Monday, September 15, 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 21-year-old Vittum Park man reported that he was robbed in an alley near 56th and Massasoit, by a woman he met on Facebook and three of her friends.

The crime occurred at 7:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, the victim said. One of the four threatened to beat him unless he gave all his money, and they went through his pockets, taking $92 cash.

All four assailants are described as white and between age 20-30. Two are women: one is described only as having black hair, the other is a blonde, 5’2 and 110 pounds, light complexion. One man is described as 5’10 with short black hair, the other is 6’2 with brown hair.

The victim told police that the blonde he met on Facebook later texted him and warned him against alerting the police, or she would claim that he raped her, according to the CPD incident report.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 811 (see map), come to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 16. 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.

Two South Side boys were nabbed after they allegedly stole more than $550 in clothing from The Boutique, located in Ford City Mall. The crime occurred at about 8:15 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11. A mall employee told two security guards said he saw the duo--a 17-year-old from 45th and Calumet and a 14-year-old from 58th and Indiana--holding open the store's roll-down security gate and puling out merchandise.

They fled when confronted, the security officers told police. After a brief foot chase, the two teens were apprehended by security in the mall parking lot, with an assist from Burbank Police.

The two were arrested and processed through the juvenile court system.

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Burglars pried open the rear door of an apartment near 49th and Archer and stole a computer monitor, four high-end watches and assorted jewelry, a camera, a key fob for a car, a safe with documents inside, two cartons of Newport cigarettes and a half-empty bottle of Grey Goose vodka.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 40-year-old man, when he returned from a doctor’s appointment at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. A neighbor told police that he saw the victim’s apartment doors wide open, but he thought the victim was home and therefore did not call police.

Burglars entered an apartment near 63rd and Central and stole two TVs, a computer and monitor, and two tablet computers. The victim was out of town on vacation when the crime occurred, and was police were notified at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29. The victim’s daughter shared with police the name of a man she believes may have committed the crime. Police were investigating.

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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 52nd and Lorel and stole a bicycle. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 90-year-old woman, at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9.


Burglars pried open the side door of a house near 57th and Kenneth and stole two laptop computers, three Coach purses, assorted jewelry and $2,000 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old woman, at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, about 90 minutes after she left home to go shopping.

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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 48th and Kilpatrick and stole four bicycles, a snow blower, a lawnmower, and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 54-year-old woman, at noon Tuesday, Sept. 9.


A home invader entered a house near 77th and Kilpatrick at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 and stole a cell phone and $15 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 41-year-old woman, who woke up while the crime was in progress. The CPD incident report did not offer a description of the invader. The victim said she believes the criminal entered the home by opening a window.

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