Police investigating robberies, home invasions

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Police are investigating several aggravated robberies, including the theft of prescription pills purportedly being sold illegally.

Police were sent to the 100 block of East Myrtle Avenue on the South Side early Thursday afternoon to investigate a fight or burglary in progress. When officers arrived, several people ran out of the house explaining how two armed people had just attacked the house.

According to police reports, a woman came to the house with a gun in hand and began kicking the front door while a man with her, also armed with a gun, began breaking all the windows out of a silver Pontiac parked in the driveway.

The victims said the woman was upset because she believed someone in the house had taken her prescription pills. Police said she has 1,000 prescription pills delivered monthly by mail and then reportedly sells the pills for $1.50 each.

The woman kicked in the front door to the house and then threatened to kill everyone inside until it was clear that police were called. The woman, saying she did not care about police, threatened to come back and shoot everyone in the house, according to a police report.

Police also were sent to the 200 block of Lora Avenue on the North Side on Thursday night for another armed home invasion and robbery.

A resident there said four men wearing gray hooded sweatshirts with ski masks covering their faces came through the front door of the house pointing guns at him.

The armed men ordered the resident, along with several of his friends, to get under a kitchen table and look at the ground. Once the victims were under the table, the men stole a computer, video-game system, jewelry, prescription drugs and cellphones; then they left.

A 41-year-old city man told police he was robbed of his wallet Thursday night in the 1900 block of East Midlothian Boulevard on the South Side.

The victim said as he got out of his car, two men, both wearing black hooded sweatshirts, came up and robbed him. The report does not say they used weapons. They ran off taking the wallet.

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