Wednesday, August 22, 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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Details few about man shot in the head
A 37-year-old man was shot multiple times in the head in a crime that occurred in the 8300 block of South Pulaski at 8:17 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, although police said they did not know who took him there. He was reported to be in serious condition. According to a social media post by 18th Ward Ald. Derrick Curtis, the shooting may have been gang related.

Two teens shot in traffic on Pulaski
Two 19-year-old men were shot as they rode in a vehicle in the 4600 block of South Pulaski at 11:26 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. Police said the gunman fired from a Gray Jeep that pulled behind the victims’ vehicle. Both victims were transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition. No one is in custody.

Apparent gang argument may have led to shooting
A 26-year-old West Lawn man was apparently shot in the hand as he and a friend—a 32-year-old Bridgeport man—argued with a third man inside the 7-Eleven at 4500 W. 63rd St. at 10:07 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. A clerk at the store told police that after he heard the men hollering and then a gunshot, he ran to the store’s office and hid for protection. Police responding to a “shots fired” call found a trail of blood that started in the store and led outside. In the parking lot, they found the victim sitting in a car. Police described him as generally uncooperative, saying he was waiting for a friend who was inside, buying liquor—although no one was in the store. Police checked store security video and found the victim and his friend flashing gang signs to the third man, who pulled a gun and waved it at them. The victim later told police that his injury was not from a gunshot but accidental—that he cut himself with his own pocket knife. He refused medical treatment, police added.

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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 Streetat 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 28 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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Burglars use VW to smash into storefront
Burglars drove a Volkswagen Jetta through the front window of an electronics store at 3226 W. 87th St. and stole a Hoverboard and an undisclosed amount of cellphones. The crime was discovered by police responding to a burglar alarm just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Video surveillance footage showed at least two burglars. Both were described as black men age 18-27, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-11 and 125 pounds. Both had short black hair and dark complexions. One wore a white Nike T-shirt and a red Adidas jacket. No one is in custody.

Lockport woman busted for SW Side burglary
Cindy Sweeney

A 46-year-old Lockport woman was charged with burglary after she was arrested at a home in the 4900 block of South Knox at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Cindy L. Sweeney was arrested “after she was identified by the victim via surveillance video, breaking open the victim's basement door and exiting with proceeds from the home,” a CPD spokesman said.

The victim’s home, in the 5000 block of South Kildare, was burglarized some time between July 2-10.

According to public records, Sweeney was arrested by CPD on June 12 in the 4600 block of West 51st Street and charged with solicitation of a ride on a public roadway by a pedestrian.

Burglars hit Dore construction site
An estimated $6,000 worth of tools were stolen from three locked storage units at the construction site of the new Dore Elementary School, 7134 W. 65th St. An employee of a Wood Dale-based construction firm discovered the crime at about 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21. He told police that locks on the site’s entrance gate and on the storage units had been cut.

Dad’s gun taken in garage burglary
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4600 block of South Springfield and stole a pistol from a vehicle parked inside. The crime was discovered by the garage owner, a 30-year-old man, at about 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. The gun belongs to his father, a 50-year-old Cicero man.

Burglary victim may have left door unlocked
Burglars entered a home in the 4100 block of West 58th Street and stole a TV and assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 48-year-old man, at 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim told police he may have left a door unlocked.

Open garage hit by burglars
Burglars entered an open garage in the 3800 block of West 59th Street and stole a weed whacker, a leaf blower and several speakers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old woman, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

Garage burglars swipe wallet from vehicle
Burglars entered a garage in the 4300 block of South Kedvale, entered a vehicle parked inside and stole a woman’s wallet. The was discovered by the victim, a 37-year-old woman, at about 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.

Cash swiped from Kostner apartment
Burglars forced open the kitchen window of an apartment in the 5300 block of South Kostner and stole about $200 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 24-year-old woman, at about 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

Man says burglars stole his cash
A 22-year-old man told police that someone stole $1,200 cash from his apartment in the 5700 block of South Kenton. He told police he discovered the crime at about 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. There was no sign of forced entry, police added.

Another woman busted in sweep of Cicero Avenue
Debra Qualls

Another woman has been arrested in what appears to be a police sweep of streetwalking sex workers, panhandlers 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 25-year-old Debra A. Qualls, of the 4400 block of South Lavergne. She was arrested at 6:55 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at 4700 S. La Crosse.

A CPD spokesman said that Qualls was apprehended after she “agreed to perform a sex act in exchange for U.S. currency.”

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