Monday, June 5, 2017

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 the western section of the district. 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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Suburban man shot on Mozart
A 19-year-old man from suburban Cicero was shot in the ankle as he stood in front of 6237 S. Mozart shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, June 4. Police on patrol heard shots fired and found the victim at the Citgo gas station at 63rd and California. The victim was bleeding and appeared intoxicated, police said. An 18-year-old North Side woman with the victim told police that the shooter sped away in a black van. There was no further information. Police described the victim and witness as uncooperative and hesitant. The victim was taken by CFD ambulance to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.

Hog-tied, hit and robbed in his own living room
A 30-year-old Chicago Lawn man who invited two women to his home for drinks was instead beaten, hog-tied with an extension cord and robbed shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday, May 28. The victim told police he saw the women in a car near a gas station at 31st and Cicero. Heading south in traffic, he waved to get their attention, and they pulled over near 47th and Cicero. He invited them to his home in the 7300 block of South Richmond, and they followed. In his living room, the victim noticed the two women pacing, talking on cell phones and whispering to each other. Suddenly, a man burst in the back door, hit the victim on the head with a pistol and demanded his money. He took the man’s cell phone, Armani watch and wallet, $250 cash and car keys before restraining him with the extension cord. The three then left the home. A short time later, the victim managed to wriggle free, just in time to look out his back window and see the attacker stealing his vehicle from the garage. The victim contacted police. He suffered a bruise and swelling on his forehead, but refused medical attention. The attacker was described as a black man age 30-35, about 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, with brown eyes and a light complexion. The other two were described as black women age 20-30, about 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.


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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, June 7 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.


Phone, pants swiped by attackers
A 61-year-old Vittum Park man was beaten and robbed of his pants and cell phone by a group of attackers near 55th and Pulaski shortly after midnight Sunday, June 4. The victim was found by police running east from 55th and Pulaski, in his underwear. He was taken by police to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was treated and released. The victim appeared unable to provide a significant description of the attackers.  

Music chat leads to punch in the face
A 21-year-old Chicago Lawn man was punched in the face and robbed as he stood on a sidewalk at 3200 W. 61st Place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4. The victim told police that he was talking with another man about music when suddenly the man started hitting him. He took $40 cash from the victim’s front pocket and ran away east on 61st Place to Troy, then north on Troy. The victim was taken by CFD ambulance to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was treated and released. The robber was described as a black man age 20-25, about 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, with brown eyes, a dark complexion and black hair in an Afro style. He wore a beige T-shirt and black jeans.


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The public is invited to the unveiling of a ceremonial street sign honoring the Clearing Night Force, set for 9 a.m. Friday, June 9 at the corner of 62nd and Merrimac.

The crime prevention group was founded in the wake of a double homicide that shook the community in 1995. Two local teenage girls were shot and killed when the parked van they were sitting in was fired upon in a battle over gang turf. A monument to those girls can be found near Hale School.

Today, the Clearing Night Force patrols streets, alleys, schools and parks, looking for signs of crimes in progress or other indicators of criminal activity, like graffiti.


Event link at https://www.facebook.com/events/429438597412378/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%224%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%22370%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

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Egged, then robbed at knifepoint
A 32-year-old Alsip woman was robbed at knifepoint as she tried to get into her vehicle, parked near 72nd and Springfield, at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 30. The victim told police that two thugs approached, threw eggs at her and demanded her purse. When she refused, one put a knife to her arm. A struggle ensued, and the robbers managed to snatch her wallet, which contained $300 cash, before running away. The victim refused medical treatment. One robber was described as a Hispanic man age 30-32, about 5-foot-6 with a light complexion. The other was described as a black man age 30-32, about 5-foot-7 with a dark complexion. Both attackers wore black hoodies.

Garage fire was arson, authorities say
Authorities said that arson was the cause of a fire that damaged two garages in the 5200 block of South Menard just after 4 a.m. Friday, June 2. They said that a fire deliberately set in a City of Chicago garbage cart set one garage ablaze and damaged another. CFD crews extinguished the fire, and no one was hurt in the incident, police said.


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Save the date, round up the kids and their bikes, and head over to Wentworth Park, 57th and Narragansett, for a bicycle safety inspection event and community cookout--set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Sponsored by the CPD Chicago Lawn (8th) District CAPS Office and the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch. Raffles, prizes and more! See you there?

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Computer, jewels swiped in Kedvale heist
Burglars forced open the back door of a home in the 4600 block of South Kedvale and stole a computer and assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 64-year-old woman, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 31.

Rear window is key to stealing computer
Burglars forced open the rear window of a home in the 6000 block of South Massasoit and stole a laptop computer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old woman, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 30.


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Bikes, power washer taken from garage
Burglars entered a garage in the 5400 block of South Rutherford and stole two bicycles and a power washer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 41-year-old man, at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.

Elderly woman’s home burglarized
Burglars broke the back window of a home in the 5300 block of South Keating, entered and stole a computer, assorted jewelry and $1,000 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, an 88-year-old woman, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 2.

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Unlocked window may have given burglars access
Burglars entered a home in the 4900 block of South Keating and stole three gold necklaces and about $950 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 24-year-old man, at 2 p.m. Friday, June 2. Police said they saw no sign of forced entry but said one window in the dwelling does not lock.

Tequila, cash, drill missing from home
Burglars forced open the rear door of a home in the 5600 block of South Kostner and stole a power drill, two bottles of tequila and $1,300 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 57-year-old man, at 4:40 p.m. Friday, June 2.

Overhead door is access point for garage burglars
Burglars forced open the overhead door of a garage in the 4600 block of South Komensky and stole a power saw and a woofer/amplifier set. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 30-year-old man, at noon Sunday May 28, but he did report it for four days.

Tools, saw stolen from garage
Burglars entered a garage in the 3600 block of West 66th Street and stole a power saw and two sets of mechanic’s tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old man, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4. There was no sign of forced entry, police said.

No sign of forced entry in garage heist
Burglars entered a garage in the 3600 block of West 55th Place and stole a lawn mower, a toolbox and tools, and a cooler. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old man, at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 3. There appeared to be no sign of forced entry.

No loot for burglar scared off by neighbor
A burglar fled empty-handed after a neighbor spotted him breaking into a garage in the 5000 block of South Laporte at 4:45 a.m. Thursday, June 1. The victim, a 71-year-old man, told police that the garage door was damaged but nothing appeared to be missing.




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