Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Roscoe Village: Theft Crew Trolling Local Bars, But New Camera Network Is A Step Ahead Of Them

Two suspects (standing) distracted customers and the bartender while the man seated bottom right stole a customer's wallet from the bar, a local resident said. | Provided
Three thieves leaving Four Treys | Provided
Roscoe Village’s friendly neighborhood taps have had some unwelcome guests in the past few days, residents say. A theft crew has struck in two different bars, once on Saturday and again on Monday evening. Now we have some pix of the sticky-fingered trio to share with you.

Around 9 o’clock on Monday evening, police were flagged down after three men tried to steal a man’s wallet inside Commonwealth, 2000 West Roscoe, according to a police spokesman.

One member of the crew tried to distract a 26-year-old man and steal his wallet. When the victim noticed that the thief had taken his wallet, he asked the man to return it and the offender complied, police said.

Police said the other two suspects also tried to steal the victim’s wallet, but failed.

A CPD spokesman described the offenders as three black males between 20- and 25-years-old.

Commonwealth Tavern just happens to be the site of the first camera installed as part of the new Roscoe Village Neighborhood Watch Network, according to a resident who is familiar with the program. Images from the network’s cameras allowed police to determine that the Commonwealth suspects are the same three men who stole another man’s wallet in a Village bar last weekend, the resident said.

Around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, the men seen here entered Four Treys at 3333 North Damen and two of them began talking with the bartender about which beers the tavern has on tap. The third man went to the far end of the bar and took a wallet that a customer had left behind while he went outside to smoke.

The theft wasn’t discovered until the customer returned from his smoke break. By then, the three men were gone.

Roscoe Village merchants are hopeful that the neighborhood’s growing security camera system will be credited with its first arrests very soon.

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