Purse snatcher is familiar

02/22/2012 10:00 PM

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A woman told police that while she was walking on the 700 block of West Evergreen Avenue at around 2:00 a.m. on Feb. 15, a man ran up from behind and grabbed her purse, which contained several forms of ID.

The offender then ran back to his vehicle and put the purse in his trunk before driving away. The victim identified the suspect for police but would not disclose his address or date of birth, stating that she did not plan to press charges after a report had been made to document the incident. Police advised the woman to seek a warrant and a protection order against the offender.

Attacked in friend’s home

On the morning of Feb. 18, a woman was visiting a friend on the 400 block of West Goethe Street when a woman who was also in the apartment began beating her with closed fists.

Another female suspect joined in the attack and proceeded to take a number of items that the victim had been carrying at the time, including a disposable camera, $4 in cash and a few gift cards.

The second attacker then fled the home with the possessions in hand. Officers who later arrived at the scene advised the woman to press charges against the attackers.

iPad thief tracked and cuffed

Police arrested a 19-year-old man after he tried to make off with an iPad during an office delivery on the afternoon of Feb. 17.

An employee at an office at 444 N. Wells St. told police that his iPad had gone missing that day. Using a GPS locator, the victim was able to track the device to a truck travelling downtown.

Officers pulled over the vehicle on the first block of East Huron Street and interviewed the driver and his passenger, the 19-year-old.

The driver stated that he and the 19-year-old had made a delivery to the office earlier that day, and after being given permission to search the vehicle, officers retrieved the iPad, which had been wrapped in the 19-year-old’s shirt and placed under the passenger seat of the truck. He was then placed into custody and transported to the 18th District police station for processing.

Robber targets taxis

A 29-year-old taxi driver was parked outside of a restaurant on the 1000 block of North Orleans Street around 4:30 a.m. Feb. 17 when an unknown offender approached him with a black handgun and said “I need whatever you have.”

The driver then handed over $20 in cash and threw his wallet on the ground before running toward the restaurant. Before entering the building, the victim told police that he saw the offender approach another cabbie parked in the lot.

The victim then entered the restaurant and did not see the man again. He later returned to the parking lot and found his wallet on the ground, which still contained his ID.

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

—Compiled by Ian Fullerton

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