Wednesday, February 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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Two criminals made off with nearly $9,000 worth of merchandise after robbing the Radio Shack at 6643 South Pulaski at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, February 26.

6643 South Pulaski
According to the two women working there at the time (a 29-year-old manager and a 25-year-old clerk), the pair of thugs walked in, held the door closed, pulled a small black hand gun and ordered them to walk to the rear of the store and lie down on the floor.

The women complied. The manager was then ordered to get up and open the safe. When she explained that it would take at least 10 minutes to do that, the thugs ordered her to unlock a gate to a stockroom cache of merchandise. She did that and was ordered to fill a bag with various items.

After she did, the two women were ordered into a bathroom and told not to come out. The robbers then ran out the back door with the stolen goods.

Stolen were two laptop computers, three Xbox systems, two PlayStation systems, seven computer tablets, six cameras, 15 cell phones, 40 flash drives, 40 memory cards, and $250 cash.

Both offenders are described as black men age 25-30. One is about 5'6 and 140-150 pounds, wearing a long black coat with fur lining. The other is about 5'2 to 5'5 and 150-160 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, black scarf and gray jacket.

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A trio of thugs robbed a 44-year-old Back of the Yards man at gunpoint near 54th and Springfield at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, February 26.

The victim told police he was there to re-charge a car's battery when the three walked up, waved a hand gun and took his wallet, cell phone and tool box with assorted tools inside.

He described them only as white Hispanic men age 18-24, because they ordered him not to look at them.

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Burglars entered an apartment near 50th and Kolin and stole a VCR, a cell phone charger and various medications.

The home invasion was discovered by the victim, a 40-year-old man, when he woke up at about 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 26.

There was apparently no sign of forced entry, and the victim told police he may have left his door unlocked.

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Burglars broke into an apartment near 54th and Long and stole $1,000 cash that was sitting on a table.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 30-year-old man, when he arrived home from work at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 26.

Police noted that the burglars may have entered the apartment by first entering an attached garage, because the overhead door's emergency-release cord was disengaged.

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Burglars broke through a kitchen window of a home near 55th and Meade and stole a laptop computer, assorted jewelry and a bottle of tequila.

The crime was discovered by a relative of the victim, a 45-year-old woman who was away at work, at 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 25.

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Burglars tried but failed to break into a garage near 63rd and Austin.

The crime was discovered by a tenant, a 32-year-old man, at 4:45 p.m. Friday, February 22. The tenant called the landlord, a 42-year-old man, and told him about the pry marks.

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A 37-year-old Vittum Park man foiled a burglary at his garage near 48th and Lamon at 3:06 a.m. Monday, February 25.

The crooks had forced open his service door. He saw them in the garage and came out to confront them. They then fled in a black 1997 Ford truck.

The victim called 911. A "flash" message was sent, and a CPD unit spotted the truck and attempted to curb it. The truck stopped in front of 3511 West 56th Place, and the burglars bolted and escaped after a foot chase.

The CPD incident report gave no description of the offenders.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 815 or 821 (see map), come to St. Bruno School (south entrance) at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 6. If you live in Beat 834, come to Bogan High School at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 7. 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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  1. You missed a gypsy scam on 51 and I think Menard last week. Took a bunch of jewelry and said they were there to check the water.

    1. Was not in what CPD gave us. Do you have a specific date on the crime?