Tuesday, June 4, 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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Two off-duty law enforcement officials---a CPD sergeant and a CPD officer---nabbed two 15-year-old boys after they allegedly tried but failed to snatch a woman's purse in a parking lot
7000 South Pulaski
near 70th and Pulaski.

The crime occurred at 1:14 p.m. Saturday. The victim, a 42-year-old West Lawn woman, was shopping with family members at the Family Dollar at 7000 South Pulaski. As she left the store and walked to her car, one of the teenagers grabbed at her purse while the other acted as a lookout.

In the struggle, the teen offender pushed the victim to the pavement, kneeled on her chest and stomach and hit her as he tried to snatch her purse.

When a relative (a 23-year-old Back of the Yards man) saw the crime and started running to assist, the teen offenders briefly scuffled with him and then fled; but were apprehended by the off-duty police. The victim refused medical treatment and said she wanted to press charges.

One of the two teens is a South Side boy who said he attends McKay Elementary School. The other 15-year-old lives in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood and said he attends Hurley Elementary School.

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A 23-year-old Little Village man was shot as he stood on the southeast corner of 68th and Pulaski, minutes after 5:00 a.m. Sunday, June 2.

6801 South Pulaski
According to a witness, a tan, four-door car pulled up to the corner. The passenger said "What's up?" to the victim moments before he and the driver got out and started shooting.

The victim appears to have attempted to flee towards the apartment buildings immediately south. The attackers got back in the car and sped away north on Pulaski, and the victim was transported by CFD ambulance to Christ Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

Police investigating the scene found shell casings, as well as the victim's bloody shirt and CTA fare card near the apartment building.

The witness described the attackers only as white Hispanic men.

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A burglar punched out the front-door lock of Allstyle Buffet, 4305 South Pulaski, and stole
4305 South Pulaski

$400 from a cash register before fleeing out the front door.

The crime was discovered by a manager at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 28. Surveillance video showed that the crime occurred at 4:02 a.m. The criminal appeared to be a white man 5'9 to 6'0 and 220-260 pounds, light complexion, wearing a black baseball cap and a black jacket.

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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 44-year-old Archer Heights woman was robbed of her purse as she waited at a CTA bus stop on the southwest corner of Archer and Kostner.

The crime occurred at 11:36 a.m. Friday, May 31. The criminal shoved her into the outer wall of the tavern at that location, grabbed her purse, jumped into a white car driven by another man, and sped away.

The woman reported soreness in her right shoulder but refused medical attention.

She told police that her purse contained $590 cash and two credit cards, among other items.

A short time later, police found the empty purse in the alley behind 5421 South Tripp. A white, four-door car was found parked nearby, with keys in its ignition. Police impounded the vehicle.

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A 56-year-old Clearing man told police that he was attacked by three thugs on the CTA Orange Line platform at Pulaski.

He said that at about 1:00 a.m. Friday, May 31, he was sitting on a bench and reading a newspaper when the trio attacked him, punching and kicking him into unconsciousness.

He said that when he came to, the attackers were gone, as was his cell phone. Rather than contact CTA staff or police, he said he took an Orange Line train to the Blue Line to get himself to Stroger Hospital. He said that he was unable to walk to Stroger from the Blue Line stop, so he took a cab.

Hospital staff notified CPD, who interviewed the victim at about 3:30 a.m. He was treated and released from the hospital after receiving stitches behind his left ear.

He described his attackers only as white Hispanic men.

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Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 60th and Austin and stole a yellow
2004 Kawasaki motorcycle.

The crime was discovered by a 59-year-old man who lives at the address, at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. The motorcycle belongs to a 19-year-old woman who also lives at the address.

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Burglars tried but failed to break through the back door of a home near 84th and Karlov.

The attempted crime was discovered by the victim, a 66-year-old man, when he returned home from running an errand at 12:50 p.m. Friday, May 31. The lock and door frame were damaged.

Police spoke with a neighbor who said that she had seen a man and a woman at the house a short time earlier, but apparently did not call 911. She described them only as a black woman age 20-22 and a black man age 20-24, 5'10 and 160.

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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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Burglars crawled through the bathroom window of an apartment near Archer and Lockwood and stole a laptop computer.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 58-year-old man, when he came home from work at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 30.

About five hours later, another tenant (a 28-year-old man) in the same building came home after eating dinner with friends and saw that his front door had been pried open. Burglars had stolen a TV, an Xbox video game console, an Xbox controller, and a hub openbox.

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Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 63rd Place and Linder, entered an unlocked 2011 Toyota Sienna and stole an iPod, two cell phone chargers, and a vehicle navigation unit.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old woman, at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 29.

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Burglars broke the lock on the service door of a garage near 63rd Place and Nashville and stole four seat cushions, as well as assorted tools.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 78-year-old woman, when she came home at 11:00 p.m. Monday, May 27.

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Burglars kicked in the side door of a home near 69th and Kildare and stole a TV and a wallet.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old man, when he came home from work
at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28.

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Burglars lifted the screen of a rear window of a house near 78th and Kilbourn and stole $1,000 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old woman, when she came home at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. Police investigating spoke with a neighbor who told them that at about 3:00 p.m. she saw a maroon car parked in front of the victim's house. The neighbor added that she saw a blond-haired white woman wearing sunglasses get out of the car, walk up the victim's driveway and then return to the car and leave. The neighbor did not call police.

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A 72-year-old West Elsdon woman was robbed in her back yard near 52nd and Harding.

The crime occurred at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1. The victim told police she had just arrived home from a trip to the bank, parked her car in the garage and was walking toward her back door when she was pushed from behind and knocked to the ground.

The offender grabbed her purse and fled. He is described as a white Hispanic man age 26-30, 5'9 to 6'0 and 170-190 pounds.

The victim told police that the contents of her purse included $1,900 cash, two checkbooks, debit/credit cards and a cell phone.

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Burglars entered a garage near 53rd and McVicker and stole two drill sets, a Sawzall power saw, and a backpack filled with tools.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old woman, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1. Police reported that there was no sign of forced entry.

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  1. 53rd/Oak Park: My neighbors power washer was stolen from their garage, no signs of forced entry. They did not report it. Crime IS in west end of the 8th district, but for some reason people don't report it.
    You see something, call 911. Better safe than sorry!!

  2. There was a car break-in in the parking lot of Home Run Inn pizza this past Sunday around 5-6 pm. A laptop was stolen from the vehicle. I don't think the surveillance camera was able to capture the theft because the car was parked too far away from the main entrance to Home Run Inn.