Monday, June 30, 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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A clerk at the TCF Bank station inside the Jewel/Osco at 5320 S. Pulaski told police that she
was robbed of $125 cash at 4:53 p.m. Wednesday, June 25.

The employee, a 56-year-old Clearing woman, said that the robber handed her a note that read, “Give me all the money. I have a gun.” After he hollered, “Hurry up, lady!” at her, she said she handed the money to the robber, with a dye pack inserted between the bills. The man then ran out the south entrance of the store.

He is described as a white Hispanic man age 30-35, 6’0 and 200 pounds, light complexion, short brown hair with a mustache and hair on his chin. Three other TCF employees interviewed by police said they were unaware of a crime being committed.

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A 76-year-old Lockport man was arrested and charged with violating his Concealed Carry license after an unloaded pistol was reportedly found by Transportation Security Agency (TSA) screeners in his carry-on luggage at Midway Airport.

Photo courtesy of the TSA.
John D. Rangel reportedly told authorities that he was unaware that the weapon was in his luggage. Confiscated by police was a .22 caliber Jennings semi-automatic pistol with a three-inch barrel. Rangel said the gun was his, given to him by family members when his father died, according to the police report.

Police added that Rangel was carrying a valid FOID card, as well as a current Concealed Carry license. He is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 34-4, 155 W. 51st St., on Wednesday, July 30.

According to the TSA, “Travelers may only transport unloaded firearms in a locked, hard-sided container as checked baggage. All firearms, ammunition and firearm parts, including firearm frames, receivers, clips and magazines are prohibited in carry-on baggage.”

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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, July 2. 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 46-year-old West Elsdon woman told police that she was robbed while she was walking in front of 4713 S. Kostner at 9:45 p.m. Friday, June 27.

She said she was approached by a robber brandishing a dark-colored handgun. She surrendered her cell phone, car keys, credit cards, driver’s license and $180 cash to the bandit, who then ran away, got into a dark-colored Dodge Caravan and sped away east on 47th Street.

He is described as a white Hispanic man age 20-22, 5’10 to 6’0 and 140-155 pounds, with black hair and wearing a black baseball cap, white T-shirt and black shorts.

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An 18-year-old Chicago Lawn man told police he was robbed as he stood at a CTA bus stop at 7500 S. Pulaski at 11:47 a.m. Tuesday, June 24. The robber ran up and snatched the victim's iPod, jumped into a tan Pontiac Grand Prix and sped away. The criminal is described as a black man age 20-23, 6'0 and 170 pounds, brown eyes, black hair in a "fade" style, medium complexion, wearing a white tank top and black shorts.

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A 17-year-old West Elsdon boy told police that he was robbed by a thug with a pistol as he walked down an alley on his way to the 7-Eleven at 55th  and Kostner at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22.

The criminal stuck a blue steel handgun in the teen's side and made off with the victim's cell phone, running away through the backyards south of the alley. The offender is described as a black boy or man age 17-18, 5'10 and 140-160 pounds, brown eyes, black hair in an Afro style, dark complexion, wearing a black t-shirt, dark green shorts and black Nike Air Jordans.

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Burglars kicked in the bottom panel of the overhead door of a garage near 63rd and Knox and stole a lawnmower. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 50-year-old woman, at 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 25.

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Burglars forced open the back door of a home near 63rd Place and Meade and stole several TVs. The owner of the home, a 42-year-old woman, was away on vacation when the crime was discovered by a friend, a 58-year-old woman, at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27.

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Burglars entered a garage near 45th and Harding and stole assort lawn care power tools, assorted hand tools, three speakers and two subwoofers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 44-year-old man, when he came home from work at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 27.

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Burglars forced open the side door of a home near 54th and Kilbourn and stole $700 in cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 45-year-old woman, when she came home from work at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 24.

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