Police Blotter: Bingo Winner Robbed; 'Healer' Causes Car Accident

Oak Lawn police reports, Jan. 13-16.


Stolen Auto Parts

Several catalytic converters were reported stolen from an auto dealer in the 6100 block of 95th Street around 9:15 a.m. A porter told police two middle-aged black men broke a lock on the west end of the property where scrap parts were kept and fled the area in an old gray or silver Ford F-150 without license plates.


No Injuries in Accident

A self-employed and self-described “holistic healer” was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid accident, driving without a valid driver’s license and no proof of insurance. Police said Salvador Cruz, 41, of the 9200 block of 52nd Avenue in Oak Lawn, accidentally struck another SUV in the intersection of 88th Street and 51st Avenue around noon. Both drivers refused medial treatment, according to the report.

99th Street DUI

Sheri M. Panzica, 37, of the 7300 block of 58th Place in Summit, was charged with driving under the influence and improper lane usage. Police said they stopped Panzica’s car in the 4700 block of 99th Street around 1 a.m. for cutting quickly across lanes. Panzica failed field sobriety tests and later registered a 0.105 blood-alcohol level, according to the report.


Bingo Winner Robbed

A 73-year-old woman was robbed of her Bingo winnings while cutting out of a game at 10833 Laporte Avenue to use the bathroom, police said. The woman returned to her table to discover that her wallet was no longer in her purse. According to the report, the wallet turned up later on an unoccupied table, short several credit cards and the $60 cash the woman had won only minutes earlier. Police said they had no suspect information at the time of the report, around 10 p.m.


Public Works Complaint

The Village of Oak Lawn found itself on the end of a damage complaint following a recent snowstorm. A resident of the 6500 block of Crescent Court told police that an area of grass about one foot wide and 20 feet long, containing sprinklers, had been damaged by a public works snowplow. A "non-criminal damage to property" investigation report was filed.

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Just Another Observer January 23, 2012 at 02:28 PM
If those sprinklers are in the public right of way (i.e. between the street and the sidewalk), the Village won't be paying to have them repaired I'm guessing.
BibbidyBobbidyBoo January 23, 2012 at 03:22 PM
In the incident with Mr Cruz, why is his employment specified, and in quotation marks, as if his job has anything to do with the vehicle accident? If I was in an accident would you specify I am a "Manager"? That just strikes me as judgemental. Considering neither party sought medical treatment and there was nothing else of interest, why is this in the police blotter?
Dave W. January 31, 2012 at 02:44 PM
BBB, I had the same question...Sheri Panzica, 37 of Summit, doesn't have her occupation mentioned in the same article, and she was charged with something that if her occupation relied on vehicle operation, her occupation would actually be relevant.
Jesse Marx February 03, 2012 at 09:40 PM
It's in quotes because it was self-described. And it's not judgmental. It's ironic.


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