Wednesday, July 4, 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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Charge man in killing of missing mom

A 22-year-old man is currently held without bond by the Cook County Department of
Cesar Cono-Olvera
Corrections—due in court on July 16—after he reportedly confessed to the killing of 30-year-old Joyce "Strawberry" Cluchey and hiding her body inside a car in a garage in the 4900 block of South Keeler.

Cesar Cono-Olvera surrendered to authorities on Monday, June 25—a day after his relatives called police after they said they discovered human remains in their garage.

Ms. Cluchey, a mother of three, had gone missing on May 18 from the 5100 block of South Campbell. She was last seen near 47th and Cicero, wearing a black sweater, red shirt, black leggings and flip flops.

A GoFundMe campaign to raise $5,000 to cover burial expenses was established last week.

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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 Street, at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 5 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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Elderly pizza man robbed at gunpoint
A 77-year-old Garfield Ridge man working as a driver for Lena’s Pizza, 5851 W. 63rd St., was robbed at gunpoint as he tried to make a delivery in the 5900 block of South Archer at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 26. The victim told police that one bandit put a pistol to his neck while the other acted as a lookout. They stole about $200 cash from the victim, as well as a pizza and other items. They fled on foot, north on Major. They were described as Hispanic men age 25-30, about 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds.

Hunt man who robbed Subway

Police are appealing to the public for help in finding the man who robbed the Subway
sandwich shop at 6400 S. Cicero at 3:43 p.m. Wednesday, June 27.

Employees told police the bandit initially posed as a customer before he suddenly walked up to an open cash drawer and started grabbing money.

He made off with an estimated $435. He did not display a weapon, police said. He sped away in a gray, two-door sedan. He was described as a white man age 25-30, about 5-foot-4 and 80 pounds, with medium-length brown hair. He had a large tattoo on the top of his back. He wore a gray and black sweatshirt.

Video footage of the crime may be found of the CPD Facebook page.

Charge West Side man with theft in Scottsdale
Darin Bolden

A 24-year-old West Side man was charged with felony theft after he allegedly admitted to completing fake refunds and taking an unknown amount of cash from a store at 8111 S. Cicero.

Darin Bolden, of the 1400 block of North Lorel, was apprehended at noon Friday, June 15 at the scene.

Police appeared to indicate that Bolden was an employee of the store, but refused to confirm it.

Bust two Danville women for shoplifting
Tamia J.M. Newsome

Two women from the Central Illinois city of Danville were charged with retail theft after they allegedly stole clothing from T.J. Maxx, 4932 S. Kedzie, at 3:05 p.m. Monday, June 25. 

Tamia J.M. Newsome, 21, and Deborah L. White, 31, were apprehended at the scene. 

Police did not disclose anything about the clothing items allegedly stolen.

Deborah White

Another woman busted in sweep of Cicero Ave.

Another woman has been arrested in what appears to be a police sweep of streetwalking
Ginger Dilbeck
sex workers and others on Cicero Avenue, north of Archer—since CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson publicly vowed to the Archer Heights Civic Association that he would lead the way to eliminate prostitution for good in that area.

• Charged with prostitution was 46-year-old Ginger E. Dilbeck, of the 4400 block of South Knox.

According to police, at about 10 p.m. Sunday, June 24 in the 4700 block of South Cicero, she was “looking into vehicles, motioning to lone male occupants. These actions are known to officers to be consistent of prostitutes plying their trade. After observing these actions, an officer working in civilian (covert) dress entered an establishment and female offender shortly followed.  Offender approached the officer and offered her trade for compensation. Offender was placed into custody and charged with one count of misdemeanor prostitution.”

Burglars hit auto shop on Archer
Two men broke into Western Auto Repairs, 5316 S. Archer, and stole an undisclosed amount of tools, tires, vehicle titles and a checkbook. The crime was reported to police at 7:25 a.m. Sunday, July 1 by the business’ owner. A neighbor told police she saw the offenders but could only describe them as Hispanic men age 20-25 with black T-shirts and blue jeans.

Mexican currency stolen from home
Burglars pried open the kitchen window of a home in the 6100 block of South Melvina and stole about $300 worth of Mexican currency, as well as assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by a 43-year-old Pilsen man who was watching the property for its owner, a 40-year-old man.

Charcoal and more stolen from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4800 block of South Kedvale and stole a lawnmower, assorted hand tools and three bags of charcoal. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 56-year-old man, at 8:10 a.m. Friday, June 29.

Garage on Keating burglarized
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 6300 block of South Keating and stole a rear-bagger mulcher/lawnmower. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 57-year-old man, at 11:50 a.m. Friday, June 29.

TVs, jewelry swiped from home
Burglars entered a home in the 4100 block of West 58th Place and stole two TVs and assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 39-year-old woman, at about 9 p.m. Friday, June 29.

Landlord reports apartment burglarized
Burglars forced open the utility door of an apartment building in the 4500 block of West 55th Street and stole assorted tools and an air conditioner. The crime was reported to police by the landlord, a 70-year-old West Elsdon man, at 7:20 p.m. Saturday, June 30.

Garage on Kolmar hit by burglars
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 6000 block of South Kolmar and stole two window air-conditioning units and a car buffer. The crime was reported by the victim, a 45-year-old man, at 6:19 a.m. Thursday, June 28.

Fridge swiped from garage
Burglars broke into a garage in the 6300 block of South Lamon and stole a small refrigerator. The crime was reported to police at 6:05 a.m. Thursday June 28 by the victim, a 35-year-old man. He said a neighbor had woken him up several hours earlier to report that his lawnmower was sitting in the alley.

Back from vacation, finds garage burglarized

Burglars broke into a garage in the 6100 block of South Karlov and stole assorted power tools and 22 roles of copper wire. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 67-year-old man, when he returned from vacation at about 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1.

Buffer, beer and more swiped from garage
Burglars entered a garage in the 4700 block of South Lawler through an open window and stole a car wax buffer and an undisclosed amount of beer, soda, juice and water. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 36-year-old woman, at about 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30.

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