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HELMONT RISES: 2 More Mugged On Infamous Belmont Ave

Helmont, the crime-laden strip of turf from the 700 to 1200 blocks of Belmont Avenue, is really hitting its warm weather stride. More than 25% of the robberies reported in Wrigleyville and Boystown this year have taken place on Helmont—including 3 this month. In the latest mugging, a man called the 19th district station desk

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WANTED: Cops Seek Man In Auto Break-Ins, Burglaries

Chicago Police Department Chicago police detectives are trying to track down a suspect in several residential and vehicle break-ins throughout our area over the past few months. The suspect, described as a bald, heavyset black man with a mustache, often uses a shopping cart to haul away stolen items, police say. Most of the incidents

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DEAL WITH IT: Police Manpower Remains Near Record Low

Source: Chicago Police Department Despite recent campaign promises to replenish our neighborhood’s decimated police force, the number of officers protecting Wrigleyville and Boystown remains near its all-time low, newly secured city documents show. The manpower count, released by the CPD’s Human Resources Department shows that 345 officers are currently assigned to the 19th district, down

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FINALLY: Prolific CTA Pickpocket Chased Onto Tracks, Arrested

Green. (Cook Co. Sheriff’s Dept) Chicago police have arrested a prolific CTA pickpocket suspect who is believed to be responsible for a number of thefts from commuters since he got paroled last summer. A CTA canine patrol officer at the Garfield Red Line station early Sunday recognized Matthew Green as being wanted for allegedly stealing

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PRIDE: Against Expert Advice, Parade Returns To Boystown

The 2015 Chicago Pride Parade will be held in Boystown, not downtown, according to multiple city sources who spoke with CWB on the condition of anonymity this week. We first reported the development Tuesday morning. How organizers will address concerns of overcrowding, brawls, medical response difficulties, and persistent post-parade crime remains to be seen. But

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WORTH IT?: Boystown Robbery Brings 2-Year Sentence

Pineda (Ill Dept. Of Corrections) One of two men charged with robbing a Boystown woman on March 11 pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in the case this week. Abel Pineda, 31, reported to Stateville on Thursday to begin serving his 2-year sentence. Pineda’s co-defendant, Maciej Sas, still faces robbery, aggravated battery, and unlawful restraint charges

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BETTER THAN HE FOUND IT: With Major Repairs Made, Local Commander Leaves For New Assignment

Commander Elias Voulgaris speaks to an October 2013 CAPS meeting. Image: DNAInfo Chicago 19th district Chicago Police Cmdr. Elias Voulgaris received a new assignment Friday as the department announced a series of executive-level changes. CWB first reported the changes Saturday evening on our Twitter feed. Voulgaris’ candor, accessibility, and sense of personal responsibility were a refreshing

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PROWLERS: Break-In Reports Continue In Area

Burglars continue to enjoy the fruits of local residents’ labor. Here are the latest reported break-ins: April 15: 1100 block of Patterson. Resident told officers that an unknown offender cut a screen in his bedroom window, entered his residence, and took a Macbook and watch. His neighbor reported a similar break-in. April 14: 3500 block