Wednesday, April 17, 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 23-year-old Gage Park man was injured when a concrete brick was thrown through the front door window of the Royalty Fades barber shop, 5914 South Pulaski.
5914 South Pulaski

The attack occurred at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The victim was seated near the door. After the attack, the offender ran away north on Pulaski, then west through an alley.

CFD paramedics arrived and treated the victim's head wound. The victim told police the attack may have occurred because there are so many fade shops in the area, hinting that a rival shop may have been behind the crime.

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A 52-year-old employee of Pro Excavating, 3939 West 41st Street, scared away two would-be thieves at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

3939 West 41st Street
The man told police that he spotted two criminals about to steal steel plating stored in the Pro Excavating yard. When he confronted them, one pulled a knife and said "If you come closer, I'll stab you."

The men, empty-handed then jumped into a red 1991 Chevy pickup truck and sped away north on Pulaski. The victim got a license plate number. Police said the truck is owned by a man living on the 600 block of north Central Park.

The two crooks are described only as black men age 40-50.

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A 28-year-old South Side woman was robbed at gunpoint minutes after shopping at Ford City.

The crime occurred at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 12. The victim told police that she had just
finished shopping at the Conway store and was walking with another woman (who she thought was a customer in the store) towards a bus stop.

Suddenly, the other woman ran away in a southwest direction. At that moment, a thug walked up behind her, stuck a hand gun in her back and said "Give me your money and everything you got."

The victim surrendered $100 cash, her engagement ring and a bag of clothing she had just purchased. The gunman then fled on foot in the same direction as the woman.

The victim told police she had seen both in the store. They had thought they were customers and not with each other.

The gunman is described as a black man age 30-40, 6'3 to 6'5, dark complexion with a "bald" hair style. The accomplice is described as a black woman, 5'3 to 5'5, dark complexion with a wig or wig-like hairstyle.

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A 48-year-old West Lawn woman startled and frightened two home invaders, causing them to flee.

At about 12:40 p.m. Thursday, April 11, the woman heard a knock on the door of her home near 65th Place and Lawndale. She told police she looked out the window and saw a man standing there. She did not answer the door.

About an hour later, she was in her basement when she heard a knock at the door and a loud crash on the first floor. When she walked upstairs to investigate, she saw a man standing on the stairway landing.

Upon seeing her, the criminal and his accomplice fled. The woman pursued and saw them jumping into a green van and speeding away east on 65th Place.

The offenders are described as black men 20-25 years old, 6'0 and 150 pounds.

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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 52nd and Kilpatrick and stole assorted tools.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old man, at 6:00 a.m. Thursday, April 11. He did not report the crime until more than 48 hours later, telling police he had been too busy to report it.

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Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 64th and Knox and stole a lawn mower and a snow blower.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 74-year-old man, when he arrived home at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 15 and saw the overhead door open.

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Burglars entered a home near 60th and Kolin and stole a TV, a laptop computer, and Xbox 360 video game console, a cell phone, assorted jewelry and an unknown amount of cash.

The crime was discovered by the victims, a 57-year-old man and his wife, when they got home from work at 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 15 and saw the back door ajar.

They did not report the crime to police until more than six hours later, saying they were making the report for insurance purposes.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live
in Beat 813 or 813 (see map), come to West Lawn Park at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. 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 forced open the service door of a garage near 61st and Keating and stole a vehicle battery charger.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 40-year-old woman, at 5:15 p.m. Monday, April 15.

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Burglars forced open the back door of a home near 57th and Kenneth and stole a TV, The crime was discovered by the victim, a 42-year-old woman, at 3:45 p.m. Monday, April 15.

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Burglars forced open the side door of a house near 69th and Springfield and stole $10 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, an 86-year-old woman, when she arrived home at 2:05 p.m. Monday, April 15 and saw her bedroom ransacked.

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Burglars broke through a window of a garage near 54th and Hamlin and stole an air compressor, a leaf blower, a power drill and screwdriver, and assorted hand tools.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 50-year-old man, at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, April 14, although he did not report the crime to police until nearly seven hours later.

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Burglars entered a garage near 49th and Kilpatrick and stole a lawn mower. The crime was discovered by the victim, an 81-year-old woman, when he came home from shopping at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 and saw the service door open.

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Burglars broke through the back door of a home near 58th and Lawndale and stole a TV, a PlayStation 3 video game console, four watches and a safe containing jewelry.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 30-year-old man, when he came home from work at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

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While a West Lawn family enjoyed a barbecue in their garage near 65th and Hamlin, burglars slipped in the unlocked back door of their home and stole three purses.

The crime occurred at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 6, although it was not reported to police until five days later. Family members said they suspected two unknown white Hispanic men who drove by in a gray Chevy Astro van during the barbecue.

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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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