Friday, October 5, 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 43-year-old Brighton Park man riding on a westbound CTA bus near 55th and Kostner was punched and robbed of his cell phone by two thugs.

The crime occurred at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday, October 2.

The offenders ran out the back door of the bus and fled on foot. The criminals were described as black boys ages 15-17. One was 5'6 to 5'10 and 140-170 pounds, brown eyes, short black hair, dark complexion, wearing a black hoodie and black jeans. The other crook was described as 6'0 to 6'2 and 160-170 pounds, brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion, wearing a dark blue hoodie and blue jeans.

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Burglars forced open the side door of a garage near 50th and Laporte and stole a three-piece power tool set, a power drill, assorted hand tools, a lawn mower and a sewer snake.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old man, at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 2.

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Burglars kicked in the bottom panels of the overhead door of a garage near 55th Place and Hamlin and stole a hand saw, a circular saw, a grinder, two drills and two hammers.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 47-year-old woman, at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 2.

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A 57-year-old Archer Heights man was robbed of $100 as he walked his dog near 50th and Keeler at 6:43 p.m. Sunday, September 30.

He told police that two thugs in a black SUV parked near him. They got out and approached---one brandishing a baseball bat, the other a knife. After the robbery, they drove away eastbound on 50th Street.

One robber is described as a white Hispanic teen, age 16-19, 5'8 and 215, short black hair, light complexion, wearing a red t-shirt and blue jeans. The other is described as a white teen, age 16-19, 5'4 and 160 pounds, blond hair and fair complexion.

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Two West Lawn men told police that gangbangers in a vehicle fired shots at them near 61st Place and Hamlin at 2:40 a.m. Sunday, September 30.

The victims said they were stopped at the intersection when a white Chevy Astro van approached. The man driving the van asked if the victims were gang members. When the victims claimed they were not, the driver looked at his accomplice (a teen boy) and hollered "F~ck this n~gger!"---and the boy drew a pistol and fired five shots at the victims' vehicle as they sped away.

The victims were not injured, but later discovered bullet holes in their minivan.

The van's driver was described as a white Hispanic man age 25-26, 5'6 to 5'8 and 220-230 pounds, a "bald" hair style and wearing a black hoodie. The passenger who fired the shots was described as a white Hispanic boy age 14-15, 5'4 to 5'5 and 120-130 pounds and wearing a black hoodie.

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A 17-year-old West Elsdon girl was robbed of her cell phone and wallet as she walked on a sidewalk near 53rd and Keeler at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 29.

Two robbers---a man and a woman---approached her from behind. The woman snatched her cell phone, and when the victim asked for her phone back, the man brandished a large rock and threatened to split her head open. The pair then fled on foot down an alley.

One thug was described as a white Hispanic man age 18-20, 5'6 and 150 pounds, short black hair, olive complexion and scarring on his face. The second was described as a white Hispanic woman, 5'5 and 120 pounds, olive complexion and black hair in a "bun" style.

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A 33-year-old Summit woman told police she believes that her wallet was stolen from her purse while she shopped at Fair Share Foods, 6422 West 63rd Street, at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, September 29.

She discovered the theft after shopping, when she was at home.

She told police her wallet contained $120, a driver's license, a green card, credit cards and other personal items. She said she thinks it was stolen when she was bumped while was near the store's courtesy counter.

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Burglars broke a lock and pried open the service door of a garage near 56th and Parkside and stole a lawnmower and a snow blower.

The crime was discovered by the 40-year-old son of the victim, a 65-year-old woman, at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 29.

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A 52-year-old West Lawn man was robbed at gunpoint as he walked his dog near 61st and Karlov at noon Friday, September 28.

Two teenage criminals drove up in a red two-door Chevy; they got out and one pointed a pistol at the victim as they demanded his wallet. They then hit the victim in the head and knocked him to the sidewalk, going through his pockets and stealing his wallet with $298 cash inside.

They both kicked him, and one thug urged the other to shoot the victim. The gun man did not fire, though, and the two got in their vehicle and sped away south on Karlov.

The victim described his attackers as black, ages 16-19, 5'10 to 6'0 and 150-170 pounds, with dark hoodies and black sweatpants. One assailant had a red stripe on his sweatpants.

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Burglars kicked in the back door of a house near 50th and Lamon and stole a laptop computer, a TV, a gold necklace, a pair of gold earrings, a watch and a jar containing about $300 in coins.

The crime was discovered by the victims, a 32-year-old man and woman, when they arrived home from work at 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 28.

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Burglars pushed aside a window air conditioner, crawled in a home near 67th and Kostner and stole a laptop computer and battery charger, an Xbox video game console, a Xbox video game, an Xbox headset, an estimated $7,000 in assorted jewelry and an estimated $1,600 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 48-year-old woman, when she arrived home from work at 8:30 p.m. Friday, September 28 and noticed that her front door was unlocked.

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Burglars broke through a side window of a home near 67th and Karlov and stole two TVs, a laptop computer, a cell phone, a mitre saw, a skill saw, a jigsaw, a grainer, and a paint compressor.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 24-year-old man, when he came home from work at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beats 812 (see map above), come to the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 10. If you live in Beat 814, come to Vittum Park, 5010 West 50th Street, at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11. 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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