Saturday, May 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. We also remind everyone that people charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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A 49-year-old Archer Heights man and a 50-year-old Clearing man were arrested in connection with the burglary of a garage in the predawn hours of Friday, May 25.

Kazimierz Furczon
 Kazimierz Furczon was charged with felony burglary; and Stanislaw Dudzik was charged with misdemeanor possession of burglary tools.

The men were spotted by police in Dudzik's vehicle---a two-door, brown, 2000 Jeep Cherokee---at 47th and Karlov at about 4:25 a.m. Furczon, sitting in the front passenger seat, matched the description of a man who had just burglarized a garage near 50th and Keeler---which is a block and a half west of Furczon's residence.

Police took them into custody and transported them back to 50th and Keeler, where Furczon was positively identified by the 18-year-old daughter of the home's owner---who said she saw Furczon standing in the open garage with several of her father's belongings moved and stacked near the overhead door, apparently ready to be loaded onto a getaway vehicle.

Those belongings included an air compressor, a cordless drill and battery charger, a tool box and several miscellaneous tools.

The victims told police they discovered the burglary in progress after they noticed their back gate and garage service door open. Both had been closed but unlocked.

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A 34-year-old woman who left her home near 56th and Kostner at about noon Thursday, May 24 to pick up her children from school, returned an hour later to find the home's rear door kicked in and three bedrooms ransacked. She was unable to determine what, if anything, had been stolen.

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A burglar broke through the window of a garage near 47th and Keating and stole a lawnmower, a power weeder and miscellaneous tools at about 2:00 a.m. Thursday, May 24. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old man, who is sharing surveillance video of the crime with police.

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Burglars kicked open the service door of a garage near 47th and Kostner and stole two car stereo speakers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 20-year-old man, at 5:00 a.m. Friday, May 25.

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An attempted aggravated robbery was foiled by a 28-year-old Archer Heights man who refused to hand over his cell phone.

At about 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, the man was walking on a sidewalk near 48th and Avers when he was approached from behind by a thug brandishing a baseball mini-bat. When his demand for the victim's cell phone was refused, he punched the victim in the right side of the head.

At that point, another person walking nearby apparently frightened the criminal, who then fled while hollering a gang slogan.

The offender was described by a white Hispanic man, 21 years old, 5'6 and 150 pounds, olive complexion, brown eyes, with black hair in a ponytail.

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Burglars entered a garage near 48th and Knox and stole a generator, a power washer, a car jack and a toolbox with tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old man, at 5:45 a.m. Monday, May 21. He told police that he has forgotten to lock all the locks on his garage door.

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A 21-year-old Gage Park man riding his bike near 52nd and Millard shortly after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 was robbed by four criminals, one of whom brandished a black pistol.

The four robbers pulled up in a dark green, two-door auto. Two men jumped out of the back seat and committed the robbery, taking the victim's bookbag---which contained a cell phone, an iPod and $20 cash.

The victim described all four as white Hispanic men about 18 years old. The two who got out of the car and committed the armed robbery were wearing white t-shirts and beige shorts. One of the two has piercings under his chin.

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Reminder: the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch's big "neighborhood awareness" day is approaching. All are invited. There will be a wealth of crime prevention resources available. Click the link below to learn more. 

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