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From Robyn Steele, 200 South Humphrey

On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30th at 1:00 my 15 year old son was mugged in our alley (200 block of S. Humphrey)
He was walking East on Pleasant where 4 African American male youths (ages approximately 14-16) started following him. When he got to the middle of our alley (only 2 houses away from our back gate) they jumped him, punched him in the eye and took his cell phone and back pack. The youths then ran north through the Humphrey alley towards South Blvd. and then over to Austin.

We immediately called police, who responded extremely quickly. The police, my husband and son went looking for the offenders in a patrol car, but were unsuccessful.

I give this word of caution to all - if you think you are being followed, DO NOT go down alleys. Stick to the middle of the street.

Just wanted all to be aware of the situation.

Robyn Steele

PS from David:
MJ was leaving our garage shortly before this happened and noticed about 8 boys of this same age scattered about on opposite sides of the street. If you see large groups like this milling around and don't recognize the individuals, call the Police immediately. Since these robberies have been going on for months now, our neighborhood has to take more affirmative action about calling before something occurs. It would also be nice if the Police could notify us when things were happening so that we could be on the look out. Since they don't share this information with us, we need to keep each other in the loop about things we see and hear about.

Garage Robberies


The three lights outside our garage (300 S. Taylor) which are on motion sensors, had the bulbs loosened so that they wouldn't turn on. There is evidence that someone tried, but failed to break-in to our garage (we reinforced the door/frame a few years ago after we were robbed). Plus, our far back gate which is secured shut with a carabeener was wide open and the metal carabeener gone (it is now secured with a MASTER lock). It also happened on 10/31. We reported it to the police and they said they had several similar calls and they would inform the area officer and would be on the look out.


We received the following email from the Bruhns family at 304 S. Taylor:

FYI - our garage was broken into on Friday night, 10/31. We don't keep much in it, so all that appears to have been taken is my stash of quarters for the parking meters and an open bottle of anti-freeze from my trunk. We don't lock our cars in the garage to avoid the hassle of broken car windows. We do need to do some repair on the door jam, though. We reported it to the police, but be on the look-out. Hopefully the increase patrols in the area. Trick-or-treat I guess.

Zone 4 Community Policing Newsletter

Bike-riding robbers strike in Oak Park

From Chicago Breaking News

September 16, 2008 at 10:40 PM | Comments (1)

Police say two Oak Park residents were robbed in separate incidents recently when groups of bike-riding teens surrounded them and demanded money or belongings.

One Oak Park youth reported that three teens riding bikes surrounded him and demanded his bike about 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of Lake Street.

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