Monday, October 29, 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 45-year-old West Elsdon woman heard and heeded the burglar alarm in her garage near 58th and Kolmar, resulting in the arrest of two men on burglary charges.

Gabriel Vera
At about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, the woman heard the alarm, looked out a back window and saw a man standing in the doorway of the garage. She woke up her husband, who went out to investigate, saw that the service door had been forced open, and saw two men loading his snow thrower into their vehicle, a red Ford SUV.

The homeowner detained one of the men while the other ran away south through the alley, and then east. Police were alerted and apprehended the man near 59th and Keeler. He was brought back to the scene of the crime, where he was positively identified by the victim.

Charged with burglary were Gabriel Vera, 37, of 50th and Marshfield; and Rasilides Pena, 53, of 45th and Campbell. Their SUV was impounded by police.

Rasilides Pena
Police said that while in custody at the Eighth District station at about 3:45 a.m., one of the two confessed to burglarizing a garage near 55th and Kilbourn prior to the burglary near 58th and Kolmar.

Police said that Items stolen in that burglary were found in the impounded SUV---including two ladders, a bicycle, a scooter and a toolbox with tools inside. The suspect rode with police back to the West Elsdon neighborhood, where he pointed out the garage. Police then alerted a 61-year-old woman at the home, who looked at the items and said they are hers. Additionally, the service door and frame had been damaged.

Also found in the SUV, according to police, were two pry bars.

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A 40-year-old Vittum Park woman heard but ignored the burglar alarm in her garage near 50th and Laporte, resulting in the loss of an air compressor.

The victim told police that she heard the alarm at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, October 26, but mistakenly assumed the batteries were low. She then disabled it.

She later discovered the garage's service door had been pried open, and that the air compressor was gone. Additionally, an ashtray with change in it had been removed from her car. The change was gone, and the empty ashtray was found in the alley.

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A pair of thugs robbed the CVS store at 3957 West 63rd Street of about $5,000 in cash and merchandise.

CVS at 63rd and Pulaski
At 10:55 a.m. Friday, October 26, they walked into the store, displayed hand guns, walked behind the counter and demanded cash and merchandise, a 27-year-old CVS clerk told police.

They saw a 36-year-old Englewood woman talking on her cellphone nearby and ordered her to "get off the phone."

They then gathered up over $1,400 cash, a cache of CTA bus passes worth over $1,150, and cartons of cigarettes valued at over $2,400.

The two robbers then fled east through an alley.

Victims and witnesses described the criminals as black men ages 25-30, 5'10 to 6'0 and 190-200 pounds. One robber wore a brown jacket with white letters on it, and beige pants. The other wore a two-tone flannel jacket and black jeans and white gym shoes.

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A 27-year-old gangbanger from West Lawn was arrested in connection with an attempted armed robbery that allegedly occurred in front of the Family Dollar store at 5711 West 63rd Street at 6:32 p.m. Wednesday, October 24.

Marshall Busby
Marshall Busby of 64th and Kostner allegedly pulled a pocket knife and tried to rob a 22-year-old Clearing man who told police he was selling DVDs on the sidewalk.

Busby allegedly said to the victim, "Give me the movies. Give me what you got."

The victim said the attempted robbery was interrupted when a customer exited the store, saw what was occurring and immediately dialed 911.

Busby then allegedly fled on foot, pursued by the victim. According to police, the victim later pointed out Busby. Police gave chase and apprehended Busby in front of 6335 South Austin. He was brought back to the victim and was positively identified.

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A 35-year-old man from suburban Stone Park has been arrested in connection with a reported "road rage" incident in West Lawn.

Anthony Gonzales, 35, was charged with misdemeanor battery.

At 6:40 p.m. Sunday, October 21, Gonzales allegedly got out of his vehicle in front of 4435 West Marquette Road and used a Fanta pop bottle to hit another motorist in the head while he was still sitting in his car.

The victim, a 34-year-old Oak Lawn man, then got out of his vehicle and punched Gonzales in the head. The victim and a witness then held Gonzales until police arrived.

Chicago Fire Department paramedics treated several cuts on the forehead of the victim and transported him to the emergency room at Holy Cross Hospital.

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A 23-year-old Garfield Ridge man told police that he was robbed at knife point on a sidewalk in front of 5559 South Mayfield at about two minutes after midnight Wednesday, October 24.

The victim said a robber ran up to him and demanded his cell phone and wallet. After saying he was not carrying a wallet, the victim was robbed of a cell phone, an mp3 player and headphones, two sets of keys, a flash drive and a container of lip balm.

The robber was described as a white Hispanic man age 18-23, 5'2 to 5'5 and 150-160 pounds, light complexion, wearing a black hoodie and black pants.

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A 22-year-old West Elsdon woman told police she was robbed at gun point on a sidewalk near 54th and Ridgeway at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, October 28.

The victim was walking to work when a woman approached and asked "Hey, do you have the time?" When the victim looked at her cell phone to check the time, the robber snatched it away from her. The victim tried to snatch her cell phone back, but stopped when the robber pulled a pistol and said "Don't try anything."

The robber then took the victim's purse and fled on foot north on Ridgeway. In the purse were a debit card and $3 cash.

The criminal was described as a black woman age 25, 5'7 and 170 pounds, short black hair, medium complexion, wearing a gray zippered hoodie.

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A 33-year-old Clearing man told police he was robbed and bitten while sitting in his car at a traffic light at Marquette and Kedzie.

At 2:15 p.m. Sunday, October 28, he was approached by a beggar seeking change---but who instead reached in and snatched the victim's cell phone and white braided neck chain.

When the victim grabbed the offender to get ahold of him, the criminal bit the middle finger of the victim's left hand---drawing blood.

The offender was described as a white Hispanic man age 35-40, 5'1. No other information was provided.

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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 52nd and Leamington and stole a lawn mower and a leaf blower.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 46-year-old woman, at 9:00 p.m. Thursday, October 25.

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Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 68th and Kenneth, broke a window on a 2010 Dodge Charger parked inside and stole a handheld scanner, a pair of Nike Air Jordans, two pairs of sandals, two jackets and several razor blades.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old man, at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 23.

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Burglars entered a side window of a home near 54th and Kolin and stole a cell phone, about $1,000 cash and an estimated $18,000 in assorted jewelry.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old woman, when she arrived home from work at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 23.

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A 34-year-old West Side man visiting his girlfriend's house in Vittum Park foiled a burglary attempt.

At 8:23 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, the man saw two people breaking a basement window at the home near 47th and Lamon. He hollered at them, and they fled on foot.

One of the criminals was described as a white Hispanic man age 18-23, black hair, wearing a green t-shirt, The other was described as a white Hispanic woman age 18-23, long black hair, wearing a black jacket.

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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 56th and Austin and stole assorted power tools.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 40-year-old man, at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 24.

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Burglars entered a garage near 49th and Karlov and stole a lawnmower and a toolbox with tools.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old man, at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, October 25 when his neighbor called to tell him that both the service door and overhead door of his garage were open.

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Burglars forced open a rear window of a house near 51st and Keeler, crawled inside and stole about $20 cash from a change purse and about $300 cash from a coffee can.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 92-year-old woman, which she returned home at 11:40 a.m. Monday, October 22 and saw a wooden sawhorse under the window.

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