Wednesday, April 10, 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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A thug robbed the Family Dollar store at 6190 South Archer, making off with about $2,000 cash.

At about 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, the criminal walked in and held his hand to his side (implying he had a weapon). He demanded that the two employees on duty (a 30-year-old Garfield Ridge man and an 18-year-old Brighton Park man) hand over money from the cash register and the store's safe.

6190 South Archer
With his take in a pink plastic garbage bag, the crook then ordered the employees to their knees. He told them to count to twenty before getting up and calling police. The man then ran outside and fled in an unknown direction.

The criminal is described as a black man age 30-35, 5'8 and 190 pounds, wearing a black ski mask, black vest with yellow sleeves, and black Nike athletic shoes with yellow laces.

The crime was at least the third such robbery of a local Family Dollar store in the past two weeks. A robber of similar description hit the Family Dollar at 4850 South Cicero on Thursday, March 28, and the Family Dollar at 5050 South Pulaski on Wednesday, March 27.

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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 41-year-old West Lawn woman who had just returned home after dropping her children off at school saw the man who had just burglarized her house.

The crime occurred at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, April 9. The woman told police she saw the man in a gangway next to her house near 65th and Hamlin. He was carrying a pillowcase with items inside.

When she recognized the pillowcase as hers, she screamed for her neighbor, a 38-year-old
man, who ran outside and chased the criminal down an alley but lost him.

The victim then discovered that her side door had been forced open and that the crook had stolen an Xbox 360 video game console and assorted jewelry.

The burglar is described as a white Hispanic man age 20-30, 5'8 and 130 pounds, black hair, wearing a black and gray windbreaker and blue jeans.

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Burglars forced open the back window of a house near 78th and Kilpatrick and stole a TV, assorted jewelry, frames photos and paintings, a sculpture, a portable air filter, and assorted sports collectibles.

The crime was discovered by a 51-year-old Archer Heights man, who told police he is a friend of the victim, a 41-year-old woman. The man said that he arrived at the home at about 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 to see the back door open. (The victim was at work.)

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Burglars forced open a side window of a basement apartment near 47th and Kolin and stole a laptop computer, a wallet and $100 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old woman, when she returned home after dropping her children off at school at 8:40 a.m. Monday, April 8.

She told police she saw the burglar flee out the back door. She described him as a white Hispanic man age 35-40, 5'7 and 150 pounds, short black hair, light complexion.

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Burglars entered a house near 67th and Springfield and stole a laptop computer, a cell phone, an iPod, assorted jewelry and $5,000 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old woman, when she came home at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 8.

There was no sign of forced entry. The victim told police that a set of house keys went missing on Saturday, April 6, after burglars had entered her garage and rummages through vehicles belonging to her and her husband.

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A 30-year-old Archer Heights man told police that he was robbed by two thugs as he was walking to get a bite to eat at the McDonald's near 47th and Cicero.

The crime occurred on the sidewalk in front of 4810 South Cicero at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 7. He said the criminals walked up to him, with one saying "Gimme all your money."

The victim replied that he did not have any. The two reportedly then pushed and tripped him. One held him while the other went through his pockets.

After swiping his wallet (with $87 cash inside), the pair ran away west on 48th Street. They are described as two black men age 25-35, 6'3 to 6'5, dark complexion. One wore his hair in a ponytail, according to the victim.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live
in Beat 811 (see map), come to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. 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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Burglars entered the unlocked side window of a garage near 56th Place and Hamlin, opened the overhead door and stole four tires and a PlayStation 3 video game console.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 28-year-old man, at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, April 7.

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A thug robbed the U-Haul store at 4705 West 47th Street, making off with $450 cash.

The crime occurred at 4:28 p.m. Saturday, April 6. A man walked in the store and pretended
4705 West 47th Street
to be a customer looking for boxes. He walked out, waited for a customer to leave and then walked back inside. He put his hand in his pocket, implying he had a weapon, and said "Give me everything you have in the drawer" to the two employees on duty, a 32-year-old Gage Park woman and a 22-year-old Berwyn woman.

They complied, putting the cash in a blue bank bag. The robber then said "Wait twenty seconds before you call the cops, or I'll shoot you through the window." He then fled east on 47th Street on foot.

He is described as a black man age 25-30, 6'0 and 180 pounds, brown eyes, wearing a black skull cap, black jacket and black jeans.

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Four southwest suburban men (three from Burbank, one from Oak Lawn) told police that they were attacked by a carful of gangbangers in front of the Super Mall, 5220 South Pulaski.

5220 South Pulaski
The crime started at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, April 6, when the victims (in their vehicle in front of 5501 South Pulaski) were accosted by the offenders in a dark gray Pontiac G6. The offenders were flashing gang signs and chased the victims to the Super Mall parking lot. Three offenders with baseball bats got out, and one smashed the rear window of the victims' car.

The victims sped away south on Pulaski, west on 55th Street and south on Keeler before losing their attackers.

The offenders were described only as white Hispanic men ages 20-25.

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Burglars pried open the side door of a garage near 48th and Laporte and stole assorted hand tools.

The crime was reported by the victim, a 90-year-old woman, at 10:55 a.m. Saturday, April 6.

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Burglars entered a garage near 61st and Mulligan and stole a four-channel amplifier and a 24-pack of Miller Lite.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 33-year-old man, at 11:45 a.m. Friday, April 5. There was no sign of forced entry, police said.

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Burglars smashed the front door window of a cell phone store at 4729 South Cicero and stole nine cell phones.

Police became aware of the crime when a caller dialed 911 to alert them. They arrived on
4729 South Cicero
scene at 9:10 a.m. Friday, April 5.

The store owner, who arrived later, complained that the incident was the fourth time his business has been burglarized.

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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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