Sunday, July 8, 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 armed thug stole nearly $200 cash in an early morning robber of the Subway sandwich shop at 4735 South Cicero on Friday, July 6.

At 2:20 a.m., the robber walked in, flashed a handgun and took cash from the 42-year-old cashier and another man in the shop. He fled on foot, north on Cicero.

The victims described the offender as a black man, 5'6 to 5'8 and 220-240 pounds, wearing a dark-colored cap, a black-t-shirt and black pants. His face was obscured by a black t-shirt.

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An armed criminal stole about $340 cash in a late afternoon robbery of the Cricket cell phone store at 8620 South Pulaski on Friday, July 6.

At 3:50 p.m., the robber walked in. Pretending to be a prospective customer, he asked "What up with the free cell phones?"

Cricket Store at 8620 South Pulaski

When a sales clerk approached him to describe Cricket products and services, the man flashed a handgun and demanded that the two sales clerks in the store lie down on the floor behind the front counter. They did, and the thug stole their cell phones and $240 from them, as well as $100 from the cash register.

He then forced them to go into a bathroom and close the door behind them while he made his escape. When they opened the door minutes later, the robber was gone.

The victims described him as a black man, 5'7 to 5'9, 270-300 pounds, 35-43 years old, brown eyes, short brown hair, dark complexion, wearing a blue visor cap, plaid shirt and blue shorts.

A police evidence technician was called to check for fingerprints, and police reported that they planned to view footage from a parking lot security camera.

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A West Lawn family that had gone out of town for three days returned on Saturday, July 7 to find their home near 68th and Keeler burglarized.

The criminals entered via a side door and stole a TV, a radio, an iPhone, and assorted jewelry.

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A 20-year-old Clearing woman was robbed of her iPhone by a thug on a CTA Orange Line train at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7.

The woman was on a southbound train, approaching the Pulaski station, when a man grabbed the phone, jumped off the train and fled on foot.

The offender was described as a black man, 18-20 years old, 5'8 to 5'10, 130-150 pounds, black hair, dark complexion, wearing tan pants, a dark blue t-shirt and a tan, floppy hat.

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A 24-year-old West Elsdon woman told police that she was robbed of her car keys as she sat in her car near 62nd and Komensky at 11:21 p.m. Saturday, July 7.

She told police that a white Chevy Tahoe SUV pulled alongside her. One of the four occupants jumped out, knocked on her window and demanded that she hand over her keys and cell phone.

She claimed she handed over both, and then the strong arm robber (whom she described as nervous) tossed her cell phone back in the car before fleeing with his accomplices.

She said the four were white Hispanic men, ages 20-25.

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Thieves stole about $500 worth of Precious Moments lawn ornaments and accent lights from a yard near 54th and Neenah.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 74-year-old man, at about 9:00 a.m. Friday, July 6.

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A 29-year-old clerk at the Aloha Motel, 8515 South Cicero, was pummeled by four attackers at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7.

According to the clerk, the four walked in, started an argument with him and beat him with their fists; stealing a cordless phone belonging to the motel before fleeing north on Cicero in a gray/blue Chevy Suburban.

He described the criminals as white Hispanic men, 20-25 years old.

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Burglars broke into a garage near 61st and Kostner---and also broke into the 2012 Chevy Malibu marked inside---and stole a stereo system, a snow blower, a lawn mower, four auto tires and a wheelbarrow.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 34-year-old man, at 3:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7. To mask their crime, the burglars had used a cardboard box and old clothes to cover the garage's window and inside light.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map above), come to the Clearing Branch Library at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. If you live in Beat 814, come to the Vittum Park Fieldhouse at 7:00 Thursday, July 12. 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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