Thieves stole packages from the lobby of this Albany Park condominium building at least three times. (Credit: CBS)

Thieves Steal Packages From Albany Park Condo Building At Least Three Times

A group of Northwest Side residents was fed up and frustrated, after mail thieves struck their condo building at least three times. Now they’re hoping security footage helps catch the culprits.


Is this beaut locked correctly? (Photo Credit: Mason Johnson)

Most Chicago Bike Owners Don’t Secure Their Bikes Properly, Allowing Thieves To Take Advantage

Let’s be honest: Chicagoans get their bikes stolen more often than Liam Neeson’s family members get kidnapped in the Taken franchise. Here are the mistakes bike theft victims make and how to avoid them!


Bikes! They're yours for the taking (please don't take them). (Photo Credit: Mason Johnson)

Chicago Police Less Willing To Curb Bike Thefts Than Some Other Cities, Internet Vigilantes

If we have to choose whether to devote resources to solving violent crimes or bike thefts, the choice is obvious. With that said, some are wondering why Chicago can’t have adequate resources devoted to both.


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CTA Adding New Theft-Prevention Measure To Buses

Burned twice in the past three years by impostors who stole buses, the CTA is going high-tech in its attempt to prevent it from happening again.


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Police Warn Of Cell Phone Thefts From Mag Mile Restaurants

The distraction techniques of the thieves are brazen, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Vietnam veteran Ron Moe. (CBS)

Vietnam Vet Brought To Tears After Burglars Steal Tools Of Sentimental Value

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a look at what made a man who survived Saigon so emotional.


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Thieves Target Commerical Air Conditioners For Parts

Thieves posed as legitimate tradesmen when they recently went after a commercial air-conditioning unit for its parts.



Thieves Try, But Fail, To Swipe Entire ATM

Thieves did the heavy lifting — literally — of taking an ATM from its foundation at a bank in the Bucktown neighborhood early Friday, but apparently something spooked them and they left the machine — and their getaway vehicle — behind.


Several brass mailbox covers like the one on the left have been ripped off the facade of a townhouse complex in the Avalon Park neighborhood, leaving behind only the open mailbox behind them, like seen on the right. (Credit: CBS)

Thieves Target Brass Mailbox Covers In Avalon Park

It’s a thriving illegal enterprise these days: crooks making off with manhole covers, metal gutters and copper pipes from homes, then selling the items to unscrupulous scrap metal dealers.


These decorative iron grates around the base of city trees are being targeted by thieves. (CBS)

The Latest Metal Item To Steal For Scrap: Iron Grates Around Trees

The decorative iron grates at the base of trees in the city are heavy — up to 175 pounds – and they’re in plain view. But that’s not stopping thieves. CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman reports.


Thieves stole four decorative kick plates from the doors of The Pattington, a North Side condo building, on the day after Thanksgiving. (Credit: CBS)

North Side Thieves Targeting Kick Plates On Doors

We’ve heard of thieves targeting manhole covers, cooper pipes and wiring, even aluminum benches to sell to scrap yards for quick cash. But now there’s a new hot item catching their eyes: decorative kick plates on the bottom of doors.

CBS 2–12/05/2011

The 2 Investigators went undercover to see if retailers would buy seemingly stolen merchandise. (CBS)

2 Investigators: The Black Market For Stolen Smart Phones

What happens to smart phones that are ripped from the hands of robbery victims? 2 Investigator Dave Savini talks with authorities about the pipeline of stolen merchandise.


Randi, a Chatham neighorhood resident, installed a cage with three locks around her new central air conditioner after thieves stole her old unit from her back yard in June 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Thieves In Chatham Targeting Air Conditioners

Residents of the Chatham neighborhood have been put on notice to keep an eye on their air conditioners. Thieves have been sneaking into back yards and crawling onto rooftops to steal entire central air conditioning units.

CBS 2–07/05/2011

Thieves stole the wheels of this Honda Fit and left it sitting on cinder blocks. Thieves have been targeting Honda Fit wheels, apparently because they're popular with back alley car customizers. (Credit: Kris Dressen)

Thieves Targeting Wheels Of Honda Fits

A warning if you drive a Honda Fit: thieves are targeting your wheels. Not your car, necessarily, just your wheels.

CBS 2–06/30/2011

Montrose Harbor

Rash Of Car Break-Ins Along North Lakefront

Police are warning of a rash of vehicle break-ins along the north lakefront.

CBS Chicago–06/24/2011

Thieves have made off with thousands of dollars' worth of copper wiring from street lights. (CBS)

UPDATE: Thieves Target East Lakeview Streetlights For Copper

As quickly as the city can put up new streetlights in Lakeview, thieves are pulling valuable copper wire from them.


File Photo Of A Handgun (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Radio Shack Thieves Make Off With ‘Large Amount’ Of Electronics, Cash

Police are seeking two assailants who held up a Radio Shack at gunpoint Sunday morning in the Wicker Park neighborhood.



Thieves Drive Up Prices For Everyone Else

Even if you don’t see any thieves or shoplifters as you shop on Black Friday, they still have their hands in your pocket as you shop.

WBBM Newsradio–11/26/2010