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April 19, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Can Chicago help Boston? As the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings continues, the Chicago Police Department is sending five investigators and one sergeant to Boston to help, police officials said in a press release Friday afternoon. The release said that Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis asked for the assistance this morning in a conversation with Chicago Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy. Earlier Friday, Boston officials told reporters that one of two bombing suspects was dead and a massive hunt for the second man is underway.
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May 29, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Two Chicago men were accused of stealing a backpack and cellphone at gunpoint from a CTA Red Line passenger Wednesday morning. The charges come on the heels of a Chicago Police Department announcement that the CTA saw a 36 percent reduction in electronics thefts this winter. Auturo Banks, 30, of the 6100 block of South Wabash Avenue, and Vincent Russell, 23, of the 500 block of East 42nd Street, were both arrested around 7 a.m. a block south of the 47th Street Red Line station.
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NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Be careful where you buy your Pitchfork tickets, festgoers. They could be fakes. The Chicago Police Department released an alert Thursday morning warning Chicagoans of counterfeit concert and sports event tickets turning up around the city--particularly for shows and games coming up this weekend. The alert said the tickets were sold over the Internet, usually via social media sites or classified sites. In each case, the victims did not realize they had purchased fake tickets until after paying for them.
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May 28, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Police are warning West Loop residents about a spate of burglaries during which burglars entered homes through their front doors. The burglaries reportedly took place May 20 in the 1200 block of West Madison Street, according to an alert released Tuesday by the Chicago Police Department to the 12th District, which covers the West Loop. In at least three incidents, the report stated, the unknown offenders entered the front doors of apartments in a building near the intersection of Madison Street and Racine Avenue and stole property from inside.
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September 13, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Loop businesses beware; the Chicago Police Department says there is an office supply bandit on the loose. CPD released an alert today warning of a spate of office building thefts in the 1st District, which includes parts of the Loop and South Loop. The alert said a man was captured on security video Wednesday afternoon stealing office equipment from a building in the 100 block of South Riverside Plaza. In the video, the offender is seen entering businesses, "looking into individual offices and checking door handles until he identifies office equipment to steal," the alert said.
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October 21, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department is alerting District 2 residents of a pattern robberies by a group of muggers in Hyde Park. In each of the incidents, which were reported at the 1300 block of East 50th Street and the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue on Oct. 18 just after 7:30 p.m, three to four offenders approached groups of multiple people, threatened them with a handgun, and demanded they empty their pockets, the police alert said. The descriptions of the offenders varied, police said, but they were likely black, male, ages 15 to...
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December 12, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department announced plans to patrol Lake Shore Drive for drunk drivers over the weekend. The DUI Strike Force Patrol is slated to cover the Drive from 8 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday, according to an alert released today by the police department. The extra patrollers are slated to cover the length of the drive, from Hollywood Avenue in Edgewater to 92nd Street on the South Side, looking for drivers who appear to be intoxicated. They will also be issuing tickets to speed and seat belt violators.
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December 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department released an alert saying officers would make roadside car safety stops on the Near North Side over the weekend. The "roadside safety check" is slated to take place from 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 and end at 4 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. The alert says police will slow down traffic by stopping cars and checking for drivers who might be intoxicated, or might be committing other safety violations, such as driving without...
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January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department seized 6,813 illegally possessed or used firearms from the streets last year, according to police officials. That's slightly lower than the 7,400 or so illegal firearms the department announced it seized in 2012. Some of the guns were likely used to commit crimes, while others were seized from people who officers learned were carrying the guns without the proper licensing. Police officials used the announcement as an opportunity to criticize federal and state gun laws for contributing to...
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April 11, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Police officers found $155,000 worth of pot in a Southwest Side home, according to a Chicago Police Department alert Thursday. Rafael Diaz De Leon, 29, of the 5000 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue, was charged with several counts of manufacturing and delivering cannabis and possession of a controlled substance after a police gang investigation revealed he had more than 20 pounds of cannabis stored in his residence near Midway Airport. Police also seized about $39,000 in cash and a car that belongs to Diaz De...
