.

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    2. The car theft should escalate charges, but who knows. If only we had a press that reported on the politicians busy emptying the jails. There should be a Pulitzer for bloggers like you guys, SCC and others.

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  5. Shouldn't these thiefs be in school?

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    1. Based on the timeline, they're probably ditching their last classes.

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  6. why do you allow comments yet they must be approved? Is this nazi germany?

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    1. It's WORSE than Nazi Germany! The Nazis never moderated internet comments! Not one time! We are far, far worse than the Nazis.

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    2. ....obviously somebody doesn't quite understand the whole notion of PRIVATE property.
      Ah well. No real loss some folks aren't 'up to the task'.

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    3. CWB the ASA can still upgrade if they see fit too. It will take a lot of arguing on the part of Officers but it still can be done

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  7. You're easy target fellas..........

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  8. they should go into Center On Halsted and Whole foods around dinner times a few nights a week I bet they find them sitting around in the lobby

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    1. they should go steal car keys and cell phones at COH

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  9. shame when this stuff happens that the employees and customers done beat the criminals with base ball bats messt the criminals up some. Do you think they would go in their own neighborhood and do this to not get beaten down. The is because our Alderman and the center invite criminals down to this neighborhood and the career criminals harm / rob us

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  10. How brazen!!!!

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  11. Careful boys, you are about to use up your 10 strikes in only one or two nights. Slow down..... Kim Foxxy wants you to take your time.

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  12. Who in their right mind voted for Kim Fox? Wake up people!

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    1. Let me guess....all the people on Tony Preckwinkle's bandwagon?
      Just a guess.

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    2. It's pretty tough to wake up dead voters.

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  13. Two teens fitting that description of clothing walked into the pawn shop on Hoyne and Chicago yesterday at 2:45pm and walked out pocketing lots of dollar bills. They walked into the near by hair salon asking to use the restroom around 7pm. The one with the tiger jacket has long braids. If you were a victim of their robberies, check that pawn shop. They should have cameras.

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  14. That's what happens when police are taken away. Let them go to their own neighborhood and steal. Leaving Chicago, the mayor and Governor suck, too much crime, no money for education, no budget whatsoever, taxes too high, getting charged for everything! What's next! Getting charged for breathing the air?

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  15. Now see, if they had an after-school program, why, this wouldn't happen! Poor bored kids...

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  16. These low life punks are not afraid to come here and perform criminal acts. The question should be WHY aren't they afraid?

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  17. Anyone want to buy my 1 bedroom condo by Addison and Broadway?

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    1. I'll give you 500 a month, sight unseen

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    2. I'll give you $400 if that falls through. I need some heated storage (assuming heat is included).

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  18. AMAZING response from CPD. I listened to the police scanner archives and there were literally tons of officers involved in the response / pursuit around 5pm on the 14th. Bravo to our brave officers.

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  19. People please, show some respect, these are your future police thanks to your alderman....

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    1. Ridiculous, isn't it? This allows gang bangers & thugs to infiltrate the police department.

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  20. The white BMW was stolen from the new Kurdish restaurant that is opening at 2911 N Clark. The keys were hanging on a hook behind the bar. They had left the front unattended for seconds while they did something in the back and that was all it took for these vermin to welcome them to the neighborhood.

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  21. I still don't understand how the shopkeepers don't have an "alerts" system. If you know a string of robberies is happening in your area, why don't the shopkeepers have an "alerts" system whereby they use cell phone text messages to let each other know? That way the next shop knows and won't let the thieves in the store.

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