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COPS: Pickpockets Targeting North Side CTA Customers

A pickpocket spree on CTA trains and near CTA stations in our neighborhood is the topic of a fresh alert from Chicago Police. Detectives say victims traveling alone have been targeted at CTA stations or “in a CTA conveyance” passing through our area by one or two offenders who surreptitiously took valuables from the victims’

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ONE DOWN: Man Charged In November 9th Mugging

Welch. (Cook Co. Sheriff’s Office) Derrick Welch Jr, 31, is charged with one count of aggravated robbery in connection with the November 9 mugging of a woman in the 1300 block of Cornelia. The 28-year-old victim told police that Welch implied that he had a handgun when he confronted her on the sidewalk around 3

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KEEPING THEIR COOL: Our Understaffed Cops Put Up With It

The cameras weren’t on: “Fuck you, Chicago Police. I’ll kick your ass.” That’s what Jedrze Pitrzak allegedly yelled at a tactical team while raising his fist into the Wrigleyville air on November 8. When cops approached Pitrzak, the 26-year-old allegedly warned, “Touch me and I will knock you out!” Contrary to Pitrzak’s purported expectations, no

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THE CREEP: Street Crime Has Come Back To Roost

A three year streak of record-high robbery rates and violent street crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown was snapped this year, bringing the neighborhood back to mugging levels last seen in 2007. Every month this summer saw fewer robberies than the month before. The improvement stalled last month and it now seems to be in full

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A REAL TURKEY: At Least 2 More Mugged Overnight

Approximate locations of this morning’s incidents. At least two more people were beaten and robbed in the neighborhood overnight, with a third reported robbery yet to be verified. In the latest incident, a man was approached from behind and hit in the head with an unknown object near Waveland and Southport around 2:30 this morning.

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SOURCES: Alleged Lake View Shooting Appears False

A 22-year-old man’s claim of being shot in the hand while on a sidewalk near Diversey and Sheridan around 2:15 this morning appears to be false,  according to CWB sources. The purported incident has been reported in the Tribune and on DNAInfo Chicago. Both cite a police spokesman. We are told that the man, who

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PATTERN SPREADS: Another Delivery Driver Robbed

Conservative Outfitters Area North Detectives believe that a robbery crew that has targeted delivery drivers, including one in nearby Lakeview, struck again this week. The latest incident took place in the 2700 block of N. Richmond in Logan Square around 8:10PM on Tuesday. Police issued an alert on Monday after two earlier incidents were connected—one