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Gang Members Go 'CRZY' on the Graffiti

Upside down crowns and pitchforks found all over Oak Lawn parks and neighborhood, according to police reports.


Fresh gang graffiti—and some old—was found in Oak Lawn's western neighborhoods between Oct. 6 and Oct. 11, Oak Lawn police reports said.

Upside-down crowns and pitchforks dissing the Latin Kings and Satan’s Disciples dotted garages on Melvina and and Moody Avenues, and in Columbus Manor and Centennial Parks.

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At 8:53 a.m. Oct. 6, someone spray-painted black graffiti on an overhead garage door on the 9800 block of South Melvina Avenue, that included an upside-down three-point crown. The homeowner told police she did not see or hear anything overnight and was certain the graffiti was not on her garage before going to bed the night before, police said.

Other graffiti left on the garage included “52N” and “Smiley,” possibly indicating a Krazy Get Down Boys or Ambrose street gang affiliation, according to the Chicago Crime Commission Gang Book. Both gangs are allies and active in the southwest suburbs.

Similar graffiti was found at another address in the 9800 block of South Melvina Avenue; a garage in the 9800 block of South Moody Avenue; and a garage on Oak Lawn Park District property at 9400 S. Oak Park Ave.

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Another homeowner told police the garage in the 9800 block of South Moody belonged to a vacant home adjacent to his own property. The graffiti included 5-2, “CRZY,” “MAC-MAN,” Smiley, Trigga, an upside down crown with and upside down pitchfork.

Around 10:48 a.m., Oct. 7, “52,” “Crzy” and “Smiley” hit Columbus Manor Park at 9953 S. Moody Ave. The gang symbols were spray-painted in black on a backboard in the basketball court. A wooden bench was also broken.

Latin King-gang graffiti was discovered scratched and etched in marker on playground equipment at Centennial Park, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave. on Oct. 11. Police said the graffiti appeared to have been there for while.  


