BALONEY: Tunney Claim of "6 to 7" Robberies Last Weekend Is WAY Off According to CPD

It’s been a week since the night that CWB reported 7 robberies, 4 at gunpoint swept through Wrigleyville and Boystown early on Sunday, July 14.

If the Windy City Times‘ reporting is to be trusted, Alderman Tunney’s office seemed to toss some doubt on our report:

According to Erin Duffy, director of community outreach for [Alderman Tom] Tunney’s office, the neighborhood saw 6-7 robberies July 12-14.

And the Windy City Times says that figure of “6-7 robberies” was for Lakeview, not just Wrigleyville and Boystown.

Were we drunk? WTF, CWB? There were only 6-7 robberies across Lakeview over three days?

No. Not even close.

The Chicago Police Department classified 13 crimes as robberies across Lakeview during the alderman’s timeframe.

Perhaps Tom meant to say that there were six PLUS seven robberies?

The officially declared robberies were:

Friday, 12 Jul 2013 3:20AM at 900 W ADDISON ST
Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 3:00AM at 3500 N CLARK ST
Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 3:48AM at 3600 N CLARK ST
Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 1:00AM at 1600 W CORNELIA AVE
Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 1:25AM at 3000 N SOUTHPORT AVE
Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 1:45AM at 1100 W BARRY AVE
Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 2:04AM at 500 W ROSCOE ST
Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 2:30AM at 1600 W CORNELIA AVE
Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 3:30AM at 3600 N RACINE AVE
Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 4:00AM at 1100 W SCHOOL ST
Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 5:15AM at 3300 N HALSTED ST
Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 5:20AM at 3400 N JANSSEN AVE
Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 5:26AM at 3200 N RACINE AVE

We compared our reports from the morning of July 14 to the Chicago Police Department’s report data. Of the seven crimes that we reported as robberies, the CPD logged 5 as robberies. Two were logged as lesser crimes, thefts. 
The alderman’s office announced last Tuesday that “The Police have six individuals in custody from this past weekend and two they believe are connected to other robberies as well.”
CWB also stands by our report that no one was contemporaneously arrested in connection with the 7 incidents that we reported on July 14.  
If the alderman can’t count robberies, why should we expect him to be able to count people in custody?

Normally, the police would be thrilled to share booking photos, court dates, and crime info of their success stories. As for Tom’s “six in custody plus two more” we’ve heard nothing but crickets.

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