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Theft and Robbery in Chicago

Taking anything of value without the owner’s consent is referred to as theft, while robbery is theft committed with actual or threatened physical force against one or more victims. For example, stuffing a bottle of liquor in one’s pants and walking out of the store is theft, while pointing a gun at the cashier and demanding that same bottle of liquor is robbery. Sentences range from probation to up to one year in jail for stealing something worth $300 or less, while the most serious theft carries a sentence of four to 15 years in prison. The much more serious crime of robbery usually is charged as a felony.

Shoplifting and armed robbery are vastly different charges requiring different levels of expertise to defend against. Finding the right Illinois criminal attorney is crucial to a successful outcome in criminal court. Chicago criminal defense attorneys can often assess your legal issue and help with developing a good defense strategy. You can find an attorney by viewing FindLaw's local directory of Chicago criminal defense attorneys.

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iPhone 5S Release Prompts Police to Prepare for Thefts

Beware of iPhone theft around iPhone release dates. With the much-anticipated release of the new iPhone 5S this Friday, some Apple fans may face a police officer or two leaving the store with their shiny new phones.

According to the Huffington Post, the Chicago Police Department is planning on sending additional officers out to a public transit stop on the city's North Side, near an Apple store. These officers will not only be there for crowd control purposes, but also to carefully monitor for any potential thieves looking for a five-finger discount on their own iPhone 5S.

With this potential new wave of iPhone thefts upon the city, what can be done to protect yourself and your smartphone?

What to Do When Your Smartphone Is Snatched

On any given day in Chicago, you can spot at least a dozen people staring at a smartphone in their hand, unaware that someone could simply snatch it away from them.

Even as early as 2011, Chicago law enforcement attributed the rise in thefts on buses and trains to a rise in smartphone thefts, reports the Chicago Tribune.

When your smartphone gets snatched, don't panic. There are several things you can do. For example:

Drug Addicted Trio Suspected in Over Sixty Suburban Burglaries

Gotta fuel the habit, right? A trio of Mt. Prospect residents were taken into custody after a lengthy investigation into residential and automotive burglaries culminated in their arrest, reports the Daily Herald.

Mt. Prospect expects to tie Ryan J. Bloom, 22, Richard J. McCann, 34, and Lizette M. Norman, 34, to nearly two dozen burglaries, while surrounding suburbs' investigators could bring that number to as high as sixty offenses. The initial comments from the investigators highlight the need for Chicagoans to use common sense.

Grumpy Old Men: Senior Citizen Mobsters Sentenced to Nine Years

Joseph Scalise, 74, is a man with a lot of history. Both Scalise, and his co-defendant, Bobby Pullia, 71, are alleged members of an organized crime family. They will also both spend most of the next nine years in prison after a botched robbery and foiled plot to rob an armored car, reports the Chicago Tribune.

A third co-defendant, Arthur Rachel, 74, was already tried and found guilty for the crimes and was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years. Scalise and Pullia pled guilty earlier this year.

Three Stooges Charged With Felony After Robbery of WWII Veteran

Eighty-seven-year-old Porter Cross has a weekly routine. On Mondays, he gets his exercise by walking to the corner store to purchase lottery tickets. Unfortunately, due to the state of society and the youth of Chicago, his trip earlier this week was far from routine. He was mugged by three hooligans on the way home, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Witnesses say that the World War II veteran was mugged from behind by Michael Protho, 17, Rashon E. Williams, 20, and a 15-year-old minor. The trio took off with Cross' wallet, which contained his social security card, identification, and money.

Scumbags Rob, Murder Disabled Grandfather; Post Video on Facebook

If there is one principle, one hope, that can console those of us that aren’t the sort of people that beat disabled men to death, it’s that the most inhumane humans are often the dumbest. Three teens, aged 16, 17, and 18, are all facing first-degree murder charges after what seems like a robbery and beating gone wrong, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The crime came to light after one of the three allegedly posted a video of the mugging on Facebook. Their victim was a disabled immigrant grandfather and father of 12 who was collecting cans to support his family.

Robbery Abandoned After Victim Points to Police Station

Stupid, stupid criminals.

Just when you think they can't get any more stupid, they do. According to the Chicago Tribune, an unidentified student was walking along Clark Street when a trio of brilliant men attempted to get his attention by yelling "Yo!"

Wisely, the student continued to walk and turned on Hinman Avenue. The three wise men caught up to him and demanded that he hand over all of his money. One of them allegedly stated, "Empty your pockets or we'll shoot you!" He did not, however, brandish a gun, reports the Tribune.

Alleged Creeper Peeper Caught; Worked With Kids at YMCA

Police believe that they now have in custody the man responsible for numerous "Peeping Tom" incidents in the Aurora area, reports NBC Chicago. Erik S. Paxton was caught after running from a neighbor's yard. He reportedly left behind a foot stool that was placed near the homeowner's underage daughter's window.

Police used the witness' description and brought Paxton in for questioning. Based on his statements, they were able to arrest him and search his home.

It got creepier.

In a scene like something out of Heat, Chicago police shot three burglary suspects during a dramatic getaway attempt in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side, the Chicago Tribune reports. One suspect was killed in the incident and two were injured.

At around 2:30 a.m., police responded to a report of a burglary of an electronics store on Western Avenue. After police spotted three men in the store, they announced their presence, knocked on the doors, and tried to get the suspects to surrender. The suspects, however, weren’t willing to give up that easy.

Anger over the Trayvon Martin shooting has been palpable over the past couple months. On April 17, that anger reportedly led to violent action in Oak Park.

Police arrested 18-year-old Alton L. Hayes after he and a 15-year-old boy allegedly assaulted a 19-year-old white male out of anger over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Hayes has been charged with a hate crime, aggravated battery, and attempted robbery, the Chicago Tribune reports.