Crime Continues on 606 Trail After Police Announce Armed Robberies

Of 175 crimes reported on Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail, only 17 arrests have been made

Police are reminding frequenters of Chicago’s 606 Trail that crime is still an issue in the area after a rash of armed robberies over the past month.

The five robberies all took place between the 2500 block and 330 block of West Bloomingdale, police said, with times varying from as early as 5:45 p.m. to 11:25 p.m.

Ald. Roberto Maldonado, 26th, did not respond to NBC 5's request for comment. Police said Thursday there is no plan to increase patrols but encourage residents to be aware of their surroundings.

“I love this trail—I am very surprised there are armed robberies because I never felt unsafe up here,” Kate Schriner said.

Since the 2015 opening of Chicago’s 606 Trail, 175 crimes have been reported in its direct vicinity—and only one in every 10 cases are closed, according to an NBC 5 investigation.

Some homeowners near the trail say the crime is not keeping just to the 606 ... its leaking offenders into the neighborhoods.

After Rosa Altamirano's home was burglarized once she installed surveillance cameras. Just months later she captured an unknown male on camera running out of her property and over her fence.

"It's upsetting because our property taxes have gone up because of the trail," Altamirano said. "We have more cameras in our home and call the police every time we have any suspicious or illegal activity."

Nearly 2,000 people use the paved running and biking trail that connects parks and four northwest communities every day.

Of the 175 reported crimes only 17 arrests have been made.

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