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Jewelry worth $5,000 was stolen during ruse burglary, and more

The following items were taken from Tinley Park police reports available April 10 and Orland Park Police reports available April 5 and April 9, as well as information from the Will County Circuit court and Will County Adult Detention Facility.

Credit Card Theft, Fraud

  • A 31-year-old Chicago Heights man who allegedly snatched a credit card from a car at a gas station at Harlem Avenue and 183rd Street around 2:45 p.m. April 9 was charged with one count of burglary, one count of identity theft and one count of illegal possession of a credit card. The victim immediately contacted police and her credit card company, police said. During the next 10 minutes, the man allegedly used the card to purchase a $700 iPad at a department store on the 7300 block of 191st Street. Police said the card was denied, however, when he attempted to purchase a second iPad.

Threats

  • Four tires were reported slashed April 4 on the 7100 block of West 170th Street. The complainant, a 19-year-old Tinley Park woman, said she decided to report the April 2 damage after receiving threatening messages from a person identifying himself as the slasher. The texter, who allegedly said he intended to break her windows and burn her car, reportedly identified himself as the same man she had punched in a Gary, Ind., strip club. The woman told police he had touched her inappropriately.

Residential Burglaries

  • Rings, ring sets and earrings valued at approximately $5,000 were reported taken from the bedroom of a home on the 8700 block of Brookside Glen during an April 2 ruse burglary. A relative of the resident, who had come to the home at 12:10 p.m. to walk the dogs, said a man posing as a landscaper talked him into going into the backyard to discuss potential work. The missing jewelry included a gold wedding band with small baguette diamonds attached to a gold engagement ring with a Marquise-style diamond, an antique gold engagement ring and a gold pearl ring with three diamonds on each side of the band.
  • An Xbox valued at $100 was reported taken between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 9 from an upstairs room in a home on the 7500 block of West 164th Place. Witnesses reported seeing someone hanging from an upstairs window.

Theft

  • Rings and ring sets with a total value of $10,450 were reported taken April 5 from a home on the 6200 block of West 177th Street. The jewelry, last seen on March 29, included a $4,000 diamond cluster ring, $2,000 Marquise wedding ring set and $1,000 diamond floral silver ring.
  • A gray front loader snow bucket valued at $2,500 was reported taken April 3 from the parking lot of a discount buyers’ club on the 16100 block of South Harlem Avenue. The complainant said he last saw the equipment, which he used for plowing the parking lot, in January.

DUI

  • A 59-year-old Frankfort man from the 19500 block of Skye Drive was arrested April 7 for DUI during a 6:37 p.m. traffic stop at Oak Park Avenue and 173rd Street. Police were responding to a complaint the car was “all over the road.” He is scheduled to appear in court May 25.
  • A 55-year-old Tinley Park man from the 17100 block of Shetland Drive was arrested March 30 for DUI during a 10:08 p.m. traffic stop by Orland Park Police for improper lane use. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
  • A 35-year-old Tinley Park man from the 7900 block of Woodstock Drive was arrested March 4 for DUI and ticketed for operating a motor vehicle with a malfunctioning rear registration plate light during a 3 a.m. traffic stop by Orland Park Police responding to a reckless-driver complaint. Court hearing information was unavailable.

Drug-Related

  • A 24-year-old Frankfort man from the 8200 block of West Norwood Drive was arrested April 7 for possession of a controlled substance after police on routine patrol around 11:20 p.m. allegedly spotted him preparing one-half gram of cocaine while sitting in a car in the parking lot of a sports bar on the 6700 block of South Street. The vehicle’s owner was cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana and the second passenger was released without charge.

Motor Vehicle Burglary

  • An iPod with headphones valued at $300 was reported taken April 8 from a locked vehicle parked in the driveway of a home on the 18700 block of Cloverview Drive. Damage from the forced entry was estimated at $1,000. Police said there were no obvious signs of forced entry to a second car whose center console had been searched.

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