Monday, August 13, 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 man brandishing a kitchen knife unsuccessfully attempted to rob the Walgreens at 7150 West Archer at 3:20 p.m. Friday, August 10.

The man walked up to the pharmacy drop-off counter and handed a note to a 33-year-old pharmacist, telling her "Read what that says. You better do it quickly, or I'm gonna jump the counter!" At the same time, he displayed the knife as a threat.

The note demanded bottles of Xanax and Norco, trade names for two pain killers and tranquilizers that are addictive and often involved in prescription drug abuse.

The pharmacist told the robber she would comply with his demand, and then pretended to begin doing so while telling another Walgreens staffer to trip a silent alarm---which was done.

Apparently frustrated at waiting, the man walked over to the pharmacy's pick-up window and said to a 25-year-old pharmacist, "Give me all your Xanax and Norco in bottles!"

The pharmacist told the robber she would comply with his demand; but he would have to wait because the two drugs were not in stock at the moment.

Frustrated, the man walked out of the store. Pharmacists alerted the 40-year-old store manager, who watched the robber walk across the parking lot, across Archer and into the parking lot at Joe & Frank's Sausage Company, 7147 West Archer. He then got into a car and drove away southbound.

Walgreens staff told police they noticed a hospital-type band on the man's wrist, fueling speculation that he is a drug addict recently released from a hospital or substance abuse treatment clinic.

Staff described him as a white man, 43-52 years old, 5'10 to 6'1 and 160-230 pounds, fair complexion, wearing a black White Sox t-shirt with the image of a bear on it---over a long-sleeve yellow shirt. He was also wearing a gray White Sox baseball cap.

The manager told police that the man may have been the same person who attempted to rob the Walgreens pharmacy at 87th and Harlem, Bridgeview, four days earlier.

Police reviewed parking-lot surveillance video shared by Joe & Frank's and it showed the man pulling into the lot at 3:04 p.m. He was driving a light green Honda with a sunroof, missing a hub cap on the passenger front tire. The car is also damaged on both ends and is missing a headlight.

Police are also reviewing surveillance video from Walgreens.

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A 21-year-old Clearing gangbanger has been arrested and charged with breaking into a car and stealing two radios.

Omar Juma is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48-4, 155 West 51st Street, on Monday, August 20.

Omar Juma
At 3:08 a.m. Monday, August 13, police responded to a call of a theft from a 1999 Ford Contour parked on the 6400 block of west 63rd Place. The victim described the offender as wearing a red t-shirt, cut-off blue jeans and Nike Air Jordan athletic shoes. She said she saw him walking north on Natchez after committing the crime.

Police canvassed the area and learned that an offender with a similar description was wanted for theft from the 7-Eleven at 6754 West 63rd Street. They learned the suspect's name and home address, and then drove to Juma's home near 63rd and Natchez.

Juma's father let police in the home. Juma reportedly was wearing only cut-off shorts and asked police if he could put on a shirt and shoes before being taken into custody. Police agreed and followed him to his bedroom, where they observed a red t-shirt and a pair of Air Jordans on the floor. They also saw two car radios and a screwdriver.

Police asked Juma whose radios they were, and Juma allegedly replied, "I don't know. I think they're my friend's."

Police then transported Juma and the radios back to 63rd Place, where he was positively identified by the victim---who also said the radios were hers. Juma was then brought to the 7-Eleven, where he was positively identified by store staff.

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A 21-year-old Scottsdale gangbanger was shot and killed last week after an argument with a thug from a rival gang.

Yousef Allan died at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.

According to police, the incident occurred at 10:17 p.m. Thursday, August 9 on the street in front of 8330 South Kostner.

Allan was riding in a southbound SUV with at least two other gangbangers---a 20-year-old Burbank man and a 20-year-old Orland Park man. They told police that Allan saw a silver van coming up Kostner in the opposite direction. Allan recognized the van's occupants as rival gangbangers and allegedly said he was going to throw a brick at them.

Both vehicles slowed down and stopped at mid-block. Allan got out and argued with one of his rivals. The argument escalated, and Allan was shot in the back, falling to the asphalt. The silver van sped away north on Kostner. He was transported by Chicago Fire Department ambulance to the hospital, where he died at 10:53 p.m.

The killer was described as a white Hispanic man, 5'6 to 5'8 and 150-165 pounds, 20-25 years old, light complexion, brown hair in a "fade" style, wearing a white t-shirt.

