Monday, September 10, 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 48-year-old West Lawn man working on his truck behind his garage near 68th Place and Lawndale was shot at by a thug who tried to rob him at 5:43 p.m. Thursday, September 6.

The victim told police he was approached by two men, one of whom pulled a hand gun and said "You know what this is."

As the second thug went through the victim's pockets, the victim said "I don't have anything. I haven't gotten paid yet."

Because the gun man was pointing the pistol directly at the victim's head, the victim slapped his hand away. In response, the second robber told the gun man, "Shoot his ass." The gun man pointed the pistol at the victim's leg and fired. The two then fled on foot.

The victim was not shot, however, as the bullet hit his pants leg but not his leg.

The thugs were described as black men ages 18-20, 5'8 and 170 pounds with short black hair.

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A 42-year-old Gage Park woman told police her car was hijacked at 5:20 a.m. Sunday, September 9 at 55th and Komensky.

The woman and a passenger (a 21-year-old Back of the Yards man) said they were at 26th and Keeler and were asked by two men for a ride to 56th and Komensky. The woman agreed.

At 55th and Komensky, the two men---in the back seat---asked her to pull over. When she did, they became belligerent and demanded the car. The woman bolted from the car, leaving her purse behind and running east on 55th Street.

The two hijackers pushed the 21-year-old man out of the car and onto the ground, pulled a gun on him and went through his pockets. The two then jumped back in the car and drove away south on Komensky.

In the woman's purse was $120 cash. Stolen from the man was a silver ring, a cell phone and a wallet containing $320 cash and a Matricula ID.

The car stolen is a 2005 blue Dodge Neon four-door hatchback, Illinois license plate number H24627.

The hijackers were described as white Hispanic men ages 25-30, 5'5 to 5'10, 170 pounds, black hair.

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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 65th and Keeler and stole an air compressor, a weed trimmer, a leaf blower and a set of bolt cutters.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old woman, at 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 7.

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A 61-year-old West Lawn woman who had been away from home for a few days returned to her house near 59th and Kolmar at about 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8 to find her house and garage burglarized.

Stolen were a lawn mower, a snow thrower, a leaf blower, a power inverter, a PlayStation video game console and about 20 video games.

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An 84-year-old Scottsdale woman who had been out visiting for a few hours returned home at about 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 7 to find her house near 82nd and Tripp burglarized.

Stolen was about $50 cash and assorted costume jewelry.

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Burglars broke through a basement window on the side of a home near 47th and Lavergne and stole a cell phone, two diamond rings and a Nintendo Wii video game console.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old man, when he came home at 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 7 after picking up his children from school.

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A burglar broke through the side door of a home near 78th and Keeler and stole a digital camera and two Sony PlayStation video game units.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old woman, at 10:21 p.m. Monday, September 3 when she came home from shopping. She told police she saw a black man fleeing the scene.

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Burglars entered the unlocked service door of a garage near 47th and Tripp and stole a lawn mower, a leaf blower, two lawn trimmers and a bicycle.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 47-year-old man, at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 5.

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Burglars pushed in a window air conditioner at a home near 69th and Lawndale and stole a TV and $2,000 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 25-year-old woman, as she arrived home at about 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 5. She told police she saw two men fleeing the scene but offered no additional description.

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Burglars pried open the back door of a house near 49th and Keating and stole two cell phones and four gold chains,

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old man, when he returned from a local pharmacy at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, September 4. The home's bedrooms had been ransacked.

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Burglars entered the unlocked front door of a home near 60th and Merrimac and stole three power drills, four tool batteries, two battery chargers, a tool bag, assorted hand tools, a Blu-ray disc player, an iPod with charger, an Xbox 360 video game system, eight Xbox games, five necklaces and a bracelet.

The crime was discovered at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 4 by the victim, a 57-year-old man, who told police that he had left the house to go to a medical appointment and left the door unlocked in case his children or a neighbor wanted to let his dog out.

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Burglars entered an unlocked garage near 65th and Keating and stole a go kart.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 28-year-old man, at about 7:00 a.m. Monday, September 3.

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A 19-year-old Oswego man was arrested in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood for possession of a set of brass knuckles.

Andrew M. Swanson was arrested at the Marathon gas station at 3000 West 63rd Street at 6:45 p.m. Monday, September 3.

Police said they stopped Swanson when they saw a metal object protruding from his pants and thought it might be a gun or other weapon.

They also said that Swanson admitted to being a gangbanger. When questioned about the brass knuckles, he allegedly said "Yep, got those for protection. I'm a Two-Six from 31st and Avers, and I know this is an Ambrose 'hood."

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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 St. Symphorosa School at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 12. If you live in Beat 814, come to Vittum Park at 7:00 Thursday, September 13. 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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  1. Of all the burglaries, I'd be interested in knowing of any of them had home alarm systems just to see if it really works as a deterrent.

    1. When the CPD incident report mentions a home alarm system, we share that information. It's fair to say that while increasing numbers of homes have some sort of electronic defense, the vast majority still do not.