Downtown bank robbed
03/07/2012 10:00 PM
A man wearing a safety vest, a mask and yellow gloves or mittens robbed Chicago Community Bank on Thursday, March 1 without showing a weapon.
Police said a man came into the bank at 52 E. Lake St. at around 10:30 a.m. March 1, and approached a teller, saying “Give me everything you have and don’t press any safety buttons.” Police said the teller, a 21-year-old Bolingbrook woman, thought the man had a weapon in his coat pocket and gave him $3,670, police said, before he fled east on Lake Street.
Police said a surveillance tape showed the man carrying an orange bucket and carrying a cup of coffee from McDonalds before entering the bank. The orange bucket and coffee cup were recovered from outside the bank after the robbery.
A business located in the 100 block of South Michigan Avenue reported a bomb threat at around 11 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Police said an employee of the firm, a 36-year-old Chicago woman, reported she received a phone call from a Spanish-speaking man who said a bomb was going to explode at the business and then hung up.
Man nabbed with nearly 30 bags of pot
An employee of a downtown building was allegedly caught selling marijuana Friday, March 2 after police said they witnessed an exchange of drugs and cash in alley outside a building in the 200 block of West Jackson Street.
Police said they observed Adrian Cortez, 27, of the 6400 block of West 33rd Street in Berwyn, engaged in conversation with a man and a woman. They said they then noticed Cortez allegedly taking cash from them and then handing each of them a zip-locked plastic bag containing what appeared to be marijuana. Cortez then reentered the building and the woman and man started walking from the alley onto Jackson where they were approached by police officers.
Police said the man dropped a bag of marijuana on the ground as police approached. The woman then admitted to police that she had purchased marijuana from Cortez. The officers then went into the building and found Cortez, along with 27 ziplock plastic bags of marijuana, two sandwich bags containing marijuana and $460. Cortez was then charged with possession of cannabis.
Guest trashes Roosevelt dorm room
Police charged a Roosevelt University student and a Maywood woman with burglary and unlawful entry after they stole items from another woman’s room at the university dormitory and “trashed” the room.
Police said a 21-year-old woman, who lived in the Roosevelt University dormitories at 450 S. Michigan Ave., let the 20-year-old woman into the building and into the room she shared with the victim, a 19-year-old Roosevelt student. Police said the 20-year-old was identified as the victim’s girlfriend.
The 20-year-old then called the victim and told her that she had “trashed” her room and when the victim arrived back at her room, she found it had been ransacked and her property had been both destroyed and stolen.
Police said university security removed the 20-year-old from the dormitory and moved the victim to another room. Police said the victim reported damage to $800 worth of clothes, a $600 computer and two mirrors while jewelry worth $1,350 was reported missing as well as $250 in cash.
Man arrested for fleeing police
Police charged an 18-year-old Chicago man with reckless conduct and violation of the public peace after he led them on a foot chase downtown Saturday, March 3.
Police said they charged the man after he was observed in a downtown alley exchanging something with another man. When police approached, they said he fled south down the alley, refusing an order to stop, and then ran west on 9th Street and crossed the street in the 800 block of South State, causing traffic to swerve and stop before he was captured in the 800 block of South Plymouth Court.
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 Mike Ulreich