Chicago Crime roundup March 22, 2011

Chicago Crime roundup March 22, 2011

Town Steps Up After Girl Scouts’ Cookie Money Is Stolen

A northwest suburban Girl Scout troop experienced the worst and best in people after someone stole more than $400 in proceeds from Saturday cookie sales, but contributions on Monday more than made up for the loss.

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via Town Steps Up After Girl Scouts’ Cookie Money Is Stolen « CBS Chicago.

2 charged with ramming off-duty cop’s car

Two reputed gang members are accused of repeatedly ramming an off-duty police officer’s car and pointing a gun at him.

The officer was not injured during the incident, which occurred just after 5 a.m. Saturday as the officer was driving home from work, police said.

Authorities would not say whether the suspects — Rolando Leon, 24, and Jeremy Martinez, 19 — knew he was an officer, but police spokesman said the men continued to ram the car after he announced he was a cop.

via 2 charged with ramming off-duty cop’s car – Chicago Breaking News.

Riot Gear Stolen from Unmarked Sheriff’s Squad Car in Tinley – Tinley Park, IL Patch

Riot gear, ballistic vests and bullets were among the items stolen from an unmarked Cook County Sheriff’s Police car on March 13, according to a Tinley Park police report.

Sometime between 11:30 p.m. on March 12 and 2 a.m. on March 13, someone broke into the 2008 Chevrolet parked in the 16500 block of Ironwood Drive, police said. The trunk lock was damaged and the passenger rear tire cut. Inside the car, the rear seat was cut open in the three places, exposing the interior of the trunk.

via Riot Gear Stolen from Unmarked Sheriff’s Squad Car in Tinley – Tinley Park, IL Patch.

Justice concrete firm accused of fraud

A Justice man who runs a concrete company took down payments for work he never actually did, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Wieslaw Mizinski, owner of Mizinski Concrete, is accused of accepting down payments from two homeowners for work never done, then repeatedly ducking attempts to reach him and collect refunds, the lawsuit says.

It alleges that Mizinski last fall took a $900 deposit to install a patio and demolish a sidewalk for a homeowner in the 5100 block of South Leamington Avenue in Chicago.

via Justice concrete firm accused of fraud – The SouthtownStar.

Police-Involved Shooting Injures Man in Englewood Neighborhood

A person was injured in a police-involved shooting early Tuesday on the South Side, police said. No officers were injured.

The suspect was shot about 12:30 a.m. in the 300 block of West 59th Street by an officer who discharged a weapon, police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.

Officers were responding to a report of shots fired in an area known for gang and narcotics activity, according to a statement from News Affairs.

via Police-Involved Shooting Injures Man in Englewood Neighborhood.

Barbara Ann Smith Found Bludgeoned to Death in Woodlawn Apartment

A woman was found murdered inside her Woodlawn apartment Monday night on the South Side, police said.

Police found the woman about 8 p.m. inside her apartment in the 1500 block of East 65th Street, said police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines, citing preliminary information.

The woman, 46, suffered traumatic head injuries and detectives are investigating the death as a murder, police said.

The woman — identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Barbara Ann Smith, of the 1500 block of E. 65th Street -

via Barbara Ann Smith Found Bludgeoned to Death in Woodlawn Apartment.