Friday, November 14, 2014

The Bike is BACK!!!

  • A $700 custom-made bike has been recovered after a band of young people dubbed the "Stroller Gang" stole it and tip money from a Wicker Park pizzeria over the weekend.

    The bike was sold to someone who later saw the video and turned it in to police, according to 14th District police.
We'd also like to thank the people who pointed out that Channel 7 ran this story the other night with all the faces blurred out - and then asked the viewers to contact the police if they recognized anyone involved in the theft. Yes, they were serious.

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Anonymous 279 said...

279

For the record: 279 new Police Officers have been hired so far this year as of today’s date.

It looks like the city is barely keeping up with the number of retirees.

11/14/2014 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, they did. I turned to look at the video and said something I won't repeat here when I saw the blurred ovals gliding along on the screen.
It was at that point, I determined the story was supposed to be entertainment, not news. The video showing the unchained bike being taken confirmed my opinion.

11/14/2014 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss the good old days when they used the big blue dot.

11/14/2014 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SO glad the bike is back however the owner is apparently said to have had several bikes stolen in the past so 'why' did he 'invite' folks to steal the bike by not having it locked up, out of sight?

11/14/2014 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the cook has now only lost 5 bikes in 5 years?

11/14/2014 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that might be RACIST! They're asking you to recognize that they're black. RACIST!

11/14/2014 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOR SALE: bike locks and chains, cheap. Protect your expensive bicycle with a cheap lock and chain! It only works if you use it now! Hey, you, where you going with my bicycle? Come back here! Give me my bicycle! Anyone want to sell me a Ventre card?

11/14/2014 04:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more this story bleeds, the more I get pissed off.

In general, these "victims" who "need help" all over the local media are the same ones who f__k with you when you're locking your bike. It's like you're the one making the world a worse place by violating some nonexistent social contract.

Condescending tone. "No one will take it" -- like you're an idiot.

"The store will be closed by the time you get that all locked up." Etc.

There is also a parallel "We never lock OUR doors" pathology going on. Like hell you don't. You also have ADT signs stuck all over the place.

It's too weird.







11/14/2014 06:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was I right??

Was that stroller gang section 8'ers getting one of those $3,000 a month "super vouchers" from CHA to live in "opportunity areas" like Wicker Park ??

11/14/2014 06:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet the pizza cook is really glad that multiple news outlets have announced that he got his $700 bike back along with the location of where he works (and, therefore, where the bike will be. Don't be surprised when it goes missing again.

11/14/2014 06:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those blaming the cook for not locking up his bike did you really watch the story? The bike was behind a 10 foot spiked fence. How many of us would have locked our bike back there? Yes he had other bikes stolen, but no one said they were stolen from that location. Use your heads, stop blaming the victim and blame the perps.

11/14/2014 06:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why were these people not arrested by Police? Clearly 3 crimes were committed and caught on tape !!


Garry McCarthy where are you ????

11/14/2014 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Owner will no longer lock the iron gate as he felt "sick" that one of the young misguided utes might have been hurt climbing over the spikes

11/14/2014 06:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cut of the thiefs hand if the thief was previously convicted for theft.

11/14/2014 06:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love liberals, they make great pizzas and let us use their bikes.

11/14/2014 06:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yow! Flip Trib head sez --

"Chicago's stroller gang hits Wicker Park's new "Craft Pizza."

Uh...sounds like one of those "Tonight our camera crew visits the trendy new bistro/Pilates parlor/day spa/boutique/hookah lounge our friends just opened, isn't Chicago one big glittery breathless whirl of excitement if you have lots of money" pieces.

Really, it's the way coolest thing that could have happened.

Possible outcomes here --

* Tour buses begin to stop at pizza joint and recount the harrowing Tale Of The Tip Jar

* "Stroller Gang" is given elaborate new house by "local church groups working with Habitats For Humanity"

The mind boggles.

Isn't this the second "Millenial guy gets his expensive bike back" splash we've seen fairly recently? Some kind of smartphone/video/craigslist/Internet tie-in there, too.