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May 20, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
At least three trailers carrying refrigerated meat have been stolen from South Side lots this month, according to a business alert released Monday night by the Chicago Police Department. The alert said the trailers were likely stolen in the early morning hours, in areas of the 9th and 10th police districts that are largely populated by warehouse and storage facilities. Back of the Yards, the community area that overlaps with parts of those districts, is the historic home of Chicago's meatpacking industry.
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May 11, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Chuck Trendle was pretending to be a man drinking a beer along the lakefront trail - harmless, but still breaking the law. When two police officers approached him on their bicycles to write him a ticket, he ran. The police chased him, cornered him between their two front wheels, pushed him over the frame of one of the bikes and cuffed him within seconds. Trendle is an instructor for the Chicago Police Department's bike unit, a team of beat cops who patrol the city atop mountain bikes.
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April 30, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
On any given night, a Chicagoan has dozens of opportunities to hear live musicians perform. But that also means a thief has at least as many chances to nab thousands of dollars worth of music gear from touring performers. Depending on who you ask within Chicago's music scene, the city may be the "Bermuda Triangle" of band gear. Or it may just be another major metropolitan area offering both peril and opportunity for indie musicians on the road. Consider the Louisiana band Brass Bed, who have been victims of theft twice while...
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April 26, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins, additional reporting by Carlos Sadovi and RedEye Soundboard
Chicago footwork and juke pioneer, DJ Rashad Harden, 34, died Saturday afternoon, according to police. Chicago police are conducting an investigation after a friend found Harden's body in an apartment on the 2100 block of West 21st Street, said Hector Alfaro, a news affairs officer at the Chicago Police Department.  Detroit's DJ Godfather  initially tweeted the news. Godfather was scheduled to perform with DJ Rashad Saturday night. Police said that Harden died of a suspected drug overdose.
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April 14, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
One hundred per week. That's the average number of illegally possessed guns the Chicago Police Department has seized from alleged criminals each week this year, according to a department announcement Monday. CPD has seized more than 1,500 firearms total so far in 2014, Superintendent Garry McCarthy said at a Monday press conference, where he also renewed city officials' calls for more strict state and federal gun laws. Police officials say...
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April 11, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Police officers found $155,000 worth of pot in a Southwest Side home, according to a Chicago Police Department alert Thursday. Rafael Diaz De Leon, 29, of the 5000 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue, was charged with several counts of manufacturing and delivering cannabis and possession of a controlled substance after a police gang investigation revealed he had more than 20 pounds of cannabis stored in his residence near Midway Airport. Police also seized about $39,000 in cash and a car that belongs to Diaz De...
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May 28, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Police are warning West Loop residents about a spate of burglaries during which burglars entered homes through their front doors. The burglaries reportedly took place May 20 in the 1200 block of West Madison Street, according to an alert released Tuesday by the Chicago Police Department to the 12th District, which covers the West Loop. In at least three incidents, the report stated, the unknown offenders entered the front doors of apartments in a building near the intersection of Madison Street and Racine Avenue and stole property from inside.
NEWS
March 13, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Chicagoans convicted of committing violent crimes with guns must register with the Chicago Police Department as a gun offender and appear on the city's registry. The City Council on Wednesday passed an amendment to the city's gun offender registry ordinance expanding the definition of gun offender to include convictions of violent crimes with a firearm such as kidnapping, assault, robbery, home invasion and carjacking. They have five days to register after getting out of prison or receiving a sentence if there is no jail...
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department has seized more than 1,000 illegally possessed guns so far this year, according to a department news release Wednesday. The mayor's office used the milestone to underscore the value of stricter gun laws, reiterating its call for three-year sentences for illegal gun possession. During a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy also called for a gun-transfer reporting requirement, a federal universal background check, a federal ban on assault weapons and a federal ban on high-capacity magazines.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A snowy February has led to an uptick in burglaries in Bridgeport, according to a Chicago Police Department community alert. The department is warning Bridgeport residents about a string of burglaries last month in which an unknown offender entered garages and stole snow-removal equipment, among other tools. In a community alert released Sunday, CPD officials said one or more people burglarized garages in the 9th District, which includes Bridgeport, at various hours of the day. The affected homes were in the 2800 block of...
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