Prostitution sting on Wacker Drive

01/18/2012 10:00 PM


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On the evening of Jan. 16, an officer conducting a prostitution sting operation contacted a woman on the website Backpage.com and directed her to meet him at a hotel in the 100 block of East Wacker Drive.

The suspect later made contact with the officer at the location and they proceeded to a hotel room, where they discussed the terms of a paid sex act. The woman, 19, agreed to have sex with the undercover officer twice in exchange for $450.

After displaying the money in cash and again confirming the terms with the suspect, who agreed to the price and produced four sealed condoms, the officer signaled to a back-up officer, who entered the room and arrested the suspect.

Transaction from lost debit card

A man told police that on the evening of Jan. 13, after paying for a meal at Panera Bread in the 300 block of South State Street, he sat down and shortly after realized that his wallet was missing.

The man, who wasn’t sure if he had dropped the wallet, checked his bank statement on his laptop and found that someone had made a $690 purchase with his debit card, which had been in the billfold. The man cancelled his account to avoid further unauthorized charges.

Crack pipe found on panhandler

Police arrested a man who was reportedly carrying drug paraphernalia while panhandling outside of the Ogilvie Transportation Center, 500 W. Madison St, on the evening of Jan. 14.

At around 9:30 p.m., police arrived to find the suspect, a 46-year-old man from Oak Park, attempting to solicit money from passersby and preventing people from entering the facility.

A cab driver further informed the officers that the man had also been approaching taxi cabs and asking for money. The officers then interviewed the man, who reportedly told them that he had smoked crack cocaine before arriving at the station, and was trying to raise money to buy more “rocks.”

Officers arrested the man and, upon a conducting a custodial search, found he was carrying a small glass tube “commonly used for smoking crack cocaine,” according to the police report for the incident. The man was then transported to the 1st District police station for processing.

Recovered Jeep

A Lake Forest woman had a stroke of good luck when she tracked down her stolen vehicle. At around 3 p.m. on Jan. 14, the woman parked her car, a 2012 Jeep Wrangler, in the 300 block of East Cullerton Street.

When she returned the next morning, she found that the vehicle was missing. She and a friend toured the area and eventually found the car parked in an alleyway in the 1800 block of South Prairie Avenue.

The woman told police that nothing was stolen from the vehicle upon recovery.

Pushed into a train car by pickpocket

On the evening of Jan.14, a 32-year-old woman was waiting for a train at the Jackson Blue Line CTA station when a man believed to in his 40s approached her and began pushing her into a train that had just arrived.

A struggle ensued, and the man fled once the woman was one the train. A passenger then informed the victim that the man had taken something from her purse, and she looked to find that her wallet, which contained keys, various ID and credit cards and $253 in cash, was missing.

The woman went home and cancelled her credit cards, but learned that $400 already been taken from her account.

Argument over plastic cups

Police arrested a Little Italy man for threatening a convenience store clerk during a dispute over cups.

The clerk reportedly told police that just after midnight on Jan. 15, the offender entered the 7-Eleven at 29 E. Madison St. and proceeded to buy some beer. The customer also took some plastic cups.

When the employee said the man had to pay for the cups, he reportedly began to shout profanities at the clerk and threatened to beat him up. The clerk then informed the man that he was calling police, at which point the man left the store.

Shortly after, an officer located the man around the corner from the store and placed him into custody.

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

—Compiled by Ian Fullerton

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By Sheila from Lincoln Square
Posted: 01/22/2012 6:34 PM

No DJ, most hookers DON'T have pimps...don't believe everything you read in there papers or hear on TV. Most work independently and choose this work, but the media leads people to believe otherwise. The women on the streets often have pimps, but this was not the case here. I know a lot more escorts than you do and NONE of the one I know have pimps. The pimp thing is a stupid stereotype that cops and feminists want you to believe so you can say "prostitution is bad."



By DJ from South Loop
Posted: 01/19/2012 8:34 PM

Mike, you do realize that hookers have pimps and the pimps take most of their money. The pimps also beat on these women. Furthermore, prostitution also ends up being involved in heavy, hard drug use. Guess Mike from the Gold Coast is mad because he is probably a john.



By mike from gold coast
Posted: 01/19/2012 1:07 PM

This is just sad, I'll bet the police officer is so proud he further ruined a poor young womens life. Its none of their business what 2 consenting adults do. How about using our tax dollars to find real criminals like the rapists, murders, gang bangers and people who are hiding from child support. But no this is too much too for them, they want to pat themselves on the back for arresting struggling young women who are down on their luck.