Saturday, July 21, 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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A local cell phone store was burglarized twice within seven hours earlier this week.

5101 South Cicero
The Boost Mobile store at 5101 South Cicero was first burglarized at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. Police responding to a burglar alarm saw the front door window smashed and the door itself ajar.

A store manager who met police at the scene claimed that the burglars had stolen 70 cell phones worth a total of $12,000.

The window was boarded up, and the store was secured.

The alarm was triggered again at 6:40 a.m. Thursday, July 19. Police responding discovered that the boarded-up door had been pried open. The Boost Mobile manager who met police said that $300 cash was missing, as well as an unknown number of cell phones.

The store manager told police that images of the crime were captured by the store's security camera. 

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Across the parking lot from the Boost Mobile store, a Cricket cell phone store at 5133 South Cicero was robbed at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 17.

5133 South Cicero
A thug walked in the store's east entrance (facing the parking lot and the alley between Cicero and Keating), flashed a handgun, stole $200 from the cash register, and ordered the sales clerk into the manager's office before fleeing.

The clerk described the criminal as a black man, 30 years old, 6'1 and 220 pounds, medium complexion, wearing a black baseball cap, white gym shoes, and a blue plaid short sleeve shirt.

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Burglars forced open the service door and overhead door of a garage near 45th and Keeler and stole a lawn mower and four vehicle jack stands.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 60-year-old man, at 4:00 a.m. Thursday, July 19.

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Burglars broke into the back door of a house near 50th and Kostner and stole a laptop computer and a TV.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 39-year-old woman, when she returned home at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19 and found the back door ajar several rooms in disarray with cabinets knocked down and clothes strewn about.

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Burglars broke through the service door of a garage near 44th and Kedvale; but only stole a radio/CD player because they were scared off by a burglar alarm that deployed.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 36-year-old woman, at 4:00 a.m. Thursday,July 18.

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Burglars kicked in the back door of a house near 68th and Karlov and stole two TVs, a digital camera, two Nintendo D Si handheld game consoles, and one Sony PlayStation 3 video game console.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 24-year-old woman, when she returned home at 9:00 p.m. Thursday, July 19.

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Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 62nd and Parkside and stole a tool set and a power drill.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 27-year-old man, when he returned home from work at 5:30 a.m. Friday, July 20.

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An 18-year-old Little Village man told police that an unknown assailant knocked him down and forced him to hand over his wallet on the sidewalk in front of 5020 South Kedvale.

The victim said he was leaving a friend's house at about 10:30 p.m. Monday, July 16 when a man approached and asked if he had any change. When the victim said he did not, the attack began, and the attacker fled on foot, west on 51st Street.

He described the attacker as a white Hispanic man, 25-35 years old, 5'6 and 180 pounds, brown eyes and short black hair, light complexion, wearing a white t-shirt and beige pants.

The police incident report did not indicate what, if anything, was in the wallet.

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A 35-year-old Uptown woman was shot by an assailant with a BB gun near 47th and Kilpatrick at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17.

The woman said she walking to her car after leaving a friend's home when she heard three shots. She told police she immediately felt a sharp pain in her lower back. She got in her car and planned to drive home; but the pain made her detour to the emergency room at St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she was treated and released.

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Burglars forced open the rear door of a home near 52nd and Hamlin and stole a laptop computer and assorted gold jewelry.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 46-year-old man, when he and his family returned home from lunch at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 16.

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Burglars forced open the side door of a home near 61st and Pulaski and stole a TV, a stereo, a laptop computer, a Sony PlayStation 3 video game console, a DVD player, assorted gold and diamond jewelry, and $800 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 63-year-old woman, at 9:00 a.m.Monday, July 16.

She or someone else apparently frightened off the burglars before they could finish the job, since more valuables were found stacked near the side door. 

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Burglars forced open the side door of a garage near 48th and Kedvale, smashed the driver's side window of a 2004 Chevy Malibu parked inside and stole the car's stereo before fleeing in a dark-colored SUV.

The crime was discovered by the victims, a 45-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man, when their garage's silent alarm was tripped at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday, July 18.

They caught a glimpse of the criminals and described them to police as two white men, both about 5'10; one with sandy-colored hair and the other with black hair.

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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, July 24. Learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.

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