Monday, January 29, 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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Drives down alley, shot in the back
A 23-year-old woman was shot in the back as she drove a car down an alley in the 6000 block of South Troy at 2:57 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition. She told police that she heard shots and felt pain. No one is in custody.

Charge two with store burglary
A 24-year-old Chicago Lawn man and a 37-year-old West Englewood man were
arrested and charged with burglary after they allegedly broke into a wireless communications store at 2419 W. 71st St. at 8:54 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22. Nemroy Murray, of the 2500 block of West 71st Street, and Antwon L. Riley, of the 7100 block of South Winchester, were apprehended by police in the 7000 block of South Artesian, after a short foot chase. Police responding to a burglar alarm said they saw Murray, Riley and another man behind the store, loading stolen items into a vehicle. Police said that the stolen items, which they did not name, were returned to the store.

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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, 3939 W. 79th St., at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 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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Woman with daughter carjacked at knifepoint
A 39-year-old Chicago Lawn woman was carjacked at knifepoint in front of her home in the 6600 block of South Fairfield at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. The victim told police she had just put her daughter in the vehicle when a thug walked up and waved a knife. She removed her daughter from the back seat, and the offender jumped in and sped away north on Fairfield. The criminal was described as a black man age 25-30, about 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds, with brown eyes, short black hair and a medium complexion. The vehicle is a brown, four-door 2004 Nissan.

Carjacked at gunpoint by trio of thugs
A 53-year-old Scottsdale man was carjacked at gunpoint as he entered his car, parked in the 4600 block of West 82nd Place at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. The victim told police that three offenders walked up, one brandished a pistol and ordered him out of the vehicle. As he did, they rifled through his pockets, stealing $80 cash. They then got into the car, a black, four-door 2006 Mercedes-Benz, and sped away. The thugs were described as black men. The gunman was about 18 years old, 5-foot-11 and 150 pounds, with a dark complexion. He wore a red jacket.

Beaten, robbed by two thugs in hoodies
An 18-year-old West Elsdon man was beaten and robbed as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 4127 W. 63rd St. at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. The victim told police that two criminals approached him, with one saying, “We are beating the sh~t out of you. Give me all your stuff.” One attacker then hit him in the back of his head, while the other snatched away his cellphone. Both then ran away. Descriptions of the offenders were vague, since they both wore hoodies and used them to cover their faces.

Woman whacked in head, robbed by four toughs
A 63-year-old Archer Heights woman was hit in the head and robbed of her purse as she walked down a sidewalk in front of 4755 S. Hamlin at 7:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22. The victim told police that four thugs jumped out of an older, dark-colored Dodge Caravan, surrounded her and demanded her valuables. One of them hit her in the head with a blunt object, and the others took her purse. They then fled south on Hamlin then west on Archer. Descriptions were vague. All attackers were said to be about 30-35 years old, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-11 with dark complexions and dark clothing. The victim said her purse contained $25 cash, a debit card, a bankbook and other items.

Punk robs woman outside coin laundry
A 60-year-old Scottsdale woman was robbed as she walked out of Su Nueva Lavandería, 4646 S. Kedzie, at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. The victim, an employee of the coin laundry, told police that a boy ran up to her, snatched away her cellphone and ran away. He was described as a Hispanic boy age 16-17, wearing a black jacket and a black skull cap.

Teen thieves steal packages from mailman’s vehicle
Two teenagers entered a U.S. Postal Service vehicle parked in front of 8130 S. Karlov and stole a number of packages. The crime was discovered by a neighbor, who alerted the letter carrier, a 52-year-old Back of the Yards man, at about 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22. The postal employee told police he had been away from the vehicle, making deliveries on foot. He added that he believed he had locked the vehicle, which showed no sign of forced entry. Some of the packages were later recovered from a garbage can in the area.

Big haul in home heist on Kilbourn
Burglars entered a home in the 5700 block of South Kilbourn and stole two laptop computers, two TVs, 10 gold rings, 14 diamond rings, six passports, $1,200 cash, about $16,000 in foreign currency, and several foreign credit cards. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old woman, at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Burglars kill family pit bull
Burglars kicked in the back door of a home in the 5100 block of South Normandy, killed a pit bull inside and rummaged through the premises. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 23-year-old man, at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10. It was initially unclear what, if anything, had been stolen.


Burglars hit house under construction
Burglars smashed the basement window of a home under construction in the 5300 block of South Neva, entered and stole a bath tub, two table saws, two mitre saws, an air compressor, two nail guns, and four cordless drills and chargers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 47-year-old Hinsdale man working as a contractor, at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. Surveillance video from a nearby camera showed as many as four burglars loading items into a station wagon or mid-sized SUV.

Garage on Karlov burglarized
Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage in the 6800 block of South Karlov and stole a lawnmower and two hedge trimmers, among other items. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 33-year-old woman, when she came home at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25.

Designer sunglasses stolen from vehicle
Burglars entered a garage in the 3800 block of West 60th Street and stole $25 cash and a pair of Rayban sunglasses from a vehicle parked inside. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 60-year-old woman, at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Elderly man’s lawnmower, snow blower stolen
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 3800 block of West 69th Place and stole a lawnmower, a snow blower and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, an 87-year-old man, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Toolbox swiped from garage on Ridgeway
Burglars entered a garage in the 7200 block of South Ridgeway and stole a toolbox and assorted tools. The crime was reported to police by the victim, a 56-year-old woman, at 2:48 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, three days after it occurred.

No sign of forced entry in Kedvale burglary
Burglars entered a house in the 6600 block of South Kedvale and stole a laptop computer, assorted jewelry and about $200 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 28-year-old man, at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. Police said there did not appear to be signs of forced entry.

Charge Tinley Park woman with drug possession
Police charged Tinley Park resident Renee Zagajowski, 29, with four counts of possession
of a controlled substance after they curbed her vehicle and searched her in front of 2356 W. 73rd St. at 1:37 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22. Police on patrol said they saw her appear to purchase something from a man in an alley in the 7300 block of South Oakley. The man escaped. Police said a search of Zagajowski yielded 12 Ziploc bags containing heroin, as well as 78 pills believed to be Xanax, a tranquilizer.

Police seize gun from Oak Lawn gang member
Police confiscated a handgun from a 17-year-old Oak Lawn boy as he walked down a sidewalk in the 5500 block of South Kildare at 1:22 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. Police responding to a “suspicious person” call found the teen, an admitted gang member, and detained him. A pat down yielded the .22 caliber gun with seven live rounds. The teen told police that he carried the gun because he feared that rival gang members may try to kill him.

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