Real bust for fake drugs
08/31/2011 10:00 PM
Police arrested a man in the 400 block of South Clinton Street around noon on Aug. 24 for reportedly attempting to sell what turned out to be “fake cannabis.”
Officers were working on a “quality-of-life” mission, according to the police report, near the Greyhound station when they observed the offender approach someone and engage in a brief conversation. The offender then reportedly took a green leafy substance out of his bag and showed it to the other person. When police detained both of them, the other person told police, “He was trying to sell me some weed.”
When police asked the offender if he had drugs, he reportedly said, “I have some bogus weed in my bag.”
Police then looked into the offender’s bag and discovered a yellow plastic bag, containing a green leafy substance that looked like cannabis. Further investigation, though, revealed that the green substance wasn’t cannabis.
Battery, theft at State Street store
Two female teenagers were apprehended and charged with aggravated battery and theft after reportedly taking $500 worth of merchandise without paying for it at Urban Outfitters, 20 S. State St., on the afternoon of Aug. 26. Police said that a third suspect, who was not apprehended at the scene, was identified. Two other offenders remain unidentified.
Store sales associates told police that the offenders entered into Urban Outfitters, concealed several items into a large plastic bag and then walked past the last point of purchase without paying. A salesperson then approached the offenders, who became irate. One offender allegedly sprayed a can of mace at two salespeople. The mace also damaged $300 worth of clothes in the process.
After police arrived on the scene, they were able to locate two of the offenders just a block north in the 100 block of North State Street.
Man robbed of rent money
A man was robbed of two $750 money orders as he was walking in the 1000 block of South Wabash Avenue during the early afternoon hours of Aug. 29. According to police, one offender grabbed the victim by the shirt and shoved a black semiautomatic handgun into the right side of his chest, while second unknown offender walked up behind him and took his bag.
Both offenders then fled northbound through a walkway that leads to an outdoor parking lot. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the offenders. The book bag had the two money orders, which the victim said were to pay his rent.
Gun at Willis Tower
A man brought a handgun to Willis Tower, at 233 W. Wacker Dr., on Aug. 26 at around 6 p.m. The offender reportedly attempted to enter the Sky Deck with a book bag containing a Taurus .22-cal. semiautomatic handgun in a box along with a magazine of nine live rounds. The suspect was quickly apprehended and placed into police custody.
An unknown male called the W Hotel, at 172 W. Adams St., on Aug. 29, at around 6 p.m., and told the hotel’s operator, “I dropped a bomb.” Before making the threat, the man had inquired if he was calling a hotel. A search of the building failed to turn up a bomb.
In a separate incident, a bomb threat was called in to the Safer Foundation, an organization that works with the formerly incarcerated, at 571 W. Jackson Blvd., on the afternoon of Aug. 23.
Theft from river barge
A man was caught allegedly stealing a boat cable for underwater welding valued at $2,500 at 222 S. Riverside Plaza on the afternoon of Aug. 28. The cable belongs to the Dave’s Welding Service, headquartered in Darien.
The witnesses — a crew member of a water taxi — observed the offender allegedly pulling a black cable from the motorized barge, which was moored at that location. The offender reportedly placed the cable in a black trash bag and fled. Responding units located the offender near the incident’s location. The property was recovered on the dock area and returned to the owner.
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 Matthew Blake