Burglars nab $16,000
05/13/2009 10:00 PM
The owner of a business located at 136 S. Franklin said that when he arrived at work May 10 at 4:40 p.m. he discovered that someone had broken in to his basement, pried the office door open and stole $16,000 in small bills and coins. Police discovered that a side door was unlocked. The owner said only he and a female employee that has worked for him for 35 years have access to the money. He believed that an ex-employee that is in jail might have a connection with the incident. The business had no surveillance cameras nor a burglar alarm. Police are investigating.
Two men — one described as wearing his hair braided, the other with denim jacket —entered a store on 28 S. Michigan May 10 at 10:40 a.m. and grabbed forty assorted Chicago Cub’s T-shirts and jerseys valued at $800 from a shelf in front. They then ran out of the store without paying and south down Michigan. Police could not locate the offenders
A clerk at a dry cleaner at 2235 S. Michigan told police that on May 8 at 11 a.m. she greeted a man in his late 40s or early 50s who had walked in to her store. The man put a shirt on the counter and then pulled out a long black knife from under the shirt and pointed at her. The man then said, “Just give me all the money from the cash register so I won’t hurt anyone.” The woman ran toward the back and the offender went behind the counter and opened the register. After the man left, the woman examined the register and couldn’t tell how much money had been taken. Police toured the area, but could not locate the offender.
A Chicago Public Schools employee who works in the CPS headquarters at 125 S. Clark arrived at work May 7 at 9:30 a.m. and discovered that an unknown person had entered the office on the 14th floor and removed two Dell computers, a hard drive, $92 bucks and a ring. The doors of the office had not been tampered with. Desk drawers had been pried open.
A man parked his bike near 819 S. State May 10 at 8 p.m. He turned around to get his lock out and talked to a few friends passing by. When he turned to lock his bike, he realized somebody had snatched it.
Four offenders approached a man near 1525 S. Loomis May 10 at 6:15 p.m. and struck him in the forehead with a piece of concrete, causing a laceration, and took his cell phone. Police in the area received a radio dispatch and found four men nearby matching the description of the offenders. Officers approached them for a field interview and took them into custody, transporting them to the location of the incident, where they were positively identified by the victim. The offenders were charged with aggravated assault.
On May 10 at 6:34 p.m. police received a report of shots fired at 1927 S. May. Officers observed a vehicle near 1800 S. Throop matching the description of a vehicle that left the scene where the shots were fired. Police curbed the vehicle and had the driver exit it for a field interview. The driver told police he just picked up his cousin, but said he didn’t know he had a gun. After further questioning, the driver admitted that he and his cousin were gang members, and that they drove by a group of people near 19th Street, exited the vehicle and fired shots. They then got in the vehicle and went north through an alley. They stopped near 16th Street and hid the gun in a garage. Police recovered the weapon from the specified location. The men were arrested and transported to the 12th District police station for processing.
A man was walking from his vehicle to his home near 1432 S. Blue Island May 7 at 8:55 p.m. when he was knocked down and kicked in the face by unknown persons. The offenders then took the victim’s Motorola Q cell phone and fled in an unknown direction. Witnesses began yelling at the offenders as they fled. The victim did not see the witnesses, but believes they may have been neighbors. Police toured the area, but could not locate the offenders.
This summary contains information taken from the arrest records from the 1st and 12th districts of the Chicago Police Department. Anyone named has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.
—Compiled by Michael Nagrant