RECAP: Two Snatchings Saturday Evening; Other Items

Two thefts were reported in the neighborhood Saturday evening, but few details are available.

At 6:10PM, a witness reports seeing a man’s wallet get snatched at 820 W. Belmont as the victim takes out a credit card. It is unclear if police make contact with the victim. UPDATE November 23, 2013: This incident has been classified as a strong arm robbery in CPD case #HW536313.

About 45 minutes later, callers report a group of offenders snatching a woman’s phone at Broadway and Briar. The group, described only as 6 to 8 black males, is last seen running westbound. The incident is recorded as a theft of under $500 in CPD case HW536290.

A Drinker’s Increasingly Poor Decisions
Driving drunk was this idiot’s first bad decision. She then managed to lose control of her car and crash into parked cars on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s block while a member of his security detail looked on at 11:58 Friday night.
Then, she decided to start arguing with the officer who saw what happened.

At least 7 police units responded to the incident in the 4200 block of N. Hermitage. CPD case HW535319.

…Lastly and Sadly…
Detectives are looking into the possibility that someone may have helped an ailing elderly man end his own life in the 500 block of Melrose this weekend. The man, who was found by a caretaker just after 10AM Saturday, was poisoned. Investigators are considering the possibility that someone may have assisted the octogenarian with procurement of materials or instructions.

The Chicago Fire Department’s hazardous materials unit assisted at the scene.

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