Saturday, April 7, 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 citizen complaint about loud music led to the arrest of a 26-year-old Garfield Ridge man and his 21-year-old friend from Burbank, shortly after midnight Friday, April 6 next to an apartment building at 5516 West 55th Street.

Police investigating the complaint encountered the two men standing just outside a car that was the source of the loud music. Upon seeing police,the two turned off the music and the car engine.

The 26-year-old, Thomas Dominguez, who lives at the apartment, reportedly said to police, "I got my kid upstairs. Why you f*cking with us?" According to police, Dominguez then puffed out his chest, clenched and raised his left fist and said "You ain't taking me. My kids are upstairs. I'm gonna f*ck you up."

Upon seeing and hearing that, the responding officer struck Dominguez with an open hand. As officers were arresting and handcuffing Dominguez, his 23-year-old friend, Jaime Torres, allegedly attempted to interfere by pulling Dominguez away---while saying, "You ain't takin' my dog." Torres was also arrested.

In addition to the arrest, Torres' 2010 Nissan Altima was impounded by police.

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A 43-year-old Scottsdale woman reported that in the morning hours of Thursday, April 5, burglars opened the unlocked rear door of her house near 77th and Knox and stole her purse with credit cards, house keys, personal identification inside. The burglars entered the house after her son left for work and failed to lock the house door.

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The Midway Fellowship Club, 5632 West 63rd Street, lost $50 overnight Wednesday/Thursday April 4/5 after burglars forced their way in, pulled a safe off a wall and then broke into the safe. 
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A 19-year-old Archer Heights woman was a victim of a strong-arm robbery at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 on the sidewalk in front of the Cocula restaurant, 5241 S. Pulaski.

She was approached by two offenders---a 19-20-year-old white Hispanic man and a 17-19-year-old white Hispanic woman. The two hollered "Hey, you have my stuff!" just before the man grabbed the victim and wrested her backpack away.

They fled east. The backpack and its contents were later found behind businesses at 5119 South Pulaski.

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A lawn mower and two auto tires/rims were stolen from a garage near 50th and Kilpatrick at about 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 4.

The crime was discovered by a 28-year-old resident who found that the garage's service door had been kicked in.

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A thief who stole an automatic garage door opener used it to gain entry to a garage near 48th and Tripp in the late night hours of Tuesday, April 3.

Stolen were two stereo units. Also, the burglar attempted but failed to steal a GMC Yukon SUV inside the garage. The burglary was discovered by a 21-year-old man who lives at the home.

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A thief who stole an automatic garage door opener used it to gain entry to a garage near 58th and Hamlin on Tuesday, April 3.

Hand tools, a gas torch and an air compressor were stolen in the burglary, which was discovered at about 8:40 a.m. by a 56-year-old man who lives at the home.

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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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