Wednesday, November 21, 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 "Loser" t-shirt apparently was a good fit for a criminal who tried but failed to break into a garage near 46th and Hamlin at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, November 18.

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According to a 62-year-old homeowner's video surveillance camera trained on the garage, the would-be burglar and an accomplice spent up to nine minutes trying unsuccessfully to break into the garage via the service door before noticing the camera, giving up and running away.

The average burglar can get into a garage in under a minute, according to law enforcement authorities.

The victim discovered the damaged but still locked service door later in the morning, reviewed the video and contacted police.

The crook wearing the "Loser" t-shirt appeared to be a white man age 25-35 wearing a baseball cap, according to the homeowner. She is sharing video with police for further analysis.

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A pair of criminals walked into Lyla Jewelers in Ford City at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, November 18. One attempted to distract a sales clerk (a 39-year-old Burbank man) as the other pulled out a hammer and smashed a display case---taking a jewelry box and a tray of 18 white gold rings valued at $17,000 before fleeing the mall.

The robbers were described as black men---one about age 20 and the other 20-29 years old, both about 6'0 and 160-190 pounds, medium complexion.

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Two thugs snatched a gold chain with a religious cross pendant off the neck of an 87-year-old man in front of his apartment near 48th and Karlov.

The crime occurred at 11:55 a.m.Monday, November 19. According to a 30-year-old neighbor who witnessed the aftermath, the two robbers ran south on Karlov and were later spotted heading into Super Mall of the Midway, 5220 South Pulaski.

Through a Polish-language interpreter, the victim described the offenders as white Hispanic boys ages 16-17. One was 5'2 to 5'5 and 110-130 pounds; the other was 5'7 to 5'10 and 140-150 pounds. Both wore dark clothes.

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A 43-year-old Cicero man delivering food for Villa Rosa Pizza was robbed in a yard near 50th and Kolin at about 9:45 p.m. Sunday, November 18.

A trio of thugs walked up and said "Let's stab 'em" before grabbing him and forcibly taking from him a cell phone, a wallet with personal IDs and three credit/debit cards, a cell phone, a WiFi hotspot device, a black North Face fleece jacket and $150 cash.

The robbers then fled east through a gangway a down a street.

They are described as two white Hispanic men and one black Hispanic man, all ages 18-25 and wearing dark clothing and hoodies.

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A dispute over a bicycle led to the stabbing of a 23-year-old West Elsdon man at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, November 18 on the street near 55th and Springfield.

The victim saw a man riding a bike that appeared to be one that had been stolen from him. He confronted the man, an argument ensued, and the man stabbed the victim the groin before riding away west toward Pulaski.

The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics and transported by CFD ambulance to Christ Hospital and Medical Center.

The offender was described as a black man age 25, wearing a black skull cap, gray sweatshirt and blue jeans.

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Burglars broke through the service door of a garage near 70th Place and Central Park and stole a rented power washer.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old man, when he came home at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday, November 20 and saw both garage doors open.

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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 61st and Neenah and stole a snow blower, a lawn mower, a power washer, a generator and assorted power tools.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old woman, at about 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 20 after she was woken up by a noise and saw the backyard gate open and the service door forced open.

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Burglars broke through the service door of a garage near 57th and Parkside and stole a car parked inside---a 1982 Cadillac Seville four-door sedan, white and maroon/burgundy in color.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 75-year-old man, at about 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 19.

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Burglars entered the back door of a home near 85th and Kildare and stole a TV and up to $20,000 worth of jewelry, according to the victim, a 59-year-old man.

The crime was reportedly discovered at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 20; but was not reported to police until more than eight hours later.

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Burglars shattered the back window of a home near 60th and Tripp, entered via the back door and stole a camera and assorted jewelry.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 59-year-old man, when he came home from work at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 20.

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A 15-year-old Chicago Lawn boy and a 15-year-old West Elsdon girl were robbed of their cell phones and a total of $15 cash as they walked north on a sidewalk near 61st and Hamlin at about 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 19.

Two thugs approached them and asked the boy "What are you?" When the boy denied any gang affiliation, the robbers flashed gang signs and instructed the victims to stand still. They then went through their pockets. As they left, they told the victims they might get their phones back if they joined the gang.

Police noted that one of the robbers was described as a white man age 19-20, 6'0 and 140 pounds with light brown hair.

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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 46th and Komensky and stole an air compressor, a lawn mower, a snow blower, a tool set and a radio.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 20-year-old man, when he returned from vacation at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 15.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 813 or Beat 833 (see map), come to West Lawn Park at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 27. 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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