Coffee shop binge

09/19/2012 10:00 PM

Mike Ulreich

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A man who helped himself to an open Starbucks store at 932 N. Rush St. was charged with burglary Tuesday, Sept. 18, after police found him outside the store holding a bag of goodies.

Employees of an alarm company called to the store at 12:30 a.m. Sept. 18 observed a man dressed in a gray sweatshirt and khaki pants crawling on the floor of the store. Police were called to the scene and observed a suspect walking northbound on Rush Street in the 900 block who then sat down on a bench in front of the store.

Police found the man in possession of a large business-type calculator, three Starbucks gift cards and a plastic garbage bag containing 21 bananas, nine bottles of water and 10 bottles of fruit juice, as well as music CDs nearby on the sidewalk.

Police said they later found a rear entry door ajar and the store in disarray with papers thrown about the interior and mini-safes left open. The suspect, a 56-year-old man, of the 100 block of West Division Street, allegedly told police he had gone in the alley to urinate and he noticed an open door to the Starbucks. He then picked up a plastic bag out of the garbage, emptied it and then went inside and filled the bag with random items. Harris was charged with burglary.

Would-be robbers tracked down

Two 16-year-olds were charged with attempted robbery Thursday, Sept. 13 after they tried to rob a man in the 800 block of West Evergreen Street as he was unlocking his bicycle from a rack.

Police said the two Chicago teens came up from behind the 22-year-old Chicago man at 7:35 p.m. Sept. 13, and one of them displayed a gun while the other acted as a lookout. The teen with the gun allegedly said, “Give me what’s in your pockets,” but before he could empty his pockets, a car came down the street and the victim screamed for help, police said.

The two men then fled westbound on Evergreen Street. Police met up with the victim at 1550 N. Dayton St. and he described the two offenders, one as six-foot and 250 wearing a grey-hooded sweatshirt and one as five-foot-eight and 160 pounds wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. Police found the two teens in the 1500 block of Dayton and took them into custody. A gun was found in the left pocket of one of the teens.

One of the teens later apologized, police said, saying he was sorry and that he didn’t mean to do it. “We are homeless and needed the money,” he said.

Robbed outside hotel

A 27-year-old Lemont man was robbed of $900 and his cell phone Sunday, Sept. 16 as he looked for his vehicle outside the Holiday Inn Express at 640 N. Wabash Ave. The man told police he was outside the Holiday Inn at 3:30 a.m. Sept. 16 when he was approached by four men who asked how much money he had. He told police the men then cornered him in the alley and told him to “Be cool. Everything’s all right.” Nevertheless he told police he was scared for his life and gave up all his money and his cell phone. The men then left and police said the victim was not injured.

Cat (carrier) burglar

Police were possibly looking for a suspect who owned a cat in a burglary Thursday, Sept. 13 in the 2000 block of North Orleans Street. Police said whoever broke into the apartment on Orleans, sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 took a $1,200 laptop, $50 worth of coins and the owner’s cat carrier. Police said the owner realized the cat carrier was gone when he went to get it to transport his cat soon after the break-in.

Beaten with belt

A 25-year Chicago man was struck by a belt and had his cell phone taken while he was smoking a cigarette in the 600 block of North Dearborn Street at 4:20 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. The man told police he engaged in conversation with two men and a woman on Dearborn Street on Sept. 16 when the man pulled off his belt and began striking him. The woman then fled with his iPhone 4. The victim was treated and released at Northwestern Hospital.

This summary contains information taken from the crime reports and arrest records from the 18th District of the Chicago Police Department. Anyone named has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.

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