Sunday, December 23, 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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Three armed robbers made off with over $30,000 cash after they hit an Archer Heights business at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, December 20.

The trio of thugs knocked on the door and were buzzed in to the offices of Chicago Industrial Catalytic, 4427 West 45th Street. Once inside, they partially obscured their faces with masks, drew pistols, ordered the employees to the floor and asked "Where's the money at?"

One of the victims recognized one of the criminals, saying "Kevin, I know that's you. Why are you doing this?"

The thug reportedly hollered "How do you know my name? You don't know me!"

The robbers were led to a back area where the safe was. The crooks took about $27,000 cash from the safe, according to the victims. They also stole $4,500 cash from one of the victims, $150 from another, and two cell phones before running out the door and speeding away in a gray/silver car, possibly a Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix, police were told.

The crooks were described as black men ages 20-21.

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A Scottsdale man who ignored his dog when it started "acting weird" may have missed an opportunity to foil a burglary.

The man told police that his dog acted that way between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, December 18; but he did not take him out for a walk until 1:40 p.m. At that point, he noticed that the front door was open at his neighbor's house near 84th and Karlov.

Police investigated and found the back door had been pried open. The victim, a 40-year-old man, was contacted at work.

The victim later confirmed that burglars had stolen a laptop computer, a Nintendo handheld video game unit, assorted jewelry and $20 cash from the home.

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Burglars smashed a glass front window of Dazzling Dentistry, 6941 West Archer, walked inside and stole a wall-mounted TV set.

Just before glaziers replaced the window at 6941 West Archer.
The crime was discovered by a neighbor at 3:22 a.m. Tuesday, December 18 when he noticed a rear security light on and a rear interior door open.

The security camera mounted on the man's house showed that at 12:20 a.m., a vehicle parked nearby and a hooded man got out and walked toward the front of the dentists' office. A second vehicle pulled up and parked near the back.

In what may have been a related crime, burglars used a large rock to smash the glass front door of Coler Chiropractic, 6657 West Archer, crawled inside and stole a TV off the waiting room wall.

The crime was discovered by the victim at 5:00 a.m. Thursday, December 20. The back door of the office also was open, police said.

The two crimes were at least the fourth such "smash and grab" burglaries this year in the immediate area. On Sunday, May 13, a TV was stolen from Smile Dental Care, 7011 West Archer; and on Monday, April 2, a TV was stolen from Stan's Barber Shop, 6656 West Archer.

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A 33-year-old West Lawn man who admitted to police that he drove his van over to 72nd and Claremont to try and buy marijuana would up being robbed at gunpoint and then shot.

At about 1:45 p.m. Thursday, December 20, the man flagged down another man to ask about buying some pot. After a discussion, the would-be seller got into the victim's van, pulled a gun and said "Give me everything you have on you or I'll shoot you."

After the victim turned over his cell phone and $40 cash, the robber said "I know you got more." He pointed the gun at the victim's head, and then lowered the gun and fired, shooting the victim through the right calf.

The offender then ran away on foot. The victim drove himself to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was treated by emergency room staff and interviewed by police, who said that the offender's cell phone was found on the victim.

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A 16-year-old West Elsdon boy told police that he was robbed of his cell phone at gunpoint on a sidewalk near 59th and Kilbourn at 5:55 p.m. Thursday, December 20.

The boy told police that the robber had followed him home from school---first on the CTA Brown Line and then the Orange Line. When the youth got off the Orange Line at its terminal, he said he no longer saw the man; but that he re-appeared near the scene of the crime.

He said the robber ran away east through a back yard.

He described the assailant as a black man age 18-22, 5'6 to 5'8 and 170-180 pounds, wearing a blue vest over a black hoodie, carrying an orange book bag.

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Burglars forced open the front door of a home near 82nd and Kildare and stole two hand guns, a laptop computer, a camera, about $5,000 worth of old silver coins, and personal identification papers.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 48-year-old man, at 4:20 p.m. Thursday, December 20 when he came home from work.

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A 29-year-old West Elsdon man who called 911 because his girlfriend would not give his belongings back was arrested because those belongings included an unregistered hand gun.

Elias Troche of 57th and Lawndale called police at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 20 to his 17-year-old girlfriend's apartment near 64th and Major.

When police arrived, the girl handed over Troche's book bag, saying "Here is his gun and his sh~t."

Police said that Troche had a valid FOID card and claimed not to know he had to register his weapon.

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Two would-be burglars kicked in the back door of a home near 49th and Knox, but fled without stealing anything when they saw the 40-year-old homeowner in the house. The crime occurred at 8:50 a.m. Thursday, December 20. The victim described them only as two men wearing black hoodies.

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A pair of thugs robbed the Sprint store at 8071 South Cicero, getting away with about $900 cash and 20 cell phones.

The robbers walked into the store at 7:04 p.m. Wednesday, December 19 and ordered three employees (a 28-year-old woman, a 30-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man) to the back of the store.

"Somebody is not going to have a merry Christmas if you don't do what I tell you," one robber said as he brandished a gun and ordered the staffers to open the safe. The two then ran out the back door with the take.

They were described as black men, 18-27 years old, 5'8 to 5'10 and 135-165 pounds, wearing black hoodies.

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Burglars broke through a back window of a home near 69th Place and Lawndale and stole a Nintendo Wii, a Samsung tablet computer, and about $800 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victims, a 31-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man, at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 18 when they came home from work.

Police said they were reviewing video footage provided by a neighbor.

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This CPD video is a few years old, but can be very helpful. check it out: 

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