Sunday, January 27, 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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An 18-year-old Archer Heights man was arrested in an attack that police are describing as gang related.

Alejandro Serrato of 48th and Avers was taken into custody for allegedly attacking a 19-year-old Archer Heights man at the Citgo station at 5114 South Pulaski.
5114 South Pulaski

The victim told police that he was in the station buying snacks at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, January 25 when Serrato walked in and started hitting him with a crowbar and shouting a gang slogan.

According to the victim---who told police he knows Serrato---Serrato then left the gas station and got into a 2000 Chevy Blazer (driven by another man) and sped away.

Police said they saw a vehicle matching the description of the offender's vehicle near 54th and Homan. They took Serrato and the driver into custody. The CPD incident report did not mention if the driver was charged with a criminal offense.

The victim's relatives drove him to the emergency room at St. Anthony Hospital, where physicians closed his head wounds with staples and released him.

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Burglars pried open the back door of a house near 61st and Kilpatrick and ransacked the basement and attic apartments.

The crime was discovered by one of the victims, a 41-year-old man living in the basement, when he returned home from shopping at 8:59 p.m. Friday, January 25.

Stolen from the basement unit were a computer, a cell phone, and iPod and a bag of children's clothes.

Stolen from the attic apartment was a digital camera, according to the victim, a 32-year-old woman.

The tenant in the first-floor unit told police that when she arrived home at about 8:30 p.m., she heard loud noises in the attic and basement, but did not call police.

Police investigating followed "Nike" footprints in the snow, leading from the victims' back door to the alley.

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Burglars entered the back door of a basement apartment near 63rd and Natchez and stole a TV, a Nintendo Wii and a jewelry box with jewelry inside.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 58-year-old woman, at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 25. There was so sign of forced entry.

Another tenant of the building told police that earlier in the day, a person described only as a black man was at the building, asking to speak with the landlord.

At the same time Friday, several doors west, a 21-year-old man returned home to his first-floor apartment to find the back door wide open and the unit ransacked.

Stolen were a TV, a laptop computer, an Xbox video game console, a black backpack and two pillow cases.

The burglars apparently entered via an unlocked kitchen window, the victim told police.

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Burglars kicked in the back door of a home near 55th and McVicker and stole a laptop computer, assorted jewelry and 15 bottles of top-shelf, imported Mexican tequila valued at $7,500, according to the victim.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 34-year-old woman, when she came home from work at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 24.

Police investigating spoke with a neighbor who said that at about 1:30 p.m. he saw a white work van parked in front. He mistakenly thought the men inside were there to repair his furnace and went outside to speak with them. When they told him they were not, he went back inside his house. He described them as white Hispanic men age 30-35.

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Burglars forced open a back window of a home near 50th and Kostner and stole a brown suitcase that contained identification and other personal papers belonging to the deceased homeowner, an elderly woman.

The crime was discovered by the deceased woman's former caretaker, a 53-year-old woman who lives in the home, at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, January 26. The woman notified the deceased woman's daughter, a 53-year-old LaGrange woman.

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Burglars forced open a back window of a home near 67th and Hamlin and stole assorted disc jockey equipment, assorted jewelry, a camera, a Sony PlayStation2 video console and games, and a TV.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 36-year-old man, just after midnight Sunday, January 27.

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Burglars entered a garage near 53rd and Kolin and stole six power drills, four power saws, an air compressor and a paint sprayer.

The crime was discovered at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, January 25. There was no sign of forced entry. The victim, who was at work at the time, told police that his automatic garage door opener had been stolen a short time earlier.

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Burglars pried open two back doors of a home near 61st and Komensky and stole five external hard drives, two CD turn tables, and a DJ mixer.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 27-year-old man, when he came home from work at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, January 24. He told police that he thinks the burglar may have stashed the items in a black stereo speaker bag.

Police followed footprints in the snow, leading from the back door to the alley, then north to 60th Street and then east on 60th Street, where they disappeared.

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A 48-year-old Clearing woman preparing to do battle with the season's first snowfall entered her garage near 63rd Place and Mobile on Tuesday, January 23---only to find her snowblower gone.

She told police the last time she remembered seeing it in the garage was about mid-December. There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim told police she may have left the service door unlocked.

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Burglars broke a rear basement window of a home near 48th and Knox, ransacked three bedrooms and stole assorted jewelry and $1,500 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 61-year-old man, when he came home from work at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 23.

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Save the date! The Clearing Night Force neighborhood watch group will host a "gang awareness" seminar on Tuesday, March 19 in the auditorium at Hale School. All Clearing residents are encouraged to attend.

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1 comment:

  1. I work at airport & occasionally have to deal with these knuckle head little wanna be thugs walking to my car past the tracks on 59th grow up & progress with are $ not bs like yall!!!!!