Connected Business Downgrades Crime
- Four people smashed the front door of Union Group of Illinois, 6428 N. Milwaukee Ave., in an apparent attempt to break into the city's newest cannabis dispensary Saturday morning, police said.
Surveillance footage showed the group breaking the glass door before running away, a police source told DNAinfo. The dispensary's staff called to report a break-in at 11:19 a.m. Saturday.
But Dmitrey Stebley, the dispensary's chief operator, called the incident "an act of vandalism" by a group of young men who appeared to be intoxicated just after 4 a.m. Saturday.
"This was not an attempt to break in," Stebley said. "Only the outer glass was broken."
Riiiight. Because your security measures worked, it's "vandalism" and not something more sinister. What a load of crap. The local aldercreature got it correct though:
- Still, Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st) saw the damage as a bitter I-told-you-so moment, after trying to prevent the shop from opening in his ward because of security concerns.
Napolitano's office conducted an automated telephone poll of his constituents, finding that 72 percent didn't want the dispensary at Devon Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue, he said.
"This is exactly what residents expected to happen," Napolitano said. "It's exactly what the neighborhood never wanted to deal with in the first place. And it could be just the beginning."
Anyone know why an aldercreature and the citizens he represents can't regulate and/or shut down what they see as a problem business?