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A 44-year-old Little Village man who called police to report that he was robbed near 52nd and Cicero wound up being arrested himself.
Areli Rodriguez of 28th and Lawndale is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court
Rodriguez told police at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday, March 30 he was punched in the face and robbed on the street in front of 5199 South Cicero. A witness, a 19-year-old Gage Park man, said he saw the crime.
Police speaking with Rodriguez reported that they saw no signs of injury on him; and that a routine computer search of his name showed that he was wanted on a warrant for violating parole.
CPD took him into custody and then reportedly found a bag of marijuana in his pocket, along with a plastic tube believed to be a smoking pipe. Further, they discovered an Illinois Department of Corrections home-confinement monitoring bracelet on his left ankle (related to his parole).
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A 15-year-old Clearing boy has been arrested and charged with spraying graffiti on Hale School, 6140 South Melvina.
Police were called to the school just after 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 26. A man who said he had witnessed the criminal act pointed out the markings to police.
Police said they recognized the graffiti as that of a local boy known to them as a tagger.
They went to the boy's home and knocked on the front door. Police said the boy was inside and that when he saw police, he locked the front door, quickly put on shoes and a jacket and tried to duck out the back door.
Waiting at the rear, however, was a second police officer who apprehended the boy.
Police said that the boy admitted being at Hale, but that he was just "chilling" with friends.
Police reported smelling spray paint on the boy's clothes and seeing traces of black and purple paint on his hands.
He was brought back to Hale, where he was positively identified by the witness.
The boy was taken to the city's Juvenile Intervention Support Center. His mother was asked to come and pick him up.
A second offender spotted by the witness was not found.
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She then gave him about $120 cash in a plastic bag. As he fled the store he made a threat: "If you call the police, I'm gonna shoot through the door."
Two local Family Dollar stores were recently robbed at gunpoint within a 24-hour period.
The Family Dollar at 5050 South Pulaski was robbed at 8:55 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, when a robber waved a hand gun at a clerk (a 42-year-old Archer Heights woman) and said "Hurry and give me the money."
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He then fled south on Pulaski. The clerk described him only as a black man.
The Family Dollar at 4850 South Cicero was robbed at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, March 28, when
a robber waved a black revolver at the manager (a 20-year-old Cicero man) and made off with about $1,000 in cash.
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The offender was described as a black man 30-32 years old, 6'1 to 6'2 and 160-170 pounds, wearing a black ski mask, black jacket, black boots and dark blue jeans.
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A 23-year-old Clearing man told police that he was shot at while smoking a cigarette on the front steps of his home near 64th and Major at 11:20 p.m. Saturday, March 30.
The man said that the shooter was inside a passing vehicle traveling east. The man was not hit and ran inside his house for protection. Police recovered five spent shells from the street.
The man's mother told police she believes the attack may have been retribution for one of her sons recently quitting a gang.
A CPD incident report offered no word on a description of the shooter or vehicle.
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A West Elsdon woman told police on March 30 that she was the victim of a strong arm robbery two days earlier near 58th and Pulaski.
The woman said that at about 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 28 she was walking in front of 5758 South Pulaski when a black SUV pulled alongside her.
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She said the offenders got away with her purse, which she said contained $2,000 cash and her ID cards.
She told police she then drove herself to Christ Hospital and was there until release on March 29.
A CPD incident report offered no description of the offenders.
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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 56th and Springfield and stole an air compressor, a floor jack and about 10 hand tools.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old man, at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, March 28.
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Burglars forced open the door of a garage near 60th and Nagle and stole a snow blower, a leaf blower and assorted tools.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 39-year-old woman, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.
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Burglars entered a home near 85th and Kenneth and stole three TVs, two PlayStation 3 consoles, two Wii consoles, an Xbox 360, about 20 video games, a desktop computer, a laptop computer, and assorted jewelry.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 39-year-old woman, at 3:40 p.m. Friday, March 29 when she came home and saw her back door open. Police said they saw no sign of forced entry.
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Burglars kicked in the front door of a home near 52nd and Keeler.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 61-year-old woman, at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. She told police she was unable to determine initially if anything had been stolen.
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Burglars forced open the back door of a house near 68th and Springfield and stole two TVs, assorted jewelry and $200 cash.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 26-year-old man, when he came home from work at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 27.
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