Police make progress in church burglaries
May 6, 2019

Ninth District Police have made progress in investigating recent burglaries of religious institutions in the Back of the Yards area.

Following a theft valued at $500 took place at Port Ministries, 5013 S. Hermitage Ave., Detective Robert Vahl stated police have arrested a suspect.

Port Ministries, started by the Rev. Augustin Milon, a Roman Catholic priest, offers services to the community such as food, a health clinic, classes, and workshops. For more information log on to www.theporministries.org.

Police are investigating a “person of interest” for multiple burglaries at Iglesia Cristina El Buen Sembrador Church, 1831 W. 50th St., but have not taken anyone into custody yet.

The church offers two Sunday services in Spanish. Call (773) 614-2820.

Vahl stated that police believe “the burglaries are not related.”

Other media had reported that New Life Seventh Day Adventist Church at 5001 S. Hermitage Ave. also experienced a burglary, but Vahl and a church spokesperson said these reports were erroneous.

The 9th District Police station is located at 3120 S. Halsted St. For information, call (312) 747-8227.

—Marie Balice Ward