Tuesday, May 14, 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 manager of the Family Dollar store at 8320 South Pulaski was robbed of more than $3,700 in the parking lot of the business.

The crime occurred at 1:40 p.m. Saturday, May 11. The victim, a 56-year-old West Lawn
8320 South Pulaski
man, was walking to his car with two days' worth of store receipts in a bag hidden under his jacket. He was on his way to deposit the proceeds at a bank.

Suddenly, a thug walked up from behind, captured him in a bear hug and said "Be cool. Give it up." The criminal then started a pat-down of the victim, resulting in a hand-to-hand struggle for the money bag.

The crook grabbed the bag and ran away east.

An 18-year-old Scottsdale man who was locking his bicycle nearby told police he witnessed the strong-arm robbery. Both he and the store cashier, a 23-year-old woman from Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, told police they saw the offender pacing in front of the store before the crime occurred.

The robber is described as a black man age 22-30, 5'11 and 180 pounds, with black dreadlocks.

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Three burglars forced open the back door of the Aaron's furniture and electronics store at
8013 South Cicero
8013 South Cicero and stole two TVs.

The crime was discovered by a 35-year-old assistant manager when he arrived for work at 7:12 a.m. Friday, May 10 and noticed that the burglar alarm had been tripped and the back door was damaged.

Police said they are reviewing surveillance video that shows three black men age 30 and 5'8 to 6'0 committing the crime and using more than one vehicle. Something or someone apparently interrupted the crime, because a third TV that was stolen was left in the parking lot behind the store.

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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, June 6. 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 27-year-old Hearst area man who went to a nearby gas station to put air in his car's tires was robbed at gunpoint.

The crime occurred at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 at the Mobil station at 4629 South
4629 South Cicero
Cicero. The victim walked into the gas station to get quarters for the air pump. When he did, he pulled out a wad of dollars bills.

Once outside, the man who had been behind him in line pulled a blue steel handgun and reportedly said "Let me get that money you were flashing." The victim told police that he pleaded with the man not to rob him, and the robber asked "You think I'm kidding?"

The victim said that he then started to hand over his wad of $60 cash. When the robber lowered his gun, the victim lunged and grabbed at the weapon. In the struggle, the victim was shot in the upper right thigh. He dropped the cash, and the thug picked it up and ran south on Cicero.

The victim's cousin drove him to MacNeal Hospital. Police said they interviewed the victim at the hospital, but that he became uncooperative and left before detectives arrived.

The robber is described as a black man age 28-30, 6'1 to 6'3 and 180-190 pounds, light complexion, wearing a black baseball cap, white t-shirt and black pants.

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Burglars smashed through the front window of Buy & Cell Mobile, 4727 South Cicero, and
4727 South Cicero
stole eight cell phones from a display case.

The crime was discovered by a clerk at 9:20 a.m. Friday, May 10. Police said they found droplets of blood at the scene. The store was the site of a similar smash-and-grab burglary on December 5.

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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, June 5. 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 24-year-old Englewood woman told police she was thrown into a blue van and robbed of $600 moments after she left the AT&T store at Ford City, 7601 South Cicero.

She said that the crime occurred at about 11:45 a.m. Friday, May 10, just after she had left
7601 South Cicero
the store after being denied an account by AT&T staff. She said that a man in the van looked at her and said "Do you want to make a hundred dollars? And it ain't illegal."

She told police that after she was robbed, she was pushed out of the van, which then sped away. She described the two individuals in the van as black men age 20-27, 5'5 and 120.

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Burglars forced open the back door of a home near 86th and Kedvale and stole a TV, an iPad, assorted jewelry and about $500 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old man, when he came home at 12:15 p.m. Friday, May 10 and found the rooms ransacked.

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Burglars kicked in the back door of a home near 53rd and Kostner and stole two computers, an iPad, a TV, a camera and a set of headphones.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 50-year-old man, at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 10.

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Two thugs robbed a 26-year-old West Lawn man in the gangway of his home near 72nd and Millard.

The crime occurred at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The man was walking home when the pair accosted him in the gangway, went through his pockets, hit him in the side of the head with a dark revolver and fled on foot with his cell phone.

The man's father drove him to Holy Cross Hospital for treatment of a minor injury, police said.

The robbers are described as black men age 17-20, 5'9 and 160 pounds with black hair.

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Burglars kicked in the side door of a home near 60th and Kolmar and stole two wedding
rings worth a total of $2,000.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 70-year-old woman, when she came home at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9 to find her house ransacked.

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Burglars entered a garage near 57th Place and Karlov and stole two boxes containing welding equipment.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old woman, at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 6; although she did not report it to police until over 48 hours later.

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Do you live in Archer Heights and want to help build a safer and stronger community? Please consider joining the neighborhood watch committee of the Archer Heights Civic Association. Easy work, minimal time commitment. Great chance to meet like-minded neighbors who care about the neighborhood, just as you do! For full details, attend the next AHCA meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at the UNO Veterans Memorial Campus, 47th and Kildare, or call the AHCA at (773) 843-2232.

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