Friday, September 28, 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 alert neighbor's call to 911 led to the arrest of a 19-year-old Auburn Gresham man in a burglary near 87th and Kedvale.

Isaiah McIntosh
Isaiah McIntosh of 81st Place and Oakley was arrested and charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and unlawful use of a weapon.

At 11:49 a.m. Wednesday, September 26, police responded to a "burglary in progress" call at a first-floor apartment. Upon arrival, they saw the apartment's side window open and a book bag on the ground under the window. Inside the bag was a black crowbar.

A police officer crawled in through the open window and then opened a door to let other officers in. A search of the premises uncovered a laptop computer and various video games stacked by the back door. Further investigation showed a ransacked bedroom and McIntosh hiding in a bedroom closet. Police arrested him and reported that they confiscated a pistol from him.

The victim, a 44-year-old man, was at work when the crime occurred.

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Two gangbangers attacked four Southwest Side teens as they sat in a car at 57th and Lawndale at 6:38 p.m. Tuesday, September 25.

The victims are all 18 or 19 years old; three men and a woman. Three are from Gage Park; one from Brighton Park.

They told police they were sitting in a car after purchasing food from a street vendor, when two gangbangers walked up and asked "What you are?"

When the victims replied they had no gang affiliation, the gangbangers shouted a gang slogan and started smashing every window on the car---using a wooden baseball bat, a large rock and a beer can, and then fleeing.

The attackers were described as white Hispanic men---one 23-24 years old, 6'5 and 250 pounds, light complexion, brown eyes, shaggy black hair, wearing a white t-shirt and sweat pants with red and black stripes. The other was said to be 31-33 years old, 5'8 and 200 pounds, brown eyes, short black hair, medium complexion, wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans.

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Burglars broke into a garage near 63rd and Lamon and stole a snow blower, a lawn trimmer, a car radio and a bicycle.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old man, at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, when he walked out to his garage and saw a note from his neighbor---informing him that the neighbor had earlier seen the garage doors open and had closed them for him.

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Burglars broke through the back door of a home near 53rd and Harding and stole two gold wedding rings, a gold bracelet, a pair of gold earrings and assorted other jewelry.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 90-year-old woman, when she awoke from a nap at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, and saw one of the criminals in the hallway outside her bedroom.

She confronted the thugs by hollering "Who are you? What are you doing here?" One of the crooks responded, "We're friends of the neighbors," and the victim fainted.

She awoke as the criminals were leaving. She ran out of her house screaming, according to police, and two neighbors saw the burglars get in a black Chevy SUV and drive away north on Harding and through the McDonald's parking lot.

The crooks are described as two white Hispanic men, with no additional details.

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Three armed thugs robbed the Advance Auto Parts store at 4625 South Pulaski of about $2,000 at 9:24 a.m. Monday, September 24.

The trio entered the store and immediately split up. Three other people were in the store at the time: a 47-year-old woman customer who fled when the robbery began; the cashier, a 26-year-old Brighton Park woman; and the manager, a 29-year-old man from the Montclare neighborhood of the Northwest Side.

While gathering the loot, the bandits forced the manager to kneel on the floor. They then fled in an unknown direction. They were described as black men, each about 5'8 and 160-170 pounds. No other information was available.

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A shoplifter turned into an armed robber during an incident at the Walgreens at 7045 South Pulaski at 5:08 p.m. Monday, September 24.

The offender was seen stuffing merchandise into his book bag. When confronted by the store manager, a 58-year-old woman, the man voluntarily gave back three boxes of Allegra-D (an antihistamine and nasal decongestant) but refused to return other items.

The manager then hollered "Security!" and two store clerks (24 and 29 years old) joined the confrontation. In response, the offender pulled a knife out of his bag and began slashing the air in the direction of the three employees. He then ran outside, fleeing on foot east on 71st Street.

The employees described him as a black man 20-25 years old, 5'10, short black hair, wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans.

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A 34-year-old Hodgkins man was arrested at 7:55 p.m. Monday, September 24 after he allegedly tried to unlawfully sell two pistols to undercover police officers.

Eric McPherson was charged with unlawful possession of a hand gun and unlawful sale of a hand gun.

Undercover police initially contacted McPherson through an ad he had posted on Craigslist. Police say that during their phone conversation with him, McPherson asked if they were interested in buying two pistols for $300.

McPherson allegedly agreed to bring the two guns to a rendezvous point at the Citgo station at 4710 West 63rd Street. Police say they saw him parked in a car at the station and made the arrest shortly after seeing the unloaded guns in plastic bags in McPherson's car.

According to police, McPherson claimed that he did not think he was violating the law, since the guns are antiques, by his description.

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Burglars forced open the front door of an apartment near 56th and Kolmar and stole three laptop computers, a PlayStation 3 video game console, a set of headphones and $500 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 36-year-old man, when he came home from work at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 25 and noticed his front and rear doors open.

A witness told police he has earlier seen two white Hispanic men loitering around the premises.

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A 29-year-old Ashburn man told police that a thug shot him in the face three times with a paintball gun at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 25.

The man said he was at 79th and Pulaski when a black Cadillac Escalade pulled up and the offender fired the gun at him; then blowing the stop light and speeding away west on 79th Street.

The assailant was described only as a black man. The victim refused medical attention.

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Three knife-wielding teenagers surrounded and robbed a 23-year-old Archer Heights man at 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 25 on a sidewalk near 49th and Kolin.

They stole two cell phones, a book bag, a jacket, an ID card and a credit card.

Two of the criminals were described as white Hispanic boys ages 15-18, 5'7 to 5'8 and 150-165 pounds with short black hair. The third thug was described as a white boy age 15-18, 5'9 and 130-150 pounds with green eyes and short blond hair.

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In a case that police say may be related to the one above, three knife-wielding thugs robbed two Archer Heights men (23 and 27 years old) on a sidewalk near 48th and Keeler at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday, September 25.

The descriptions of the offenders were similar to those given in the robbery at 49th and Kolin.

Stolen from the victims were two pairs of shoes, a sweater and a neck chain.

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A 22-year-old Archer Heights man walking to work was robbed of his iPod by two criminals at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, September 25 on a sidewalk near 49th and Komensky.

One robber was described as a white Hispanic man age 18-20, 5'5 to 5'7 and 130-140 pounds, brown eyes, black hair and an olive complexion. The second was described as a black man age 18-20, 5'9 and 180 pounds, dark complexion, with a black mohawk hairstyle.

The victim told police that the two are part of a gang-related crew of taggers that hangs out in the area.

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Burglars pried open the side door of a garage near 50th and Knox and stole two snow blowers, two ladders, two garden carts, a garden table and four chairs, two griddles and various other items.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 68-year-old woman, at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 26.

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