Sunday, March 25, 2012

Local Crime Roundup

Chicago Lawn (8th) District Map
Editor's note: The crime news reported by the Southwest Chicago Post is not by any means an exhaustive catalogue of all crime reported in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District. For example, it typically does not include news of crimes committed in the eastern and southern sectors of the district---because the Southwest Chicago Post's coverage area is primarily the neighborhoods that border Midway Airport and secondarily because including the relatively large volume of crime news from elsewhere in the district would be a logistical challenge. We make this note to offer a little helpful perspective and remind everyone that while crime is definitely a concern in all parts of the district (as it always has been), crime remains relatively low overall in Sector 1. May all of us work together diligently to keep it that way.

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An armed robber made off with $700 after holding up the 7-Eleven at 5953 West 63rd Street at 1:20 a.m. Monday, March 19.

According to police, the offender (a 20-25 year old black man, 5'9 and 130-150 pounds, black curly hair and wearing a black jacket and blue jeans) walked behind the convenience store front counter, hit the 55-year-old clerk in the face with a pistol, and demanded cash.

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Two men snatched a gold chain from the neck of an 86-year-old Clearing man as he was doing yardwork in front of his home near 61st and Mayfield at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, March 20.

The offenders, driving a 2007-09 black Chevy Silverado, gained the man's confidence by stopping their vehicle in the street, rolling down the windows and calling "Hey, pops" to the victim, who then walked over to the vehicle.

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Burglars kicked in a door and stole an air compressor and assorted tools from a garage near 63rd Place and Nashville sometime during the day on Tuesday, March 20.

A 49-year-old resident of the home discovered the burglary when she returned home at 10:40 p.m.

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Burglars stole a laptop computer, a television, a video player, a radio and a mahogany jewelry box from a home near 51st and Laramie on the morning of Wednesday, March 21.

A 62-year-old resident of the home discovered the burglary when she came home at around mid-day.

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Burglars pried open a side door and stole a battery charger from a garage near 54th and Linder overnight between Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22.

A 21-year-old resident of the home discovered the burglary at 9:00 a.m. The woman succeeded in thwarting the burglars' attempt to steal her lawn mower and snow blower, which were securely chained in the garage. The woman explained to police that she purchased and used the chain after she was a victim of a past burglary.

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All Southwest Side residents are invited to a Chicago Police burglary prevention seminar set for 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21 in the first-floor auditorium of Daley College, 7500 South Pulaski.

Police officers leading the seminar will explain in detail how burglars typically operate: how they choose which home or garage to burglarize----and they will offer a number of practical steps everyone can take to minimize their risk of being a burglary victim. 

Admission and parking are free.

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