Tuesday, June 20, 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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Elderly woman shot on her own porch
A 68-year-old woman was shot in the hip as she stood on her own porch in the 6300 block of South Kilpatrick at about 5:40 p.m. Monday, June 19. Police said the victim is in good condition and that she refused medical attention. She told police that she heard shots and felt pain. Police offered no description of the shooter. As of Tuesday morning, no one was in custody. Detectives are investigating.

Men beaten in argument over girlfriend
Two men—a 20-year-old Back of the Yards man and a 19-year-old Gage Park man—were beaten with a crowbar during an argument outside a birthday party at 4800 S. Kedvale at 2:40 a.m. Sunday, June 18. The victims told police they were attacked by another man at the party who accused one of them of jostling his girlfriend. The victims drove themselves to St. Anthony Hospital, where they were treated for head and body injuries. The girlfriend of one of the victims gave the police information about the attacker, who is said to hang out near 66th and Kildare.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 811 (see map), come to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 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.

Robber threatens to kill Walgreens cashier
The Walgreens at 4385 S. Archer was robbed at gunpoint at 5:09 p.m. Saturday, June 17, with a lone gunman making off with $1,735 cash. A 20-year-old cashier told police that when her register drawer was open briefly as she sold the robber a pack of gum, he pulled a pistol and said, “Don’t move or say anything, or you will be killed and I’ll kill everybody.” She handed over the cash, and the gunman fled the store. He was described as a black man age 20-30, about 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, with a dark complexion. He wore a red baseball cap with a white brim, a white long-sleeved shirt and black pants.

Beaten, robbed as he tried to sell cellphone
A 33-year-old Englewood man was beaten and robbed in a T-Mobile parking lot at 5897 S. Archer at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 13. The victim told police he was using a cellphone app to sell his cellphone and had agreed to meet a buyer at the site. Three men arrived and demanded his cellphone. When he refused, they beat him and stole his phone and wallet. They then sped away in a teal Dodge minivan, west on Archer. They were described as Middle Eastern men ages 26-30 with beards.

Robber wants cellphone; takes SUV, too
A 19-year-old Archer Heights woman was robbed of her SUV as she walked down a sidewalk in front of 4700 S. Tripp at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, June 15. The victim told police that a man walked up behind her and demanded her cellphone. She refused and in the ensuing struggle, the robber snatched her phone and vehicle keys. He then got in the SUV and sped away. He was described as a Hispanic man about 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds, wearing a maroon shirt and dark blue jeans.

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Robbed at gunpoint in her own vehicle
A 50-year-old Archer Heights woman was robbed at gunpoint as she sat in her vehicle parked in the 5100 block of South Keating at 11:45 p.m. Monday, June 12. The victim told police that two men approached. One tapped on her window with a handgun as the other opened the passenger door and snatched her purse, which contained a cellphone, credit cards and other items.

Rock-star guitars swiped in home burglary
Burglars forced open the front door of an apartment in the 5200 block of South Lockwood and stole two guitars autographed by rock star Joe Walsh, a black leather jacket and $65 in quarters. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 53-year-old man, at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, June 15.

Neighbor sees burglar, does not call police
A burglar pried open the door of a residence in the 4200 block of West 76th Street and stole $12 cash. The crime occurred at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 15 and was discovered by a neighbor who called the victim, a 35-year-old man, but not the police. The burglar, who broke and fled out a front window, was described as a black man with a light complexion and a thin mustache. He wore a black hoody and black sweatpants.

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Handgun stolen from unlocked vehicle
A 48-year-old North Side man told police that someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his 9mm Glock handgun. The crime was discovered by the victim at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 after he walked out of Cocula Mexican Restaurant, 5241 S. Pulaski. He added that he had earlier been at a gun range. He reported the crime two days later.

Tools taken from work van on 47th Street
Two burglars broke into a work van parked in the 4300 block of West 47th Street and stole about $1,000 worth of tools. The crime occurred at 12:28 p.m. Saturday, June 17 and was witnessed by the victim, a 22-year-old Archer Heights man. The offenders fled in a 2015 gray Nissan Altima, headed east. They were described only as black men—one wearing a purple T-shirt and beige shorts, the other wearing a dark blue T-shirt and blue jeans.

Burglars hit garage on Lawler
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4800 block of South Lawler and stole a bicycle, a pair of Nike athletic shoes, a radio and two boxes of tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 25-year-old man, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 14.

Burglars hit garage on Lawler
Burglars broke into a garage in the 4800 block of South Lawler and stole a lawnmower and a weed trimmer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 67-year-old man, at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, June 15.

No sign of forced entry in Garfield Ridge burglary
Burglars entered a vacant house in the 5500 block of South Oak Park and stole a TV, a diamond, a laptop computer and a motorcycle chassis. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 53-year-old Bridgeview man, at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 14. There was no sign of forced entry.



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