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Spare change stolen…and other crimes from the News-Star


Haul on Margate
Police arrived to a call of an open door in a home on the 900 block of W. Margate at about 12:20 a.m. Jan. 30. A woman told police that when she came home, the kitchen window was open. Two computers, a stereo system, a pair of digital cameras, two iPods and jewelry were taken. The combined value is $3,800. An unknown amount of cash was also taken.
Argyle burglary
Burglars hauled computer hardware and software from a home on the 1300 block of W. Argyle sometime before 10:15 a.m. Jan. 31. The items had a combined value of $1,300.
Play ball
At about 2:35 a.m. Feb. 1, four men riding in a gold Honda were spotted driving on the 5900 block of N. Rockwell knocking off parked cars’ side view mirrors with sticks. Eleven cars had their mirrors knocked off.
Hit for no reason
A 51-year-old man claims he was beaten by another man with a baseball bat at about 6 a.m. Feb. 1. He told police he was visiting a friend on the 1500 block of W. Hollywood when a man in his early 30s approached him on a stairwell holding a bat. That man reportedly did not say anything, but started hitting the first man. The wounded man went home and fell asleep, waking up at about 9:30 p.m. with pain in his arm. He admitted himself to Methodist Hospital, where he was treated for a broken arm. He said the man who hit him was familiar but that he did not know him “on a personal level.” He says he does not know why this man hit him.
Arson suspected in car fire
Police responded to a call of a car fire on the 5500 block of N. Washtenaw at 8 p.m. Jan. 27. When they arrived, the Chicago Fire Department had put out the fire in a 2006 Chevy. Firefighters told police they found a gas can on the floor of the car.
Man robbed in garage
A 34-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint in his garage on the 5900 block of N. Talman Avenue at about 8 p.m. Jan. 27. The man told police he went into his garage to start his car but forgot his keys. When he returned with his car keys, he was startled to see a man in his early 20s standing between the two cars parked in his garage. The young man pointed a gun in the first man’s face and told him to turn around. Another man appeared, also in his 20s, and covered his face with his hood. The victim told them to take everything, but leave his ID. The men grabbed his wallet and ran out. A few minutes later, one of them returned and told the victim to “Turn around, here’s your wallet.” They ordered him not to call police “because we know where you live.” The victim said he could not find his wallet on the floor.
Spare change
Burglars grabbed $5 in spare change after they pried the door open in a home on the 5000 block of N. Western. The victim discovered the burglary at about 9:45 a.m. Jan. 29.
Burglars hit apartment complex
Someone broke into an apartment complex on the 2900 block of W. Farragut and took a videogame system, games, a laptop and cellphone with a combined value of $850. The break-in occurred sometime between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 29.
Thief grabs computer
Workers in a bakery on the 5400 block of N. Clark told police that a man in his late teens grabbed a customer’s laptop computer and ran out of the store at 9:15 p.m. Jan. 28.


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