Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Local Crime Roundup

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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A 23-year-old Clearing woman suffered a few bruises during a scuffle just after a party broke up at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, March 31 outside a home near 75th Place and Springfield.

According to police, the woman said that she and her boyfriend were leaving the party and got into an argument with a few other people. Shortly after they got in their vehicle to leave, the offenders drove up in a maroon Chevy Tahoe, cut them off, jumped out of the SUV and pelted their car with bricks---breaking the front and rear windshields, as well as the passenger-side windows.

The Clearing woman was struck in the face and hands with bricks.

The offenders were described as two male white Hispanics, about 23 years old and 5'5 135 pounds and 5'7 150 pounds.

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Burglars stole a table saw, a mitre saw and a power drill from a garage near 52nd and Hamlin in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 1.

A 40-year-old man who lives in the home in front of the garage heard the garage's burglar alarm at 2:00 a.m., but decided not to investigate. At 9:00 a.m. he discovered the garage's side door pried open and his tools missing.

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Hand tools and an air compressor were stolen by burglars who kicked in a side door of a garage near 59th and Kenneth, sometime overnight Thursday, March 29.

The crime was discovered at noon Friday, March 30 by a 25-year-old woman who lives at the home.

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A leather jacket, a portable DVD player and assorted DVDs were stolen by two burglars who broke into an apartment near Archer and Keeler at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29.

The victim, a 39-year-old woman, was not home at the time; but her landlady saw the two in a van behind the building and confronted them. The pair, a man and woman, claimed to be friends of the victim with a key and permission to enter her apartment. They then drove away.

Police arriving on the scene discovered pry marks on a rear window sill.

The suspects were described as a 25-27 year-old white woman with brown hair, 5' 5 and 140 pounds; and 25-27 year-old white Hispanic man with black hair, 5' 11 and 225 pounds.

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Late in the morning of Monday, April 2, a burglar smashed the front door window and stole a TV set from Stan's Barber Shop, 6656 West Archer.

The shop is closed on Mondays, and the burglary was discovered by a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier, who immediately alerted police.

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Burglars forced open a side door of a house near 55th and Kolmar on Monday, April 2 and stole a Nook computer tablet.

The crime was discovered at 7:30 a.m. by a 36-year-old woman living in the house.

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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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