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Police responding to a "burglary in progress" call at about 4:00 a.m. say they saw Avery Hern use a crowbar to smash a window on the north side of the Clearing Currency Exchange, 6401 South Central, and then poke his arm inside in an attempt to get inside.
|Clearing Currency Exchange
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An alert neighbor who saw something suspicious and took action quickly on Thursday, May 17 led to the arrest of two 16-year-old West Englewood boys in connection with the burglary of a home near 77th and Pulaski.
The neighbor, a 46-year-old woman, saw the two boys walking up and down the driveway of her next door neighbor's house, at about 11:00 a.m. The owner of the home, a 40-year-old woman, was not home at the time.
The neighbor then saw the boys pulling on a rear window, getting it open and one of them crawling inside.
The woman called her husband to alert him. Police were also contacted.
The boy then emerged from the window and walked away with his accomplice, heading north on Pulaski. Police responding saw the two boys matching the description given and took them into custody. They were brought back to the home, where the neighbor positively identified them.
The neighbor then called the owner of the house that had been broken into, who came home immediately and was unable to determine if anything had been stolen. The burglars had triggered an alarm inside the home, which may explain the burglars' quick exit.
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A 24-year-old West Lawn man was beaten and robbed by two thugs, as he lay on the sidewalk, in front of his six-year-old step-daughter and 18-month-old son, at 3:10 p.m. Friday, May 18.
He was pushing his son's stroller and walking home from his step-daughter's school when he saw two men in a car on 59th Street, watching him. The vehicle was a black, four-door car (possibly a Pontiac Grand Prix) with a sun roof.
A few minutes later, the two men emerged from a gangway next to 5932 South Tripp. The first offender asked the victim if he is in a gang. The man said he is not---and then the first offender lunged at him, attempting to snatch a gold chain off his neck.
The victim blocked the offender's hand and asked them to leave him and his children alone. At that moment, the second offender hit him in the back with a tire iron. The victim fell to the sidewalk, and the first offender yanked the chain off his neck.
The criminals then fled back through the gangway, jumped into their car and drove away south through the alley.
The victim described his assailants as white Hispanic men, 18-24 years old, 5'5 to 5'9, 190-210 pounds. The first offender had a bald hair style and was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. The second offender had a crew cut hair style on top with bald sides, and he was wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans.
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Two thugs robbed a 10-year-old Scottsdale boy as he played basketball at Durkin Park, 8445 South Kolin, shortly after 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 18.
The boy was approached by two men who asked, "Do you know if there are any good stores around here?" They then lunged at him and tried to rip a gold chain off his neck.
The boy resisted and called out for help. The attackers failed to get the gold chain, but did rip a religious pendant off his neck before fleeing on foot, south from the park.
The victim ran home, and his 44-year-old mother called police.
The attackers were described as white Hispanic men, 18-22 years old, 150-160 pounds, with short brown hair. One attacker was wearing a white tank top, gray sweatpants and an orange bandana; the other wore a red-and-black Chicago Bulls jersey (number 3) and blue jeans.
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Two men were shot in an apparent gang-related attack at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at a stop light at 7101 South Cicero.
A white, four-door 2003 Nissan carrying several gang members and friends was stopped at the light, when another vehicle pulled alongside---and its occupants fired shots at the first vehicle.
Shot in the stomach was an 18-year-old West Lawn man. Shot in the hip was a 23-year-old Burbank man. They did not call for police or paramedics, but drove themselves to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where they were questioned by police.
They did not give police a description of the offenders, claiming they could not see anything because their attackers' vehicle was dark colored with tinted windows.
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Burglars pried open the overhead door of a garage near 44th and Kedvale and stole a lawnmower.
The crime was discovered by the victim, an 88-year-old man, at 1:50 a.m. Saturday, May 19.
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Burglars broke into a garage near 56th Place and Hamlin, removed a house ladder and placed it against the house at the same address in an unsuccessful attempt to gain access to the home via the attic. They then broke into the house via the rear door, ransacking the home and stealing one home theater system, two flat-screen TVs, three laptop computers, a Nintendo Wii gaming system, an Apple iPod, assorted jewelry, seven bottles of imported tequila and $800 cash.
The crime was discovered by a 38-year-old man who lives at the address at 4:35 p.m. Friday, May 18. He then notified the owner of the home, a 30-year-old woman, who was at work at the time.
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Burglars cut the lock and latch off the service door of a garage near 48th and Keating and stole a lawnmower, a flat-screen TV, an xBox gaming system and miscellaneous jewelry.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 28-year-old woman, at 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 18.
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Burglars entered the side door of a garage near 68th and Lawndale and stole six bicycles, four chrome rims with tires, a lawnmower, a leaf blower, a power washer, an electric saw, miscellaneous tools and a pop-up tent.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 39-year-old man, at 7:20 a.m. Friday, May 18. There was no apparent sign of forced entry, and the victim told police he may have left the door unlocked.
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All those who were not able to attend the Chicago Police Department's burglary prevention seminar at Daley College are invited to watch 40 minutes' worth of the event, packed with useful advice, on the Southwest Chicago Post's YouTube channel:
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