North Side Thieves Targeting Kick Plates On Doors
CHICAGO (CBS) – We’ve heard of thieves targeting manhole covers, cooper
pipes and wiring, even aluminum benches to sell to scrap yards for quick
cash. But now there’s a new hot item catching their eyes and, as CBS
2's Mai Martinez reports, there might be one on your front door.
For more than 100 years The Pattington on Irving Park Road has been
catching the eyes of passersby. It’s even listed on the National
Register of Historic Places. But recently, the upscale condo building
has drawn some unwanted attention from thieves who stole four kick
plates from the Pattington and two from a neighboring building.
“About two weeks ago, the day before Thanksgiving, we got a report from
a homeowner who said they had heard a noise in the middle of the night
and looked down and saw someone stealing the brass-plated kick plate
here,” property manager David Holton said Monday.
Taking off the kick plates would have been no easy task, as they had at
least a dozen or more screws holding them on the doors, Holton said.
“There were a couple places where they had, obviously had used a
crowbar,” he said.
In total, four kick plates were stolen from the Pattington and two were
stolen from a neighboring building on Bittersweet Place. Police said
the properties are just some of the latest to be hit on the North Side
in the past few weeks. “We’ve had probably over 20, something we’re
working on right now currently,” Chicago Police Sgt. Ray Ernst said.
The thieves likely aren’t getting much for their haul, considering the
replacement kick plates at the Pattington were $35.99 brand new.
Metal experts said solid brass kick plates might fetch around $1.65 a
pound at a scrap yard, but brass-plated ones like those stolen at the
Pattington are only worth about 10 to 11 cents a pound. North Side
residents said it’s a shame thieves would damage a historic building for
“I don’t have words to describe it. I (am) just totally disgusted with
the whole situation when I hear all these things happening,” Jesse
Sources told CBS 2 police had two people in custody Monday afternoon in
connection with one of the incidents on the North Side. The
investigation into the others was still underway.