Ticket scalpers nabbed

11/28/2012 10:00 PM

Mike Ulreich

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The sale of counterfeit tickets to the Chicago Bears game led to the arrest of three people on North Michigan Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Police said a 24-year-old Chicago woman had agreed to purchase four Bears tickets for $800 through an advertisement on Craigslist and later discovered they were counterfeit. She then contacted the same seller using a different telephone number and email contact and arranged to buy more tickets at a meeting set for outside the Starbucks store at 204 N. Michigan Ave. at around 9 p.m. Nov. 24.

Three men showed up to deliver the tickets and Chicago Police department officers were waiting. One of the men, later identified as Deangelo J. Metcalf, 23, of the 11400 block of S. Harvard Avenue, dropped the tickets and fled and was captured after a short foot chase.

Police then allegedly found marijuana on the other two men, Terrance S. Early, 23, and Leonard E. Brady, 21, both of the 3100 block of West Fulton Street. Police said Brady was caught with a bag of marijuana and Early was found to have 13 canisters of marijuana in his possession. All three men were charged with deceptive practice and additional charges had not been filed as of Monday, Nov. 26.

Police also reported that a 27-year-old woman from Holden Point, Florida, purchased four Bears tickets for $800 at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 that later proved to be counterfeit.

Georgia man attacked at bus station


A 49-year-old man from Savannah, Ga., was removing his luggage from a Greyhound bus at the bus station at 630 W. Harrison St. at 6 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, when one man asked him for a cigarette while another grabbed him from behind in a choke hold.

The first offender then pulled up his waistband to display a gun and told him that if he didn’t want to get hurt he should give him his money. The victim then gave the two men his wallet, they pushed him to the ground and fled northbound on Des Plaines Avenue pursued by the victim.

One of the men then stopped and threw the victim’s wallet at him, minus $130 the wallet contained. Police said a security photo of a previous arrest identified one of the men as 50-year-old Tyrone Johnson, who police described as a “hustler” who frequented the station.

Three men attack four cab drivers


Three men ran into a hostile reception when they tried to rob four cabdrivers who were standing outside their cabs talking in the 200 block of West Adams Street Saturday, Nov. 24. The three men demanded the drivers’ money but when the drivers refused, police said they all began to fight. A 47-year-old cab driver from Shorewood eventually lost $300 before the three men fled with one leaving behind his jacket.

Two women robbed on Prairie Avenue


Two women were robbed in the 2800 block of South Prairie Avenue Friday, Nov. 23 as they returned to their car at 2:10 p.m.

Police said the two women, a 25-year-old Chicago resident and a 22-year-old woman from Houghton, Mich., were approached from behind by two men as they were entering their vehicle. A man wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt then produced a gun from his waist and told them not to move and to “give me all you got.” The men took an $800 cell phone, a $200 GPS unit, a $200 cell phone, credit cards and $55 before fleeing southbound.

Man robbed in McDonald’s washroom


A 19-year-old Chicago man had his iPhone stolen while he was charging its battery Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the washroom of a McDonald’s restaurant at 201 N. Clark St.

The man told police he had his iPhone in his hand while he was charging it next to the sink at the McDonald’s at 3:45 p.m. Nov. 20 when a man approached and told him to get in the washroom stall. He refused, police said, and the two men grappled over the phone. When it fell to the floor, the man grabbed and fled.

This summary contains information taken from the arrest records from the 1st District of the Chicago Police Department. Anyone named has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.

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