Sunday, February 17, 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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Two 25-year-old women---one from Central Stickney and the other from Vittum Park, who live across the street from each other near 49th and Laramie---were arrested by police just after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 13 after they reportedly were caught burglarizing a home near 57th and Neenah.

Monica Roman
Monica Roman and Luisancy Fret are scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48, 155 West 51st Street, on Wednesday, February 20.

An alert neighbor called 911 after he said he saw the two entering and exiting the home's yard. A police officer responding to the "suspicious persons" call said he saw Roman sitting in a black Ford Explorer in front of the house, picking through items in the vehicle. He also observed the side door of the house open, with a panel of glass smashed. He then placed Roman in custody.

Luisancy Fret
At about the same time, the alert neighbor (an off-duty CPD detective) said he saw Fret bolt from the yard and run south on Neenah. Working with other CPD units responding, the neighbor helped apprehend Fret near 59th and Neenah, according to police.

The people who live in the burglarized house were not home at the time of the crime, and police did a walk-through of the premises to ensure that no other offenders were inside. They reportedly found the home in disarray from the burglary, as well as several valuables stacked near the door, apparently readied to be taken away.

Stolen in the burglary, police said, were a TV, a laptop computer, a Kindle, an iPod, three DVDs, three jewelry boxes with assorted jewelry, and a set of collectible spoons with a display rack. All items were returned to the victims, according to police.

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Police responding to a call about a fire at the Bree Thai restaurant, 5306 South Central, saw that the business had been burglarized.

5306 South Central
The crime was discovered at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, February 16. Police said they saw the front door broken into and smoke coming from the kitchen.

After the fire was out, the owner arrived and walked through. He told police that several items were stolen, including a laptop computer, a cash register with $200 cash in it, and a bag with credit card receipts and petty cash.

Police said they noticed what appeared to be blood on the floor. An evidence technician was called to investigate.

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A burglar forced open the service door of a garage near 62nd and Meade and stole an air compressor and a tool box with tools.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 59-year-old man, when the garage alarm went off at 10:45 p.m. Friday, February 15.

Police arrived after the criminal had fled. The victim told police that he had seen the burglar in the garage with a flashlight, but could provide no additional description.

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Burglars forced open the door of a garage near 58th and Massasoit and stole assorted tools.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old woman, at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, February 16.

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Burglars forced open the back window of a home near 78th and Kolmar and stole two TVs and assorted jewelry.

The victim, a 40-year-old man, was at work when the crime was committed. It was discovered by his son when he came home at 3:45 p.m. Friday, February 15.

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A 33-year-old man was sleeping in his home near 53rd and Mason at about 6:00 a.m. Saturday, February 16 when another person woke him up and told him his garage was on fire.

Chicago firefighters arrived to extinguish the blaze, which was determined to be arson, according to police.

The garage was damaged, as were two vehicles inside: a 2000 Ford pickup truck and a 1966 Pontiac Catalina convertible.

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A 77-year-old West Lawn man was robbed of his wallet just after he parked his car in his garage near 65th and Kilpatrick at about 9:00 a.m. Thursday, February 14.

The victim told police that he had gotten out of his car and was about to close the garage door when a thug grabbed him from behind, knocked him to the ground, took his wallet and ran away.

Inside the wallet was about $400 cash, the victim said, along with credit/debit cards and identification.

The criminal was described as a black man age 22-23, 6'0 and 180 pounds.

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A 20-year-old West Lawn man was robbed as he walked on a sidewalk in front of 4428 West 59th Street at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, February 14.

The man said that a pair of robbers approached and one yanked on his book bag and said "Give me what you got." The other brandished a large knife.

The victim surrendered his wallet with $60 cash, as well as a bag of loose change.

The robbers ran away north through a gangway, the victim said, and may have jumped into a waiting vehicle because he heard tires squealing in the adjacent alley.

Police are reviewing footage from a nearby surveillance camera which recorded the crime.

The thugs are described as a white Hispanic man age 25, 5'8 and 200 pounds, black hair, light complexion; and a white Hispanic woman age 28, 5'7 and 200 pounds, black hair and olive complexion.

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Burglars broke through the back door of an apartment building near 55th and Kenneth and hit the first- and second-floor units.

Stolen from the second-floor unit was about $3,000 worth of assorted jewelry, according to the victim, a 36-year-old woman.

Stolen from the first-floor apartment was assorted jewelry, according to the victim, a 38-year-old man.

The crime was discovered by the 38-year-old man at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 13 when he returned home from church and saw the back door open and its lock broken.

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A 36-year-old Garfield Ridge man returning to his home near 59th and Mobile foiled an attempted burglary at 12:39 p.m. Wednesday, February 13.

He told police that he saw a man or boy riding a bike away from his house. He also saw a green Chevy van parked across the street from his house. He then saw his back storm door open and pry marks on the inside door. Nothing apparently was stolen.

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Burglars entered a home near 64th and Oak Park and stole two cameras, a laptop computer, assorted clothes, and assorted art and office supplies.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 25-year-old woman, at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, February 13.

Police said they saw no sign of forced entry; but the victim said that when she arrived home, she saw her kitchen window ajar and the back door unlocked.

The victim noted that she has an ongoing dispute with two people said to be harassing her.

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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, February 19. 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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