Sunday, January 7, 2018

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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Bust two at McDonald's after man robbed at gunpoint
Two men were arrested and charged with armed robbery after they allegedly robbed a 54-
Cory D. McMullan
year-old Scottsdale man at gunpoint on a sidewalk in the 4000 block of West 77th Place at 1:44 a.m. Wednesday, January 3.

Cory D. McMullan, 19, of the 6600 block of West 95th Street in Oak Lawn, and Devontta T. Wilson, 18, of the 5800 block of West 82nd Street in Burbank, were apprehended as they sat in a Jeep Cherokee idling in the drive-through of the McDonald’s at 5355 W. 79th St., Burbank.

The victim told police that both men, waving handguns, accosted him and pushed him to the ground. They then allegedly went through his pockets, taking his wallet and fleeing in the Jeep west.

The victim called 911 with a description of the vehicle and its temporary license plates.
Devontta T. Wilson
Police in the area said they spotted a vehicle matching the description and followed it west into Burbank. Police said they found a pistol believed to be used in the crime, in the bushes at the McDonald’s drive-through.

The victim was brought by police to the McDonald’s, where he reportedly made a positive identification of McMullan and Wilson. Police said the victim’s wallet was recovered and returned.

Both men were held without bond and are due in court Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 51st and Wentworth.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map), come to St. Symphorosa Church, 6135 S. Austin, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 10 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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Shotgun to her stomach, woman hands over valuables
A 29-year-old Archer Heights woman was robbed at gunpoint as she walked from her car to her home in the 4600 block of South Komensky at 8:40 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5.

The victim told police that a thug walked up, put a shotgun to her stomach and demanded her cash and jewelry. The victim complied, handing over her wallet, $200 cash and a cellphone.

An accomplice stood across the street, telling the gunman to hurry. The two then ran away west to an alley and then south. Both thugs were described as Hispanic men age 18-22. The gunman was described as heavyset.

Dry cleaners robbed at gunpoint
An armed thug robbed JJJ Dry Cleaners, 4412 W. 59th St., making off with an estimated $600 cash. The crime occurred at about 4 p.m. Thursday, January 4.

The criminal, wearing a black ski mask, grabbed the arm of a 53-year-old woman employee and demanded valuables. He was armed with a pistol. She and another employee, a 51-year-old man, surrendered cash from the till, as well as a jar with assorted coins, and their cellphones.

The thug then said, “If you follow me, I’ll shoot you” and ran away. A witness saw the robber throw the phones in a nearby garbage can. They were retrieved and given back to the victims. The bandit was described as a black man age 28-30, about 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds. He wore black pants with yellow at the bottom, and a yellow construction vest.

Venerable fast-food restaurant burglarized
Burglars broke through the north door of Jacky’s, 5415 S. Pulaski, and stole as much as $300 in cash and coins, according to the owner, a 69-year-old man. The crime occurred between 2:30 and 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. The restaurant’s cash register also was extensively damaged.

Thrift store burglarized
Burglars broke through the front door of the Salvation Army thrift store, 6434 W. 63rd St., and stole an iPhone. The crime was discovered by police on patrol at about 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. The burglars dragged a safe through the store, but failed to open it and remove it from the store. They fled out a back door.

Burglar sneaks into 7-Eleven office
A burglar entered the side door of 7-Eleven, 5953 W. 63rd St., picked the lock on the manager’s office, entered and stole an estimated $2,600 cash. The crime was reported to police by the manager, a 26-year-old man, at 5:24 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3—a day after the crime occurred. Surveillance footage showed the burglar to be a black man age 28-35, about 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds with a medium complexion and black hair in a fade. He wore a black coat, gray pants, gray shoes and a black White Sox baseball cap with a gray brim.

Jewelry taken in Archer Heights heist
Burglars forced open the back door of a home in the 4800 block of South Tripp and stole assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 50-year-old man, at 10:55 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6.

Vintage Pepsi cooler and more swiped from garage
Burglars forced their way into a garage in the 3600 block of West 79th Place and stole two bicycles, assorted tools, a lawnmower, a leaf blower, a window-unit air conditioner, a portable speaker and a vintage Pepsi cooler. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 36-year-old man, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Spa setup stolen from Clearing garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 5500 block of West 63rd Place and stole a portable spa tub and a number of related items including two pumps. The crime was discovered by a neighbor who alerted the victim, a 48-year-old woman. The crime appeared to have occurred in the early-morning hours of Dec. 27 but was not reported to police until 9:24 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 814 (see map), come to Vittum Park, 5010 West 50th Street, at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 11 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.

Elderly woman's TV stolen
Burglars broke into an apartment in the 6200 block of West 64th Place and stole a TV. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 71-year-old woman, at 3 p.m. Dec. 26. 

Burglary reported a month later
A 53-year-old West Elsdon woman told police that someone entered her home in the 5200 block of South Kilbourn and stole a passport and several computer hard drives. She reported the crime on Friday, Jan. 5, but said the items had been missing for a month. Police said they saw no sign of forced entry.


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