Sunday, May 22, 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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Robbed as he takes out trash
A 40-year-old West Lawn man was robbed at gunpoint as he took out the garbage behind his home near 60th and Hamlin at 1:10 p.m. Monday, May 16. The victim told police that a man pulled a pistol on him and demanded his wallet. He complied, and the robber removed $140 cash, gave the wallet back to him and said, “Don’t try anything, or I will blow your head off.” The robber then ran away west down an alley. He was described as a Hispanic man age 25-30, 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, with brown eyes, short brown hair and a medium complexion. He wore dark blue jeans and a dark blue jacket.

Robbed at gunpoint near home
A 40-year-old West Elsdon man was robbed at gunpoint as he got out of his vehicle in front of his home near 58th Place and Springfield at 3 p.m. Monday, May 16. The robber put a revolver to the victim’s back and ordered him, in Spanish, to surrender his cash. The victim gave up $90, and the offender ran away west through an alley. He was described as a Hispanic man about 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds, with brown eyes, short black hair and a light complexion. He wore black hoody with a Chicago Bears logo.

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, May 24 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.

Teens in car threaten mom
Teenage boys in a car threatened a 24-year-old Brighton Park woman and her three-year-old daughter in a traffic incident at 54th and Kedzie at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21. The victim told police she was driving south on Kedzie when the teens’ red Pontiac sedan approached aggressively and pulled alongside. One teen waved a pistol and shouted, “I’m gonna shoot you, b~tch!” The victim called 911 and was advised to drive to the nearby Eighth District station, which she did. She said that she had no idea why the teens would threaten her. The offenders were described only as Hispanic males age 16-19.

Boy busted after he threatened woman
A 14-year-old Scottsdale boy was apprehended after he allegedly threatened a 32-year-old Ashburn woman on the street in front of Pizza Nova, 3836 W. 79th St., at 6:37 p.m. Saturday, May 21. The victim said that the teen was pulling on the handle of her car door, trying to get inside. When she confronted him, he allegedly held his hand inside his shirt (implying a weapon) and said, “These are my streets. Bang bang.” Police notified the boy’s mother.

Cash, jewelry swiped from Kildare bedroom
Burglars opened the bedroom window of a home near 58th and Kildare, entered and stole $250 cash and assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 34-year-old woman, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

Power tools taken from 59th Street garage
Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 59th and Springfield and stole about 20 power tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 54-year-old man, at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22.

Burglars use unlocked door to steal bike
Burglars entered the unlocked service door of a garage near 48th and Kildare and stole a bicycle and a lawn mower. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 30-year-old woman, at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21.



Garage burglarized in West Lawn
Burglars forced open the door of a garage near 67th and Hamlin and stole a weed whacker, two tools bags and assorted other items. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 44 year-old man, at 11 p.m. Friday, May 20.

Man with fencing mask robs cell phone store
Two men robbed the Metro PCS cell phone store at 8117 S. Pulaski, making off with about $600 cash. A 32-year-old store employee told police that the bandits approached at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, just before closing time. Thinking they were customers, the employee let them inside, when one of the two put on a fencing mask, pointed a pistol in his face and ordered him to open the safe. The employee was ordered to lie on the floor, and the robbers ran away with the cash. They were described as black men age 19-20, about 5-foot-8 and 140 pounds, with brown eyes, dark complexion and short black hair.

Elderly man robbed in his kitchen
An 86-year-old West Lawn man was robbed of $750 cash in the kitchen of his home near 65th and Karlov at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. The victim told police that he had let a man into his home, think he was a friend of his son’s, who was on vacation at the time. After they were in the kitchen a short time, the younger man said, “This is a stick up. Give me all your money now.” The victim complied, and the robber walked out of the house. He was described as a white man age 25-30, 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, medium length brown hair, wearing dark blue pants and a cream-colored shirt.

Walking to work, knocked to ground
An 18-year-old Clearing woman said she was knocked to the ground and robbed of $2 cash while she walked down an alley behind 5554 W. 64th St. at 4:20 a.m. Thursday, May 12. The victim said she was walking to work when the crime occurred. She was attacked from behind and had no description of the offender.

Man stole flowers, police say
A 57-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with aggravated assault and retail theft after he allegedly stole six hanging flower baskets from the Jewel/Osco at 6107 S. Archer and then used his minivan to nearly strike two people as he sped away. John J. Kesek of the 5200 block of South Moody is set to appear in Cook County Circuit Court at 51st and Wentworth on June 8. The incident occurred at 11:48 a.m. Sunday, May 1. A 23-year-old store manager told police that a customer alerted to him to a theft outside the store and that when he and a security officer went to investigate, Kesek jumped in his vehicle and almost ran them over. Provided with a vehicle description and license plate number, police apprehended Kesek at his home and brought him to the store, where he was positively identified by the victims, according to the police report.

Cleaners hit by burglars
Burglars forced open the rear door of Polly Prim Cleaners, 4640 S. Cicero, and stole three cash registers and several items of clothing. The crime was discovered by a worker at a nearby restaurant at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8. She then called the owner of Polly Prim.

FedEx package stolen from porch
A 61-year-old Clearing woman reported that someone apparently stole a package left on her front porch in the 5700 block of West 64th Street. The package, which contained a humidifier worth $68, was delivered by FedEx at 2:53 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, according to FedEx records. A neighbor who also said that packages had been stolen from her porch, said that two men in a maroon van had been cruising the neighborhood. The men may have been following the FedEx truck and waiting for an opportunity to steal parcels, according to the police report.

Garage on 58th Street burglarized
Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 58th and Lawndale and stole an air compressor a cordless drill, two cable nailers and assorted tools in a bag. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 47-year-old man, at 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 10.

Burglars hit garage on 57th Street
Burglars entered a garage near 57th and Lawndale and stole a radar detector from a car parked inside. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 62-year-old man, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 10. There was no sign of forced entry, according to the police report.

Bikes, BB guns stolen in burglary
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 58th and Lawndale and stole five bicycles, two BB guns, a commercial water filter worth $5,000 and a stereo speaker. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 48-year-old man, at 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 10.

Saw swiped from 58th Place garage

Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 58th Place and Springfield and stole an air compressor and a concrete saw. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 23-year-old man, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 10. 

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