Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It's Summer in Chicago -- Crime on the Richest Block in the City

According to the Chicago Tribune, there has been a series of burglaries of businesses in Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast.  In addition:
Authorities also warned of an armed robber who held up people in the 2000 block of North Burling Street and in the 500 block of West Eugenie Street. In both instances, the robber pulled a handgun and announced a robbery.

Police only had vague descriptions for the business thefts, but described the street robber as an African-American man, between 18 and 25, 5-foot-9 to 6-foot-2, with a medium to dark complexion. Police had no clothing description.
Let me tell you a little bit about the 2000 block of North Burling.  Forbes called it the richest block in the city.  I'm lucky enough to live within a few block of here, and it is a beautiful street.  Gawkworthy.  It's  part of my running route.  Here is a link to some Flickr pictures of the area.  For example, this is the tiny 27,000 square foot Parillo mansion:

Another one:

Here is a link to an article discussing some of the mansions in the area, including the Parillo mansion.  (Orchard Street, also referenced, is one block east of N. Burling and similarly littered with mansions.)

In other words, this is a nice area.  I shouldn't be surprised that the criminals may believe they'll have better spoils in a location like this, but hearing about people getting robbed at gunpoint on a street like this -- a street I run on every morning -- is extremely disconcerting.  I had no idea people were getting robbed at gunpoing a few blocks from my house, in an area that feels about as safe as you can get.  The media doesn't report any of this, except in a tiny article that you blink or you'll miss.

Worse, the flash mob problems that were happening last year are happening again this year in the Magnificent Mile area:
Here's how victims describe how the thieves operate:

Several teens walk in, and at first only want to ask for you to contribute money for a cause.

In the meantime, one of them grabs your cell phone and takes off.
But, it gets worse:
[The weekend of June 8-11], a series of "flash mob" attacks were reported downtown. In the first attack on Saturday night, a 40-year-old Michigan man was beaten and robbed by a group of at least eight teenagers on the 500 block of North State Street. Thirty minutes later, near the Lake/State Red Line station, a couple was attacked by an unknown number of assailants. On Sunday, a 36-year-old man walking home from work in the Gold Coast was attacked by 15 to 20 males and females, all believed to be teenagers, according to police reports.

You hear very little of any of this in the media.  Every now and then there is a brief, fleeting article, like the ones I've linked above.  Journalism is a joke in this city.  Where are the demands from the Tribune and the Sun Times for more police?  Or how about accountability from the teenagers' parents?  Why isn't someone bringing attention to these mobs of teenagers who think they can run the city?  The reason is because they feel it will incite a race war.  This is why the Tribune disables comments on any article they run on crime, mobs, and attacks.  It's shocking to me that they actually reported the race of the N. Burling robber in the above article.  Normally they don't.  Frankly, I don't care what race anyone is as long as they aren't robbing, mugging, and attacking people.  It's sad.  Chicago is such a nice city, and it's being ruined.  

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