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A 56-year-old South Carolina man was robbed at gunpoint at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, August 9 in front of 4331 West 45th Street.

A man walked up to the victim on the street and asked if he wanted to buy a computer. The victim replied that he did not want to buy one and also does not have the money to buy one.

The robber then said, "Let's see what you do have," and went through the victim's pockets, throwing his wallet to the ground and stealing $260 (13 twenty-dollar bills). He then jumped into a waiting car with an accomplice and sped away south on Kolin in a beige 1997 Oldsmobile, which police traced to a woman in west suburban Bellwood.

The victim described the criminal as a black man, 35-40 years old, 5'8 and 180-190 pounds, dark complexion, short black hair. His accomplice was described only as a black man.

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A 21-year-old Garfield Ridge man told police that he was robbed at 4:24 a.m. Friday, August 10 on the sidewalk in front of 5663 South Archer.

He said that four young men walked up to him and asked who he is and what his gang affiliation is. They then reportedly hit him in the back of the head, pushed him to the ground, pinned him and went through his pockets---taking his iPhone but not his wallet.

They then reportedly fled on bicycles, north on Laramie.

The victim described them all as white Hispanic men about age 21.

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A routine traffic stop in Scottsdale yielded a pink stun gun.

At 11:36 a.m. Thursday, August 9, police stopped a car near 79th and Karlov because it had expired license plates.

The driver, 33-year-old Tameka Chaplin of 85th and California, also was driving on a suspended driver's license. As she was being placed in custody, she told police that she had a stun gun in her purse. Police confiscated the illegal weapon.

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Burglars forced open the back door of a house near 66th Place and Springfield and stole $200 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 77-year-old man, when he came home at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 9.

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Burglars forced open the back door of a house near 53rd and Hamlin and stole a laptop computer.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old woman, when she came home at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 9.

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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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A 70-year-old woman who noticed that a back window of her house near 83rd and Kolmar was open on Thursday, August 2 and thought nothing of it, noticed a week later that assorted jewelry was missing, including two gold rings, a silver Claddaugh ring, two bracelets, two necklaces, and six earrings.

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Burglars entered an apartment building near 63rd and Kostner, broke through an attic access panel in a hallway, crawled above an apartment unit and then punched through the bathroom ceiling.

They then stole a TV and a laptop computer.

The crime was discovered by the tenant, a 43-year-old woman, at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 7.

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Burglars broke through the side door of a house near 53rd and Kolin and stole assorted jewelry and $3,500 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 30-year-old woman, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, August 9.

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In what police are describing as a gang-related incident, two thugs robbed an 18-year-old Archer Heights man of a gold chain at 9:40 p.m. Friday, August 10 on the street near 52nd and Keeler.

The victim and two friends---an 18-year-old Gage Park man and a 19-year-old Chicago Lawn man, were on the sidewalk when two gangbangers in a maroon Ford Windstar drive by southbound on Keeler.

They doubled back around through the alley, and then emerged from a gangway near 5226 South Keeler. One of them brandished a knife and held it against the victim's neck as he yanked off the gold chain.

The victim's 18-year-old girlfriend came on the scene, saw what was occurring and screamed. Her scream apparently frightened the thugs, who fled on foot back to their vehicle.

Both criminals were described as white Hispanic men,19-22 years old, 5'10 and 170-180 pounds, black shaved hairstyles.

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Burglars entered an unlocked service door of a garage near 64th and Old Harlem and stole a bicycle. They also entered an unlocked car in the garage and stole a pair of sunglasses.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 60-year-old man, at 6:10 a.m. Friday, August 10.

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Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 54th and Linder and stole a lawn mower, an edger and a weed trimmer.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 33-year-old man, at 8:45 a.m. Friday, August 10.

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Burglars cut through a lock in the rear of RentalMax, 8522 South Pulaski, broke through a side window and stole three power saws worth a total of $4,000.

The crime was discovered by the manager at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 12 after a man living across the alley told him that the store's back fence appeared to have been damaged by tampering.

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  1. do you know what gangs were involved in the Scottsdale murder?

  2. We normally do not name gangs, because we have no interest in giving them the notoriety they crave---and we view them as all cut from the same cloth, much as they like to imagine they're not. Please send us an email if you'd like to discuss further.