There were a number of indications overnight that people are taking the time to report unusual behavior on our neighborhood’s streets. That’s good. There was also an indication that some people are very, very, very, very, very, very, very, slow learners.
2:48AM Friday – A Wrigleyville resident calls 911 with the description of a suspicious man who ran up to him at Eddy and Seminary, but then turned and ran off in another direction. The caller felt that the man may have been considering a robbery.
3:04AM Friday – A convenience store clerk flags down police to point out a woman’s purse that has been dumped near Clark and Barry. Officers inventoried the purse, which may have been stolen.
3:34AM Friday – A man passes along some info to police: two strangers asked to borrow a cigarette in the parking lot of a convenience store near Broadway and Waveland. The man quickly drove off when the strangers subsequently attempted to get into his car.
Now, for the slow learner:
2:57AM Friday — A man walks up to an “entertainment detail” officer at Halsted and Roscoe to report that a stranger asked to borrow his phone and subsequently stole it.
Officers stopped a few suspects at Belmont and Sheffield, but no arrests were made.
The victim was given a ride to his nearby Lake View home so he could do no further harm to himself, others, or innocent electronics…at least for a while.