Oak Lawn Police responded to a theft in progress where the owner of a mobile home had subdued a would-be thief who had walked off with his awning, reports said.
Officers responded to Airway Mobile Home Park at 9001 S. Central Ave., around 9:41 a.m. March 10.READ, 'Man Steals AirSoft Gun from Store, Tries to Choke Himself, Cops Say'
When the officer arrived, he found the mobile home owner with another man, later identified as John Woodrow Teter, 52, of the 4800 block of West Columbus Drive.
According to the report, the owner heard noise outside his trailer. When he looked out the window, Teter was loading the pieces from mobile home’s aluminum awning into a grocery cart.
The owner told his wife to call 911. When he walked outside, he saw Teter pushing the shopping cart away along with the pilfered awning, police said.
Officers said the owner told Teter that police had been called, who abandoned the cart and began walking aways, reports said. The owner grabbed the man’s jacket to prevent him fleeing, police said.
The two got into a tussle, with Teter allegedly swinging his arm in an attempt to break free, causing both to fall on the ground.
At this time, officers arrived. An ambulance was called for Teter, who police said was bleeding from the mouth.
The owner’s wife also witnessed the theft and signed a complaint. The aluminum awning was valued at $200.
Teter was placed under arrest and charged with theft. He has a court hearing in Bridgview on April 17.