They like all that stuff, shows that their virtual construct of the world is working great.










11/14/2014 06:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My raise wasn't on my check what the f@&$!!!!!

11/14/2014 07:01:00 AM  
Blogger Barney Fife said...

Private Pyle, if there is one thing in this world that I hate, it is an unlocked footlocker.

if it wasn't for dickheads like you, there wouldn't be any thievery in this world, would there?

11/14/2014 08:11:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

All faces are blurred to me after a night at Beatrice' s.

11/14/2014 08:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That bike was out of sight behind a 10ft fence. You should be pointing out that he shouldn't have to worry about locking it up behind a locked fence although with all of these honor students roaming around maybe everything should be behind bullet proof glass just like in the hood

11/14/2014 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blurred faces to protect the identity of the catered to constituents. We wouldn't want the offenders to sue the victims now

11/14/2014 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah yes, those blurry faced bands of young people. I see them all over the place. They should be in custody in no time with descriptions like that. Thanks for all the help ABC 7. Hard hitting, investigative reporting right there.

11/14/2014 09:33:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

Well, does any of it really make a difference?

--- If *Jasmine* would have been caught stealing the Tip Money, confronting her would be... Racist! Ya see, it wasn't her fault, she 'thought' it was Free Money, like stores have loose pennys out for you to use. If she was white nobody would say 'nuttin' about the 'misunderstanding'.

--- If little *Julian* was caught stealing the Bike confronting him would be, you got it...Racist! Ya see, being 'poor' he doesn't know what locked gates mean as nobody in his family or neighborhood can afford locks. Since the bike wasn't chained or secured in any manner he 'thought' it was being thrown away. If he was White nobody would say 'nuttin' about the 'misunderstanding'.

Oh well, don't ya love those "Chicago Values".

It's a good thing that pizza place was there instead of a Chick-Fil-A. Those poor yutes may have seen a Bible on the counter and scarred for life by that hateful book.

11/14/2014 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cmon he is a cook!

You know the type i only have a little weed i'm not hurting anyone!

11/14/2014 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "Stroller Gang"...

They were raised on LINK Cards, without WORK ETHIC. They get together to go out to steal like normal people go to jobs.

No one needs to steal to eat not with the welfare that taxpayers provide. They steal for dope and $150 a pair sneakers.

If caught Baby Mama would plead her baby needs her and that stroller is a good place to hide a gun.

Stay Safe. Would you think to search it.

11/14/2014 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic...

Sad News...

The Best Mayor we ever had Jayne Byrne died today at age 81.

She was great for her Boys in Blue.

Rest in Peace.

11/14/2014 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stay Safe. Would you think to search it.

11/14/2014 12:40:00 PM

Hey, getting colder. Anything goes real slick down those fuzz-lined tall boots, "Uggs," whatever. Flat packs of tuna, expensive bs cosmetics, steak knife. Comes back out quick too.

Mama, babygirl be talking s__t in their tight jeans w/sequins across the a__. And those boots. Now glowing smartphone always in hand bleeble-bleeble, got business. One distraction after another.

CHECK THOSE SLIPON BOOTS.

Stay safe. God bless.



11/14/2014 05:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The bike was behind a 10 foot spiked fence. How many of us would have locked our bike back there?"

11/14/2014 06:26:00 AM

Me. (I actually ride.)

I know POs have had their bike locked to something solid inside a locked garage w/dog in yard, motion-activated floods, etc. and it still went.

Bring mine into my own living room and at least U-lock front wheel to frame. At home. Period.

I have seen 'em vanish between the time I was looking over there and the time I glanced back again. Disappearing around the corner. That quick.

There it is.



11/14/2014 05:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Owner will no longer lock the iron gate as he felt "sick" that one of the young misguided utes might have been hurt climbing over the spikes."

11/14/2014 06:43:00 AM

Put yo wallet on de groun an walk away.

These people are not salvageable. On either side of this movie.

Po-lice s'posed fix it.

Fat chance.


