Friday, August 24, 2012

Tip to Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch Leads to Arrest in Walgreens Robbery

A tip to a Garfield Ridge crime-fighting telephone hotline has led police to arrest a 45-year-old Bridgeview man in connection with an armed robbery attempt made on Friday, August 10 at the Walgreens at 7150 West Archer.

Daniel McCloud
Daniel McCloud of 79th and Oketo is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court First Municipal District, 151 West 51st Street, later this month.

Details about the attempted robbery---in which McCloud allegedly demanded Xanax and Narco prescription drugs and threatened pharmacists with a kitchen knife---were first reported locally in an August 13 crime news update by the Southwest Chicago Post.

According to police, McCloud is also accused of attempting to rob the Walgreens at 8715 South Harlem, Bridgeview, several days before the robbery at Archer and Harlem. He is scheduled to answer that charge next month in Cook County Circuit Court Fifth Municipal District, 10220 South 76th Avenue, Bridgeview.

According to Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch President Al Cacciottolo, police were led to McCloud by a person who called the GRNW's crime tip hotline (1-855-811-TIPS). GRNW officials put the tipster in touch with Chicago Police Department Area Central detectives; and in the end, Cacciottolo said, McCloud agreed to turn himself in---first to Bridgeview Police for the attempted robbery at the Walgreens at 87th and Harlem; and then to Chicago Police on Wednesday, August 22 for the attempted robbery at the Walgreens at Archer and Harlem.

"This is one of the many things we as a group do well," Cacciottolo said. "We are relentless in our push to get everyone to be a 'nosy neighbor' and say something when you see something; and just as important, while we encourage people to work directly with police, we set up our tipline as a mechanism to make it even easier for people to report crime in cases where they may feel more comfortable talking with us."
"Each and every one of our GRNW members shares in this success story," Cacciottolo added. "Working as partners with the Chicago Police Department, we have successfully encouraged an entire neighborhood to stand up and stand together against crime."
"Finally, I thank the person who came forward with the information that resulted in this arrest, and I look forward to the GRNW court advocates reporting on the case as it moves through criminal court."

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