Wicker Park

Arrests Made in Connection with ‘Stroller Gang' Theft

Two people were arrested Sunday in connection with a theft by what has been dubbed the "Wicker Park Stroller Gang."

Gwenel McKeebey was charged with theft from a restaurant's tip jar, and a juvenile was charged with bike theft.

Surveillance cameras captured a group of thieves with a stroller carrying a baby stealing from Craft Pizza, 1252 N. Damen Ave., on Nov. 8. The video showed one of two young women in the group taking a $10 bill from the tip jar and hiding it in a carry-out menu.

Another security camera in the rear of the building captured a man in the group climbing a 10-foot tall fence and stealing a $700 bicycle that belonged to restaurant cook Aaron Johnson, according to Scott Toth, co-owner of the newly opened pizzeria.

"He just climbed it no problem," Johnson said.

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