Monday, April 7, 2014

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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Police arrested a 41-year-old man from suburban Burbank after he allegedly tried to break into
Bernardo Zamora
a home and garage near 47th and Kedvale, at about 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 1.

Bernardo Zamora of 79th and Austin is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48, 155 West 51st Street, on Tuesday, April 8, according to a CPD incident report.

Police said that Zamora's 28-year-old wife said she was asleep in the home and startled awake by the sound of Zamora attempting to pry open a basement door.

A 27-year-old man who lives in the same building told police that when he confronted Zamora, he fled outside. The witness said he chased and caught Zamora, and then held him until police arrived. While in police custody, Zamora allegedly admitted that he is a gangbanger and that he was trying to get into the house and garage to retrieve license plates .
The victim told police that license plates had been stolen off her vehicle before, both while it was parked in her garage and in front at the curb.

Zamora is listed on the Cook County Department of Corrections website as being in custody for a traffic-related offense. CPD did not say if that charge relates to the incident near 47th and Kedvale.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you
live in Beat 812 (see map), come to the Clearing Branch Library at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. 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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An 85-year-old Garfield Ride woman told police that a man who claimed to be a Chicago Department of Water Management inspector scammed his way into her home near 52nd and Monitor at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

The woman said the incident started when she heard a loud banging at her back door. When she answered it, the man (wearing photo identification) claimed that he was there to check if her tap water was contaminated. He displayed a device (a black box with a protruding yellow wire) that he said he would use to test her water quality.

The woman was skeptical and told the man she would try the device herself, so she took it from his hands and placed it under running water at a sink. The man said she was using not using the device correctly and stepped inside the house. Upon seeing that, the elderly woman hollered, "What are you doing in here? Get out! I'm calling the police!"

The victim said she then pushed the man to the door, although he briefly came back inside to grab his device, claiming that it "cost a lot of money."

The woman said she then saw the man talking on a cell phone and gesturing toward a second man who was standing in the alley. Both men then departed.

Police investigating the incident were told by a neighbor that he had seen an older white van circling the block several times.

Nothing was reported stolen, and the elderly woman described the offender as a white Hispanic man age 30-40, 6'0 and 250 pounds, with black hair. The man in the alley was only described as being about 5'7 tall.

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An 84-year-old West Lawn woman was robbed by a thug on a sidewalk in front of 6600 South Knox at 5:58 p.m. Monday, March 31. The woman told police that the robber approached her from behind and said, "Give me your bag." When she hesitated, he grabbed it, dragging her to the ground in the process. He fled with the purse, which contained $60 cash.

The robber is described as a black man age 20-30, 6'0 and 175 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, a gray jacket and blue pants.

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A 48-year-old West Side man told police that two unknown assailants pushed him to the ground, roughed him up and stole his wallet, which contained $300 cash. The incident reportedly occurred at about 8:15 p.m. Thursday, April 3 as the victim exited his vehicle as it was parked at 4943 West 47th Street.

The victim was later treated for minor injuries at St. Anthony Hospital. He told police that the robbers fled in a white Chevy Caprice.

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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 10. 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 20-year-old Burbank man told police that an unknown assailant hit him on the head with a bottle in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 6 at or near Groucho's Bar & Grill, 8355 South Pulaski.

He was transported by CFD ambulance to Christ Hospital, where he was treated for a minor cut to the head, according a CPD incident report.

Burglars forced open the overhead door of a garage near 62nd and Karlov and stole a snow blower, a socket set, a set of golf clubs, a combination drill-saw, a screw gun and a roofing air gun. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 41-year-old man, when he came home from work at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3.

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Burglars pried open the side door of a home near 69th and Karlov and stole a cell phone, an iPad, an iPod, a Sony PlayStation 3 and five video games, and a Nike book bag. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old woman, when she came home from work at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3.

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