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Mike O' October 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM
The constant bickering because we have an upcoming election needs to cease. The important issue to most of the residents in Oak Lawn is the abundance of crimes that are being committed in our once nice neighborhoods. People being robbed at gunpoint, gang graffiti being sprayed all over the place and the lack of police presence is the real issue. Maybe more should be done about these issues to keep our community safe. Oak Lawn used to be a place people wanted to move TO, now it's a place people are talking about being part of the "hood". Concentrate on the REAL issues, not the constant name calling and back stabbing. Oak Lawn is not about The Politicians, it's about the RESIDENTS that vote to get you in office.
Charles Martel October 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Very good points Mike! Gangbangers are the dregs of humanity and we are seeing more of them walking the streets of Oak Lawn.
Ron Williams October 17, 2012 at 03:04 PM
We as citizens need to keep the safety of our community in the face of our representatives, but we too can become safely proactive. The presence of gangs in our community threatens the happiness and safety of all of those who reside in the area, and getting rid of these gangs may pose a threat to your personal safety. As a result, the best way to get rid of a gang is to rely on law enforcement to provide a safe eradication of gangs. However, you can aid law enforcement by helping to gather information and support. Contact the police immediately if a crime is currently occurring. You should not try to intervene, as this might pose a danger for yourself,but gather the information on the gang activity, such as when members tend to congregate, the types of activities that they engage in and how many members there are. All of these data can help law enforcement get a better idea of how to handle the problem. Report these crimes anonymously. This will ensure that you are safe and do not receive retaliation for reporting the gang.
LIFE LONG RESIDENT October 17, 2012 at 04:24 PM
We had less of these problems when the police,fire,and all employees were required to be residents,growing up here we had a cop or 2 living in every district
Kevin Potts October 17, 2012 at 04:36 PM
There's no personal incentive in getting the community involved in protecting the neighborhood. People are far too selfish and do not want to invest their limited time into other people they don't know. It's every person for themselves (and family) when it comes to protecting their livelihood. So how do we create an incentive to encourage unity in Oak Lawn? The gang crimes are caused by disfranchised teens and young adults who are bored, or looking to profit in the quickest way. Well first thing we can do is force parents to get their kids involved in community park district activities. What I mean is that any parent(s) with kids would be required by law to have their kids involved in local park district activities. Lets say a minimum of 12 hours a week or 48 hours a month. If the parent decides not to enroll their children in community activities or the child does not participate, then parent must be prepared to pay higher taxes in order to pay for the law enforcement. Make the penalty for lack of involvement steep, such as 15% increase in their taxes. That should be a big enough incentive to get involved in the community.
Kevin Potts October 17, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I realize that such a law sorta tramples on people's rights, but it's not like they are being forced to live in Oak Lawn. There are communities that have much higher taxes than Oak Lawn. Faced with higher taxes, Parents won't like it but they will no doubt take getting involved in Oak Lawn's community for more seriously. Ultimately it will foster more participation and bring the community closer together.
HeatFighter October 17, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Kevin good point but what do we do with renters?
Michael October 17, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Don't cast type renters. I am a renter who had a wife and 2 kids and have raised them well. I'm active in my children's school and community. I hope to buy a home in a yr... I like Oak Lawn. Good place to live it has a few bafoons.. All about community involvement
Michael October 17, 2012 at 05:35 PM
sorry meant to say has a wife- made a typo...
Borninol October 17, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Good idea Kevin I agree! I believe these kids who are involved with gangs(losers) that their parents just let them do whatever they want because they don't want to tell their kids no or your not going to to that. Parents need to start being parents plain and simple!!!!
RALPH MALPH October 17, 2012 at 09:11 PM
why dont we start by stopping the busing to richards . i think it is a joke that we have kids being bused from cal park going right passed eisenhower hs to richards. this is oak lawn , not cal park , or robbins.
Mary Beth October 17, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Life Long Resident, There weren't the types of crimes or the amount of people committing them, back then and parents actually took care of their children, and neighbors were encouraged to snitch if they saw kids up to no good. Ah, the good ole days.
Mary Beth October 17, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Michael, renters don't pay RE Taxes. I think that was the point?
Tresha L. October 17, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I am a resident of Oak Lawn, a single mother of a 3 year old, a renter, an happen to be a Child Welfare Specialist that work with youth ages 17-21. The key to solving the "gang" or violence problem in Oak Lawn is definitely community involvement. However, the community has to be willing to be involved in more ways than raising taxes or stopping children from attending a certain high school. I have a 3 year old daughter that attends Oak Lawn park district for gymnastics and a Chicago Park district program for dance. It is a struggle financially, but growing up in the city I recognize the benefit from children being involved in extracurricular activities to help foster their growth. Every child deserves a chance, whether their family is financially stable or not to provide it for them. Where are the ideas to help these young people who sometimes don't have parental guidance due to parents working all the time, being in DCFS and struggling with personal issues, econmically and educationally disadvantaged and left to fiend for themselves. Where are the community programs to assist single parents that want their children involved in activities yet don't have access to affordable programs. Let's face it, Oak lawn park district programs aren't cheap! It is easy to say let's get rid of this group or that group. There will always be deviance in the world especially when the only solution is isolation. Let's all work together to keep OUR neighborhood safe!
OakLawnGuy October 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Nice! I agree with all of what you wrote.
Oak Lawn October 18, 2012 at 01:57 AM
I totally agree with LIFE LONG RESIDENT. We should have more Police living in Oak Lawn. IF you want to work for the City of Chicago, you have to live in the City. I feel if your live there you might not say i will worry about it tomorrow i have a long ride home.
scouter October 18, 2012 at 03:39 AM
If they can't afford to get involved in the Park District, get them involved in Scouts. Scouts are great in training youth to be good citizens. Community service is a part of the scouting program. And working together is part of the scout program.
91st guy October 18, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I'll let you guys no this, Krazy getdown boyz and ambrose are NOT allies. They are at war and already caused massive shootings around the area, i would inform OLPD but i dont believe in talking to authorities. But i will add this the "disrespectful gang graffi" that occured on 91st place and the "troubles" guy that got caught on 52nd ave and southwest with the stolen bike are both related. I will say the "Troubles" is the guy who tagged it, i have my sources.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Why thank you, 91st guy. I know OLPD reads this. If you know anything too about the robbery attempt on the Sam's Club in Evergreen Park on May 5, 2012, there's a $10K award. I'm happy to be your go-between. Email me about any of this at lorraine.swanson@patch.com. Thanks for contributing :)
Michele Grogan October 19, 2012 at 04:57 AM
The home on 98th & melvina was my Aunts garage:-/ Its terrible too much gang activity creepin in our neighborhoods, it a shame..
91st guy October 19, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Your welcome, I just hope they dont track me down for questions because i am not involved in anything crime related. I also have no idea about the robbery, i know about the teenager stuff not the major stuff.
RALPH MALPH October 21, 2012 at 01:46 AM
stop the busing and get rid of all outdoor basketball courts , before all the good people pack up and laeve oak lawn . the same problems that are happening in oak lawn are the exact same problems that my parents moved myself and brothers away from when we were kids . we moved to oak lawn almost 30years ago , still live here , hope i never have to leave . i drive through my old neighborhood and it makes me sick . i hope oak lawn never turns into that , but it really looks like it is going to , sooner or later .
Southsidegirl1221 October 21, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Yes smiley is Greg Thomas... Hope this helps the Oak Lawn police, he used to go by smiley and now he is troubles. He is schizophrenic and dangerous he is from Nottingham Park and I do not know who he's staying with on 52nd but they need to do what they did with the Flamm family on 98th and McVicker a few years back to get these people out


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