|A warning sign posted on streets around
Hoxton, in London’s East End.
A recently-passed city ordinance that requires businesses that unlock cell phones to provide the phone and customers’ information to police has not put a damper on the local phone theft industry.
Only one of three recent incidents resulted in a police report being filed, so the other two will not be counted in the city’s crime statistics. Yessir, crime is definitely down.
Thursday, 12:30AM – CTA police say a CTA customer has reported a cell phone theft at the Belmont Red Line station. The victim is gone when officers arrive. No report.
Thursday, 8:04PM – Private security has pinned a man who stole another man’s phone on the street in the 600 block of Patterson. One arrest for theft. CPD case HX281734
Wednesday, 2:58PM – A woman reports that her iPhone was stolen off the counter at Caribou Coffee, 3300 N Broadway. The thief—described as male, black, 18 to 22 years old, with highlights in his hair—was last seen running toward Halsted on Aldine with “a large group of kids.” No report.