Sunday, January 6, 2013

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 burglar smashed the front glass door of Pieza Automotive, 5344 South Archer, went inside and stole a flat-screen TV.
5344 South Archer

The crime was discovered by a police officer on routine patrol at 6:50 a.m. Monday, December 31, who saw the smashed glass and a large brick lying just outside the door.

The owner, who later reviewed surveillance video, told police that the crime occurred at 2:15 a.m. and that the burglar appears to be a black man about 30-35 years old, 5'8 to 6'0 and 230-250 pounds, brown eyes, short black hair, medium complexion, wearing a gray knit skull cap, white gloves, black leather jacket, blue jeans and gray boots.

The crime is at the least the sixth such smash-and-grab burglary in which a TV was stolen from a business on Archer in recent months. (Tuesday, December 25 at the Doma shipping store, 6287 South Archer; Thursday, December 20 at Coler Chiropractic, 6657 West Archer; Tuesday, December 18 at Dazzling Dentistry, 6941 West Archer; Sunday, May 13, at Smile Dental Care, 7011 West Archer; and Monday, April 2, at Stan's Barber Shop, 6656 West Archer.)

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The Subway sandwich shop at 8145 South Pulaski was robbed at gunpoint at 7:20 p.m. Monday, December 31.
8145 South Pulaski

Two employees told police that the robber walked in (with his face covered), waved a black hand gun and said "Pull out the money."

One employee then pulled the cash drawer from the register and set it on the counter. The robber pulled out all paper money except the singles, and then ran out the door and into a silver/gray four-door Dodge Magnum, speeding away east on 82nd Street.

The thug was described as a black man age 20-25, 5'9 to 6'0 and 160-180 pounds, brown eyes with yellowing, a birth mark on his face, wearing a black leather jacket and black pants. 

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A 34-year-old Chicago Lawn man was arrested and charged with robbing the Midway Inn, 5335 South Pulaski.

Akell Awad of 63rd Place and Homan allegedly walk into the motel lobby at 7:10 a.m. Sunday, December 30, jumped over the front desk counter and grabbed $520 cash from a clerk who was counting the receipts from his shift.
5335 South Pulaski

Awad and the clerk reportedly struggled in the lobby while a second clerk called 911. The struggle then spilled into the parking lot, where Awad allegedly jumped into a car and tried to escape. The clerk, a 27-year-old Justice man, told police that he then successfully pulled the car keys away from Awad. Police arrived and arrested Awad.

Police said that the entire incident was captured on surveillance video.

Midway Inn was also the site of an aggravated assault at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 5. According to a 47-year-old clerk on duty, a man walked in and panhandled for money. The clerk told police that when he asked him to leave, the man became irate, pulled a knife from his jacket and hollered "Don't call me a crackhead!" before fleeing on foot north on Pulaski.

The offender was described as a white Hispanic man age 40-50, 5'5 to 5'9 and 150-170 pounds, short black hair.

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4314 West Marquette
A robber snatched a gold chain and Blessed Virgin Mary pendant off the neck of a 24-year-old woman in front of a coin laundry at 4314 West Marquette.

The crime occurred at 7:08 p.m. Saturday, January 5. The robber fled through the coin laundry and out the back door. Police said they hoped to review surveillance video.

The criminal was described as a white Hispanic man age 18-22, 5'9 and 160 pounds.

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Burglars kicked in the side door of a storefront at 5602 1/2 West 63rd Street and stole two desktop computers.
5602 1/2 West 63rd Street

The crime was discovered by a tenant in the building (the Crane and Moreland Building) at 3:30 p.m. Friday, January 4 when she saw the side door open and called 911.

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A 23-year-old Bridgeview woman was robbed at gunpoint shortly after she delivered a Domino's pizza to a home near 82nd and Scottsdale.

The crime occurred at 9:32 p.m. Sunday, December 30. The victim told police that a man waved a blue steel hand gun at her and said "Give me all your money and your cell phone and your car keys."

The woman complied. The thug then placed her car keys on the hood of the car and said "Count to ten before you get your keys." He then ran away north on Scottsdale, with her cell phone and $20 cash.

The criminal was described as a black man age 20-25, 5'11 to 6'0 and 180-190 pounds, brown eyes, dark complexion, wearing a dark blue hoodie and black pants.

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A 16-year-old Brighton Park boy was shot in the upper right thigh shortly after he left a party near 48th and Karlov at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, December 30.

The boy said he saw a group of people fighting outside just before he was shot. Police said it appeared that the boy was not the target of the shooter, and that the boy has no known gang affiliation or arrest record.

Police later found several shell casings at the scene.

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Two masked criminals robbed the Dunkin' Donuts at 3977 West Columbus at 10:00 p.m. Sunday, December 30.

According to employees, one of the robbers waved a handgun before they stole a total of about $300 cash from two registers. They fled out the west doors and ran north on Pulaski.

The robbers were described as black men age 20-25. One was 6'0 to 6'3 and 170-180, medium complexion, wearing a blue bandana over his face. The other was 5'4 to 5'7 and 130-140, medium complexion, wearing a black ski mask.

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A 43-year-old West Lawn woman proved too tough for a thug who tried to rob her.

At about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, the woman was walking west on a sidewalk near 59th and Karlov when a man ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse and cell phone. She refused to give up either and held them tightly during what amounted to a tug of war.

When the would-be robber pushed her to the ground, she started yelling for help. The criminal them ran away south on Karlov, empty handed. The woman could only describe the thug as a white man age 20-30, 5'8.