11/14/2014 06:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What went down earlier at the White Castle on the corner of Clark and Ridge here in 020? I was driving past and saw no less than eight different cars responding, but since my phone was dead I couldn't pick up anything on the scanner app.

11/14/2014 09:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
"The bike was behind a 10 foot spiked fence. How many of us would have locked our bike back there?"

11/14/2014 06:26:00 AM

Most of us would lock it. I don't care if there's a bubble around it.
Then again, I had neighbors in a condo who moved here from rural Iowa, who never locked their condo door. Why? Oh, because the building door had a lock on it and that was enough for them. (Until they were burglarized, anyway. And then they were so disillusioned, they moved BACK to Iowa.)

11/14/2014 09:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Why were these people not arrested by Police? Clearly 3 crimes were committed and caught on tape !!


Garry McCarthy where are you ????

11/14/2014 06:29:00 AM

He's busy filling out bridal registries at Macy's and Nordstrom. Leave him alone.

11/14/2014 09:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Top billing for CPD on ABC World News tonight. CPD has paid 240 million dollars in the last ten years in police brutality law suits. Great job!!! Instead of spending money on continuous training our officers in target discrimination, firearms and defensive tactics we let these people file law suits against us. What a joke we have become!!! Millions of dollars paid out!! What do you expect from the circus and the clowns they call exempts? Look at them. You think any of them are professional police officers? You think they believe in training. Calloway who is ADS of the academy is scared of guns. I heard him say he doesn't like training on firearms or shooting. Who is Barb a west going to chase? You think she can shoot? Guiliford is scared of his own shadow. Disgusting.

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/police-brutality-allegation-payouts-26928370?source=wn

11/14/2014 10:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberalism is a disease.

11/15/2014 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw a Facebook news feed the other day. Shows a white hand holding a gun and the link to the story describes two African American males who committed armed robberies. Why do they do that? Now what if it were the other way around? A black hand holding a gun and the story was about two white robbery offenders? I don't understand why the news just can't tell the uncloaked truth? Is the public going to get upset at what the public is doing? WTF? It's so funny when the news gives a description and says the police need your help and they describe every detail but the race. Then you hear the neighborhood and realize it's a black neighborhood. I wrote in a few times on various stories asking them why they leave out race and I never get a response back. Never. I often think to myself what if we started doing that in case reports? Just arbitrarily left the race off the report. Why even bother reporting the news and say the cops are asking for help but then don't give detailed facts?

11/15/2014 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Owner will no longer lock the iron gate as he felt "sick" that one of the young misguided utes might have been hurt climbing over the spikes."

11/14/2014 06:43:00 AM

I've been laughing for decades whenever I think of the old Addams Family episode which depicted Gomez, the undisputed Man Of The House, in his ca. 1940 pinstriped banker's suit -- you could almost smell the mothballs -- out in the yard up on a tall stepladder sharpening his wrought-iron fence.

Had a great big 18" mill bastard file. The real ones like that are not so easy to find these days.

Work a little, carefully test the point with his finger, file some more, squint at the result...







11/15/2014 11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"[insisted on not locking their door] Until they were burglarized, anyway. And then they were so disillusioned, they moved BACK to Iowa."

-- 11/14/2014 09:29:00 PM

Oh, I know this one in my bones. Important thing is that they keep the faith and NEVER TELL ANYONE WHO DID WHAT. Right? Do not violate the social contract that no longer exists for anyone else.

Like I say, there's an underlying pathology. Sometimes it is very sad, though. No room has been left for trust or innocence anymore, and the good people are shaken to the core.

That's OK -- but I feel that one is less than a man if one does not speak out about right and wrong when one has the option to. I can sure understand silence, ducking behind the blinds, if the option is to be shot on your front porch by the weekend -- but the hand-wringing "liberal guilt," discharged into an earth berm from a safe distance, is unbearable, and makes the ongoing, deliberate disintegration of Western society that much harder to deal with.

At least the couple I talked to who moved to Round Lake Beach "to get away from the gangs" -- and fled back to Chicago, almost immediately -- imparted some useful information to me about the area.

