Pickpockets nabbed

Chicago police reports - 1st District

09/05/2012 10:00 PM

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Chicago Police caught two alleged pickpockets, with one being identified by victims from two separate incidents on the CTA on the same day.

The first victim, a 19-year-old woman from Carpentersville, reported to police that she tried to enter a CTA train in the 100 block of South Dearborn Avenue at 4:35 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3 when three men blocked her entrance to the train, forcing her to push through.

Once she was on the train she noticed her purse was open and her wallet was missing so she got off the train and notified a beat officer that she had been robbed. The officer then sent out a flash message.

At around the same time, a 53-year-old man from San Francisco reported to police that he was on Blue Line train Sept. 3 going to O’Hare Airport train and when the train was in the 400 block of South Dearborn Avenue a man later identified as Ranee E. Tart, of the 300 block of North Menard Avenue, pushed past him and then fell down in front of him.

When he leaned over to help the man, witnesses said a second man came up from behind him and bumped into him. The San Francisco resident later checked to find his wallet was missing and got off the train to report the incident to police. Police officers from the Mass Transit Unit then found the two men at a CTA platform at 2 N. Wabash Ave. and when they took the two men down a stairwell to the street for questioning, the second man, identified as Harold Mathews, 53, of an unknown Chicago address, tried to drop a card down the stairwell.

Police said the card was later identified as a parking ticket receipt from San Francisco. The second victim later identified both men as the two men who allegedly took his wallet and the first victim identified Tart as one of the three men involved in the theft of her wallet. Both men were charged with theft.

Beating up the new boyfriend

Police were looking for two men from Elk Grove Village who severely beat a man on an ‘L’ train in the 300 block of South Dearborn Avenue Sunday, Sept. 2, in an apparent dispute over an ex-girlfriend.

Witnesses told police they observed the two men harassing an older woman on a CTA train platform at around 11:40 p.m. Sept. 2 before they followed a 20-year-old Skokie man onto the train and assaulted his girlfriend, a 20-year-old woman from Park Ridge. The victim told police that the initial assailant was his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend and that he punched him as many as six times in the face before the second man took his head and slammed it against the inside of the train.

The men then exited the train and fled. Police said the male victim was bleeding profusely from a large gash on his head and had a dislocated shoulder. Both the man and the woman were both taken to Northwestern Hospital.

Thought your in-laws were bad?

A 25-year-old Chicago woman accused her sister-in-law of trying to run her over in the 500 block of West Harrison Street Thursday, Aug. 30 after both left a court appearance in which the sister-in-law was the defendant in a criminal case in which the woman was the victim.

The woman told police that she was crossing Harrison Street at 9:45 a.m. when her sister-in-law, a 25-year-old Chicago woman, drove her tan Buick Centennial at her at a high rate of speed. When she tried to change direction, she told police the car also changed direction in an attempt to hit her and then, as it drove past, the woman threw a glass bottle at her before fleeing.

Riding dirty

A 19-year-old Minneapolis man was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun Sunday, Sept. 2 after a Greyhound bus driver found a gun in the man’s bag on a bus parked at the bus station at 630 W. Harrison St.

The driver told police all the passengers had exited the bus at 10:25 a.m. Sept. 2 when he did a last search of the bus for items that may have been left behind when he found the open bag with the handgun showing.

The passenger, who was from Minneapolis, tried to get the bag back by telling the driver it was only a BB gun. But the driver called Greyhound security, who apprehended Smith. The gun turned out to be a Ruger handgun with a magazine with six live rounds of ammunition.

This summary contains information taken from the arrest records from the 1st District of the Chicago Police Department. Anyone named has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.

—Compiled by Mike Ulreich

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By Andrea Dillon
Posted: 12/14/2012 3:14 AM

I know for a fact that this artical is a lie. The Chicago police did not tell the truth. Mr Tart was only I D by the victims wife. Mr. Matthews was not. The victims could not I D him in a line up so the police detectives planted the card and lied about Mr. Matthews trying to drop it. Before the press releases formation like this they should do some kind of investigation to see if CPD is telling the truth. Most of us know there are a lot of crooked cops on the force and the shot cops are worse.

By Mark from Champagne
Posted: 09/13/2012 12:06 PM

I feel like pickpockets dont really happen in the US anymore, but if you travel to other parts of the world, pickpockets still run rampant. Places like China can be filled with pickpocket petty crimes. Come to think of it, I read a pretty good article talking just about this and how to avoid pickpockets in Asia. Check it out! http://joeyshiznit.blogspot.com/2012/09/5-easy-ways-to-avoid-pickpocketers-in.html