Smash And Grab Robberies Plague North Side 

By J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

November 20, 2022

CHICAGO –  Smash and grab robberies are on the rise for North Side businesses.

Chicago police said at least six businesses were robbed Friday morning.   According to investigators, the offenders broke into the businesses by throwing something to break through a glass entrance and then steal property and cash from the register. 

The following locations were robbed Friday morning: 

2400 Block of North Clark St.    

3300 Block of North Western Ave.

3500 Block of North Western Ave.

4000 Block of North Western Ave.

7000 Block of North Western Ave.

7300 Block of North Western Ave.

According to witnesses and security footage, police are searching for 2-3 suspects who are Black wearing hooded sweatshirts and face masks. 

Pick-Pocket Thefts On The Rise In Chicago Area

By Kathy Whitaker, The Chicago Times

November 18, 2022

NORTHBROOK, IL –  Suburban police throughout the Chicago metropolitan area have issued a warning to the public of a rash of pick-pocket thefts occurring at retail stores and restaurants.

The most recent pick-pocket thefts have occurred in Northbrook and appear to be targeting the elderly.  Police have also warned that the entire Chicago area has been seeing a rise in pick-pocket thefts.  Police said the suspects seen in Northbrook are described as Latin American.

“We want to remind residents to be aware of their surroundings at all times,” said Chief Christopher Kennedy. “As always, if you see something, say something.”

Northbrook police ask residents with information leading to an arrest to contact them at 847-564-2060.

Man Charged In West Rogers Park Stabbing

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

November 18, 2022

CHICAGO – A male suspect has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing that wounded a man in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.

Chicago police said Avondre Carroll, 19, of Chicago, has been charged in the stabbing of an 18-year-old on October 30 in the 6400 block of North Hamilton Avenue.  Carroll was arrested Thursday in the 2000 block of West Arthur Avenue.

Man Shot In Back Of The Yards While Driving

By The Chicago Times Staff

November 18, 2022

CHICAGO – A man was shot multiple times Thursday night in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Chicago police reported that the 27-year-old victim was driving in the 4300 block of South Hermitage Avenue around 9:00 pm when a gunman opened fire.  The victim was wounded in the face, arm, leg, and chest.

The victim was transported to a local hospital and is listed in fair condition.

Illinois State Trooper Injured After High-Speed Chase Crash

By The Chicago Times Staff

November 16, 2022

CHICAGO – An Illinois State trooper along with two civilians were injured after a daring high-speed chase through Chicago’s South Side overnight. 

Illinois State Police said the trooper was in pursuit of a suspect’s car when both cars crashed separately around 12:00 am. The high-speed chase started at 79th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue and ended on 95th Street near Chicago State University in Burnside. 

According to investigators, the trooper lost control of his squad car due to wet road conditions and hit a tree while the civilian car hit a light pole.  All three were taken to an area hospital in stable condition.

Bond Denied For Man Accused Of Opening Fire At Yorktown Mall

By T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

November 16, 2022

WHEATON, IL – Bond was denied for a man who is charged with opening fire on a group of people at Yorktown mall in DuPage County last week.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced that bond was denied Monday for Ronald Grundy, 22, of Louisville, Kentucky, who appeared at a bond hearing Tuesday morning where Judge John Kinsella granted the State’s motion to deny bond. 

On November 14, 2022, Grundy and his alleged accomplice, Jakobi Kinsey, 24, of the 3200 block of W. Douglas Boulevard, Chicago, appeared at a bond hearing where Judge Brian Telander set bond at $1 million.  Both defendants have been charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm.

According to prosecutors, on November 11, 2022, at approximately 3:05 pm, Lombard police responded to a call of shots fired at the Yorktown Mall near the JC Penny parking lot. On scene, officers spoke with victims about the shooting. The victims, two males and one female, claimed they were at the mall when they were confronted by Kinsey and Grundy, who was wearing a ski mask.  Allegedly one of the defendants asked the victims “you good?” at which time the victims continued to their vehicle. The victims further allege that the defendants then ran towards and entered their vehicle and drove towards the victims’ vehicle. The victims claim Grundy leaned out of the passenger side window and fired multiple shots at the victims, striking the female in the arm.  It is alleged that Grundy and Kinsey then fled the scene.

During the investigation, Lombard police officers discovered five 9mm shell casings and further evidence that led to the arrest of Kinsey at his Chicago address.  Grundy was taken into custody on November 14 at an address in Cook County.

“With the holiday shopping season just beginning, the allegations that these two defendants opened fire in the middle of the afternoon in the parking lot of a popular mall demonstrates a complete and utter disregard for public safety and the rule of law,” Berlin said. “In DuPage County, public safety is our top priority and the public can rest assured that law enforcement throughout the County will be on high alert and well prepared to protect our shoppers, merchants and restaurateurs from the type of violent behavior alleged today.  Make no mistake, anyone who commits this type of violent crime in DuPage County will be apprehended, charged, aggressively prosecuted and, if found guilty, face a significant amount of time behind bars.”

Grundy is expected back in court on December 1, 2022, for arraignment, while Kinsey’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 2, 2022 for arraignment. Both cases will be heard in front of Judge Margaret O’Connell.

Photo: Ronald Grundy (left); Jakobi Kinsey (right). Credit: DuPage County State’s Attorney