Crew steals textbooks, bikes
04/11/2012 10:00 PM
Two men lost a pair of textbooks and then their two rental bicycles in a concerted theft by three men while riding along the Riverwalk at 30 E. Lower Wacker Drive 2:15 p.m. Monday, April 9.
The men, a 19-year-old Chicago resident and an 18-year-old student at Harold Washington College, said they had just rented two bicycles from the McDonald’s Cycle Center at 239 E. Randolph St., and were riding on the Riverwalk when the first offender took a book bag from the 19-year-old and took out two books and fled west, dropping the book bag.
The two men then chased the first offender, when two more men came and took their two bikes. The victims toured the area with police looking for the stolen bikes and were told to keep an eye out for the offenders at Harold Washington College. The bikes were valued at $1200, the textbooks at $300.
Computer equipment stolen, sold on eBay
About $5,000 in computer equipment was stolen earlier this year from ABN Ambro Clearing Co., at 175 W. Jackson Blvd.
Company officials told police that beginning in February they began to discover that they were missing computer equipment. On April 3 they discovered ripped packaging secreted in the bottom and rear of storage drawers.
Employees then began a search of eBay and Craigslist accounts and found the missing equipment on an eBay account registered to an Orland Park man who had been hired as a IT consultant by the company and worked alone at night.
The employees later matched the serial numbers of the missing equipment to the equipment advertised on eBay and on April 1, the eBay account was changed to a different name. Police have not yet charged the consultant with the theft of the missing computer equipment.
Perceived bomb threat at Art Institute
The School of the Art Institute reported discovering a bomb threat to the school on a Facebook page. Police said a 22-year-old Chicago woman had posted the threat on Tuesday, April 3, which stated in Korean “I will bomb this school some day,” and an unknown second person had posed the statement in Korean “I will help you succeed.’’ An assistant director of student affairs translated the Facebook page into English. Police said the school declined to press charges.
Date rape at downtown hotel
A 44-year-old Kentucky woman claimed she was date raped Sunday April 1 at Hotel 71, 71 E. Wacker Drive. The woman told police she had a few drinks in the hotel with Scott Lewis, 43, of the 1500 block of Florence Street in Evanston, at 1 a.m. April 1 and returned with him to her hotel room.
She told police that she later woke up feeling she had been assaulted and drugged. She returned to her home in Louisville, Kentucky, and went to a local center for women and families and was treated by a nurse and evidence was collected using a rape kit. Lewis was later charged with criminal sexual assault.
CHA residents brawl with gang members
Police reported a fight at 2 p.m. March 25 between residents of a building at 2701 S. Indiana Ave. and what they called members of a local gang.
The victim told police that he, his brother and father had been involved in disputes with the Gangster Disciples, and had called police reporting two assaults and one battery in the past.
The fight lasted for five minutes before security guards broke it up. The guards told police that 11 suspected offenders have been banned from property at that location and that they had also advised the victims to obtain an order of protection.
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
This story has been changed from a version that previously appeared in print and online to correct the fact that 2701 S. Indiana Ave. is not owned or managed by the Chicago Housing Authority.