Bank robber caught on camera

12/05/2012 10:00 PM

Mike Ulreich

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MB Bank at 557 S. State St. was robbed Thursday, Nov. 29 by a man whose face may have been captured by security cameras outside DePaul University.

Police said a man wearing a surgical mask and a small rug wrapped around his arm entered the bank at 4:20 p.m. Nov. 29 approached the counter and told a teller, “I need large bills. Give me all you got.” After picking up about $1,000, the man exited through the bank’s revolving doors and dropped approximately $136 on the ground, attempted to pick it up and then fled eastbound on Harrison Street.

Police said the man took off the medical mask as he crossed Harrison southbound and may have been captured on DePaul University security cameras. The man was also described as wearing a blue baseball cap, an orange t-shirt, an orange reflective vest and brown construction boots.

Beaten near Grant Park Metra

A 41-year-old Chicago man was brutally beaten Friday, Nov. 30 as he walked to the Metra station in Grant Park at 5 p.m. The man told police eight men wearing khakis attacked and beat him near the 1100 block of South Michigan Avenue. Police said the victim had a swollen and cut left eye, swollen left cheek, a broken nose and chipped teeth.

Two teens nabbed in assault outside IIT

Police arrested two 17-year-olds who allegedly assaulted an 18-year-old woman sitting outside IIT, 10 W. 31st St., Thursday, Nov. 29. Police said one of the teenagers took her purse and her iPad before fleeing at 3:40 p.m. Nov. 29. The two teens were caught at 3055 S. Michigan Ave. and were charged with strong-arm robbery.

Two charged with retail theft scheme at TJ Maxx

Police arrested two people for allegedly being involved in a retail theft scheme at T.J. Maxx on Oct. 30.

Police said Marsheila Burnett, 43, of the 300 block of North Mozart Street, stole two pairs of slacks worth $99.98 from a TJ Maxx in Norridge. She then went to the TJ Maxx store at 11 N. State St. and returned the slacks with the complicity of a TJ Maxx employee for cash as a return of $149.98.

Burnett was charged with retail theft as was TJ Maxx employee Benjamin Williams, 32, of the 5500 block of West Jackson Boulevard. Police said this wasn’t the first time that Williams and Burnett had teamed up to recycle stolen clothing at TJ Maxx, and they expected to file additional charges against the pair.

Man causes disturbance with dead birds in pocket

Police charged a 55-year-old man with a public peace violation after he allegedly entered the currency exchange at 16 W. Jackson Blvd. and caused a disturbance.

Police said the man entered the Jackson and State Currency Exchange at 9:20 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26 and began ripping up advertising brochures and making a mess and when he was escorted to the door he grabbed the fire alarm before running westbound on Jackson.

The man was chased and detained by the store manager. Police said he was talking to himself and had dead birds in his pocket when arrested. He was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation, police said.

Explosion on Lower Wacker; fire at cleaners

Police said a small explosion Saturday, Dec. 1 on the premises of PNG, 1 N. Lower Wacker Drive was caused by a backup generator which unexpectedly fired. Police were called to the scene at about 2 p.m. Dec. 2. The explosion caused windows to break on the 4th and 6th floors but no injuries were caused because the building was vacant due to the weekend.

A small fire at Happy Cleaners, 1600 S. Indiana Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 1 apparently was caused by a neon sign that caught on fire. Police were called to the cleaners at 7:15 a.m. Dec. 1 and found a small fire which melted the neon sign hanging in the window.

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.

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By Katie from Loop
Posted: 12/14/2012 9:51 AM

Ben Meyerson from Chicago Journal-Hilarious. Thank you for that. Kevin seemed pretty upset by this "issue".

By Bill Motchan from West Loop
Posted: 12/07/2012 3:07 PM

I got in a bit of trouble when I was a staff photographer for my middle school paper. In journalism school at the University of Missouri I was also shooting photos for the Missourian. No major typos that I recall but I did encounter the staff of the alternative campus radio station when I was assigned to shoot the installation of a new antenna. When they saw camera, they quickly smushed out their joints.

By Ben Meyerson from Chicago Journal
Posted: 12/07/2012 2:36 PM

Well, Kevin's message was right, in essence — our address was wrong, as there is no 3055 N. Michigan Ave. It was a typo — it should have been South Michigan. We've changed it. Thanks for pointing out the error. I will say, in our defense, that most of us at least worked on our middle school newspaper.

By Mike from West Loop
Posted: 12/07/2012 11:55 AM

I sometimes give people I don't like a fake address. I tell 'em to go to 1000 E. Division, for example. I kinda hope some will try to drive it, and never bother me again.

By Paul from Bridgeport
Posted: 12/07/2012 9:24 AM

Who is the TWIT Kevin ... There IS a 300 N Michigan ... the story said 3055 N Michigan ... Maybe YOU should proofread your comments!

By Kevin from Sloop
Posted: 12/06/2012 9:11 PM

Re the story of Two teens nabbed in assault outside IIT The story says the teens were caught at 300 N. Michigan Ave. REALLY??? THAT'S AMAZING SINCE THERE IS NO SUCH ADDRESS!! Typical Chicago Journal journalist whose sole journalism experience is that they wrote for their elementary school paper!! TWITS!!