Suspects in two crime patterns arrested
University and city police have made arrests they believe may break a burglary pattern and robbery pattern in Hyde Park. At the same time, an overall decrease in crime has been reported by the South East Chicago Commission.
Overall reported crime in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood neighborhood decreased 6 percent during the first nine months of the year, compared with the same period in 1995, according to a report from the South East Chicago Commission. Crimes against persons increased 5 percent (an increase of 11 crimes) while property crimes decreased 8 percent so far this year. Robberies increased 2 percent and burglaries declined 12 percent.
A combined operation involving Chicago Police tactical officers and University Police officers resulted in the arrest of a 33-year-old Markham, Ill., man on Oct. 2. Police think the offender may be responsible for a series of 16 residential burglaries in the area bounded by 51st and 54th streets and Drexel and Greenwood avenues. The break-ins occurred between Sept. 17 and Oct. 2, when a surveillance team of University and Chicago police officers arrested the suspect as he left an apartment building in the 1000 block of Hyde Park Boulevard with pieces of stolen jewelry in his possession. The offender has thus far been charged with two counts of residential burglary and is awaiting trial.
On Sept. 23, Chicago police arrested a 26-year-old man for an armed robbery that occurred on Sept. 18 in the 1000 block of 61st Street. The victim told police he was robbed by two armed men as he was about to enter his car. After taking the victim's money, the men jumped into a car and fled. The victim obtained the license plate number, which enabled police to trace the car and arrest one of the offenders. Police are continuing their investigation and believe that the arrestee and his accomplice, who is currently in Cook County jail on an unrelated charge, are responsible for two similar robberies committed recently in the neighborhood.