Sunday, January 22, 2017

Burglar Takes $3 From Alderman's Restaurant, And The Police Follow-Up Is Spectacular

Glass repair services at Ald. Tom Tunney's Ann Sather restaurant today. Inset: Tunney | CWB Chicago reader; File
While most Chicago burglary victims never see the services of a detective or an evidence technician, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney received luxurious police service after his Ann Sather restaurant was found burglarized at 3415 North Broadway on Sunday.

Remarkably, the exceptional investigative follow-through is happening for a crime in which the alderman lost just $3 plus the cost of a new front door.

Patrol officers responded to the Boystown restaurant after an employee found the front door was broken and the interior “trashed” around 5:30 this morning.

Revolucion Steakhouse was also burglarized. | CWB Chicago reader
But a search of the restaurant revealed that the only thing taken was about $3 in loose change from the employees’ tip jar.

Following standard procedures, responding officers asked to have an evidence technician process the scene. And, also per standard procedure, their request was denied because the site had been “contaminated.”

But about an hour later, an evidence division sergeant learned that the victim in this case was none other than Alderman Tom Tunney, and the original decision to decline technical services was quickly revisited.

“Do you have anybody from 19 or a detective assigned to Ann Sathers’ at 3415 north on Broadway,” the sergeant asked dispatchers, “and, if so, do they need an ET out there to process anything on a follow-up?”

“I’m understanding the scene may have been contaminated,” the sergeant continued, “but I was just informed that detectives are responding anyway…I’m just reaching out.”

Detectives and evidence technicians almost never respond to simple break-ins if the crime scene has been compromised. And when they do respond, the wait times can be excruciating.

Last January, a Boystown man waited more than 24 hours for technicians to show up.

And one Wicker Park burglary victim waited more than three weeks for evidence services.

With burglaries up 41% in Alderman Tunney’s ward last year, we’re sure that there are plenty of constituents—er, we mean victims—who have stories about how the handling of Tunney’s $3 burglary differs from their own experiences.

About 90 minutes after the Ann Sather burglary was discovered, a dog walker called 911 to report that a large window was busted out at the nearby Revolucion Steakhouse, 3443 North Broadway. Indeed, they had been burglarized, too.

Ewww

From the CWB Chicago email:
I live on the 3300 Block of Clifton. My building's garage was broken in to this last weekend. Apparently that is to be expected in our neighborhood. However, I am writing because the perpetrator decided that it would also be a good idea to defecate in our garage. Sort of his calling card?

Elsewhere

In other recent burglary news:
• A man fled to a third-floor bedroom after a burglar entered his home late Thursday morning in the 1400 block of West Lill. The victim hid in a closet after an unknown man entered through the front door, which had been left unlocked.
• Another burglary attempt was reported nearby just a couple of hours later in the 2700 block of North Racine.
• On January 11th, a neighbor reported seeing someone breaking into a home and a computer sitting near a rear door in the 800 block of West Buckingham at 1:45 p.m. Police confirmed a forcible entry burglary had occurred.
• On January 9th, a resident of the 1200 block of West Waveland found a stranger in their home around 11:15 a.m. The burglar was described as male, black, 18- to 20-years-old, and wearing a blue hoodie.
• Also on the 9th, two apartments were burglarized in the 3900 block of North Pine Grove. 
• Another Boystown burglar was spotted in action around noon on January 6th. The offender fled from an apartment in the 800 block of West Cornelia after being confronted by his victim. According to police, the thief was described as male, black, in his late teens or early 20’s dark complected, with bushy hair. He took the victim’s Xbox and PlayStation 4.
Thirteen burglaries were reported in Lakeview through January 11. That’s down from sixteen at the same time last year but up from nine cases in 2015.

Confirmed burglary cases through January 11:

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DATE OF REPORTBLOCKTYPE OF ENTRYLOCATION
1/2/2017 0:00:00037XX N HALSTED STUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
1/4/2017 3:00:00039XX N FREMONT STUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
1/4/2017 7:00:00004XX W BARRY AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
1/6/2017 11:55:00008XX W CORNELIA AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
1/7/2017 6:30:00034XX N SHEFFIELD AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESTAURANT
1/9/2017 7:30:00039XX N PINE GROVE AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
1/9/2017 8:30:00039XX N PINE GROVE AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
1/9/2017 11:20:00012XX W WAVELAND AVEATTEMPT FORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
1/10/2017 19:00:00014XX W HUTCHINSON STFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
1/11/2017 7:45:00008XX W BUCKINGHAM PLFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
1/11/2017 8:00:00009XX W BELMONT AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
1/11/2017 8:00:00005XX W SURF STUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
1/11/2017 11:15:00008XX W BUCKINGHAM PLFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
"Forcible entry" means that the offenders forced their way in, typically by breaking through a door or window. "Unlawful Entry" means that no force was used--a window left unlocked, for example.

