Police probe two robberies

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



City police are investigating two robberies — including one where the thief apologized to his victims, blaming his actions on hard times.

Police were called to the 1500 block of Bennington Avenue late Wednesday to investigate an aggravated burglary. A 30-year-old resident of the street and her 35-year-old female friend told police a man walked into the East Side house and robbed them.

The women said a light-skinned black man, wearing a dark blue jogging suit with a hooded sweat shirt pulled tight around his head came through an unlocked front door carrying a handgun. The man grabbed one of the women’s purses and dumped it on the floor.

According to the women, the thief said, “ I’m sorry; it’s hard times; where is the money,” as he rifled through the purse looking for valuables.

The women ultimately each gave the armed thief $10 and he ran out the front door, disappearing between nearby houses.

In a separate incident, a South Side man was taken to the hospital for treatment after he was beaten and bitten in a robbery Wednesday.

According to police, the 43-year-old man was walking along Midlothian Boulevard just after 4 p.m. when he was attacked and robbed by a man he knows by name and can identify.

Reports say the thief, a 5-foot-11-inch black male in a red shirt and black pants, assaulted the man, bit him on the shoulder and ran off with the $7 he was carrying in his pants pocket.

The victim was taken to ValleyCare Northside Medical Center for treatment.

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