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 pair of robbers hit the T-Mobile store at 4317 S. Pulaski, making off with 32 cell phones,
a surveillance monitor and
$800 cash. The crime occurred at 7:54 p.m. Friday, May 23. One of the two
robbers brandished a dark green handgun and ordered the three employees (a
23-year-old Gage Park man, a 20-year-old West Lawn woman, and a 20-year-old
Back of the Yards woman) to the back of the store. They then ordered the male
employee to open the safe and cash registers, which he did. They fled out the
back door and are described as black men age 20-25. One is 6’1 to 6’3 and
170-180 pounds, and the other is 5’7 to 5’9 and 140-160 pounds, both wearing
|4317 South Pulaski|
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A technician installing a security system at the 123 Wireless store at 3920 W. 71st St. was robbed in the parking lot adjacent to the building. The crime occurred at 11:55 p.m. Thursday, May 22. The victim told police that a man came up from behind, held an unknown object against his back and demanded money. After taking $60 cash from the victim, the robber fled. He is described as a black man age 18-21, 5’8 to 5’10 and 150-160 pounds, medium complexion, wearing a black hoody and black jeans.
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A 66-year-old Chicago Lawn woman was robbed as she walked down a sidewalk near 68th and Hamlin at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 21. The woman told police that a thug with a handgun approached from behind, pushed her to the ground and said, “I will kill you” before snatching her purse and fleeing into a waiting vehicle with an accomplice. The purse contained $125 cash. A witness, a 19-year-old West Lawn man, described the robber as a white Hispanic man age 18, 6’1 and 160 pounds, medium complexion, short hair, wearing a black baseball cap, black shirt and dark blue jeans.
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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 West Lawn Park at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 27. 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 back door of a home near 81st and Tripp and stole a .38 caliber revolver with ammunition, as well as assorted jewelry, a coin collection and $180 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 65-year-old man, when he came home at 2:48 p.m. Saturday, May 24.
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Burglars entered a home near 50th and La Crosse and stole a laptop computer and a cell phone. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old man, at 9 p.m. Friday, May 23. Police said they saw no sign of forced entry.
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Burglars forced their way through a side window of an apartment near 53rd and Kilbourn and stole a computer, a GIS unit, a keyboard, a passport and $650 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 59 year-old man, at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 22, four hours after he had left home.
Burglars pried open the back door of a home near 60th and Karlov and stole a laptop computer, as well as two jewelry boxes with jewelry inside. The victim, a 54-year-old man, was alerted to the crime by a home security company at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 21.
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Burglars forced open the basement window of a home near 72nd and Springfield and stole a clothes washer and dryer, a refrigerator and a stove. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old Oak Lawn man, at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 21.
Burglars entered an open garage near 52nd and Leclaire and stole a lawn mower. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 71-year-old man, at 2:37 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. The victim told police that he had left the garage open while he was standing in front of his house.
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