Saturday, January 30, 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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Hearst area man shot on sidewalk
A 46-year-old Hearst area man was shot in the face as he stood on a sidewalk in front of 4631 S. Leamington at 5:57 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17. The victim told police that he was walking home when he heard two shots fired and immediately felt pain near his upper lip. He was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition. He said the shots were fired from a small, dark-colored van, which then sped away south on Leamington.

Woman robbed outside Brighton Park business
A 37-year-old Little Village woman on her way to work was robbed at gunpoint as she got out of her vehicle outside La Guadalupana, 4647 S. Archer, at 5:50 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. She told police that two men accosted her and pushed her against her vehicle. One robber held a pistol to her side while the other, speaking in Spanish, demanded her money. They patted her down and stole her purse, which contained her cell phone and car keys, among other items. The offenders ran away east through an alley. They were described only as Hispanic men about 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds.

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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, February 3 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.

Man robbed in alley behind Pulaski
A 25-year-old Chicago Lawn man was robbed at gunpoint in the alley behind 6234 S. Pulaski at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. The victim told police that a man approached him, asking for money. When the victim said he did not have any, the offender brandished a pistol and stole his white Guess-brand jacket and fled north through the alley. The victim said the jacket’s packets held his cell phone, credit cards, ID cards and $800 cash. The offender was described as a Hispanic man age 20-30, about 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, with a dark complexion.

Big heist in building on Cicero
Burglars broke into a warehouse at 5001 S. Cicero (years ago, a Thom McAn shoe store) and stole more than 150 tires valued at $20,000, as well as about 50 wheels, and various car batteries, catalytic converters, car stereos and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old Naperville man, at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, who also told police that his motor home that had been parked on the property also was stolen.

Burglars steal power tools from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 60th and Central Park and stole assorted power tools, as well as a car jack and two grass trimmers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 36-year-old woman, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

Bedroom window is entry for burglars
Burglars pried open the bedroom window of a home near 52nd and Kostner and stole assorted jewelry and $200 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 34-year-old woman, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

Burglars ransack garage, vandalize car
Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 53rd and Avers and stole a generator, two air compressors, a lawn mower, a snow blower, a weed trimmer, a portable heater and a large assortment of power tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 39-year-old man, at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. The victim’s car, parked inside, was scratched by the burglars.

iPad stolen from garage
Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 56th and Karlov and stole an iPad. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 38-year-old woman, at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22.

TV, video games stolen in burglary
Burglars forced open the rear door of a home near 64th Place and Laramie and stole two TVs and a video game console with games. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 45-year-old woman, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Unlocked door key to crime
Burglars entered the unlocked service door of a garage near 68th and Keeler and stole a snow blower, two propane tanks, a radio and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 41-year-old man, at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1.

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