Tuesday, February 23, 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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Man chased, beaten, robbed
A 24-year-old West Side man was chased, beaten and robbed in an alley behind 5127 S. Lawndale at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. The victim told police that three men approached him from behind, pushed him to the ground and punched him. He was able to get up and flee, jumping a backyard fence before he was caught and told to give the offenders his belongings. He surrendered his black book bag, which contained textbooks and his house keys. The trio then sped away in a small red sedan. The criminals were described as black men age 20-25 wearing black and red clothing.

Man robbed outside his home
A 60-year-old Archer Heights man was robbed at gunpoint as he was about to enter the side door of his home near 49th and Kildare at 12:28 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. The victim told police that a pair of teenage thugs pulled pistols on him, with one saying, “Give me all your money, and don’t look at me.” They went through his pockets and stole his wallet and cell phone before running away north through an adjacent alley. The criminals were described as Hispanic boys, one age 16-17 and the other age 14-16. Both were wearing beige-colored pants.

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, February 23 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.

Suburbanites shot at on 63rd Street
Two residents of suburban Lyons—a 38-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman—were shot at as they sat in a car parked in the 4500 block of West 63rd Street at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. In what police called a gang-related incident, two teenagers walked up and fired multiple shots. The victims were not hit, but the roof of their car was damaged. The shooters were described as Hispanic boys or men age 15-19. 

Big haul in restaurant burglary

            A burglar broke through a side window of Las Islas Marias restaurant, 8201 S. Pulaski, and stole a safe, assorted liquor bottles and an estimated $18,000, according to the owner, a 36-year-old man. Surveillance video indicated the crime occurred at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7.

Big take in Komensky garage burglary
Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 84th and Komensky and stole two snow blowers, four chrome wheel rims, a battery charger, assorted power tools, assorted hand tools, four bicycles, a gas grill, an air compressor and a floor jack. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 42-year-old man, at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

High-end pool cues stolen in home burglary
Burglars forced open the rear door of a home near 83rd and Kilbourn and stole a laptop computer, a printer, six collectible pool cues and $50 cash. The crime was reported by the victim, a 55-year-old man, at 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

Mini-bike and more stolen from garage
Burglars forced open the overhead door of a garage near 70th Place and Hamlin and stole a mini-bike as well as a radio system and speakers from two vehicles parked inside. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old woman, at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Pistol stolen by burglars
Burglars kicked in the basement door of a home near 56th and Neva and stole a .25 caliber pistol. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 60-year-old man, when he came home at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8.

Wheels swiped from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 60th and Kolin and stole four 24-inch wheels. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 20-year-old man, at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8.

Garage on Lawndale burglarized
Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 70th and Lawndale and stole a generator. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 25-year-old man, at 3 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7.

Mower, blower stolen from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 52nd and Millard and stole a lawn mower and a snow blower. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 68-year-old man, at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.

Air Jordans and more stolen by burglars

Burglars broke the rear patio door of a home near 58th Place and Keeler and stole $900 cash, a tablet computer, assorted jewelry and five pairs of Air Jordan athletic shoes. The crime was discovered by the victims, a 40-year-old man and his wife, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

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