Monday, June 25, 2012

Crime News Update

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. May all of us also remember that a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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An 18-year-old Brighton Park man was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 23 in connection with an aggravated battery that occurred at 45th and Cicero.

Andy Jardinas

At 1:34 a.m., Andy Jardinas allegedly walked up to two other Brighton Park men (18 and 21 years old) at a CTA bus stop at 4500 South Cicero and asked, "What you be about?" (a common question used to determine gang affiliation).

Jardinas then allegedly used a broken glass bottle to stab and slash the 21-year-old man in the left side of his stomach and left upper arm.

The victim was transported by Chicago Fire Department ambulance to Christ Hospital and Medical Center.

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Possibly connected to the incident above, according to police, is an aggravated battery that occurred at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, June 23 on the street in front of 4330 South Keating.

A 21-year-old Brighton Park man, walking with his 18-year-old girlfriend (also from Brighton Park) was approached and beaten with a baseball bat or a golf club by a thug described as a white Hispanic man, 18 years old, 5'10 and 150 pounds, brown eyes, black hair, medium complexion.

Police searching the area report that they did find several baseball bats and a broken golf club nearby.

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Burglars broke through the side door of a garage near 62nd and Menard and stole a framed Chicago White Sox jersey.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old man, when he returned home from work at 4:20 p.m. Friday, June 22.

The victim told police he believes that the burglars did not steal anything else because he thinks they were scared off when they placed a box atop his car in the garage and triggered the car alarm.

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Burglars entered a home near 63rd and Austin and stole a men's watch, a burglar alarm key and $100 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 39-year-old man, when he came home from work at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 22.

There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim told police that the burglars managed to circumvent his home alarm system.

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Burglars ransacked and vandalized an apartment near 62nd Place and Lawndale and stole a TV and assorted jewelry.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 33-year-old woman, who came home at 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 22 to find her apartment in disarray---and the toilet smashed and water all over the floor.

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A good samaritan scared off three thugs attempting to rob a 32-year-old Vittum Park woman and even gave her a ride home to ensure her safety.

The woman was waiting for a bus at 5100 South Pulaski at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21 when the trio of criminals approached. One was carrying a baseball bat and demanded that the victim give up her money. In response, she screamed----prompting the good samaritan, standing nearby, to approach and frighten away the three.

The victim described her would-be robbers as white Hispanics ages 19-23---one woman and two men. The good samaritan was described only as a white Hispanic man.

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A 27-year-old man was robbed of $30 cash on the street in front of his home near 54th and Kildare. At 8:25 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, the man was cleaning out his vehicle when two crooks approached and asked "Who do you ride with?" (a common question relating to gang affiliation). When the man replied that he is not in a gang, one of the thugs ordered him to "give it up" and went through his pockets while the other held his hand behind his back, implying he had a weapon.

The offenders were described as white Hispanic men, 24-27 years old, 5'8 and 240 pounds, one with short black hair and the other with a black mohawk hairstyle.

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A burglar pried open a front window of a basement apartment near 59th and Springfield and stole a desktop computer, a TV and a cell phone.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old woman, who was asleep in a bedroom with her two children when the break-in occurred at 3:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 20.

She told police she was awakened by a noise, but did not investigate. Minutes later, she saw her bedroom door open and the figure of a person appeared in the doorway. She yelled, and the burglar fled out the front door.

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The yells of a 10-year-old boy apparently scared off a man attempting to burglarize a home near 82nd and Scottsdale at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 19.

The boy was inside his family's home when he said he heard a noise at the side door by the driveway. He went to investigate and said he saw a "black hand" moving up the window of the door. At that point he yelled, and the offender fled.

The boy's father was alerted and came home. He told police he suspects that the would-be burglar is a neighbor with whom he is feuding.

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 A burglar who broke into an apartment near 63rd and Kedvale failed to steal anything when his crime was interrupted by a 35-year-old man living there.

The criminal broke in via a front window at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 20. The victim told police he heard a loud noise coming from his son's bedroom. When he went to investigate, he saw the offender walking out of the bedroom and then fleeing out the back door.

The burglar had disconnected an Xbox video game console from a TV, but failed to steal it. Additionally, the burglar had taken off his shoes (a pair of white sneakers) and left them behind in the living room. They were inventoried by police.

The victim described the burglar as a black man, 18-22 years old, 6'2 and 150 pounds, black hair, dark complexion, wearing a bandanna, a white shirt, black pants and a diamond earring on his right ear.

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Police investigating an "open door" call at 2:16 a.m. Wednesday, June 20 discovered a wide-open overhead door of a garage near 64th Place and Major.

They went to the home at the site and woke up the 40-year-old man living there. He came out to the garage and discovered that his blue 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle had been stolen, along with a riding vest, pants, gloves, soles of a pair of shoes, and three pairs of riding sunglasses.

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Burglars pried open the small overhead door of a garage near 55th and Kolin and stole an air compressor and two drills.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old man, who told police he suspects relatives committed the crime, and that the burglary was the third such incident in recent months.

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Burglars broke through a side basement window of a home near 51st and Millard and stole a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a camera and a cell phone.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 58-year-old man, when he came home from work at 3:00 p.m. Monday, June 18.

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A burglar kicked in the rear door of an apartment near 63rd and Kenneth and stole a TV, a Nintendo Wii video game console and an iPod.

The victim, a 24-year-old woman, was at school at the time. She told police she suspects her 37-year-old ex-boyfriend, who she claimed phoned her and threatened to go to her apartment and take all his "electrical sh~t."

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 813 or 833 (see map above), come to West Lawn Park at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 26. Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.

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