A huge wave of armed robberies rolled across Chicago, starting in Lincoln Park and Old Town on Wednesday evening, then reaching Bucktown, Logan Square, and beyond early this morning. At least 14 victims were targeted.
Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a second man in connection with the so-called “Puffy Coat Bandit” crime ring, which specializes in stealing phones, wallets, and purses from restaurant and bar patrons in Chicago.
Two men who allegedly stole over $20,000 worth of merchandise from top Chicago retailers and resold the products inside a Subway restaurant have pleaded guilty to felony charges, according to court records.
A suspect is in custody after a cargo truck was reportedly stolen from North Avenue Beach during this morning’s Polar Plunge event, according to Chicago police radio activity. And the thief’s hapless getaway attempt was partially caught on video.
New details were revealed about the unfortunately-named “Puffy Coat Bandit” restaurant theft crew as prosecutors charged a man identified as a group leader with four counts of felony theft from persons in Chicago.
Chicago police detectives got a big break as they investigated a CTA train robbery case: The robber was caught on video leaving the victim’s phone outside a cellular store where the owner recognized him as a frequent trespasser.