Thursday, October 11, 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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Burglars used a brick to smash the front door window at Supercuts, 5851 South Archer, crawled inside and stole $338 in cash from a safe box.

The crime was discovered by a manager when she arrived to open the hair salon at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 9.

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A 20-year-old man from Cicero was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident that occurred at 6:00 p.m. Monday, October 8 on the sidewalk near 52nd and Pulaski.

Mauricio Moran of 25th and Austin allegedly walked up behind an 18-year-old Gage Park man, grabbed him by the neck, stuck an object into his ribs and said, "If you don't give me your phone, I'm gonna shoot you."

The two struggled and fell to the sidewalk; and then the victim got up and ran into a nearby business. The offender ran south on Pulaski, and the victim pointed out Moran to police---claiming he was the attacker. Police said they did not find a weapon on Moran.

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Burglars forced open the back door of a home near 64th and Laporte and stole a blue-steel revolver, a gold necklace and a pair of silver earrings.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 40-year-old woman, at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 8 when she came home from work.

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Burglars forced open the front door of a house near 56th and Kildare and stole a TV, a video game console, two watches, a cell phone and a sombrero.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old woman, when she returned home after running errands at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 9.

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A 15-year-old West Lawn boy was robbed of his cell phone on a sidewalk near 66th and Hamlin at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 7.

Three thugs approached from behind, pushed the victim against a wall, punched him in the face and went through his pockets.

One then said, "I'll smash your f~cking face in, b~tch. Turn around and keep walking." The victim complied, and the attackers yelled a gang slogan and then ran away in another direction.

The victim described the trio as white Hispanic men about 18 years old, wearing black hoodies.

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A 17-year-old Chicago Lawn boy was robbed of his cell phone and book bag on a sidewalk near 65th and Karlov at 1:11 p.m. Sunday, October 7.

As he was walking, he was surrounded by four offenders, one of whom brandished a crowbar. After the robbery, they fled north on foot.

They were described as white Hispanic men about 18 years old.

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A 26-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint as he walked outside his condominium near 76th and Kostner at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, October 10.

Two crooks---one brandishing a silver pistol---robbed the victim of his cell phone and $300 cash before fleeing on foot east.

They were described as black men, 20-24 years old, 5'10 and 175-180 pounds, with black hair.

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An 18-year-old Archer Heights man was robbed of his wallet and cell phone as he walked near 45th and Karlov at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 10.

Two teenage thugs rode up on bicycles rode up and blocked the victim's path. They asked him if he is a tagger. When he replied that he isn't, one pulled a black-handled knife and demanded his cell phone and wallet.

The victim accidentally dropped his cell phone; and as he bent over to pick it up, one of the thugs kneed him in the face and then punched him in the head.

After taking his phone and wallet, the pair fled east to Pulaski and then south.

The victim described them as white Hispanic boys about 15-17 years old. The victim said they looked alike and thinks they may be related.

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Burglars kicked in the back door of a house near 62nd Place and Hamlin and stole two laptop computers, a video game console, an iPad, a cell phone, $200 cash, two drills, a leaf blower, a miter saw and $2,600 worth of jewelry.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 46-year-old man, when he came home from work at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, October 10.

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A trio of teenage thugs robbed a 19-year-old pizza delivery driver outside a home near 48th and Springfield at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday, October 10.

Employed by the Pizza Hut at 5109 South Pulaski, the driver took two pizzas, an order of hot wings and a bottle of pop to the home. At the porch he was met by the three. As one pretended to ring the doorbell, another punched the driver in the ribs and said, "Empty your pockets and give us the pizza." A third thug pulled a knife that had been concealed in his sleeve.

They stole the food and drink, as well as the driver's cell phone and $65 cash, before fleeing.

The victim described them as white Hispanic boys ages 16-17.

Police suspect the three are the same criminals who robbed a 31-year-old Domino's pizza delivery man at the same address at 8:30 p.m. the day before.

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Burglars kicked in the back door of a house near 47th and Lacrosse and stole a laptop computer, a pair of men's shoes and $1,000 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 44-year-old man, when he came home from work at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 10.

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Burglars forced open the back door of a home near 49th and Kedvale and stole a TV, assorted clothing and jewelry, and $1,500 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 39-year-old woman, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 10.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 811 (see map above), come to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 5556 South Merrimac, at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 16. If you live in Beats 813 or 833, come to West Lawn Park at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 23. 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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