Boozy restaurant heist

09/19/2012 10:00 PM

Mike Ulreich

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A supervisor arriving at the Park Grill Plaza at Millenium Park restaurant at 5:18 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17 observed four men running out of the restaurant at 11 N. Michigan Ave., taking 75 bottles of alcohol and a sandwich.

Police said the supervisor was exiting the main building of the restaurant when he heard a loud noise coming from the bar area and then saw two offenders running across the street and two more exiting a side door behind the bar. Two of the offenders were carrying black backpacks, one a small red suitcase and a fourth a large yellow plastic bag, which he dropped when the supervisor gave chase.

The bag was later found to contain five bottles of alcohol and a small container holding a sandwich. Police said the robbers gained entry through an unsecured door where they entered the bar and took bottles of vodka, whiskey, scotch and rum worth $2,605.

Dog foils gunman


A dog named “Fuddy” foiled an attempted robbery attempt of a 69-year-old security guard at McCormick Place who was sitting in his parked car at 2198 S. Calumet Ave. at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 when a man appeared at his car window and pointed a gun at him.

Police said the suspect told the guard to “take his hands off the button” and something else the guard, a retired Chicago police officer from Mount Prospect, didn’t understand when his dog Fuddy, sitting in the backseat, started growling, startling the gunman and a companion.

One of the men fled southbound on King Drive, the other westbound on Cermak Road, but not before the man fired two shots from the gun, police said.

Fight smashes Macy’s glass


A man handing out leaflets in front of Macy’s department store found himself at Northwestern Hospital with deep cuts to his right forearm and a cut artery and tendon after he and another man smashed through a plate glass window at the store at 12 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

Police said the victim, a 25-year-old Chicago man, was handing out flyers for L.A. Fitness Sept. 16 when a 30-year-old man approached him and started yelling profanities, and then pushed the victim in the chest with his hands.

A struggle ensued, police said, in which both men smashed through a plate glass window at Macy’s.

Witnesses pointed out the 30-year-old to police as he tried to flee the scene. He was treated on the scene by paramedics for cuts on his faces and arms but refused to go to the hospital, police said. The victim was reported in serious but stable condition Sept. 16 at Northwestern Hospital. The 30-year-old was charged with aggravated battery.

Downtown Arby’s sliced


The Arby’s restaurant at 5 N. Wabash Avenue was robbed at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 12 by a man who said he had a gun in his pocket.

The cashier told police that the man approached her and told her he had a gun in his pocket and for her to give him “all the money,” while placing a hand under his shirt. The cashier told police she said “Oh, God” several times before the alleged gunman told her to “shut up before I kill you.”

He then told her to open the cash register, give him the money and then run to the bathroom and count to 400. She then grabbed the keys, ran to the bathroom and locked the door. Police said $455 was taken.

Shotgun at Greyhound station


Police arrested a 35-year-old Chicago man and charged him with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition after he was caught with a shotgun and live ammunition at the Greyhound bus station at 630 W. Harrison Street.

Police said they were investigating a suspicious package in the bathroom of the station at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 when they discovered a disassembled shotgun in the bag along with 80 rounds of shotgun ammunition and 30 9mm rounds.

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

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