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Burglars forced open the overhead door of a garage near 58th and Meade and stole a lawn mower, a snow blower, and a sander.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 62-year-old woman, when she returned home at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 4.

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A quick-thinking 36-year-old Scottsdale woman frightened off a trio of burglars as they tried to force their way in the side door of her home near 77th and Keeler.

The woman heard them trying to break in at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, January 3. She immediately started flipping on lights inside, which prompted them to run away.

She got a look at one and described him to police as a white Hispanic man 5'10 and 150 pounds, wearing a black hoodie.

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A 38-year-old Archer Heights man was stabbed in the arm during a confrontation with a trio of gangbangers near 49th and Kolin.

The crime occurred at about 2:50 a.m. Saturday, January 5. The victim told police that his stepson (a 23-year-old Oak Lawn man) and his girlfriend were harassed by gangbangers near Archer Park. The punks then accosted the victim outside his home, punching him and stabbing him in the left arm.

The victim and three family members fought back and chased the offenders on foot. The gangbangers responded by pulling a hand gun and firing five times into the air before running away north on Kostner.

The victim was treated and to transported to Holy Cross Hospital by CFD ambulance.

The gangbangers were described only as white Hispanic men age 20-30.

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A 29-year-old Scottsdale woman was robbed of her wallet and $200 cash just after she used an ATM at the Chase Bank at 7600 South Pulaski.

The crime occurred at 7:41 p.m. Friday, January 4. The victim told police that she was approached by a man with a silver hand gun who said "Give me your money."

When the woman hesitated, he yanked her wallet and cash away and then ran to a waiting getaway car (a white, four-door Saturn sedan), which then sped away south on Pulaski.

A passing motorist followed them and took a cell phone photo, but lost them in traffic near 79th and Kedzie.

The robber was described as a black man age 18-20, 6'0 to 6'1 and 170-180 pounds, brown eyes, dark complexion, wearing a white sweater, gray jeans and a blue skull cap with white snowflake designs on it.

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Burglars kicked in the front door of the Aranda Tire Shop, 3800 West 55th Street, and stole two brand new air guns from a cabinet.

The crime was discovered by the owner, a 28-year-old man, at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 2. Also missing, according to the owner, is a female pit bull that was on premises as a guard dog.

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An 18-year-old Brighton Park man told police that two gangbangers spray-painted gang slogans on his car parked near 77th Place and Keeler.

He said at about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, he was leaving a friend's home when he got into an argument with two gangbangers on the street, who demanded to know his gang affiliation. He said that when he insisted he was not in a gang, one pulled a pistol. The victim said he ran away in fear and heard two gunshots fired.

When he walked back a short time later, he discovered gang graffiti on his car.

He described the offenders as white Hispanic men---one about 20-25 years old and 5'8 to 6'0 and no further information on the other.

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Burglars removed two basement windows from a home near 62nd and Moody, crawled inside and stole two tablet computers, two laptop computers, a desktop computer, an Xbox video game console with controllers and 10 games, and assorted jewelry.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old man, when he came home from work at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, January 3.

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Burglars entered a garage near 61st and Springfield and stole an electric guitar and a bag of clothes.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 40-year-old man, when he returned home at 9:00 p.m. Friday, January 4. He told police he thinks his wife may have left the overhead door open.

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Burglars pried open the side door of a house near 69th and Hamlin and stole two TVs, an Xbox 360 video game console, a computer and assorted jewelry.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 64-year-old man, at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, January 3.

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Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 65th and Lacrosse and stole a band saw and a snow blower.

The crime was discovered by the son of the victim, an 81-year-old man, at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 2.

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Burglars forced open the overhead door of a garage near 63rd Place and New England and stole a snow blower and a power washer.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 68-year-old man, at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 30 when he noticed that his overhead door was off its tracks. He did not report the crime to police until 12:36 p.m. the following day.

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Burglars pried open the back door of a home near 67th and Komensky and stole two TVs, an Xbox, a Playstation and a Wii.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 30-year-old woman, when she came home at 12:30 p.m. Monday, December 31.

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Burglars entered a garage near 68th and Kenneth and stole two air compressors, two pneumatic buffers, an air impact wrench, a power sander, a drill and a toolbox with assorted hand tools.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 47-year-old man, at noon Monday, December 31 when he saw the overhead door and service door open, as well as his back gate.

There was no sign of forced entry, and the man told police that he thinks his wife may have left the service door unlocked when she left for work earlier that day.

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A 43-year-old West Elsdon woman who heard a noise in the basement of her home (near 59th and Hamlin) investigated and interrupted a burglary.

The crime occurred at about 1:50 p.m. Monday, December 31. The woman told police that the startled burglar ran out of the house, jumped into a beige Chevy van and sped away east through an alley.

The offender was described only as a white Hispanic man age 21. A witness said she saw several other men in the van.

The crook managed to make off with assorted jewelry, a debit card, a Playstation and controllers.

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A 20-year-old Chicago Lawn woman told police she thinks her ex-boyfriend (who she said is a gangbanger) set her car on fire while it was parked near 58th and Kilbourn.

The suspected arson occurred at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, January 5. The woman told police she had just stopped at a home there for 15 minutes when she saw her car ablaze. The fire was extinguished by CFD firefighters. Police later found a lighter lying in the street next to the car.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map), come to St. Symphorosa School at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 9. If you live in Beat 814, come to Vittum Park at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 10. 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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