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Cops nab alleged radio thief
Police responded to a car break-in in progress in the 1500 block of W. Ardmore around 10:15 p.m. on March 9. Police toured the area and saw a man matching the victim’s description a few blocks away walking eastbound on the 1300 block of W. Early.
According to the police report, the man, later identified as Mark Landen, 26, of the 5400 block of N. Kenmore, ditched a large item that he was carrying underneath a parked van.
Police stopped Landen and reported finding a black car radio on the ground that had been reported stolen from a 1998 Jeep. Landen was taken back to the scene where he was positively identified by the victim and a witness as the person they saw allegedly breaking into the Jeep.
Police said Landen told them he needed money because he was homeless. He was charged with burglary to an automobile and has a March 16 court date.
Tavern assault
A 26-year-old man drinking at a tavern in the 5700 block of N. Ravenswood threatened a bartender around 12:30 a.m. on March 8. When the victim told the man that he had had enough to drink, the man implied he had a gun and threatened to shoot the bartender. The man left the tavern and went out to his car, waving an unknown object before driving away in a white Buick.
Burglar shatters door
A burglar shattered the back door of an apartment in the 1400 block of W. Foster sometime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on March 9. The victim told police that a video game system and games valued at $294 were missing.
Pocketbook pinched
A 39-year-old woman said she was walking down the 5800 block of N. Winthrop around 12:25 p.m. March 3 when she was grabbed from behind.
A man in his early 40s snatched her purse containing $25 and fled northbound on Winthrop. Police looked for the man but couldn’t find him.
Bullies badger teen
A 17-year-old man was beaten and stoned by three male acquaintances as he walked down the 5800 block of N. Glenwood around 3:10 p.m. on March 3.
According to the police report, one of the teens grabbed the hood of the victim’s jacket. The teens told the victim to hand over his money and valuables, and tried unsuccessfully to grab the victim’s headphones.
When the victim tried walking away, the teens pushed him back and said, “We ain’t going away empty handed.”
The teens followed the victim at a distance as he continued eastbound on Ardmore. They began throwing stones and an empty vodka bottle at him, grazing the victim’s head. The teens then fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim and his mother filed a police report at his high school. Police advised him to get an order of protection.
Magnolia mugging
A 43-year-old man heard footsteps behind him as he walked down the 5800 block of N. Magnolia before being thrown against a fence around 8:15 p.m. March 3. Three men in their 20s punched and kicked the victim, before grabbing $160 and the victim’s cell phone. The victim refused medical attention.
Nosy neighbor
A neighbor called police after he observed that his neighbor’s door was broken around 4 p.m. on March 4. Police contacted the victim and met her at her apartment in the 2000 block of W. Berwyn. The victim reported 40 to 60 DVDs, a digital camera, and $2,000 worth of jewelry missing.
Delinquents pry money from man’s hand
A 58-year-old man said he was pushed to the ground and pummeled by two men of unknown age while walking down the 5000 block of N. Winthrop around 8:30 p.m. March 6. The men pried $60 from the victim’s hand and took off northbound on Winthrop. Police arrested two 17-year-old juveniles a few minutes later.


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