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5 Homes Hit In Oak Lawn Burglary Spree

Investigation includes burglary that occurred during middle school intruder call.

Oak Lawn Police are investigating a rash of burglaries that have occurred in the village, including one home where a sword was found wedged in a safe where guns were stored.

Five burglaries have happened since Jan. 1 where either the front or rear door of the home has been forced in, according to an Everbridge alert sent to residents last week.

The areas where the breakins occurred are 89th Street and Menard Avenue; 88th Street and Mayfield Avenue; 99th Street and Marion Avenue; 107th Street and Keeler Avenue; and 103rd Street and Keeler Avenue.

Police said that sometimes the burglars will knock on doors to see if anyone is in the home. If the door is answered, they make up a name pretending they are looking for someone.

The investigation also includes a burglary that occurred on Jan. 30, around the time police were following up on a crank call about an intruder at “Oak Lawn middle school.”

At 1:33 p.m. Jan. 30, police responded to a security alarm triggered in a residence in the 10300 block of South Keeler Ave. Due to the heavy police response at Oak Lawn’s two public middle schools, Hometown Police were called in to assist.

The Hometown police officer was the first to arrive on the scene. Police said the front door had been forced in and officers checked the inside of the house. 

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While searching the home, police encountered a locked bedroom door. Officers broke down the door to ensure that nobody was hiding inside.  

Further investigation revealed that the area around the front door lock had reportedly been hit with a hammer. Police said it did not appear that anything in the house had been disturbed.

The homeowner arrived on the scene and confirmed that nothing had been taken. There are no witnesses or suspects.

It still has not been determined if the 911 call about the intruder in the middle school was a ruse to keep police busy while the burglary was in progress.

In another case, a homeowner discovered that his home in the 4200 block of West 107th Street had been robbed sometime before 2:56 p.m. Jan. 28.

Police said the homeowner came home and was in his living room when he noticed that his rear door had been pried open.

The burglar went through various bedrooms, helping themselves to jewelry, cash and video games.

A set of shoe impressions in the snow led into the backyard and over the chain link fence, into a yard in the 10700 block of South Tripp Court, then jumped another fence in a yard in the 10700 block of South Keeler Avenue.

Neighbors told police they did not see anyone suspicious.

Earlier in the day, around 12:07 p.m., police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 4300 block of West 108th Place that could possibly be related to the 107th Street burglary.

According to reports, the caller reported three male blacks in their early 20s with dreads parked in brown PT Cruiser in front of his house.

One of the men got out and started walking toward the house, but when he saw the caller’s daughter in the window, he ran back into the car. The PT Cruiser took off southbound on Kostner Avenue.

The caller advised that the car drove up and down 108th place until it stopped in front of his house.

A man waited a few hours before reporting a burglary that occurred in his home in the 5900 block of West 88th Street sometime before 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24.

Police said the homeowner came home and discovered that his rear door had been kicked in and wet shoe impressions throughout his home.

Asked why he didn’t report the burglary immediately, the man said he cleared the house first before bringing his children inside. He put away his groceries and sat down to eat.

The man advised that he has been burgled before, including a home invasion last July. 

Police discovered a sword wedged into the door of safe where the homeowner stores his guns. Other rooms had been rifled through. The attic door was pulled down, but the only thing police found up there was insulation.

The burglars walked off with a guitar and jewelry. The homeowner thinks that his ex-wife may be involved.

Oak Lawn Police ask residents to call 911 to report suspicious persons or vehicles in their neighborhood.

