15th district names top cop


Of­ficer John Kraw­czyk makes a lot of ar­rests, Capt. Frank Bach­may­er told mem­bers of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil last week.

That’s why he is the PDAC’s Janu­ary Of­ficer of the Month, the dis­trict com­mand­er said.

Bach­may­er poin­ted to an ar­rest that took place on Jan. 19. A wo­man had been strong-armed by two men on the 4200 block of Tor­res­dale Ave. At Ar­rott and Griscom streets, Kraw­czyk later saw two men who fit the de­scrip­tion of the men the vic­tim had provided po­lice. The of­ficer gave chase and ar­res­ted the pair, the cap­tain said.

Gun­point rob­ber­ies in­creased in Janu­ary and Feb­ru­ary over the same peri­od last year, the cap­tain said. Res­id­en­tial burg­lar­ies are up, too, though that in­crease was not large. Of­ficers also de­tained many ju­ven­iles for curfew vi­ol­a­tions or tru­an­cies.

These crimes were com­mit­ted throughout the dis­trict, he said. Some ar­rests have been made, he ad­ded. Of­ficers re­cently caught a burg­lar while he was in a house on the 7000 block of Jack­son St.

The two spates of mid-Feb­ru­ary tire slash­ings on Aldine Street in May­fair were on every­one’s minds.

“We stopped a couple people,” but no one has been ar­res­ted, the cap­tain said dur­ing the PDAC’s Feb. 27 meet­ing, but at that point, no ar­rests had been made.

Patrols were in­creased, he said, with the in­ten­tion of de­ter­ring more van­dal­ism and catch­ing the cul­prits. ••


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