Sunday, January 17, 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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Airline employee robbed on way to Midway
A 44-year-old Ohio woman employed by Southwest Airlines was robbed at gunpoint as she walked down a sidewalk in front of 4500 W. 59th St. at 3:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. The victim told police that two men approached, flashed a handgun and demanded her phone. When she said she did not have one, they checked her pockets and stole $35 cash and fled east. The victim then walked to the airport and contacted police. The offenders were described as Hispanic men—one thin and wearing glasses, the other with a heavier build and a goatee, wearing a Chicago Blackhawks shirt.

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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.

Boost Mobile store robbed at gunpoint
Two men robbed the Boost Mobile store at 8337 S. Pulaski at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. A 19-year-old clerk told police that the men entered, posing as customers but one soon brandished a pistol and ordered her to hand over her personal cell phone, which she did. They also stole an unknown amount of cell phones from the store, as well as $200 cash from the register. They then ordered the clerk to lie down on the floor; but she refused, saying she was pregnant. The robbers ran out the back door and were described by the clerk as black men age 16-28—one about 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, the other about 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, both wearing dark clothing.

Teen robbed in West Elsdon
A 17-year-old West Lawn boy was robbed at gunpoint by a quartet of men at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, as he waited near 56th and Tripp for his parents to pick him up from school. The victim told police that the robbers asked him about gang affiliation, and when he said he is not in a gang, they snatched his iPhone and sped away in a red Chevy Aveo. They were described as Hispanic men age 18-19.

Robbers end up empty-handed
A 20-year-old West Lawn man told police that three men tried to rob him at gunpoint outside his home near 68th and Lawndale at 12:20 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. The victim told police he was getting out of his vehicle when three men in a gray truck pulled up and demanded his belongings and asked him if he was in a gang. The man replied that he was not in a gang but merely coming home after work. He told police that he then successfully ran away and that the offenders drove away without firing a shot. Descriptions of the offenders were vague.

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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.

Garage on Kildare burglarized
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 48th and Kildare and stole three air compressors, a snow blower, a press sure washer, a lawn mower, two power drills, two air conditioners, a vacuum cleaner, two nail guns and two propane tanks. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old man, at 6 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15.

Tools and more swiped in burglary on Kolin
Burglars broke the locks off the service door of a garage near 63rd and Kolin and stole assorted tools, luggage, clothes, shoes and four auto tires. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 46-year-old woman, at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Burglars take garage door opener
Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 63rd Place and Oak Park, broke into a vehicle parked inside and stole an automatic garage door opener. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 33-year-old woman, at 6:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. Tracks in the snow indicated that the burglars were going from garage to garage on the block, the victim told police.

Power wheelchair stolen from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 52nd and Sawyer and stole four speakers and a motorized wheelchair. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 26-year-old man, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Snow blowers swiped from Garfield Ridge
Burglars entered a garage near 56th and Newcastle and stole two snow blowers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 61-year-old man, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Air Jordans and more stolen
Burglars entered the rear door of a home near 85th and Tripp and stole a laptop computer, three pairs of Nike Air Jordans, a video game console, a DVD player and a gold necklace. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old woman, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Burglars hit garage on Komensky
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 48th and Komensky and stole a weed trimmer, a snow blower, an air compressor and a box of tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 45-year-old man, at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting all the crimes. Wow. I didn't know crime was THIS bad around here. No wonder insurance is so high.