24 comments:

  1. I have read all the comments in the past berating Ald Tunney for the crime wave in our neighborhood and I thought,"geez he's just the alderman, what can he do?" This puts an new spot light on how the privileged are served in this town. Great job reporting CWB.

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    1. he should also eliminate the free buffer zone east of broadway but wouldn't even consider because... parking is already hard enough near his restaurant.

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  2. Tunney is special. He is above all of us. Of course he will receive special holier-than-thou treatment. God forbid his tacky tired dying sticky bun restaurant should lose $3. Oh .... the horror!!! And, FUCK Tunney.

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  3. will this be on tunney's fb?

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    1. Put it there and see. My question asking about the situation was deleted within 16 minutes this morning!

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    2. So there's no evidence that Tunney asked for additional resources... why write it like he did?

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    3. So there's no evidence that Tunney asked for additional resources... why write it like he did?
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      The alderman received police services that ordinary citizens would not. He shrugs when people voice concern about police follow-up at CAPS meetings, but then he gets special treatment when his business is the victim of a $3 break-in. That's not OK.

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  4. All burglary scenes are contaminated, to some extent. This E.T. Sergeant needs to go back to the patrol division.

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    1. From the article it seems that sergeant received a call from someone else to ensure a tech had been sent. It shouldn't be a surprise that he was pressured as well to send someone.

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  5. The leadership of the 44th Ward is as despicable as the presidency of Donald Trump....I hereby call for a woman's (and men's) march along Belmont to start the process of change and removal of this Tunney who has done nothing...nothing...nothing to ensure our safety....trying to hire private security in lieu of a stronger police presence that is so needed here....neighbors, had enough #he is not our alderman! We need to take back our streets so we can live without fear. Let us unite ASAP..... Mr. Tunney, it's time for you to step down...you are worthless as a leader, you have failed all your taxpayers, and care only about yourself and your business.....sound familiar????

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    1. Why bring Trump into this discussion after only 3 days of his term? He will be much tougher on crime than Obama was and may give the police back some tools/respect they need to do their job. You can blame Tunney all you want but I also blame Obama’s Justice Department for this mess.

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    2. Completely agree. No need to bring Trump into a conversation about Chicago crime. He hasn't been President for more than a few days and has probably only been to Chicago 6-10 times. It's not his fault.

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    3. I would love for Trump's administration to turn its eye to Chicago!

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  6. Ima laugh my ass off if it turns out to be a COH "client."

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  7. I've berated Tunney consistently, for years, on these pages. For good reason.
    But I'll step up here.
    Unless Tommy or one of his staffers demanded evidence techs (or other 'special attention'), this isn't his fault. Some shmoe of an evidence sergeant was just doing the Chicago shuffle, trying to preserve his / her job. Just doing it the way it's always been done. Clouted get first class. Citizens get leftovers, if they're lucky.
    Hate the game, first, foremost, always.

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  8. Tom Tunney better get service or he will be up the butt of the CPD. He's made similar threats in the past.

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  9. That's his own damn fault for leaving the tip jar exposed. Let's play blame the victim. He should have been aware of his surroundings and "deserved it anyway". And besides, Ann Sather is only one restaurant.....on Broadway anyway.

    That shattered door is just your perception. Those glass shards are "art". It's ruin porn and meant to be like that for the street photographers.

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    1. Haha. Nicely done. Betcha he was looking at his cell phone when he learned about the burglary. Typical.

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    2. When his business insurance triples, that's when this will all get some attention. Yeah, he probably paid for this out of pocket, maybe the next one too. But the third he'll file a claim and even though the first two were off the "books", the insurance company knows about them anyway.

      I'm sure places like Sidetrack were advised to install and roll those steel doors down at night to keep their insurance premiums within an affordable range.

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  10. Evidence Technician! The Chicago Police Department's version of a unicorn. E.T.s are few and far for processing scenes and it's a wonder defense attorneys haven't picked up on the flawed chain of custody.

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  11. Is someone going to do the right thing and start a GoFundMe for Tunney? C'mon Chicago, we got this!

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  12. There are a lot of guys working cleaning the streets (Cook County cons?) who don't live in the neighborhood and look like they live across town. They wear yellow jackets. Not pointing to them, but just an example of how people from across town get to this side of town and they have eyes that see the businesses and know their way around.
    I walk up and down Broadway almost everyday and honestly, some of these businesses have 0 security. Windows and doors transparent to see everything inside. They need to shielf their views. And install surveillance cameras. Nowhere did I see that Tunney had cams in his restaurant; that's foolish.

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  13. A few things:
    1) Tunney is a first rate jerk.
    2) Having said that, I'd really like to know that if he or his "people" asked for VIP treatment, or CPD did one of two things: a) some suckup from 019 took it upon themselves to go above and beyond to earn a favor from the Alderdouche or b) some officer from 019, knowing Tunney's reputation for being a jerk, decided to say "let's just send a ET there anyway even though it'll be useless because Tunney will try to screw us in the future".

    But then again, he's "just one guy". What crime problem?

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