Wednesday, August 24, 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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Shots fired at tow truck driver
A 26-year-old tow truck driver reported that gangbangers flashed gang signs at him and then fired at him and his truck as he left the 7-Eleven at 55th and Kostner at 4:15 a.m. Sunday. Aug. 21. The driver was not shot, although he was cut from broken glass, police said. He refused medical care. The shooter was described as a Hispanic man age 20-25, wearing a black shirt and dark blue jeans. He was with others in a gray, four-door BMW.

Forgot to turn on alarm, home burglarized

Burglars forced open the basement window of a home near 86th and Kolmar and stole $20,000 in cash and coins, as well as a silver tiffany necklace, according to the victim, a 43-year-old man. The victim said he discovered the crime when he came home at 9:50 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. He added that he had forgotten to turn on his burglar alarm system before he left.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 834 (see map), come to Bogan High School at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 1 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.

Wood trimmer taken from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 62nd and Monitor and stole a wood trimmer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 60-year-old man, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Woman discovers garage burglary
Burglars broke into a garage near 67th Place and Lawndale and stole a lawn mower, a car jack, a drill set and two lawn tables. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 42-year-old woman, at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Stone statues and more missing from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 68th and Kedvale and stole assorted power tools, lawn tools, a bicycle and two stone statues. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 33-year-old woman, at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

A dozen purses and more taken by burglars

Burglars forced open the back door of a home near 51st and Kilpatrick and stole a TV, four tablet computers, 12 designer purses and $1,300 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 40-year-old woman, at noon Tuesday, Aug. 16.


Cash taken in home burglary
Burglars forced open the back door of a home near 47th and Kenneth and stole $500 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old woman, at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.

DJ gear missing from garage

A 38-year-old West Elsdon told police on Thursday, Aug. 18 that someone burglarized his garage near 58th and Karlov on July 24 and stole nearly $15,000 worth of disc jockey equipment, including speakers, amplifiers and a mix table. The victim said he decided to report the crime after he saw a TV news report about several men wanted for burglaries in the area.

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