POLICE: Craigslist Buyer Steals iPhone From Seller
An Oak Lawn man is charged with theft after police surround his apartment building, reports say.
Oak Lawn police surrounded an apartment building and arrested a man on charges that he stole an iPhone he saw advertised in Craigslist.
Police charged Timothy Quattrochi, 26, of the 10400 block of South Mason Avenue, with theft on May 4.
According to reports, a woman looking to sell her iPhone on Craigslist for $380 made arrangements by text to meet Quattrochi at his residence around 3 p.m. Police said he came out of his house and asked the woman some questions about the phone through her front passenger window, where she sat in her car.
As he was handling the phone, Quattrochi told the women “he’d be right back” and then ran away with the phone, reports said.
The woman got out of her car and chased him, asking for her phone back, police said. She quit chasing him when he went behind the building.
Police said that a neighbor, who happened to be standing in front of the building and witnessed the incident, identified Quattrochi told the woman of a similar theft on April 18, where Quattrochi allegedly stole an iPod off a juvenile which was also advertised on Craigslist.
While police surrounded the building, an officer saw him place the iPhone on a window ledge from inside his apartment, reports said. Police tried unsuccessfully to pull Quattrochi through the window.
Other officers were inside the building trying to get Quattrochi to open his front door, who told police numerous times to “hold on.” Quattrochi said he was on the phone talking to “Detective Mike” of the Oak Lawn Police Department, police said.
Due to circumstances and concerns for police safety, officers broke through the man’s back door. He was handcuffed and placed under arrest.
According to the woman outside, Quattrochi allegedly sent a phone text telling her to “drop the charges,” while police were trying to enter his apartment.
The detective confirmed that Quattrochi had contacted him, and that he told him to open the door for police, reports said.
Quattrochi was taken to the Oak Lawn police station. Police said that although he ran with the iPhone, he had planted to come back out but by then police had arrived.
Police charged Quattrochi with two counts of theft. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of a possible drug overdose.
His next court appearance is June 12 in Bridgeview.