Police Nab Two Men in Connection to 'Ruse Burglary'
Son calls police when his parents tell him two men entered their home uninvited, police say.
Oak Lawn police captured two men who they say conned their way into the home of an elderly couple and then tried to rob them.
Al Tan, 60, and Alex Bell, 22, both of Clawson, Mich., were each charged with one count of residential burglary.
Tan was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
Police responded to a burglary at a home located on the 6200 block of 87th Street on May 11. According to police, Tan and Bell entered an elderly couple’s home uninvited under the ruse of buying a car that was not for sale.
While inside the home, police said that Tan and Bell tried to split up the couple. One of the men started up the stairs and the other started down the stairs. One of the residents was on the phone with a son and told him what was going on. The son then called police.
Hearing that the police were being called, Tan and Bell fled in a white Pontiac van. Their van struck another car, and both men fled from that scene as well, police said.
An Oak Lawn police officer spotted the van moments later and stopped the men. The elderly victims from the home were brought to the scene of the accident and positively identified both men and they were placed under arrest, police said.
Police said Tan goes by the aliases of Rocky Shaw, Al Joe Tan, Sonny Mike Bell, Tony Santarot and Salvatore S. Rocca.
Bell is also known by the names of Eric Bell, Lee Eric, Paul Lee, John Mitchell, John P. Mitchell and Eric Tennis, police said.
Oak Lawn and other Southland communities have been hit by a rash of ruse burglaries, reports said.
Tan and Bell's next court date is May 24 at the Bridgeview Courthouse.