Friday, May 05, 2017

Six Wireless Stores Smash 'n' Grabbed Overnight

Burglars smashed the front glass of at least six MetroPCS stores on the North Side early Friday and made off with an undetermined number of wireless devices and accessories.

The hour-long spree hit stores in Lakeview, Uptown, and West Ridge, police said. Stores not affiliated with MetroPCS were apparently spared, according to early reports.

A witness saw the offenders kicking in the front door and then looting the MetroPCS location at 2811 North Broadway around 4:55 a.m. They described seeing three black males “ransacking” the shop before fleeing northbound in a light colored vehicle.

The five other known burglaries occurred at:
• 6248 North Western around 4:30 a.m.
• 1964 West Peterson around 4:25 a.m.
• 3961 North Ashland at 4:38 a.m.
• 4425 North Broadway sometime before 5:07 a.m.
• 4879 North Broadway sometime before 5:50 a.m.
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12 comments:

  1. Legislation is needed to force all cell providers to keep a database of stolen phones and check it before activating phones.

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    1. Tell that to the 7,000 liquor store owners in the city that have cardboard signs in their windows that read "We unlocka da fone - $25 (and otha thingz and stuffz too)".

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    2. A stolen phones that has been reported stolen will not work on the provider network, regardless of whether it is locked or not. If the phone is reported stolen, the serial number is blocked and the cellular network will not provide service. Unlocking has nothing to do with that.

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    3. There are ways around it, like everything else. And do you really think your police department has the manpower to take all those reports and submit/share them with the cell service providers? In a timely matter? You're dreaming.

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  2. Maybe they were confused and thought it was a PCP store. I am sure they all had a CPS education. I am scared - this is our future generation.

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    1. I believe you meant to put the word education in quotation marks.

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  3. Odd that I still saw a beat car at 7am (1925) in front of the one on Broadway near Diversey. Is it typical for cop cars to stick around that long?

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    1. Yes, if the building is not secure and the owners have yet to arrange for their property to be locked up.

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  4. Keep not having police patrol and not having them pull over cars and or people hanging around in Lake View and this is what you get.

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  5. Please if you are out late at night fir any reason at all and you see stuff that just doesn't look right just call 911. Please!! It helps believe it or not Many cars drove past or sat at red lights as a couple of these smash n grabs were going on

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    1. Could be the witness didn't have a cell phone on him? Maybe he was walking his dog?

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    2. Most people in Chicago are texting or reading on their cell phone when walking their dogs. It's the saddest thing I've ever seen. Probably cooped up in a cage for 10 hours and they can't even interact with it for 10 minutes either.

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