Thursday, January 7, 2016

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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Pawn shop robbed
A pair of armed robbers stole more than $7,000 cash and assorted jewelry from EZ PAWN, 4338 S. Pulaski, at 5:17 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. Employees told police that the pair posed as customers before announcing the robbery and stating that if police arrived before they left, they would kill all the employees and themselves. One of the staff, a 22-year-old woman, was hit in the back of the head with a pistol by the thugs. She was later transported by CFD ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital. The offenders were described as black men age 23-30 and about 5-foot 7 and 160 pounds.

Man beaten and robbed on sidewalk
A 22 year-old Chicago Lawn man told police that he was beaten and robbed as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 6109 S. Kildare at 6:35 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25. The thug approached and asked “Who you with?” When the victim replied, “No one,” the offender punched him in the left eye. The victim fell to the ground, and the offender reached in his pocket, stole his cell phone and ran away north on Kildare. The offender was described as a Hispanic man age 20-28 5-foot-5 and 180 pounds, with a “bald” hairstyle and wearing a red shirt.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 834 (see map), come to Bogan High School at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 7. 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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Robber steals iPhones
A gun-toting criminal robbed the Boost Mobile store at 6922 S. Pulaski at 10:42 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. Store employees told police that the robber initially posed as a customer before pulling a pistol and threatening to shoot them and saying, “Give me all the iPhones.” He succeeded in stealing five iPhones with a combined retail value of about $3,500 before fleeing the store and running away south through an alley. He was described as a black man age 20, 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, with brown eyes, short black hair and a dark complexion. He was wearing a black Pella Pella jacket over a gray hoodie, black pants and a blue baseball cap with a Chicago Blackhawks logo.

Bandit swipes $1,000 cash
An armed bandit robbed El Rodeo convenience store, 4101 W. 47th St., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, making off with an estimated $1,000 cash. A 38-year-old clerk told police that the offender ran away south on Karlov. The robber was described as a black man age 30-39, 5-foot-7 and 270 pounds, with black braided hair and a light complexion. He was wearing a gray jacket with black sleeves and gray cargo pants.

Trio robbed in the rain
Three West Siders—a 60-year-old man, a 43-year-old woman and a 35-year-old woman—were robbed at gunpoint in the rain at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23 as they walked to their van in the parking lot of First American Bank, 4501 S. Pulaski. The victims said they had just left the bank and that the robber stole more than $3,200 cash from them, in addition to two cell phones and a wallet. The robber then jumped into a tan or gold Ford Taurus and sped away west. The offender was described as a black man age 30-32, 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, with brown eyes, black dreadlocks and a dark complexion.

Elderly woman knocked to ground, robbed
A 74-year-old Clearing woman was knocked to the ground and robbed as she walked down a sidewalk in front of 6242 S. Mulligan at 8:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. The victim told police she was walking home after getting off a CTA bus at 63rd and Narragansett. Two males walking south on Mulligan approached and snatched her purse. In the struggle, she was knocked to the ground and suffered a cut above her right eye and a cut on her finger. She was transported by CFD ambulance at MacNeal Hospital, where she was treated and released. Her purse contained two checkbooks, several credit cards, a driver’s license and $60 cash, she told police. The offenders were described only as males.

Clerk locks self in bathroom during stick-up
A pair of armed robbers stole $500 cash and a woman’s wallet from the Cricket Wireless store at 5133 S. Cicero at 8:10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. The only employee in the store at the time was a 19-year-old woman, who locked herself in a bathroom for her own protection. She described the offenders as black men age 25-55, 5-foot-6 to 6-foot-1 140-180 pounds, wearing dark clothing.

Clerk fights back against armed robber
A 20-year-old employee of Mobile World, 4102 W. 47th St., fought back against and disarmed an armed robber, who fled with $60 cash but failed to steal any of the store’s iPhones, which he had demanded. In his struggle to get away, the offender left his gun and a personal ID card. The robbery occurred at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Police are investigating. 

School funds stolen from desk
The campus manager of the UNO charter school at 5025 S. St. Louis told police that someone stole $1,600 cash from her unlocked desk at the school. She said she discovered the funds missing at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 but did not report the crime to police for four days. The money, she said, had been collected from students to pay for a field trip.

Woman comes home, startles burglar
A 28-year-old Archer Heights woman who left her apartment near 49th and Tripp to get some ice cream returned at 6:41 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 to startle a burglar, who fled out the back door. It was initially unclear if anything had been stolen, although the victim noticed that her jewelry box had been tampered with. The side window had been forced open. The burglar appeared intoxicated, the woman told police. He was described as a Hispanic man age 30-40, 5-foot-6 and 200 pounds, with short black hair and a light complexion.

Infant Jesus decoration stolen
An infant Jesus and manger display was stolen from the front lawn of a home in the 5800 block of West 59th Street. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 48-year-old woman, at 3 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Taco restaurant burglarized
Burglars pried open the back door of The Original Chavez Tacos, 4316 S. Pulaski, and stole about $1,000 cash from cash registers, which had been thrown on the floor. The crime was discovered by an employee arriving for work at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.

Power tools taken by burglars
Burglars entered an unlocked garage near 53rd and Major and stole several thousand dollars worth of power tools—both from the garage and from a pickup truck parked inside. The crime was discovered by the offender, a 35-year-old man, at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Cognac and more taken by burglars
Burglars entered the rear window of a home near 50th and Kilbourn and stole three TVs, assorted jewelry, $1,300 cash and a bottle of Hennessy cognac. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 60-year-old man, at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23.

Burglars take liquor and jewelry
Burglars entered a home near 55th and Mayfield and stole two TVs, a jewelry box and assorted jewelry, a gift set of Asti Spumante and a gift set of Jack Daniels honey whiskey. The crime was discovered by the victims, a 56-year-old woman and her 28-year-old son, when they returned home at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23 after a four-day vacation out of state. There was no sign of forced entry, according to the police report.

Tools swiped from garage on Kolin
Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 63rd and Kolin and stole assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 46-year-old woman, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, and reported about a day later.

Piano and bikes stolen from garage
Burglars entered a garage near 61st and Kildare and stole two bicycles and a piano. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 37-year-old woman, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, although she did not report it until three days later. There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim told police she was not certain if she had locked the doors to the garage.

Thousands in cash stolen from home
Burglars entered the side door of a home near 62nd and Natchez and stole an estimated $5,700 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old woman, at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24.

AC unit stolen on a wintry day
A 69-year-old man told police that someone stole a central air conditioning unit from outside his home near 51st and Luna. He discovered the crime at 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 24.

Trio in minivan may have been burglars
A trio of burglars stole an automatic garage door opener and about $20 change from a garage near 52nd and Mayfield. One of the victims, a 35-year-old woman, told police that at 2:32 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, she looked out her home’s back window and saw an unfamiliar vehicle (a white minivan with a black roof rack) in the alley behind her garage. She called 911 and then alerted her husband, who went outside to investigate. The minivan drove away north through the alley and then south on Mason. Its three occupants were only as Hispanic men.

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