Sunday, April 22, 2012

Local Crime Roundup

Editor's note: The crime news reported by the Southwest Chicago Post---taken directly from Chicago Police Department incident reports---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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Swift, aggressive policing led to the pre-dawn chase and capture of two men who allegedly stole a catalytic converter from a car parked on the street near 60th Place and Nashville.
Christopher J. Steps

Charged with theft and criminal damage to a vehicle were Christopher J. Steps, 27, of suburban Harvey; and Andre J. Kidd Jr., 27, of suburban Matteson.

According to police, at about 4:00 a.m. Saturday, April 21, a woman heard sawing sounds outside her home. She looked out her front window and spotted two men by her car. When the men saw her watching them, they gathered up several bulky items and fled on foot, north on Nashville. The woman then called 911 to report a theft in progress.

Officers responding searched the immediate area and spotted two men that matched the description provided by the victim. Upon seeing police, the two men fled in opposite directions. Police gave chase, apprehending Steps near 60th and Natchez and Kidd near 60th Place and Natchez.

Andre J. Kidd Jr.
During the chase, police said that Steps dropped a Masterforce hand-held saw and a car jack. Also recovered were five Masterforce saw blades.

Police transported the pair back to the victim's house, where they were positively identified.

The victim's husband examined the car, a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, and discovered that the catalytic converter had been sawed off.

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Quick thinking appears to have foiled an attempted robbery at the Citibank at 5674 South Archer.

At about 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 20, a man wearing a black ski mask, gloves, a black sweatshirt, blue jeans and white gym shoes walked into the bank. Upon seeing him, the senior teller ran away from the front counter and locked herself in a back room.

The bank's surveillance video shows that the man waited for a few moments outside the front counter area. He said nothing and did not display a weapon or a note demanding money. After a few moments, he fled the bank and drove north on Laramie in a gray car with a hatchback. The video also yielded a partial license plate number, and police are investigating.

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Burglars kicked in the side door of a garage near 60th and Parkside and stole a hammer drill, a nail gun, a tool bag, a tool chest and a radio.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old man, at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 20.

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Burglars pried open the side door of a garage near 53rd and Kilpatrick and stole miscellaneous power tools.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old man, at 7:00 a.m. Friday, April 20.

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Everyone living in Eighth District Beats 813 and 833 (see clickable map above) is invited attend the April CAPS meeting, set for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at West Lawn Park, 4233 West 65th Street.

Chicago Police will provide local crime updates, and local men and women are invited to attend and discuss strategies to make the area safer for all.

For more details, call the Eighth District's Community Policing Office at 312-747-8724.

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