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Recent Crimes from the News-Star


Woman loses purse, teeth
A 36-year-old woman had her purse snatched while walking through an alley on the 5300 block of N. Winthrop. She told police she was on her way to work at about 6:45 a.m. Dec. 30 when she was grabbed from behind by a man in his early 20s. The robber pushed her to the ground and grabbed her purse, which had $20 in it. Her front teeth were knocked out when she hit the ground. She was taken to the hospital when she complained of head and knee pain.
Church burglarized
When the pastor of a church on the 1100 block of W. Bryn Mawr got to the building at about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 29 to open the church, he found the front door had been kicked in. As he walked into the church hall, he saw that two guitars and one keyboard were missing. The pastor said he believes a security camera may have recorded the break-in, which, according to him, would have occurred after 5 p.m. the day before.
Robbers run amok on el
While running a security check, police at the Jarvis CTA station were approached by a 21-year-old man who told them he had been robbed by two men in their early 20s. He said he was riding the northbound Red Line train at 2:15 a.m. Dec. 31 when he noticed the men getting on the el at Bryn Mawr.
He was reading a book when one of the men started going through his pockets. When he asked what he was doing, the man threatened to shoot him. The man motioned to his waistband as if he had a gun. He removed the victim’s wallet, cell phone and iPod. One of the men slugged the victim in the head. After telling the victim to stay on the train, the men got off at Morse Avenue.
Kitchen ransacked
Police responded to a security alarm in a home on the 5200 block of N. Winthrop at about 1:15 p.m. Dec. 31. Burglars forced open the back door and ransacked the kitchen. When police arrived, they noticed that the garage overhead door was open and the windows on a car parked in the garage were smashed. Residents returned home and told police that nothing appeared to be missing.

Source: Chicago Journal / News-Star


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