Thursday, April 26, 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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An armed robber stole $15,000 at gunpoint from the New 79th & Pulaski Currency Exchange, 4051 West 79th Street.

At about 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, just as a 49-year-old clerk was unlocking the front door to start the business day, she was accosted from behind by the offender, whom she described as a 20-30-year-old black man, 5'2 and 140 pounds with black hair and wearing a black jacket.

The offender grabbed the clerk, shoved her inside and started yelling, "Open up the door!" (the door that leads from the lobby to the back room). He then grabbed the keys from the clerk and opened the door himself, forcing her to the back room after he pulled out a hand gun.

Still threatening her with the gun, he ordered her to open the safe. She did, and the robber took all the cash inside.

He then ran back to the lobby to make his escape, but discovered that the currency exchange's security system had automatically locked the front door. So he shot out the door's window, crawled through, and fled south on Komensky.

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Two robbers stole a wallet and a cell phone from a dental office at 5332 South Archer at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 24.

The offenders were described as a 21-25-year-old black woman wearing a green and white jacket; and a 21-25-year-old black man wearing blue jeans and a black and white jacket.

The crime began when the two offenders entered the dental office and the female offender attempted to distract the receptionist by asking, "Is the doctor still giving blood tests?" As that occurred, the male offender ducked into a side door and snatched a cell phone off a desk and a wallet out of a purse.

He then looked at the receptionist and put his hand in his pocket---implying he had a weapon. The two then ran out the front door and fled north on Archer.

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A 28-year-old Archer Heights man foiled an attempted armed robbery when he stepped on the gas pedal in his 2002 Chevrolet truck and sped away from the intersection at 49th and Karlov, as a would-be offender fired several shots but missed both the man and his truck.

The incident occurred at 2:55 a.m. Monday, April 23. The Archer Heights man was stopped at the intersection when he was approached by the offender, who asked for a cigarette. The driver told him that he had no cigarettes. The offender then mumbled something unintelligible, which is when the motorist decided to speed away.

The offender was described as a 24-26 white Hispanic man, 5'11 and 155 pounds, short black hair, brown eyes, olive complexion, with a tear drop-shaped tattoo below his right eye. He was also said to be wearing a white t-shirt, black jeans and a black baseball cap.

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A 17-year-old Clearing boy was taken into custody on Tuesday, April 24 after a neighbor told police she caught him in her house without permission.

The 48-year-old victim told police that she left her home near 64th and Lorel at about 9:30 a.m. to go shopping. When she returned home at about 12:30 p.m., she noticed her back door ajar; and then reportedly saw the boy, the son of a neighbor friend, walking out. She confronted the boy, who claimed he was in her home because he had forgotten his wallet. She ordered him to leave, and he did.

The victim then called the boy's father, who immediately came home from work and spoke with the victim. The two agreed to notify police. Officers responding to the 911 call found no sign of forced entry at the rear door; but did find palm prints on a window sill where a screen was slightly open and the window was unlocked. A CPD evidence technician was called to the scene to investigate further.

The victim told police she was not sure if anything was taken from her home.

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Several members of a West Lawn family returned home from work at about 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 to discover that their front door had been forced open, with its window smashed and the door frame damaged.

The bedrooms on the main floor of the home near 62nd and Kostner had been ransacked. Missing were two laptop computers, an iPod and its case, and a spare set of keys to a BMW 330i automobile parked in the garage. Also, the side door to the garage was open, although there was no sign of damage or theft---with the car still inside. Additionally, a basement window at the home was broken into and the basement ransacked---although the family could not see anything missing from the basement at first glance.

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Burglars stole miscellaneous tools after prying open the side door of a garage near 45th and Springfield. The crime was discovered at about 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 23 by the victim, a 32-year-old man.

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Burglars pried open the side door of a garage near 46th and Harding and stole two bicycles, as well as $2,000 cash from the driver's side door pocket of a car parked in the garage, according to the victim, a 40-year-old man. The crime was discovered at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25.

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A 38-year-old West Lawn woman told police that her apartment near 67th and Pulaski was burglarized during the day on Wednesday, April 25.

She said that when she came home from work at about 4:15 p.m., she discovered her back door open. Stolen were a 42-inch TV, a Nintendo Wii console and a computer printer.

A witness described the burglar as an 18-year-old white Hispanic woman, 5'4 and 130 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

Police said that a security camera at a nearby business captured images of the offender in her car, as well as turning the camera away from herself.

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