Tuesday, July 24, 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 30-year-old Chicago Lawn man was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly burglarizing a garage near 61st and Keeler.

Roberto Aguero was charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools.

Roberto Aguero
Police responding to a "burglary in progress" call at 3:31 a.m. Sunday, July 22 spotted Aguero exiting a back yard and walking into the alley between Keeler and Tripp. He matched the description given by a citizen who had called 911.

Upon seeing police, Aguero reportedly fled on foot, but was apprehended by police near 62nd and Tripp after a brief chase.

Police say they checked a book bag Aguero was carrying and found a car battery charger and a flashlight inside. In response to their questions, Aguero allegedly claimed that the battery charger was his and that his car had broken down on 59th Street.

They brought him back to the home where they had first seen him. The garage's service door was open. Police questioned the homeowner, who identified the charger and flashlight as his.

Further, police said that Aguero was using his cell phone and head phones to monitor the Chicago Police Department's Zone 6 radio channel, in an apparent attempt to stay a step ahead of the police. What Aguero may not have known is that police channels that stream on the Internet often do so not in real time, but on a delayed basis. For example, Zone 6 radio is streamed on a delay of at least 90 seconds.

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Burglars entered a first-floor apartment near 63rd and Kostner and stole a TV set.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 33-year-old woman, when she came home at 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 21. There was no sign of forced entry, and the woman told police she thinks the burglars removed her window-unit air conditioner and crawled in through the rear window.

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Two criminals used an elderly woman's kindness against her---stealing $210 cash, a pearl ring, and a gold necklace with a heart-shaped "Mom" pendant from her home near 58th Place and Karlov.

At about 7:00 p.m.Saturday, July 21, a man rang her front door bell. When the 75-year-old woman answered, the man claimed to be a prospective home buyer and asked if the house next door was for sale. He then asked if she would let him into her back yard so he could get a better look at the house next door. Another man with him remained behind.

When she led him to her back yard, she left her front door unlocked. Later, she noticed the cash and jewelry missing.

She described the thieves as possibly Gypsies. The man she spoke with was about 36-43 years old, 5'7 to 5'8 and 130-150 pounds, light complexion with brown eyes and short brown hair. The men were driving a black flatbed-style truck.

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Burglars broke through the service door of a garage near 51st and Lockwood and stole assorted tools.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 46-year-old woman, at 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 20.

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A 50-year-old Garfield Ridge man checking on his mother's house near 52nd and Luna on Friday, July 20 told police that burglars had stolen $10,000 in jewelry and $10,000 in prescription medication, along with a DVD player.

The man's 74-year-old mother had recently gone to live with her daughter, and the son was checking the home and taking in the mail. The burglars apparently entered via the home's back door.

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Burglars damaged the overhead door of a garage near 51st and Sayre, but failed to gain entry. They apparently used a crowbar to pry down the top panel of the door, in an unsuccessful attempt to open the door via the emergency-release cord. (This method was discussed at the CAPS Beat 811 meeting in June by CPD Sergeant Allen Cain, who recommended that everyone cut or at least tie back their emergency-release cords.)

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old woman, 12:30 a.m. Monday, July 16. She reported it to police on Friday, July 20.

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Burglars entered the basement window of a home near 58th and Kilbourn and stole a laptop computer.

The crime was discovered at 6:10 p.m. Friday, July 20 by a 46-year-old Chicago Lawn man who is a friend of the victim, a 37-year-old man. The friend called the victim, who came home from work and notified police,

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Burglars entered the back window of a home near 67th and Kedvale and stole three TVs, a digital camera and a gold necklace.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old woman, when she came home at 6:15 p.m. Friday, July 20 and saw her back door open..

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Want to learn how to reduce your risk of being a burglary victim---and hear useful advice directly from ex-burglars themselves? Attend a free, two-part crime prevention seminar set for 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 20 in the Kennedy High School auditorium, 56th and Narragansett. One part will feature ex-burglars offering tips on burglary prevention; the other will focus on drug and alcohol abuse prevention for teenagers. High school students in need of "community service" hours for school may receive up to four hours' credit for attending the event. The event is hosted by the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch group, and all Southwest Siders---not just Garfield Ridge residents---are welcome to attend.

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