"Speak truth to bulls__t." It could save a life. If there is a quicksand pit down the trail, for God's sake warn your fellow traveler who is headed that way.

What have we become?






11/15/2014 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...maybe everything should be behind bullet proof glass just like in the hood..."

-- 11/14/2014 08:35:00 AM

That's the thing. Used to get dinner invitations, etc. from co-workers on the South Side -- not far at all from where I grew up -- and the folding burglar gates and Fox locks and fear were already just part of the scenery there 30-40 years ago. Go in once all the hardware was laboriously undone and the place was lovely, spotless, cleaner than mine. Showed great pride and effort.

Just people, just trying to live...

11/15/2014 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm these thugs are starting very well first stealing money to bikes. Next is drugs and shootings yes there right on track. Welcome to chi-rock where criminals have the right to do what ever the fuck they want and get away with it...

11/15/2014 02:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>> Anonymous said...
"Owner will no longer lock the iron gate as he felt "sick" that one of the young misguided utes might have been hurt climbing over the spikes."

11/14/2014 06:43:00 AM

I've been laughing for decades whenever I think of the old Addams Family episode which depicted Gomez, the undisputed Man Of The House, in his ca. 1940 pinstriped banker's suit -- you could almost smell the mothballs -- out in the yard up on a tall stepladder sharpening his wrought-iron fence.

Had a great big 18" mill bastard file. The real ones like that are not so easy to find these days.

Work a little, carefully test the point with his finger, file some more, squint at the result...

11/15/2014 11:53:00 AM<<<

I'd like to watch the video monitor and as Jo-Jo climbed to the top flip a switch...

ZZZZZaaaaapppp!!!!! A few hundred volts of Edison's finest electricity makes him go flying.

Then post that on Youtube.

11/16/2014 02:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I saw a Facebook news feed the other day. Shows a white hand holding a gun and the link to the story describes two African American males who committed armed robberies. Why do they do that? Now what if it were the other way around? A black hand holding a gun and the story was about two white robbery offenders? I don't understand why the news just can't tell the uncloaked truth? Is the public going to get upset at what the public is doing? WTF? It's so funny when the news gives a description and says the police need your help and they describe every detail but the race. Then you hear the neighborhood and realize it's a black neighborhood. I wrote in a few times on various stories asking them why they leave out race and I never get a response back. Never. I often think to myself what if we started doing that in case reports? Just arbitrarily left the race off the report. Why even bother reporting the news and say the cops are asking for help but then don't give detailed facts?

11/15/2014 08:39:00 AM

---

hey all the offenders of the TV show Chicago PD are middle-aged, paunchy white guys too

11/16/2014 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Hot Pursuit said...

Yes channel 7.... like most, never ceases to amaze.

11/16/2014 04:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright. Alright. ALRIGHT.

Have you people milked this for every bit of publicity you can by now?

Free pizza offered at Wicker Park eatery after stolen bike returned

Nov. 15, 2014 2:24 PM

"Hungry bikers scored slices of free pizza at a Wicker Park eatery in celebration of the restaurant's cook being reunited with his custom-made bike, which was stolen by a group dubbed the "Stroller Gang," according to staffers.

"It's because we're so happy that our cook's bike was found," said Craft Pizza employee Tavia Hanrahan.

"After swiping money from the tip jar, the group spotted the bike behind the building. One of the boys scaled a locked fence to steal it. Both thefts were caught on security camera and posted on YouTube."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-free-pizza-offered-at-wicker-park-eatery-after-stolen-bike-found-20141115-story.html

Not only that, the staff has learned its lesson. They're going to leave the iron back gate unlocked from now on so nobody gets hurt -- except maybe for the woman who gets dragged in there and raped under the stairs or something.

11/16/2014 04:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, 18-year-old babymama Gwenel McKeeney is in custody for theft of ten bucks from the tip jar.

It will take us a long time, but the city will slowly recover.


11/16/2014 10:16:00 PM  

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