Thursday, May 28, 2015

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 West Englewood man was arrested after he allegedly tried to rob the GameStop store at
Antonio Baskin
7945 S. Cicero at 8:31 p.m. Saturday, May 23.

Antonio Baskin, 34, of 71st and Hoyne was charged with attempted robbery after Chicago and Burbank police surrounded the store and demanded that he surrender, according to the police report.

Two store employees said that Baskin brandished a handgun that turned out to be a replica. Police also said that Baskin is a gangbanger.

Bond was set at $500,000, and Baskin is due in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48, 155 West 51st Street, on Friday, May 29.

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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, June 3. 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 thugs robbed a 42-year-old Clearing woman as she pulled her car into her garage after coming home from a family party at 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 22. The incident occurred at the victim's home, near 64th and Long. One of the criminals put a pistol to her head, she told police, robbing her of her purse and cell phone before fleeing.

While police were on the scene later, the victim was notified that one of her credit cards had been used to make a $24 purchase at a Mobil gas station in Hometown.

She described the thugs as black men age 20-23, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9 and 150-170 pounds, wearing dark hoodies.

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A 21-year-old Sleepy Hollow man told police he was stabbed by several thugs who accosted him under a viaduct just north of 43rd and Cicero at 6:40 p.m. Thursday, May 21. The victim said that he successfully broke free of the attackers and ran home, several blocks away. The attackers were described only as four to five black and Hispanic young men. The victim described them as drug addicts.


A 31-year-old Archer Heights woman told police that a man with a gun threatened her after he cut her off in traffic near 47th and Kilpatrick at 3:38 p.m. Wednesday, May 20. The victim, who does not speak English, told police that the man hollered at her and waved a pistol at her before speeding off in an older Chevy Caprice. She described the offender as a black man age 25-30, wearing a red baseball cap.

She did report the crime until two days later, saying she wanted to make a record of the incident in case the man can back and attempted to harm her.

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A burglar kicked in the front door of a home near 63rd Place and Lawndale and stole a TV and an iPad. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 27-year-old woman, when she came home at 2:18 p.m. Friday, May 22 and saw the offender carrying a TV out the back door. Upon seeing the victim, the offender dropped the TV and fled on foot. He was described as a black man age 20-22, 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds, with short black hair and wearing a black baseball cap, a black hoody, blue jeans and white gym shoes.

Burglars entered the service door of a garage near 79th Place and Kilbourn and stole a welding unit. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 91-year-old man, at 8 a.m. Friday, May 22.

Burglars forced open the rear door of a home near 67th and Knox and stole an Xbox video game console, a set of Beats headphones and $200 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 49-year-old woman, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 22.

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Burglars kicked in the front door of a home near 43rd and Keeler and ransacked several rooms. The victim, a 33-year-old man, told police that he was initially unsure about what, if anything, had been stolen. The crime was discovered at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 21 when a burglar alarm was tripped and police responded.

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Burglars tried but failed to break into a home near 60th and Karlov during the morning of Thursday, May 21. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 66-year-old man, when he returned home in the afternoon. Both a side door and a rear sliding glass-door were damaged in the attempt.

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Burglars tried but failed to kick in the service door of a garage near 59th and Austin. The victim told police that she discovered the crime at 8:22 a.m. Monday, May 18, but did not report it until more than 48 hours later.



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