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Dodes1 February 07, 2014 at 08:18 AM
All I have to say is when I am home, if I am not expecting anybody I don't answer the door. Let these fools think I am not home and break in. Need to break in the new recently purchased S&W Shield.
Oh, Great one! February 07, 2014 at 08:52 AM
@Dodes..got me a new S&W Shield too!! Good Choice!!
Larry Murray February 07, 2014 at 09:20 AM
As much as I would hate to see a homeowner who shot an intruder go thru the legal headaches that would follow, that is going to be one hell of a deterrent for these dirtbags when it does happen!
Oh, Great one! February 07, 2014 at 09:25 AM
I highly recommend as soon as you get a CCW you go to secondcalldefense.org and buy insurance.
Phree February 07, 2014 at 09:47 AM
The S&W Shield is a fine piece, I bought 1 for my wife. A litle light for a home defense weapon but perfect for carry. If I get an intruder I'm grabbing my Glock 23 or maybe the Mossberg... decisions, decisions.
Amie Habdas February 07, 2014 at 11:53 AM
My boyfriend has a video on his phone of the possible spotter who goes door to door, this happened Wednesday around 3:30 pm, he is in his early 29s, Asian. Was wearing a Power company blue jacket but asked about coming in to check the windows for drafts. On 89th street near Brandt school. Police were called, I don't know what became of the situation after that, we did see the police drive down our block shortly after.
Pat Cannon February 07, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Im a Dad that works second shift'' and these day time break in's are the new city sport= go to the burbs N see what we can snatch while peeps are working for a living....got to harden our houses, try slow them down, I just installed door devils on all my doors, look them up on U tube....also when door kicker comes i will be waiting with a S&W Model 19, old school 4 the win : )
Paul February 07, 2014 at 01:46 PM
I had some door to door people come by recently too. Once was an Asian girl in her early 20s saying she was with an energy aggregation company and she wanted to see a copy of my utility bill to make sure I was getting a credit. I declined saying Oak Lawn does energy aggregation and I'm participating, she left angrily. Another time I had two guys come, one was an Asian guy in his early 20s and the other was a Caucasian guy in his mid 20s. I forget what window company they said they were with but the left me their brochure and told me to look them up online on the BBB etc, which I did and saw the company on the BBB. They had badges but I can print some too if I wanted. Not sure if anyone else ran into these people. I'm pretty close to one of the houses hit, the house was burglarized maybe two weeks ago but these guys came around December.
Richard Blackwell February 07, 2014 at 01:55 PM
An inexpensive security device I utilize is called a "trail camera". These are small units that use motion sensors to take pictures, and are easily mounted anywhere on a property. They can offer valuable evidence if your property is violated. Any outdoor sport retailer has them for about 100 bucks. Stay away from the high megapixel claims, they just waste memory space. Great for protecting your garage or shed
Edward February 07, 2014 at 02:07 PM
i want to thank everyone for buy S&W shields. I own the S&W stock you are helping me get to my goal of buying another firearm!!!! I have an 870 and Glock 19 for home defense. I may get the shield as my carry.
Jeffro February 07, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Hey guys do you recommend the shield 9mm or .40?
Oh, Great one! February 07, 2014 at 02:27 PM
I bought the 9mm....I have others of same caliber so I don't have to stock so much different ammo.
Phree February 07, 2014 at 02:33 PM
@Jeffro, shoot both and buy the one you are most comfortable shooting. Maxon's has both available for rent.
Edward February 07, 2014 at 02:46 PM
.40 has some kick and has better velocity, but the 9mm has a more manageable recoil.
Trish Brennan Bergquist February 07, 2014 at 02:46 PM
If they are going to go through my dogs, they deserve to get what little of real value they will find in my home.
wacky times February 07, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Remington 860....load with every other round slug/buck shot....that way the slug gets bad guy #1 and the second shot gets bad guy #2 as he is running away...
Rick Drew February 07, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Wacky - funny. I have the same thing. Buck/slug/buck/slug... "Could you move from in front of the HDTV? You see, this will go through you, the guy behind you, and that brick wall over there..."
Aj February 07, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Lol ^^^^ hopefully everyone who is pro gun control and reads this will have a change of heart! There is no reason to not protect ur house!
anthony February 07, 2014 at 09:14 PM
lol is the right words .....even though blahahaha and lmao come to mind but heck a pep rally is a pep rally i prefer Kel tec
Celina Vee February 08, 2014 at 04:19 AM
A 20 year old looking Asian girl came knocking asking about some gas switch, I told her I really don't know because my parents aren't home, she told me if i could go look for any gas bills in my kitchen, I thought something was up so my mom who was actually home stood behind the door while i left it a little open to see if she would try breaking in, but she didn't try. Very weird though. And an African and Asian males came knocking and asked if I'm interested about my windows and all i said was no thanks my parents aren't interested and so they left. One of the homes hit was a block away from my house.
Celina Vee February 08, 2014 at 04:22 AM
She probably knew I would kick her butt if she tried anything lol. Those two guys were wearing blue jackets and idk it was weird how they just went from for to door
Pat Cannon February 08, 2014 at 09:51 AM
It is weird in this day n age to hear from door to door sales men/woman ....and in this weather, Hmm....could be scout's casing the area, could be nothing.... watch your 6'''
OakLawnGuy February 08, 2014 at 11:01 AM
It is very odd. That's why I don't trust any of them.
Joe Kocur February 08, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Let's break this down- severely understaffed police dept caused by the abundance of sect 8 dwellings along with police force that terminates vehicle pursuits after 40 mph! Hit he thugs know about this. Good luck OL residents
anthony February 08, 2014 at 04:10 PM
should of called in a burglary in progress ... wait thats been done before ...
Working Stiff February 08, 2014 at 04:27 PM
So we get breaking news alerts about snow, but not a rash of burglaries in our area? WTF are the patch "reporters" doing?
Chris M. February 09, 2014 at 07:32 PM
I bought some No Soliciting signs and put them on my door and if someone comes a calling I point to the signs. I also carry my cell phone in my pocket and pretend I'm on the phone. That should discourage them! Also, make sure your screen door is locked! Your need to think outside the box and be one step ahead to keep safe in your house!
Bob Wadas February 09, 2014 at 10:50 PM
I noticed a car sitting across from my house around 12:30am. I called police and gave them best description as it was dark, but there were people inside. I told them the direction car was facing, side of the street and that it was parked directly at the utility pole. The squad drove by slowly and put the spotlight on MY CAR which was an SUV facing other direction opposite side of the street. Then they drove down to the other end of the block and were looking at another car.. The car I called in about then did a u-turn and drove away.. WTF ?
Dan February 19, 2014 at 02:27 PM
crooks do call oak lawn candyland.

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