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Elgin woman suffers head injury during purse theft

Updated: March 8, 2013 7:40AM


Hit and robbed: A 30-year-old woman told police that as she was unlocking the door to her apartment in the 1200 block of Apple Lane at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday, a man came up behind her, hit her twice in the head with something similar to a metal pipe, and grabbed her purse. Police said the woman was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin with a severe head wound. The woman said the purse contained just $5.

Purse snatched: A woman told police she was doing her wash in a laundromat in the Tyler Creek Plaza shopping center at 3:55 p.m. Sunday when a man and a woman pulled her purse off her shoulder, breaking the strap. She said the two ran out the back door and she tried to run after them but slipped on ice and fell, cutting her lip and injuring her head. The woman said the purse had contained $400 plus a credit card, asthma medicine and her driver’s license. Investigators recovered two drink cups apparently used by the robbers that might contain fingerprints or DNA evidence. Detectives also planned to look at video surveillance recordings at the laundromat and at a nearby restaurant that might have sold the drinks to the robbers.

Knife arrest: Police reported this week that Levann Akins, 33, of the 100 block of Franklin Street, Elgin, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon on the morning of Jan. 31 after police found him standing in his driveway, threatening another man with a knife, according to police.

Double break-in: A man told police that between about Jan. 12 and Jan. 26, someone broke into an intermodal shipping container and a 20-foot truck trailer he uses for storage in the 1800 block of Schoen Drive. The burglar stole a welder, a box full of tools, some snowmobile equipment, two padlocks and possibly other items, he reported.

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