Thursday, September 17, 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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Three Central Stickney men said by police to be gang members are in custody and charged
Alexander Pedrote
with the Aug. 30 invasion of a home near 54th and Latrobe.
All three are currently held by the Cook County Department of Corrections, and their next court date is Monday, Sept. 28 at 26th and California.
Antonio Pedrote, 20, of the 4800 block of South Latrobe, is currently held without bond. His twin brother, Alexander, of the same address, is held on $750,000 bond, as is Anthony Bennett, 19 of the 5000 block of South Long.
            Authorities said that the trio committed the crime at about 1:15 a.m. and were apprehended a short distance away during a traffic stop.
Antonio Pedrote
Anthony Bennett
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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, September 22. 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.

            In apparently unrelated incidents, two 63rd Street Subway sandwich shops were hit by robbers.
            A bandit made off with about $300 cash after he robbed the Subway at 3205 W. 63rd St. at 7:51 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. The shop’s manager, a 27-year-old Bridgeview man, told police that the robber hand his hand in his pocket, implying a weapon. The offender is described as a black man age 20-25, 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion, wearing a black hoody.
            Four miles west, two men were unsuccessful in robbing the Subway at 6454 W. 63rd St. at 3:50 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. According to the manager, a 37-year-old man, a man walked in holding a knife and said, “Open the register. I need money.” When the manager refused and said he was calling police, the would-be robber and an accomplice ran away south on Natchez. The robber was wearing a red shirt and red face mask. The accomplice wore a white face mask, the manager said.

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            A 23-year-old Gage Park man and his 22-year-old girlfriend were robbed at gunpoint as the man washed their car in a self-service bay at Ducky’s car wash, 5252 S. Archer, at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. The victim said that two men approached him from behind, with one putting a black pistol to the back of his head and saying, “You know what time it is.” The woman was ordered to open the car and surrender her purse, which she did. The bandits also made off with two cell phones and $200 cash. Both are described as black men age 40, about 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds.


            A 33-year-old Gage Park man was robbed at gunpoint as he washed his tow truck in a self-service bay at the Spirit of America car wash, 5115 W. 63rd St., at 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. The bandits stole the victim’s watch, credit cards and $180 cash before making him crawl under the truck while they fled. The victim later walked across the street to a Chicago Fire Department facility to call police. The offenders are described as black men age 38-40, about 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds.

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            A 57-year-old man came home at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 to find that someone had stolen four watches, a pair of designer sunglasses and assorted jewelry from his home near 58th and Nashville. There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim told police that two home remodelers have a key to the house.

            Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 62nd and Meade and stole the garage’s automatic door opener. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old woman, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

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            Burglars entered Charter Fitness, 5985 S. Archer, and stole a case of toilet paper and various other items. The crime was discovered by a 31-year-old employee at 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11. There was no sign of forced entry, and management gave police the name of a former employee they said still had a key to the building.

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            A 22-year-old woman told police that someone entered an unlocked rear window of her apartment near 63rd and Nordica and stole $1,200 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

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            Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 67th and Keeler and stole an air compressor. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old woman, at 7:28 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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