Friday, January 11, 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 22-year-old Brighton Park man arrested on November 26 and charged with burglarizing a house in Garfield Ridge was arrested again at 9:45 a.m. Friday, January 4 for allegedly attempting to burglarize a home near 56th and Hamlin.

Eliodoro Mundo
Eliodoro Mundo, who previously reportedly that he lives at 46th and Talman but now claims he lives near 43rd and Rockwell, was charged with misdemeanor attempted burglary, according to police. The office of Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, contacted several times by the Southwest Chicago Post, has not yet given requested details on Mundo's scheduled court appearances.

Police responding to a "burglary in progress" call were steered in Mundo's direction by a neighbor. Police said they saw Mundo (fitting the description of the offender) riding a bike in a nearby alley. They said they observed him get off the bike and drop something near a row of six garbage carts.

They apprehended Mundo and said they saw a screwdriver near the garbage carts. A check of the home near 56th and Hamlin showed "severe pry damage" to the back door.

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A 30-year-old woman returning home apparently frightened off burglars before they could get inside her house.

At 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, January 8, the woman saw that the front storm door of her home near 55th and Lockwood had been damaged. She went inside and heard a banging at her back door. When she investigated, she saw a woman driving away in a white minivan.

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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 62nd and Normandy and stole two eight-foot ladders.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 60-year-old man, at 7:08 a.m. Tuesday, January 8.

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Burglars entered a garage near 57th and Monitor and stole a bicycle and a construction fan.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 73-year-old woman, at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 8. There was no sign of forced entry, according to police.

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Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 53rd and Mobile and stole a lawn mower and a snow blower.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 61-year-old woman, at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, January 8.

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Burglars forced open the front door of a house near 70th and Hamlin and stole a TV, assorted jewelry and $200 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old man, at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 8.

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Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 58th and Karlov and stole a snow blower, a space heater and assorted hand tools.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old man, at 8:00 a.m. Monday, January 7.

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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), come to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 15. 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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