JEAN JACKET JERK: Robbery Victims Give Similar Offender Descriptions; Victim Gives Phone Snatcher A Pass

The robbery locations seen on Google Earth.

Two victims of early-morning robberies have given similar descriptions of the offender (or offenders). Both incidents occurred near Belmont and Halsted during overnight hours.

At 2:15 Tuesday morning, a man called 911 to report that an offender had “maced” him and tried to take his phone and wallet near Belmont and Halsted. The caller said he was able to escape to the Belmont CTA station and he did not want police service.

He described the offender as male, black, about 21-years-old, 5’7″ tall, with black-framed eyeglasses, and holding a North Face jacket. He said the would-be robber was wearing a hat, a blue jean jacket, a white t-shirt, and blue jeans. Police had no luck in their search for the suspect.

At 3:40 this morning, a Walgreen’s clerk was robbed at 3046 N. Halsted, one block from last night’s incident, by a man she described as black, 5’7″ tall, wearing a dark blue jean jacket, blue jeans, and a hat. The offender, estimated to be 30- to 40-years-old, was last seen fleeing westbound on Barry. CPD case number HX486319.

Phone Snatcher Nabbed, Victim Won’t Sign Complaint

Police responded to the area of Pine Grove and Irving Park Road at 9:20 last night after witnesses reported seeing a woman chasing the man who snatched her phone. Police caught up with the man and took him into custody at 655 W Grace moments later.

After getting her phone back, the 26-year-old victim—who lives in our neighborhood—refused to sign a complaint against the suspect.

However,  a police officer was injured while detaining the suspect—identified in court records as 25-year-old Milton Colbert of Oak Park. Colbert is charged with reckless conduct and three counts of resisting police officers.

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