Two men pictured in CTA surveillance footage are wanted for questioning in connection to a January burglary.

Suspected Thieves, Gang House Sanctions and End of Dibs Are Highlights of CAPS Meeting

Published February 15, 2018

The monthly Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meeting for Beat 912 attracted dozens of residents and officials on Valentine's Day, February 14, to share information on McKinley Park neighborhood crime and strategies for fighting it. Notably, 9th District detectives are seeking the public's help in tracking down suspected burglars, legal action is moving forward against an alleged gang and drug house at 3629 S. Wood St., and, according to the 12th Ward, this cycle of dibs is officially over for the neighborhood.

Streets and Sanitation has been ordered to start removing dibs from the streets as of Thursday, February 15, said Samie Martinez of the 12th Ward office.

"There shouldn't be any fighting over dibs," 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas said and noted that the ward office offers residents help with shoveling.

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CAPS Officer Jason Sollis asked for the neighborhood's assistance in identifying two men wanted for questioning about a burglary at 2:26 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, at Little Einsteins Academy on Archer Avenue in Bridgeport. Two men broke through the property's front door, stole items and then boarded a CTA bus headed southbound on Archer Avenue through the McKinley Park neighborhood, where they were recorded on security cameras. Anyone with information should contact Area Central RBT Detective Perek by calling (312) 747-8227.

McKinley Park CAPS Troubled Building 3629 S Wood St forwebThe property at 3629 S. Wood St. faces sanctions if officially designated as a Troubled Building per a push from the 12th Ward office."It's time to hit hard," Cardenas said of the effort to get the property at 3629 S. Wood St. officially sanctioned through the City of Chicago's Troubled Buildings Initiative. This program compels owners of problem properties to conduct abatement measures or face fines and, ultimately, property seizure.

The Wood Street house and its owner — listed in public records as Julio Zamudio — will be faced in court next Thursday, February 22, for potential action by the City of Chicago's Department of Law in response to the drug and gang activity taking place at the property, Cardenas said.

CAPS Community Organizer Holger Del Cid presented information on phone trees in order to ensure an effective police response. He, Sollis and Beat Facilitator Glenn Young lauded the effectiveness of phone trees, as the volume of calls affects police perception of criminal activity and neighbors are protected from retaliation through collective action. Del Cid has information and materials to support setting up and registering a phone tree; interested neighbors should contact him at and (312) 747-3501.

Sollis provided crime statistics for Beat 912 between January 10 and February 14, including:

  • 1,231 calls for assistance
  • 13 reports of shots fired
  • 15 arrests
  • one report of aggravated assault
  • three reports of aggravated battery
  • one robbery
  • one motor vehicle theft

Two incidents of aggravated battery — one on January 27 in the 1800 block of West 36th Street and one on February 2 at 3205 S. Ashland Ave. — were shootings that seemed to be gang-related, Sollis said, both involving a male Hispanic suspect in a grey or dark vehicle. The single robbery on January 27 involved a black male robbing two men of their tools in a back yard in the 3800 block of South Honore Street and was listed in a community alert as part of a string of similar robberies.

The below video from the Chicago Police Department's YouTube Channel presents video footage and more information related to the January 9 burglary at Little Einsteins Academy:

The next monthly meeting of CAPS Beat 912 takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at St. Maurice Church Hall, 3625 S. Hoyne Ave., Chicago.

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