Friday, March 16, 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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Woman pushed to ground, robbed 
A 23-year-old Gage Park woman was pushed to the ground and robbed of her book bag as she walked down a sidewalk at 57th and Richmond at 11:37 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. The victim told police she was walking home from work when she was accosted by a thug holding a hammer. When she started to run away, the attacker tackled her and took the book bag after a struggle. He then ran away west. The criminal was described as a Hispanic man age 25-35, about 5-foot-5 and 200 pounds with a fair complexion. He wore a beige jacket. The book bag contained the victim’s credit and debit cards, ID, keys and other items.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beats 813 or 833 (see map), come to West Lawn Park, 4233 West 65th Street, at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 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.

Robbed by bat-wielding gangbanger
A 28-year-old Chicago Lawn man and a 25-year-old Brighton Park woman were assaulted by a bat-wielding gangbanger as they walked down a sidewalk in front of 2816 W. 60th St. at 11:25 p.m. Monday, March 5. The victims told police they were walking to a CTA bus stop when the thug asked, “What you is, dog?” When the victims replied that they are not members of any gang, the assailant identified himself as a gang member. He went through the man’s pocket and stole his wallet, and then touched the woman’s breast and went through her pockets. He then told the victims to turn around and walk away, which they did. The criminal then fled down an alley near 59th and Mozart. He was described as a Hispanic man age 18-25, about 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds, with short black hair and a light complexion. He had pierced ears and wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Boys rob Sears employee
A Sears employee making a service call to a home in the 4100 block of West 50th Street was robbed at gunpoint by two boys at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. The victim told police that one of the robbers pulled a handgun and ordered him to hand over his work and personal cellphones, which he did. The robbers were described only as black boys age 9-13.

Hit in the face with a beer bottle
A 44-year-old West Lawn man told police that he was knocked unconscious during a fight outside a bar near 59th and Troy at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday, March 10. The victim could not recall how he made it home, but he had been taken to Holy Cross Hospital because he had been hit in the face with a beer bottle. The offender, another bar patron, was described as a Hispanic man about 5-foot-7, with black hair.

Kicked out of car, then robbed
A 32-year-old Back of the Yards woman told police she was robbed of $200 cash on a sidewalk in front of 3500 W. 79th St. at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, March 7. The victim, said by police to appear intoxicated, claimed that she was getting a ride home from a Bedford Park strip club when she was kicked out of the vehicle during an argument. Once outside the vehicle, she said that a man hit her on the back of the head and took her cash. She described the attacker only as a white man age 27-30. Police said they saw no sign of injury on the woman’s head. She refused medical attention and was given a ride home by police.


Pair steals cash from elderly woman
A 94-year-old woman reported that a man and a woman stole belongings from her home while pretending to be home repair contractors. The victim said she was standing outside her home in the 3500 block of West 76th Street at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 when a man walked up and said he needed to repair her roof before it leaks. When the victim walked inside her home, the man followed—uninvited—and said he would need $400 cash. He also let in an accomplice—a woman—who engaged the victim in conversation while the man stole $450 cash, her state ID and other items. The thieves then fled. Descriptions of the two were vague.

No sign of forced entry at burglary site
Burglars entered a garage in the 3600 block of West 62nd Street and stole three drills, a jack, an air compressor, copper wiring, assorted tools and assorted vehicle parts. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 57-year-old man, at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, March 7. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.

Kelly HS ring swiped in home heist
Burglars forced open the rear window of a home in the 5400 block of South Kildare and stole two laptop computers, three iPads, two video game consoles, a DVD player, a set of speakers, a watch, a Kelly High School graduation ring, two wedding rings and other jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 36-year-old woman, at 4:55 p.m. Thursday, March 8.

Cubs jacket taken from unlocked home
Burglars entered an unlocked home in the 5100 block of South Homan and stole a Chicago Cubs jacket. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old woman, when she came home at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 and saw two men running out her back door. They were described as Hispanic men age 35-40, wearing black jackets and blue jeans.

Cash, jewelry, electronics taken from apartment
Burglars entered an apartment in the 3400 block of West 65th Place and stole a reported $4,000 cash, three video game consoles and a jewelry box with assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 39-year-old man, at about 1 p.m. Friday, March 9.

Basement door is burglars’ point of entry
Burglars forced open the basement door of a home in the 6600 block of South Kostner and stole two TVs, a video game console, two wedding rings and other jewelry, a pair of designer sunglasses, a laptop computer and a tablet computer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 46-year-old man, at about 2 p.m. Friday, March 9.

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