Wednesday, February 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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An alert neighbor who saw a crime in progress and called 911 helped police thwart a 19-year-old West Lawn man who reportedly burglarized a home near 56th and Springfield.
Hector Gutierrez

Hector Gutierrez of 71st and Hamlin is scheduled to answer to a charge of residential burglary in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48-4, 155 West 51st Street, on Monday, February 11. Police say that Gutierrez is an admitted gangbanger.

At about 10:25 a.m. Monday, February 4 the neighbor called 911 after he said he saw Gutierrez use a brick to smash a basement window of the home and crawl inside. The victim, a 45-year-old man, was not at home.

Police responding said they saw Gutierrez exit the side door. A brief foot chase ensued, and Gutierrez was apprehended under a nearby back porch.

Police did a walk-through of the house and said that Gutierrez had either stolen or was preparing to steal a TV, assorted jewelry and assorted credit/debit cards. The TV was reportedly stacked upside down in the living room, apparently readied for quick removal.

While in custody, Gutierrez reportedly admitted guilt by saying "I burglarized that house. That's my profession. I need to make money."

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Burglars cut the alarm wires at the Jiffy Lube at 6600 West Archer, smashed a glass panel of a rear overhead door, crawled inside and stole an estimated $2,166 in equipment.

The crime was discovered by a manager at 7:15 a.m. Monday, February 4.
6600 West Archer

Among the items stolen were two tool boxes filled with tools, a computer monitor, a cash drawer with about $36 in change, two complete tool sets, a power drill, six oil filter wrenches and pliers, a battery booster, a coolant tester, and a plastic sump pump.

The manager told police that a Jiffy Lube near 69th and Pulaski was similarly burglarized last month. (A crime reported on by the Southwest Chicago Post.)

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An 84-year-old Scottsdale woman who walked outside her home near 86th and Keeler to shovel snow, walked back inside to find $50 cash and her TV stolen.

The crime occurred at about 9:30 a.m. Monday, February 4. The woman left her back door unlocked as she walked to the side of her home to shovel the driveway and then her front sidewalk.

She returned to see her back door ajar, and her purse and wallet (which had been on a kitchen chair) splayed out on the kitchen table. She told police that more may have been stolen, but she was not immediately certain.

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A 37-year-old West Lawn man who ignored a ringing doorbell later surprised two would-be burglars.

At about 1:05 p.m. Monday, February 4, the man was in a second-floor room of his home near 68th and Komensky. A short time after the doorbell stopped ringing, he heard a loud banging noise.

He walked down to the first floor to investigate and saw two men removing a storm window from the rear of the house. When they saw him, they ran away north through the alley. The victim described them only as boys or men ages 16-20, wearing purple jackets.

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Burglars entered the kitchen window of a basement apartment near 62nd and Narragansett and stole a TV, an electric bass guitar, an Xbox 360, an iPod, a gold necklace and a lockbox with identification papers inside.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old woman, at 3:40 p.m. Monday, February 4. There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim told police the window was unlocked.

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A pair of thugs attempting to rob a 37-year-old West Lawn man as he unloaded groceries in front of his home near 64th and Karlov were frightened off by a 34-year-old man (a relative of the victim).

The attempted crime occurred at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, February 5. The two criminals walked up, and one waved a handgun while saying "Give me your wallet."

As the victim explained that he had no money on him, the other man walked out of the home. The crooks then ran away south on Karlov and then east on 65th Street.

They were described as white Hispanic boys or men ages 16-18, 5'5 to 5'8 and 130-150 pounds, light complexion.

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Burglars kicked in the back door of a home near 86th and Kilbourn, ransacked bedrooms  and stole a necklace and a set of earrings.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 77-year-old woman, when she returned home from visiting relatives at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, February 5.

Police noted large footprints in the snow in the backyard.

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A 35-year-old Berwyn man told police that he was stabbed twice in the upper left thigh during a traffic argument near 63rd and Austin.

At about 1:50 a.m. Monday, February 4, police encountered the man being treated by CFD paramedics near the 7-Eleven at 5953 West 63rd Street. He was transported to Christ Hospital.

He claimed that he was a passenger in a car driven by his wife when they were cut off by another car. The victim jumped out of the car to argue with the driver of the other vehicle. During the argument, the victim said he saw the offender's hands move toward him quickly.

It was not until he got back in his wife's car when he realized that he had been stabbed, he claimed to police. He jumped out of the car at that point and his wife drove off, he claimed. He then walked into the 7-Eleven, and a clerk called 911.

The offender was described as a black man age 30-37, 6'0 and 240 pounds, dark complexion. A CPD incident report offered no description of the offender's clothes or vehicle.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 834 (see map), come to Bogan High School at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 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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