Thursday, July 18, 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 22-year-old Garfield Ridge man--said by police to be an admitted gangbanger--was arrested after he was found hiding in the closet of a home near 64th and Central.


Thaer Algholeh of 54th and Long was arrested for criminal trespass to a residence,
Thaer Algholeh
possession of narcotics, and aggravated assault, police said.


Police responding to a "gang disturbance" call at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 said that Algholeh fled into the residence when he saw them.

The head of the household, a 45-year-old woman, arrived home shortly thereafter and told police that she had received a call from her nine-year-old daughter--who was inside and crying because a strange man was in the house.

Police searched the house and said they found Algholeh in a closet. He allegedly resisted arrest, first throwing punches and then once down, attempting to avoid being cuffed by keeping his hands away from the officers.

A search of Algholeh yielded three plastic bags containing marijuana, police added.

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A 20-year-old Little Village woman told police that she was robbed of her cell phone on a CTA bus near 44th and Cicero.

The incident occurred at 2:20 p.m. Sunday, July 14. After snatching the victim's phone, the offender bolted from the bus and ran away. He is described as a black man age 19-25, 6'0 and 120 pounds, short brown hair.


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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live
in Beat 813 or 833 (see map), come to the West Lawn Park at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 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 door of a home near 67th and Kilpatrick and stole two laptop computers, a class ring and $2,000 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 42-year-old woman, when she came home from a three-week vacation at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 14.


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Burglars forced open the back door of a house near 68th Place and Springfield and stole a pet beagle. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 44-year-old woman, at 2:00 a.m Thursday, July 11. The house was ransacked, and the victim told police she was uncertain if anything else was stolen.


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Want to join your neighbors in a public show of strength against crime? Take part in the National Night Out Against Crime, set for Tuesday, August 6. Mark your calendar and make plans to participate! Click here for details.


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A 14-year-old Scottsdale boy was robbed of his cellphone as he was walking near 79th and Kilbourn at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 12. He told police he was walking north on Kilbourn when the robber approached, pointed a small silver pistol at him and said "Give me your phone."

The robber fled with the phone, first running south on Kilbourn and then east on 79th Street. The boy ran to a friend's house for safety. The criminal is described as a black man, 5'10 and 160 pounds, brown eyes, medium complexion, black hair in dreadlocks.


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Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 49th and Kostner and stole a bicycle.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 30-year-old woman, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 12. The woman noted that her two pitbulls were in the back yard when the burglary appears to have occurred, but she did not hear them barking.


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Burglars pried open the side window of a house near 84th and Springfield and stole two TVs, a Kindle Fire, a Nintendo DS, and a collection of 10 knives. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old man, at noon Friday, July 12.


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