Saturday, January 16, 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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Came home from church, kicked during argument
A 66-year-old man coming home from church with his wife was kicked to the ground by two men during an argument over parking. The crime occurred at 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 behind the victim’s home neat 64th and Pulaski. The man told police that he knocked on a nearby door—where a party was underway—to ask if people there would remove two cars parked on his property. After asking a man to move his car, the victim turned away and was kicked in the waist. He fell to the ground and was kicked again by another man. Both then fled the scene, and the victim called 911. The attackers were described as Hispanic men age 21-24, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, with black hair and dark complexions. The victim refused medical attention, police added.

Pizza driver punched, robbed
A 41-year-old man delivering food for Domino’s Pizza, 5401 S. Harlem, was punched in the head and robbed at gunpoint by two thugs as he attempted to make a delivery in the 5100 block of South Sayre at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6. The victim told police that he was approached by a man exiting a dark blue Ford Mustang, and the man claimed it was his pizza and asked if the driver had change for a $100 bill. When the driver pulled out his cash wad to see, the offender grabbed a $20 bill and punched him in the head. At the same time, a second offender got out of the Mustang, holding a pistol. When the victim tried to run away, he was struck in the shoulder by the gun. The two criminals then stole his pizza, got in the Mustang and sped away east on 51st Street. Both were described as Hispanic men age 18-21 with medium complexions. One was about 5-foot-1, and the other was about 5-foot-11.

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If you live in and/or own a business in CPD Beat 811 and want to help prevent crime in Garfield Ridge (west of Central Avenue), please attend the next meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, set for 7 p.m. Monday, January 18 at the CFD firehouse at 56th and Narragansett. The GRNW is one of Chicago's most active and effective citizen-led crime fighting groups. This is the group to join! This month's guest speaker is longtime Garfield Ridge resident Ed Leighton, who will share his experiences after having completed the Citizens Police Academy Training program offered by CPD. Overflow parking available in the Kennedy High School parking lot, a half-block to the south of the firehouse featured topic is fire safety. Those in attendance are in for a treat, literally, as they sample genuine CFD chili cooked in the firehouse by firefighters.

Purse snatcher drags woman
A 58-year-old Oak Lawn woman trying to hang onto her purse was knocked to the ground and dragged about 10 feet, before the strap broke and she lost control of her belongings. The crime occurred at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6 as the victim was walking in a parking lot outside U.S. Bank, 3525 W. 63rd Street. The purse contained $100 cash, in addition to other belongings. The offender fled in a four-door, beige Nissan Altima with another offender, the victim and witnesses said. The robbers were described as black men age 30-40, 6-foot-1 and 250 pounds, with dark complexions. One was wearing a black baseball cap, a beige jacket and black sweatpants.

SUV, Harley swiped from garage
Burglars entered a home near 61st and Melvina, ransacked the premises, stole two sets of vehicle keys and stole a 2008 Chevy Tahoe and a 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycle from the garage. The victim,  a 38-year-old man,  was on vacation at the time. The crime was discovered by his mother, who was checking the house. Police said they saw no sign of forced entry.

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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, January 19 and attend your monthly CAPS meeting. 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. Bonus: 14th Ward Alderman Edward M. Burke is scheduled to attend and address concerns about crime in the beat.

Cash, antique sword snatched by burglars
Burglars pried open the rear window of a house near 53rd and Ridgeway and stole $4,000 cash, assorted jewelry, assorted hand tools, a three-foot-long antique sword. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 54-year-old man, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

Burglars hit pickup truck
Burglars entered a garage near 58th Place and Hamlin and stole a number of belongings from a pickup truck parked inside, including a stereo system, assorted tools, a backpack and $30 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old man, at 4:55 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

Bathroom window easy entry for burglars
Burglars entered the unlocked bathroom window of a home near 60th and Springfield and stole a TV, a laptop computer, assorted jewelry, a GPS unit and assorted personal identification items, according to the victim, a 44-year-old man. The crime was discovered by his father, a 72-year-old man, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Burglars leave Burger King empty-handed
Burglars broke through a side window of the Burger King at 5211 S. Cicero, but apparently failed to steal anything of value. The crime was discovered by a manager opening up for the day at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7. 

House on Karlov burglarized
Burglars broke through the rear window of a house near 46th and Karlov and stole a TV, a video game console, an IPad and three passports. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 40-year-old man, when he and his family came home at 7:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

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