CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s a one man burglary spree.
Several businesses within blocks of each other targeted.
CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas has the story from 100th and Western.
Chicago police said between March 10 to March 18, there were three business burglaries all between 99th and 104th and Western. In each case someone smashed the window of a business.
Craig Patel closes his Town Armanetti Beverage Mart by 11:00 p.m. But his March 15 security video showed an after-hours visitor throw an elbow at the window.
That doesn’t break it, so he picks something off the ground and then tosses it at the glass.
“It’s very frustrating, you know,” Patel said. “We work like 10 hours a day. By the time you get home, and you get a phone call from the alarm company,” Patel added.
He said the man reached through the broken glass, grabbed cigarettes and walked off down 100th. What’s worse, Patel said a burglar broke another window on March 10 and stole bottles of liquor.
Police said they are investigating a similar smash and grab near 103rd and Western around 6:30 a.m. March 18.
“It’s a beautiful neighborhood. There’s police officers that live in the neighborhood and everything. I think these guys are coming from somewhere else,” Patel said.
CPD said it believes the same guy is responsible for all three burglaries, adding that they are looking for a man between 30 and 40 years old. He wears glasses and, as seen on a surveillance image, a New York Yankees hat. Investigators said, in at least one burglary, money was stolen.
“Three in that short time span is unusual,” said Susan Flood of the Beverly Area Planning Association said that despite the burglaries, the neighborhood is safe.
“Any crime in our community is unusual. We’re a very tight-knit community. We look out for each other,” Flood said.
Patel had a message for the robber:
“Hey man, get a job. Get a real job like we all do.”
City records showed business burglaries within a half mile radius of 103rd and Western are actually down in recent years. There were 35 in 2016, 26 in 2017 and last year there were 24.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police are looking for a 13-year-old girl who was last seen near Kostner and Fullerton avenues in Chicago.
Desiray Diaz was last seen March 12.
She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair.
Police ask that anyone with information on where Desiray is contact the Chicago Police Area North SVU at (312)744-8266.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police are searching for 65-year-old Helen Smith, who was last seen Wednesday.
She is 5 feet 3 inches tall with black hair and dark brown eyes and weighs 160 pounds.
Smith was last seen wearing a black skull cap with a brown all on top, a gray sweater, blue jeans and knee high black boots.
Police said she frequently hangs out in the downtown area.
Contact Area South SVU detectives at (312)747-8274 with any information.
CHICAGO (CBS) — In two months it will be one year since Latonya Moore’s daughter was reported missing and found dead. She said she just wants justice, but her daughter’s killer has never been found.
“She said, ‘I’ll be back mom,’” Moore said. “She never came back.”
Moore remembers looking in every abandoned building in Lawndale when her daughter 26-year-old Shantieya Smith was reported missing last May.
Smith was found in a garage just blocks from the place she called home.
“Right under a car in a garage,” her mother said.
Her body was decomposed. The cause of death was ruled as a homicide with signs of blunt trauma.
“It was devastating because she also has a 7-year-old daughter, so it’s kind of hard to adjust telling her her mom is deceased,” Moore said.
In the ten months since Smith was reported missing and found dead, Moore has been searching for answers and closure.
“How can somebody be actually that cruel, that cruel, period? Just to leave a body in a garage for two weeks,” she said.
Police have identified a person of interest in the case. CBS 2 is not naming the man since he has not been charged.
After Smith’s death, that same man was charged with attempted murder involving a West Side woman and with driving a stolen car belonging to an out of state woman who had been sexually assaulted and shot several times. The man is in jail right now.
“The thing that I want to know, did they ever go down there to even question him?” Moore said.
CBS 2 asked police if the person of interest was ever questioned about Smith’s case. Police said after her murder and the out of state crime, he was questioned. Each time he asked for a lawyer and refused to talk.
Moore said in the months since her daughter’s murder she’s called and left messages for detectives.
“You all said there was a hand print on the garage,” she said. “Where’s the forensics at? Tell me whose hands was on it. I need to know all that. You all not telling me anything. Period.”
She says she also has a message for the person who killed her daughter.
“Your mom can get phone calls. Your mom can talk to you,” she said. “My daughter can’t talk to me. She can’t even talk to her daughter. She will never see her graduate from 8th grade. She will never see her come out of high school. She will never see her as a parent of even having a child.”
In response CBS 2’s story Chicago police said DNA results are not back yet, and they’re taking this investigation extremely seriously given what is known about the victim and the crime.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A 19 year-old woman is charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a Chicago police officer.
The woman’s family said she thought someone was trying to break in when she fired the gun. CBS 2’s Chelsea Irving has the latest.
Chicago police said the 34-year-old officer was shot in the left shoulder. The bullet traveled through him, fracturing a vertebrae before it ended up lodged in the muscle of his right shoulder.
The officer is in the ICU at Stroger Hospital but expected to make a full recovery.
Chicago police said officers were executing a search warrant for drugs and weapons at a home on West Potomac when from inside, police said 19-year-old Emily Petronella fired a shot. The bullet went through the backdoor striking the lead officer.
Petronella’s family told CBS 2 she feared someone was breaking in to her home. A friend who wanted to remain anonymous said they’ve had a break-in there before.
“I understand if the cops did just but in and it was a self-defense type of thing,” said the friend.
Petronella’s defense attorney appeared to be suggesting that somehow his client was not aware police were serving a search warrant.
“At this point we are confident that the Chicago Police Department’s use of body worn cameras will exonerate her in this case,” said attorney Stefan Fenner.
But prosecutors said it was clear that is was police who were entering the home. They pulled up in marked cars with lights flashing and were wearing identification.
“They again announced loudly ‘Chicago police, search warrant,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Ravin. “Then officers used a battering ram to attempt to breach the door.”
Inside the home, police recovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun, ammunition and over 10,000 grams of suspected marijuana. Petronella was in the home out on bond for a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of a weapon. Police said last month at a traffic stop, they found a shotgun in her car, along with almost $2,000 in cash.
Petronella is charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder along with a manufacture and delivery of cannabis and several other weapons charges. She is being held without bond.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago police officer was shot in the Humboldt Park neighborhood while executing a search warrant Saturday night, police confirm.
Sources tell CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards that officer was shot in the shoulder, and the offender is in custody.
The shooting occurred shortly after 7 p.m. while executing a warrant in the 2700 block of West Potomoc, according to a CPD spokesman.
Supt. Eddie Johnson is on his way to Stroger Hospital, the spokesman said.
CHICAGO (CBS) — An “emergency closure order” has been issued against a private South Shore club after six people were shot there early Sunday morning.
Police Supt. Eddie Johnson issued the order against the social club at 2911 E. 79th St. following an investigation by the Chicago Police Department’s Organized Crim Bureau and Vice Unit, according to CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
The two initial victims, a 24-year-old woman and 26-year-old man, were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center. Officials said both were in stable condition.
Four more victims, a woman and three men ranging in age from 25 to 31 years old, arrived at Jackson Park Hospital and Providence Hospital in good condition.
Police are investigating what led to the shooting and said at least one victim is not cooperating with their investigation.
Police have not released any information about a possible suspect.
The investigation is ongoing.