Wednesday, March 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 armed thug made off with an undisclosed amount of cash today after hitting the TCF
TCF Bank robbery in progress.
Bank branch inside the Jewel-Osco at 6107 South Archer.

According to police, the robber walked in at about 9:50 a.m., flashed a hand gun and demanded money.

He is described as a white man age 20-25, 6'0 with green eyes.

More details available from the Chicago FBI here.

The Southwest Chicago Post has asked TCF officials if they placed or attempted to place a GPS tracking unit in the cash given to the robber, as they have done in the past at other branches; and if not, why not. TCF officials have not yet responded.

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Two men from south suburban Markham are charged with robbing a West Lawn cell phone store on Sunday, March 24.

Robert Downey
Robert Downey, 29, of 166th and Ashland and Mario Marshall, 24, of 167th and Ashland, are scheduled to answer charges in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48, 151 West 51st Street, on Monday, April 1.

According to two employees (a 24-year-old Chicago Lawn woman and a 25-year-old Archer Heights woman) of the T-Mobile store at 6630 South Pulaski, Downey and Marshall walked in the establishment at about 5:00 p.m. One of them flashed a blue-steel pistol and said "We're here to take your phones."

One of the clerks responded by activating a silent alarm, and one of the robbers reportedly
Mario Marshall
asked "Did you just push that button?" The clerk reacted by bolting toward the back of the store, while the other remained in place. That clerk said she saw Downey and Marshall confer briefly before leaving the store, walking south through the parking lot toward the Huck Finn restaurant. The clerk said the pair then were met by a man driving a black Infiniti. The two reportedly got inside, and the car sped away west on Marquette Road.

CPD sent a "flash" message about the incident. A short time later, a Marquette Park Security District unit spotted a car
6630 South Pulaski
matching the description heading east on 71st Street, then south on Western. The MPS unit tailed the car and alerted CPD, which curbed the car in front of 7430 South Western.

Downey and Marshall were brought back to the cell phone store, where they were positively identified by the clerks.

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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, April 3. 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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A 33-year-old West Elsdon man has been arrested and charged with robbing two corner grocery stores earlier this month.

Artur Nowakowski
Artur Nowakowski of 57th and Kildare is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Branch 48, 151 West 51st Street, on Monday, April 1.

He allegedly robbed La Montana grocery store, 4201 West 59th Street, at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, making off with $300 cash.

According a 28-year-old clerk on duty at the time, a man walked in and posed as a shopper. He allegedly waited for other customers to leave and then pulled a black hand gun as he said "I'm sick. Give me all the money. I need to buy medicine."

Nowakowski is also charged with robbing La Tipica grocery store, 4425 West 55th Street, at 6:50 p.m. Friday, March 1.

According to a 32-year-old clerk on duty, a man posed as a customer before pulling a black
4425 West 55th Street
hand gun as he said "Give me the money. I need medicine." The clerk told police that she then opened the register and the robber grabbed about $200 cash before fleeing in a black automobile.

Police said they apprehended Nowakowski at about 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 25---three days after his 33rd birthday---on the 5200 block of south Harding, but offered no other details on why they believe he committed the crimes.

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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, April 4. 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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An armed robber hit Krokus Flowers, 5200 South Archer, at 1:10 p.m. Monday, March 25 and made off with $35 cash.

5200 South Archer
According to the 50-year-old woman who owns the flower shop, the crook walked in and posed as a customer. He briefly engaged her in conversation in flawless Polish, she told police, before pulling a black hand gun and demanding cash.

He ran out the door with his take, fleeing north on foot. The criminal is described as a white man age 25-35, 5'3 and 155 pounds, light complexion, wearing a black hat, black winter coat and black pants.

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A pair of armed criminals hit Las Rosas Mini Market, 4302 West 55th Street, at 2:50 p.m. Monday, March 25, making off with $80 cash.

According to the grocery store's owners, a 56-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman from
4302 West 55th Street
Chicago Lawn, the crooks flashed a gun and used clumsy Spanish to order them to open the cash register ("Abre la caja") and stand still ("No te muevas") before grabbing the cash and fleeing.

Two witnesses nearby said they saw the thugs run through an alley, get into a red car and speed away.

The offenders are described as white men age 35-40, 5'6 to 5'8 and 160-180 pounds, light complexion. One has brown eyes; the other, green.

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Burglars smashed a front window of the OMG Fashion Boutique, 6600 South Pulaski, and stole an iPod.

6600 South Pulaski
According to a video surveillance camera, the crime occurred at 11:29 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. The owner, a West Elsdon man, was alerted by police. The video showed the offenders to be two white Hispanic men age 18-24, 5'6 to 5'9 and 145-175 pounds. One was wearing a black bandana over his face, a red Chicago Bulls hoodie and black pants.

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A 24-year-old Auburn Gresham man walking on the 8600 block of south Karlov told police he was beaten and robbed by three or four thugs at about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 26.

He said that as he walked south, the offenders emerged from the alley just north of 87th Street. Two of them waved hand guns. One hit the victim in the head and knocked him to the ground while the others held him down and stole his keys, cell phone and $300 cash before running away.

He told police that one of the attackers pulled his hoodie over his face, so he did not get a good look at them. He only described them as black men.

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Burglars entered the unlocked back door of a home near 62nd Place and Springfield and stole assorted jewelry.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 45-year-old woman, at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, March 24.

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Burglars entered the side door of a house near 70th and Springfield and stole a TV, a PlayStation 3, a jewelry box and assorted jewelry, and $100 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 25-year-old woman, at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 25.

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Burglars entered the service door of a garage near 57th and Moody and stole 2005 Honda Accord, as well as an automatic garage door opener from another vehicle in the garage.

The crime was discovered by the victims, a 61-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man, at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday, March 26.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live
in Beat 814 (see map), come to Vittum Park at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 11. 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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A quick-thinking Vittum Park woman foiled a burglar she spotted in her garage when she activated her truck's panic alarm, causing the criminal to flee.

The crime occurred at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 27. The 28-year-old woman told police she looked out her back window and saw someone with a flashlight in her garage (near 47th and Le Claire).

After the crook ran away and police arrived, the woman discovered that the service door of the garage had been pried open. The CPD incident report gave no indication that anything was missing from the garage.

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Protect yourself, your loved ones and your property! Learn how to reduce your risk of being a burglary victim, with tips straight from ex-burglars themselves. Mark your calendar for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 and come to the west entrance of Kennedy High School, 56th and Narragansett. Sponsored by the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch.

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