Saturday, October 28, 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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Gang member punches, robs boy as he plays basketball
In what police are describing as a gang-related incident, a 16-year-old Brighton Park boy was punched in the face and robbed of his cellphone as he played basketball with friends in the alley behind 5600 S. Mayfield at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. The victim, a student at Kennedy High School, told police that three teens walked up and one asked, “What you be about?” (a common question used to determine gang affiliation). The victim said he replied that he does not belong to a gang. One of three then demanded his cellphone. When he refused, a struggle ensued. The three then ran away. The victim told police he knew the name of the teen who hit him and snatched his cellphone. No one is in custody, and police continue to investigate.

Garfield Ridge man charged with domestic battery
A 39-year-old man was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly struck an ex-
Sean Brown
girlfriend during an Oct. 4 argument near 107th and Calumet. Sean Brown was arrested outside his home in the 5200 block of South Moody at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, nearly two weeks after the incident. Bond was set at $7,000, and Brown is due in court at 555 W. Harrison on Nov. 7.










Robbed while walking to work
A 44-year-old Archer Heights man was robbed at gunpoint as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 4800 S. Cicero at 5:25 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. The victim told police that two men approached, and one pulled a pistol and demanded cash and valuables. The victim handed over his cellphone, wallet and black coat. The offenders ran away east on 48th Street. They were described only as Hispanic men age 18-22.

Bust Cal City man on freight train burglary rap
A 24-year-old Calumet City man was arrested and charged with burglary after he and three other men allegedly were spotted breaking the seals on freight train boxcars in the Norfolk
Jacoby Williams
Southern yard just west of Southwest Highway and Western Avenue, at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Jacoby Williams was apprehended by police as he walked near 3111 W. Columbus and was positively identified by railroad security agents, according to the police report. Bond was set at $50,000, and Williams was due in court yesterday at 51st and Wentworth.





Man screams, burglar flees
A 41-year-old West Lawn man’s scream frightened off a burglar at his home in the 6300 block of South Kilpatrick at noon Wednesday, Oct. 18. The victim told police that he was in the bathroom when he heard his doorbell ring; and then minutes later, heard someone kick in his back door. When the victim screamed, the offender ran out of the house. There was no description of the offender.


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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beats 815 or 821 (see map), come to St. Bruno School (south entrance), 4839 S. Harding, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 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.

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Spurious utility worker may be home burglar
Burglars pried open the side door of a home in the 4500 block of South Harding and stole assorted jewelry and a collection of silver coins. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 64-year-old man, at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. A man working on a home nearby told police he had earlier seen a man dressed as a utility company employee, walking around and carrying a yellow crowbar. He described the person as a Hispanic man age 20-30, about 5-foot-11 and 160 pound, wearing a safety vest over a light gray hoody, blue jeans and mechanic’s gloves.

Cubs World Series watch swiped in burglary
Burglars forced open the window of a home in the 3700 block of West 64th Street and stole a Chicago Cubs World Series watch, assorted jewelry and collectible coins, five purses and other items. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 67-year-old woman, at 7:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16.


Nothing missing in Pizza Hut heist
Burglars pried open the back door of Pizza Hut, 5109 S. Pulaski, and opened a safe—although nothing initially appeared to be stolen. The crime was reported by a manager on Monday, Oct. 16, five days after it occurred.

Burglar in white hits La Victoria
A burglar smashed a front window of La Victoria grocery store, 3927 W. 63rd St., and stole a cash register, as well as an undisclosed amount of money from other cash registers. The crime was discovered by a man who called 911 at about 2 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. He told police that a man dressed in white was the offender. No one is in custody.

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Both doors damaged in Vittum Park burglary
Burglars broke into a garage in the 5000 block of South Laramie and stole a lawnmower, a snow blower, an air compressor, a bicycle and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 58-year-old man, at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Both the overhead door and service door were damaged, the victim told police.

Back from restaurant, finds apartment burglarized
Burglars pried open the door of an apartment in the 6000 block of West 63rd Street and stole four ladies’ silver rings. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 54-year-old man, after he came home from a restaurant at noon Friday, Oct. 20.


Tools, kiddie clothing taken from garage
Burglars broke into a garage in the 5700 block of South Kenneth and stole a lawnmower, a weed trimmer, three hand drills and assorted children’s clothing. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 24-year-old man, at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.

No sign of forced entry in Keeler burglary
Burglars entered a basement apartment in the 6500 block of South Keeler and stole an Xbox video game console. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 21-year-old man, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. There was no sign of forced entry, police said.

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Garage on Laramie burglarized
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 5300 block of South Laramie and stole a snow blower, a weed trimmer, an air compressor, a pair of electric clippers, a grill, a five-gallon gas container and other items. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 50-year-old man, at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. 

Elderly woman thinks relative stole her stuff
A 74-year-old Scottsdale woman reported that someone broke into her house in the 8500 block of South Karlov and stole a TV and a video game console. She discovered the crime at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. She told police she believes a relative committed the crime.

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