Monday, May 14, 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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Marcus Hill

A 30-year-old Auburn Gresham man who told police he needed "a few bucks" to buy his son a birthday present was arrested in connection with the burglary and attempted theft of $1,350 worth of copper wire from a ComEd facility at 76th and Lawndale.

Marcus Hill, along with 19-year-old Roseland resident Kristofer Smith, were apprehended by police shortly after 3:00 a.m. Monday, May 14.

Kristofer Smith
 According to police, a ComEd security guard spotted Hill using a bolt cutter to slice through a chain link fence on the  facility's eastern boundary. He and Smith then allegedly walked into the parking lot and took a total of nine spools of insulated, stranded copper wire off ComEd trucks and carried them just outside the fence.

When police arrived on the scene, Hill and Smith fled and attempted to escape via the western section of the parking lot, but were caught and cuffed.

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Burglars used a chunk of concrete to smash a front door window at a local dentist's office, and then stole a 55-inch LCD TV and two aluminum drinking fountains.

The crime occurred at 4:45 a.m. Sunday, May 13 at Smile Dental Care, 7011 West Archer.

The burglar alarm was triggered, but the criminals exited out the back door and escaped before police arrived. Police report that they are attempting to get images of the offenders from the office's security camera, as well as a City of Chicago surveillance camera mounted on a pole near Archer and Sayre.

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A 22-year-old West Lawn man was hit with an aluminum baseball bat and robbed of his Sony Walkman audio player, just after 1:00 a.m. Friday, May 11.

He told police he was jogging north near 64th and Tripp---about two blocks from his home---when a tan-colored, four-door Dodge sedan pulled up. Three thugs got out, hit him with a baseball bat on his hand and the right side of his head, took his Walkman, ran back into the car and drove away. The victim added that the fleeing car rolled over his foot as the offenders made their escape. Police noted swelling on the victim's head and hand, but he refused treatment and gave police no description of the offenders.

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A burglar tried but failed to pry open the service door of a garage near 60th and Mason, damaging the door and frame. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 50-year-old woman, at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, May 13.

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 A 45-year-old Scottsdale man left his home at about noon Sunday, May 13 to visit relatives; and five hours later received a call from his 18-year-old son, telling him that valuables were missing from their house near 77th Place and Kostner..

Stolen were a flat screen TV, a laptop comptuer, an Xbox gaming system, and a vehicle title.

There were no signs of forced entry, and the victim told police he thought the home's rear door may have been left unlocked by accident.

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Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 58th Place and Komensky and stole a tool box, assorted tools, plastic chairs and two auto lifts. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 57-year-old man, at 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 11.

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Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 60th and Mobile and stole an air compressor, a tile cutter, a vacuum, a steamer, a leaf blower and a paint sprayer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old man, at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, May 12.

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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 62nd and Menard and stole a stereo radio/CD player from a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer parked inside. The victim, a 62-year-old man, discovered the crime at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12 and told police that he had left the driver's side window of the SUV half open.

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Burglars kicked open the service door of a garage near 47th and Kenneth and stole an air compressor, two grinders, a laser saw, a pressure washer and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 30-year-old man, at 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 11.

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Burglars pried open the side door of a home near 75th Place and Springfield and stole assorted jewelry from a bedroom. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 62-year-old woman, when she came home at 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 11. Not sure if the criminals were still inside her home, she called 911 and waited for police to secure the premises.

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Burglars removed several slats from the window of a garage near 61st and Rutherford, crawled through, broke into locked storage cabinets and stole over 100 chrome tools, a lawn mower and a snowblower. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 61-year-old man, at about 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 10.

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In a crime apparently committed by gang members intent on insulting a rival gang, several vandals entered a vacant home near 77th and Knox (via an unlocked window) and spray painted gang symbols with upside-down crowns and pitchforks throughout the house, which is owned by Wells Fargo Bank and is being rehabbed by a contractor.

The crime was discovered by the rehabber, a 43-year-old Chicago Lawn man, at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 9. Police investigating the incident were told by a neighbor that he had seen the vandals the previous night and had scared them away by confronting them and hollering at them.

The vandals left behind an empty can of spray paint and several empty bottles of Hennessy cognac. They also stole a five-gallon bucket of paint, according to the rehabber.

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