Cops Under Siege

Cops hit in multiple incidents this week.

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    It's been a tough week for Chicago cops.

    Normally police are the ones fighting crime in Chicago, but this week there were numerous instances which cast police officers as victims instead.

    Just days after Chicago Police Officer Thomas Wortham IV was killed in an attempted robbery on the South Side, reports of arson and burglaries perpetrated against police officers emerged.

    In one example, two Chicago police squad cars were torched in what appears to be arson, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    At around 2:15 a.m. Saturday someone set a marked 2006 Crown Victoria K-9 afire in the Big Oaks neighborhood on the city's north side.

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    Literally minutes later an unmarked squad car was set ablaze in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, Chicago police news affairs officers said. No one was hurt in either instance and its unclear if they were related. But police are treating both as arson investigations.

    Hours earlier on the city's Southwest Side, thieves were pilfering gear -- including badges, guns, vests and uniforms -- from the homes of two Chicago cops, a police source told the Chicago Tribune.

    The first robbery occurred between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., at an undisclosed location when the female officer who lived there was away. The thieves stole a .9mm handgun, ammunition, gun belt, several television sets and her police star.

    In the second instance, which occurred between 4:30 and 7 p.m., burglars entered the garage of another officer's home.  They broke in the two parked vehicles and took away a Police Department uniform shirt with a name plate, a pair of handcuffs and a car stereo. 

    Chicago police declined to comment on the burglaries.
     

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