Saturday, April 29, 2017

12 Hours On Friday: 7 Carjackings Stretch From Wrigleyville To Mag Mile To West Town

Police warn of seven carjackings stretching from the North to Near West Sides of the city on Friday
UPDATE APRIL 30, 9:26PM—The Chicago Police Department this afternoon released a revised version of its community alert.

The new alert states that the spree involved one carjacking and six thefts of vehicles that were left running.  We have updated our original story minimally to reflect the new information.
An afternoon auto theft attempt was foiled in Wrigleyville yesterday—one of seven similar attempts within 12 hours, according to a Chicago police alert. The crime wave swept from Lakeview to the Magnificent Mile to West Town.

In the Wrigleyville case, a group of four teenagers tried to steal a man’s car in the 3500 block of North Clark Street around 2:45 p.m.

Witnesses reported seeing the car owner’s wrestling with some of the offenders about a half-block south of Wrigley Field, according to a source.

The teens eventually gave up and jumped into a gray Hyundai Sonata that crashed into a couple of cars before continuing down Eddy Street in the wrong direction.

Six other cases included in the police warning also involved offenders who either took cars at gunpoint or stole vehicles while owners left the cars running:
• The 800 block of North Michigan at 9:45 a.m.
• The 1700 block of West Wabansia at 10:20 a.m.
• The 700 block of West Hubbard at 11:19 a.m.
• The 1900 block of North Lincoln at 6:45 p.m.
• The 700 block of North Armour at 7:05 p.m.
• The 1300 block of North Bosworth at 9:05 p.m. (Carjacking at gunpoint)
Police described the suspects as black males who were last seen wearing all dark clothing or a  black and gray hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Area North detectives at 312.744.8263

Restaurant Whoa!

CWBChicago has learned of another carjacking pattern in which offenders are stealing pricey cars while victims make valet parking arrangements at eateries in Fulton Mark and on Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row.

Chicago police have not yet warned about this pattern, but two sources have confirmed that young offenders are jumping into idling cars and racing away while the vehicles’ owners are exchanging information with valet parking attendants.

At least one driver has been physically bowled over by offenders who were hell-bent on stealing his ride.

The latest known incident occurred on Wednesday evening, according to our sources.

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  1. I believe I crossed paths with these turds. A grey car was going the wrong way east on Cornelia at Seminary. I gave them a "WTF" look as I drove by them. I didnt think much of it as the car had an Uber sticker in the window and the driver looked to be playing around with the GPS on the phone. The driver was black wearing a hat and there were two other black guys in the back. They look a left on Seminary heading towards Eddy and that's probably right around the time of the incident.

    1. Terrifying, glad to hear no one was hurt.

      Months ago I witnessed a robbery of a nearby liquor store. What struck me about the kids (and they were kids) was the pure joy this type of chaos seemed to bring them. It wasn't that often taught theory of "poor need to take to survive" or that these kids were in any way attempting to be stealth about their crime, this robbery was really a fun sport (cheering, laughing - the more damage and harm, the happier they seemed to get). Truly sick what is going on with the youth in this city.

    2. You should call that information into the police. If that car is used as an Uber at times, and if the owner had the Uber app turned on and you know the time you saw them, perhaps Uber can help identify it.

  2. Geeeee, I just wonder IF we had the proper number of cars patrolling our highly tax-paid for neighborhood streets would they occasionally come across some of those scum- sucking, gun- waving pukes .

    1. Wake up, wealthy Northsiders! The crime experienced every day in other parts of the city--outside the fortresses of Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville--is coming your way. You live where the money is, and those without money will take it from you. Don't worry, though! Your fearless Alderman, Tom Tunney will help you.

  3. The summer crime wave is in full swing. Fox is stand at the jail handing out get out of jail cards. Enjoy folks it is going to be a long hot summer.

  4. The WGN news at 9pm tonight said that 'descriptions were vague.' Sure doesn't seem like it given the details that were listed above. Either they are journalistically incompetent or they are being politically correct. Either is inexcusable. Thanks CWB for being on the public's side.

    1. 3rd option media told what they can and cannot say!

    2. Channel 9 is totally in the bag for Rahm.

  5. Look, first of all the police are not going to chase anyone in a stolen vehicle. Most "chases" are terminated almost instantly. Even if they were to be caught, our sad judicial system in Cook County is not going to prosecute anyway. No consequences no conscious. The shortage of officers, no support from the brass makes this area a simple choice for crime. Saturate where the criminals are & the criminals will go the police are not. How this mayor & superintendent are still employed here is beyond belief. This is really nothing new. Been this way for decades. Only hope is the feds come in & clean house. Keep voting these do nothing politicians in and wonder why things keep going from bad to worse!

  6. Vote with your feet people - you'll have to move to where it's safer. I hate to say it, as LP and Lakeview are lovely neighborhoods but sadly the risks outweighs the benefits.

    1. Where do you recommend we move to then? I hope you're not the guy who replies - Singapore!

  7. Well, now that the well heeled denizens of the West Loop - and the suburban bores who visit there - have been impacted, expect more of a police presence. For a few weeks. There.

    The rest of the city will be on hold, like it always is.

    1. LOL. I predicted this back in 2007 that the CPD will be doing nothing but running around that city stomping out fires.

      Hello from the other side of the pond!