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An alert neighbor who called 911 helped police interrupt and foil the burglary of a Scottsdale home near 80th and Kolin.
At 9:39 a.m. Friday, December 28, police responding to a "burglary in progress" call were pointed in the direction of two men by construction workers. Police spotted them at a play lot at 8030 South Kostner, next to Stevenson School.
Arrested were Ricardo Rodriguez, 33, of 82nd and Tripp, and Joseph Rocha, 27, of 81st and Tripp.
The neighbor told police that he saw the pair pull up to the victim's home in a black 2007 Dodge Caliber. Rodriguez allegedly got out and rang the front door bell. When no one answered, he reportedly went back to the car, got a crowbar and (along with Rocha) walked around to the back and pried open the home's back door.
Police said that the back door was damaged, three bedrooms were ransacked, that stacked on the kitchen table were a power saw, a laptop computer and an iPad. They also found a flat-screen TV thrown on a bed.
In Rocha's left front pants pocket, police said they found 11 two-dollar bills. They also found a TV remote control lying on the ground at the play lot. The victim, a 36-year-old man who was at work when the crime occurred, later identified the cash and the remote as his.
Police further reported that they found a crowbar lying in the grass in the victim's backyard.
The Dodge Caliber was impounded.
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Two gangbangers from suburban Cicero were arrested on Thursday, December 27 in connection with the burglary of a garage near 61st and Keating.
Police responding to a "burglary in progress" call at 4:39 a.m. said they saw Mario leaving the yard next to the garage that was hit, and then attempting to flee in a black 1997 Ford Taurus. Police vehicles blocked his exit at the end of the alley and took him into custody.
Police said that the pair had stolen a number of things from the garage, including power tools, hand tools, and a stereo. They said they found a screwdriver in the left pocket of Mario's jacket---possibly used to pry open the service door of the garage.
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Police responding to a "burglary in progress" call at 6:55 a.m. Thursday, December 27 apprehended 17-year-old Alexis "Lucky" Lopez of Chicago Lawn (62nd and Albany) as he emerged from a yard at 3607 West 64th Street.
He was brought back to the scene of the crime, a first-floor apartment near 64th and Lawndale, where he was positively identified by two witnesses.
After his arrest, Lopez reportedly offered to show police where he had stashed the loot: a residence near 62nd Place and St. Louis. The owner, when questioned by police, denied knowing that the items were there.
Lopez allegedly told police that he and an accomplice (identified only as "Droopy") had stolen two TVs from the apartment and then came back later to grab other items---including a DVD player, a DVD drive, a telephone answering system, a camera and $50 cash.
Police also said that a cell phone belonging to Lopez had fallen out of his pocket during the burglary and was left behind at the crime scene.
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Burglars entered a garage near 47th and Lacrosse and stole two power washers, a snow blower, a lawn mower, a TV, a microwave oven and assorted tools.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 53-year-old man, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, December 27.
There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim told police the service door may have been unlocked.
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Burglars entered the garage of a residence near Archer and Merrimac and stole a lawn mower.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 62-year-old man, at about 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 24; but he did not report it to police until Thursday, December 27.
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Burglars removed the lock from the service door of a garage near 58th Place and Komensky, entered and stole two bicycles, a weed trimmer, a leaf blower, a gas grill and a mini-refrigerator.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 47-year-old man, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 27.
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A thug forced his way into a West Lawn house, slapped a 92-year-old man in the head and made off with $1,000 cash.
The crime occurred at 5:55 p.m. Friday, December 28. The victim told police his door bell rang, and he walked to the front door to answer it---only to find no one there. He then walked to the back door and found a man standing there.
The man pushed his way inside, slapped the victim and then took the cash from a dresser drawer, the victim told police. The robber then ran out the door and north through an alley.
The victim told police that earlier that day, he had withdrawn cash from a nearby bank and then had gone shopping at a grocery store in Scottsdale. Police said they were reviewing surveillance video from both those establishments.
The victim only described the offender as a man, according to police. No further information was available.
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Burglars broke through the front door of Continental Sales, 6333 South Cicero, disabled the store's alarm system, opened a safe and stole $500 cash.
The crime was discovered by an employee opening up for the day at 5:50 a.m. Thursday, December 27. Police said they planned to review surveillance video.
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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 815 or Beat 821 (see map), come to St. Bruno School (south entrance) at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 2. If you live in Beat 834, come to Bogan High School at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 3. Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.
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