|The Jewel-Osco store at 3531 North Broadway in Boystown. | Google|
Two adults and three juveniles were arrested after a shoplifting mob struck the Jewel-Osco, 3531 North Broadway, in Boystown early Tuesday.
“It was crazy,” a witness told CWBChicago this morning. “These six kids were trying to steal half the store. When they got confronted, they began to destroy the store.”
A police spokesperson confirmed that officers responded to a call of criminal damage to property in progress at the grocery around 3:45 a.m.
A Jewel employee told police that several offenders stole merchandise, and one of the thieves began “causing a disturbance” upon being confronted. One of the teens was seen “bashing” cars in the store’s parking lot as the group fled the scene, according to a witness.
Police stopped six suspects at the Addison Red Line station around 4 a.m. Five were taken into custody after being identified by a Jewel employee, police said.
Prosecutors charged 19-year-old Charles Joseph of the Grand Crossing neighborhood with misdemeanor retail theft and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Traevion Davis, 18, of Woodlawn, is charged with misdemeanor retail theft.
A 17-year-old female juvenile is charged with retail theft, and a 16-year-old girl is charged with retail theft and obstructing identification.
Charges are pending for a third female juvenile who remains in custody. Mugshots of the adult arrestees were not immediately available.
The Jewel-Osco store is not the only Lakeview retailer to be hit by a team of young shoplifters this week.
Two so-called “candy kids” who had been selling sweets outside of the CVS at 3637 North Southport on Sunday afternoon apparently replenished their inventory by stealing an estimated $50 worth of candy from the pharmacy around 4 p.m.
The thieves were last seen running eastbound in an alley behind Addison Street.
On Aug. 21, two juvenile “candy kids” were charged with retail theft after they stole boxes of candy that had been offered for sale at the Wheelhouse Hotel in Wrigleyville.
Shots fired, no injuries near the lakefront
Chicago police found shell casings, but no shooting victims after at least a dozen residents reported hearing shots fired in Lakeview East early Tuesday.
Police responded to the area of Grace Street and Lake Shore Drive at 12:45 a.m. The 911 calls flooded in just moments after a patrol officer reported hearing shots near Montrose Harbor.
Cops found six spent shell casings at Grace and Inner Lake Shore Drive shortly after 1 a.m.
So far, no shooting victims have come forward.
Board shop burgled
|Windward Boardshop at 3317 North Clark. | Google|
A long-running Lakeview skateboard shop fell victim to a burglar who stole the store’s cash register early Tuesday.
Police were dispatched after a driver reported seeing the front door broken out of Windward Boardshop, 3317 North Clark, at 3 a.m. Officers arrived to find the door shattered and a burglar alarm sounding.
Shortly after 10 a.m., a man who lives nearby called the police to the 3400 block of North Seminary after he found a cash register, a hammer, and loose cash in a gangway. Police confirmed that the register belongs to Windward.
No one is in custody.