Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Police are searching for two men who tried to lie their way into the couple's home.
Police are searching for two men involved in a Hickory Hills ruse burglary on March 8 that targeted an elderly couple. Connect with Patch: Oak Lawn / Evergreen Park The burglars are described as white males. One is a 5-foot, 8-inch, heavy-set man with bad teeth who was wearing dark clothes, a reflective vest and a tool belt. The other man had his face covered. They were last seen leaving the area in a white minivan. The elderly couple lives near 94th Street and 77th Avenue in Hickory Hills. The heavy-set man walked up to the couple's door and claimed their neighbor had a basement water leak, police said. He also told them he worked for "Public Works before trying to lead the couple to the back of their house. One of the victims then saw …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Suspect was picked up in traffic stop in Oak Lawn, sheriff's police say.
A 43-year-old, Oak Lawn man was arrested after he was identified as a possible suspect in a residential burglary in unincorporated Palos Park. Sign up for Oak Lawn Patch breaking news alerts and follow us on Facebook. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office announced burglary charges against Sonny Miller, of Oak Lawn, on Tuesday. According to the sheriff’s police news release, around 12:40 p.m. Jan. 30, a man wearing a white hard hat and carrying a tan shoulder bag with a fluorescent stripe knocked on the door of a house in the 12000 block of Newport Drive in Palos Park. Police said the man, identified as Miller, began yelling about an electrical emergency in the area and that he needed to check the outlets. When the 87-year-old woman opened the …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Elderly victims cleaned out of $170,000 collectively in south suburbs from UK lottery scam.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
If you didn’t buy a lotto ticket in the United Kingdom lottery but are getting badgered with emails and phone calls that you’re a winner, contact your local police department immediately. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart warns residents not to be fooled by recent scams where “winners” are being told they are entitled to a large lottery cash prize without ever having purchased a ticket. Read more senior crime prevention tips on avoiding of becoming a victim of ruse burglars. During the last six months, an 80-year-old victim lost $90,000 and a 74-year-old victim lost $82,000 in the lottery scam. Both victims are from the south suburbs. Scammers have been contacting victims, mostly senior citizens, by phone, fax, email and letter—telling them …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Ruse burglars, those who con their way into the homes of elderly victims, are moving through the area. The latest victims live in Hickory Hills, cops warn.
Hickory Hills Police are looking for a suspect who tricked his way into his elderly victims’ home and robbed a safe in what is being described as a ruse burglary. Sign up for the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. Police responded to a burglary that just occurred at 2:10 p.m. Dec. 12 in Hickory Hills. The elderly victims told police that a man came to their front door and said he had just purchased a home near them. The victims let the man inside their home so he could discuss their "fence line, according to information provided the Oak Lawn Police Department. The man gave his name as “Villa” and moved the victims to another area of the house. Police said the man talked to the victims for approximately 15 minutes and left…
Friday, March 23, 2012
Police say man crawled under overhead garage door left ajar at elderly homeowner's townhome.
A man with protruding ears is wanted for questioning in an attempted ruse burglary. Oak Lawn police say that he and two other men attempted to enter an elderly homeowner’s townhome but were scared off by her daughter-in-law. Police said the elderly homeowner left her overhead garage door ajar when she left her townhome on the 11400 block of South Foxwood Drive on March 22. Sign up for the O-L Patch newsletter and BREAKING NEWS ALERTS. The homeowner’s daughter-in-law was inside the townhome cleaning when heard a noise out in the garage. When she went to investigate, a man described as a “male Hispanic” with protruding ears was approaching the access door to the house from the garage. Police believe the man crawled under the overhead garage …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Senior stops ruse burglary after remembering other incidents where seniors' homes were robbed while being steered out of the house.
A man tried to lure an elderly woman out of her house while his accomplice tried to get inside in an attempted ruse burglary on the 8700 block of South 49th Court, police said. The 73-year-old woman said that a man in his early thirties with a shaved head and wearing a white T-shirt knocked on her door around 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Speaking in broken English, the man asked the woman to step outside and help him. He asked her if she spoke Spanish and if anybody else was inside the house as he walked her down the driveway. The woman told him her husband was home. Police said that all the while she could hear her dog barking inside the house. At this point she remembered hearing about a neighbor whose house was robbed where the burglar led her …