Saturday, February 26, 2011

"North" Avondale Crime Blotter (District 17)

Good morning, everyone, it's 8am. Today, I'm monitoring 17 for all of you good citizens in Avondale North of Belmont. It'll probably be quiet as usual, but you know, I like to monitor all of the neighborhood at least once a month. Anyway, this upcoming week is going to be a busy one for me. On Monday, I'll be going to the rescheduled Avondale Neighborhood Association meeting at St. Hyacinth's (in Resurrection Hall @ 7pm). We were supposed to meet last Monday, but due to the holiday and probably the bad weather at the time, it was rescheduled. Then, I'll be going to CAPS Beat 1411's meeting on Wednesday to visit and show my face to any of you who live in that area. Lastly, I have a Student Government meeting next Friday. So, with that, here's crime for today.

8:07am - Just so all of you know, but Zone 1 is currently operating off of Citywide 6 (460.250).

9:22am - And they're back on Zone 1 (460.475).

11:58am - Panic alarm. 3434 N Elston.

2:49pm - Theft. 2959 W Addison. At Target. Flat screen TV and some games were stolen.

4:17pm - Robbery. 3355 W Belmont. At the Belmont Blue Line station, a male HIspanic, 5'7 to 5'8, dark hoodie and black baseball cap was lurking around at the bottom of the stairs by the platform and robbed the caller's mom. With him as a female Hispanic with a red long jacket who's at the top of the stairs.

4:36pm - Disturbance. 3405 N Pulaski. Female causing problems inside the hair salon.

5:38pm - Disturbance. 3315 N Lawndale. 20 people loitering behind the rowhouses at Reilly School.

6:41pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back soon.

7:00pm - I'm back.

7:46pm - Disturbance. 3241 N Central Park. Dispute over a parking place. Thanks to ProdigalOne for obtaining this call for me while I was doing other things.

9:27pm - A unit on the Zone has an emergency. It was a male officer, but he did not give his Beat number. And he isn't responding to Dispatch now.

9:31pm - Dispatch is doing a roll call. All officers in 16 are ok. She's checking 17 now.

9:35pm - All officers in 16 and 17 are ok. It's not sure which unit it is. Probably a Citywide one.

9:41pm - DUI driver. Milwaukee and Pulaski. At CVS. A drunk guy in a 2-door Honda Civic was speeding around the parking lot and drove up on the sidewalk then nearly hit the caller.

11:39pm - Suspicious vehicle. 3441 N Ridgeway. A car has been sitting out there for the last 30 minutes. Unsure what the lone occupant is up to.

12:00am - I'm going to go. I'll be back with 25 in the morning. Goodnight, everyone.


Nobody said...


Our street just got permit parking. What do you hear over the scanner when people call about it? I mean what are people doing, going outside and checking individual cars for stickers?

Sgt. Benderski said...

So many calls on guys hanging out. It's not against the law to hang out. Quit calling in these nonsense calls and let the police deal with real crime.

AvondaleLoganSquareCrimeBlotter said...

Sgt. Benderski, how is this nonsense? While it's not against the law for people to loiter, it doesn't hurt to have the CPD to check out the people loitering. The cops don't even have to get out of their car and say anything to the people. They can just drive by and take a look. In my opinion, it's good for people to call on people loitering, because it can prevent fights and shootings sometimes. Call on the small stuff and there won't be the big stuff to deal with. That's the way I see it.

Nobody, when those kind of calls come over the radio, I just hear that such and such car is in violation of permit parking. I think that when people call it in, they either do as you asked, or they sit in their window all day and waiting for people not from their block to park there so they can call. One of my neighbors, who's moving out of the area soon, does that, and it is annoying at times.

Anonymous said...

Timmy, Officer Bendover never sees loitering around his home in Edison Park, so he is unfamiliar with the concept that gunfire often follows. However, Chicago Municipal Code 8-4-015 states that "Whenever a police officer observes a member of a criminal street gang engaged in gang loitering with one or more other persons in any public place designated for the enforcement of this section under subsection (b), the police officer shall, subject to all applicable procedures promulgated by the superintendent of police: (i) inform all such persons that they are engaged in gang loitering within an area in which loitering by groups containing criminal street gang members is prohibited; (ii) order all such persons to disperse and remove themselves from within sight and hearing of the place at which the order was issued; and (iii) inform those persons that they will be subject to arrest if they fail to obey the order promptly or engage in further gang loitering within sight or hearing of the place at which the order was issued during the next eight hours."

Then, there's the whole anti-narcotics loitering section. I believe it is legit for a citizen to phone in a loitering complaint, and the officer can use his/her judgement on whether it constitutes illegal loitering. Unless you're Officer Bendover and are sleeping in your squad.