Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Police Tactical Team Retrieves Alderman's Stolen Phone

Sometimes it’s nice to know that the people who dish out crime prevention tips (Close and lock all of your windows even when you are inside your house!) are just ordinary folks like the rest of us.

Smith (without her phone) |
Take Lincoln Park Alderman Michele Smith.

On Friday, Smith’s weekly email newsletter offered tips such as “we must stay alert to our surroundings” and “remember not to tune out” when you’re in public.

Yesterday, Smith’s phone was stolen while she was at DePaul University. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Around 12:30 p.m., the alderman summoned police to her Halsted Street offices.

Friendly officers tracked her phone, and a tactical unit was dispatched to nearby Jonquil Park.

There, officers recovered the clout-heavy device from some “yoots” on the playground and hand-delivered it to Smith.

No charges filed. No police report made (which will help keep crime stats down, right alderman)?

Smith's office did not respond to our inquiry.

Jerks And Recreation

Locals know the risks that come with parking your car on Recreation Drive, the road used to access Belmont Harbor and Lincoln Park north of Addison. Plenty of break-ins there.

So, you have to feel for the off-duty police officer who parked his car on Rec Drive on the afternoon of June 8.  When he returned around 5 p.m., someone had broken into his SUV and stolen a Swiss Army backpack.

Unfortunately, the backpack contained the cop’s gun and police identification, making the matter more serious than most.
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  1. So are one of her email "tips" to not file a police report when a crime occurs??? Wouldn't it be her duty as a citizen AND alderman to file a report?

    Furthermore, how do regular citizens get such quick response time for a tact team - for her cellphone? Oh wait we don't. We're not Emmanuel, ass kissing aldermen and DONT get those special privileges and we don't have the luxury of having the commander on speed dial. This is Chicago, almost forgot.

  2. Special treatment for an oh-so-special person. Reminds me of the time Tunneys got a whole force of cops out to his place simply because someone was playing music too loud on a boat in Belmont Harbor.

    They're all spineless and worthless. STILL, as of June 21, waiting a bulletin or newsletter or anything from Tunneys office outlining security planned for this Sunday's pride parade (and the annual shit-storm that follows the parade deep into the night.) God help us all.

    1. The police outlined the security plan - it's all over the internet. Fines of up to $1000 for drinking in public (or most likely emptying it in the garbage). This event should be downtown but since it is still here they have plenty of police. I agree that the extra patrols should stay on later into the evening but I think this is why it is on Sunday - to keep the late night partying down. Also why is it "spineless" and "worthless" to want a loud boat in Belmont harbor to keep it down? You seem to somehow want this parade to be kept down but not anyone else? Why is that?

  3. "No charges filed. No police report made."

    What's the point of even commenting on this? But I will. That's right, Smith, just roll over and let them "play", because they're "just kids", right? Those kids will likely grow up and dabble in bigger and better things, like armed robbery, assault, etc. You do them a serious injustice by not even attempting to help them make the connection between action and consequence. You are part of the problem! JFC, we are all screwed, as is this city! And don't even get me started on what my folks would have done if they found out I'd stolen something. I suppose you could, Alderman Smith, pay their parent(s) a visit to encourage THEM to mete out some punishment. Oh, wait, HAHAHAHA.

  4. When anyone else calls 911, they wait an hour, except for Princess Bitch.

  5. No wonder she looks so happy - she doesn't even have to be "aware of her surroundings" - she has others do that for her.

  6. Michelle Do Nothing Smith???
    And here I though that the 'Do Nothing' part meant 'Do Nothing about crime' for the rest of us.
    I guess I was wrong. It means Do Nothing At All about crime. Don't even file charges.