Tuesday, July 29, 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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The FBI and other law enforcement agencies continue to investigate a strong-arm robbery of the BMO Harris Bank at 6400 S. Pulaski at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, July 24.

According to authorities, the robber handed a teller a note that read, "Give me $50,000 in hundreds."

The teller responded by handing over a stack of $100 bills. When the criminal demanded more, she gave him stacks of $50s and $20s.

A bank security guard said the robber fled out the front door, running west on 64th Street before jumping into the passenger seat of a silver Pontiac, when then sped north on Komensky.

Officials said that the robber dropped his red baseball cap and stick-up note at the scene.

He is described as a black man age 22-30, 6'0 to 6'4 and 160-230 pounds, brown eyes, black dreadlocks, medium complexion, with a birth mark on the left side of his face, wearing tan shorts and a multi-colored top.

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A 21-year-old West Lawn man said by police to be an admitted gangbanger was arrested and
Arthur R. Beristain
charged with burglary and criminal trespass to land, after he allegedly was seen rummaging through a car near 62nd
 and Keating.

Arthur R. Beristain of 62nd and Kilpatrick was apprehended by police after a foot chase at 3:57 a.m. Wednesday, July 23.

Bond was set at $30,000, and Beristain was scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48, 155 W. 51st St., on Wednesday, July 30.

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Burglars broke into the Chuangyi Metals warehouse, 3939 S. Karlov, and stole a forklift valued at $15,000 and a front loader valued at $20,000.

The crime occurred at about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. A short time later, the same burglars used the forklift to steal six pallets of boxed pedestal fans from a warehouse at 4500 W. 47th St., according to a police incident report. In all, 384 fans were stolen, with a total value of $10,000.

The criminals gained access to the warehouse by smashing their way through a loading dock door. Police said they were reviewing surveillance video.

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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, August 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.

A 34-year-old woman was stabbed by a robber in the backyard of her home near 50th and Kenneth.

The victim told police that she saw a man sitting in her yard at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. He reportedly stabbed her with a switchblade knife as he said, "Give me your f~cking purse, b~tch."

He fled on foot with the purse, and the victim was transported by ambulance to Christ Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.

She described the attacker as a Hispanic man age 35-45, 5’6 to 5’7, medium complexion, wearing a black baseball cap and dark blue shorts.

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A thug tried but failed to steal money from two clerks at Family Dollar, 5016 S. Cicero.

According to the 29-year-old store manager, the offender handed a note to a clerk at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20. The note read, "All your money now, or die."

The clerk passed the note to the manager, who immediately kicked a safe door closed. The robber fled the store, running through the parking lot and then west on 50th Street. He is described as a black man age 28-33, 6’1 to 6’3 and 220-240 pounds, brown eyes, dark complexion, black braided hair, wearing a black baseball cap, gray t-shirt and blue jeans.

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A 62-year-old Archer Heights man told police he was robbed at gunpoint as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 4854 S. Karlov at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23.

Stolen was the victim’s brown leather shoulder bag, which contained a wallet, cell phone, credit cards, driver’s license and $50 cash. The robber is described as a Hispanic man age 20-22, 5’6 and 170 pounds, light complexion.

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A 36-year-old man from suburban Worth, who police said described himself as a panhandler who works the 79th and Cicero area, was shot by young men with a BB gun.

The shooting occurred at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at a CTA bus stop in front of 4755 W. 79th Street. The victim could only describe his attackers as Arab males in a white SUV.

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Burglars forced open the front window of a home near 51st and Hamlin and stole a video game console, four gold chains, a tiffany necklace, and $280 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 34-year-old man, when he came home from work at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24.



Burglars forced open the front window of a home near 63rd and Kilbourn and stole two laptop computers, a desktop computer, a TV, assorted jewelry, two video game consoles, an iPod and $3,300 cash.

The same burglars also allegedly forced open the service door of the garage and stole assorted tools, a bicycle, a battery charger, a generator and an air compressor.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 50-year-old man, when he came home from work at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 23.

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Burglars entered a garage near 53rd and Kolin and stole a snowblower, a circular saw, a jigsaw and a bicycle.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 41-year-old woman, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. There was no sign of forced entry, and she told police she thinks rats may have triggered a motion sensor that raises the overhead door.

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A 90-year-old West Elsdon woman who left a front window open a crack for ventilation when she left her house near 52nd and Hamlin, returned at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 to find the premises burglarized and an unknown amount of jewelry missing.

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Burglars broke through a bathroom window of a basement apartment near 49th and Kildare and stole a DVD player and $350 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old man, when he came home at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22.

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