SEASON’S BEATINGS: Robberies, Assaults, Package Thieves Keep Cops Busy

Police handle one in a series of fights and “disturbances” near
Belmont and Sheffield early Saturday.

Three women being robbed at gunpoint on a Sunday afternoon? Yep. We got that. Here are some other low-lights from the weekend:

Friday, 1:00AM — A man in the 2600 block of Sheffield wakes up to find that his television set has been stolen while he slept. He also discovers that he had left his door unlocked.  On Sunday, the man’s neighbor finds their front door kicked in.

Friday, 11:00PM — The overnight sergeant announces that our district will operate without patrol cars being assigned to three of its 15 beats. Even worse, officers in three of the 12 beats that do have patrol cars will be working alone.

Saturday, 3:55AM — A series of “disturbances” breaks out at Belmont and Sheffield. No arrests are made in the course of the 20-minute spree, but at least seven patrol cars respond, according to a CWB reader. That’s not a bad turn out considering that only 12 beat cars are on duty.

Saturday, 4:34AM — A woman reports being jumped and beaten by a man who displays an orange box cutter near Roscoe and Halsted. He is last seen heading west on Roscoe from Halsted. The primary offender is described as a tall, skinny, dark-complected black man with very short hair. He wore black jeans and a black jacket. With him were two black men with lighter complexions and a white woman with blonde hair. (Case HX556231)

Sunday, 4:10PM — Tipped off by an alert resident, police search near Racine and Nelson for suspected package thieves who are trolling the area. A patrol car finds an unoccupied vehicle similar to the witnesses’ description parked in the 3000 block of Southport. Marked units pull out and an unmarked unit maintains surveillance on the Portage Park-registered vehicle for less than five minutes before its owner returns. After a brief investigation, at least two arrests are made.

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