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Thefts from Vehicles and Washroom Drug Use Top Concerns at Beat 1724 CAPS Meeting

By Hunter Clauss | Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Chicago Police Car. Credit: Mike Fourcher

Last night’s CAPS meeting for District 17′s 1724 beat attracted nine people and ended within 30 minutes, and that might have something to do with the fact that one of the most popular television shows on air was showing its penultimate episode. District 17 police Sgt. Kristin Barker warned residents to be aware of a string of thefts in which people are stealing things inside cars. Barker said woman who parked her car near 3024 W. Montrose Avenue left her purse inside her car, and the purse was stolen when she returned. Two arrests were made in connection with the car robbery, said Barker.

?That?s a prime opportunity for anyone walking in the area,? said Barker. ?As much as possible, make it difficult for people.?

Barker said residents should lock their doors even if they?re leaving their cars for a short period of time. She also said valuable belongings should be hidden inside the car?s glove compartment or trunk.

District 17 police have been receiving complaints about a group of homeless people sleeping near a loading dock close to the 4400 block of North Mozart Street, Barker said. She said police gave the homeless people information on shelters, and the people eventually dispersed. Barker said the homeless people were “really attracted to boxes” found on the loading dock, and they would use the boxes to cover themselves.

Barker said she would provide an update at the next Beat 1724 CAPS meeting on June 15 about a complaint that people were using drugs in the washroom of a bar in the 3300 block of West Montrose Avenue.

Statistics from Beat 1724

Between April 20 and May 18, there were:

15 reported cases of criminal damage to a vehicle. (There were 16 reported cases between Feb. 16 and April 20.)

Nine reported cases of theft more than $300.

Four reported cases of forcible-entry burglary. (There were seven reported cases between Feb. 16 and April 20.)

Four reported cases of theft less than $300. (There were 22 reported cases between Feb. 16 and April 20.)

Four reported cases of criminal damage to property. (There were 12 reported cases between Feb. 16 and April 20.)

Four reported cases of possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis. (There were six reported cases between Feb. 16 and April 20.)

Three reported cases of ?simple? battery. (There were 22 reported cases between Feb. 16 and April 20.)

Three reported cases of aggravated assault with a handgun.

Three reported cases of ?simple? assault.

Two reported cases of theft from a building.

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