Saturday, April 13, 2013

CPD Issues Robbery Alert to Businesses

Here is a CPD crime alert issued earlier this afternoon.

Other than the surveillance photos, none of this information is new to Southwest Chicago Post readers. The four robberies cited in the alert (three Family Dollar stores and a U-Haul store) were reported by the SWCP in the last two weeks.

Nonetheless, we are sharing this alert as an important reminder to our local business owners and managers to keep an eye out for this criminal, who will be caught if we work together to keep our eyes and ears open. Ultimately, criminals have no chance against a community of smart, alert men and women who work with police and stand together against crime.

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Bureau of Detectives – Area Central

Business Alert
008th District (Chicago Lawn)

About the Crime:

This alert gives notice to businesses operating in the 008th District (Chicago Lawn) of an increase in robbery related incidents have occurred during the month of March.

In these incidents, one offender enters a small retail store. The offender displays a handgun and demands money from the register and the store safe. The offender then flees.

Incident times and locations are listed below:

5000 Block of S. Pulaski Ave. on March 27, 2013 at approximately 8:55 PM.
4800 Block of S. Cicero Ave. on March 28, 2013 at approximately 8:45 PM.
4700 Block of W. 47th St. on April 6, 2013 at approximately 4:28 PM.
6100 Block of S. Archer Ave. on April 9, 2013 at approximately 8:55 PM.

About the Offenders:
The offender is generally described as:
Male/Black 30-32 years of age, 6'1"-6'2", 160-170 lbs.

What you can do:

• Always be aware of your surroundings
• Report suspicious activity immediately
• If you are confronted by an assailant remain calm
• Remember any unique physical characteristics (scars, limp, acne, teeth, etc...)
• Save video surveillance footage for later review.
• Never pursue a fleeing assailant, provide the information to the police
• If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information
• Dial 9-1-1 immediately and remain on scene when possible

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