It's been a busy week for law enforcement in Tinley Park.
On Tuesday night, Tinley Park Police responded to a drive-by shooting near 183rd Street and Oak Park Avenue that was possibly gang-related and led to seven people being taken into custody. A Chicago man was charged in the incident.
On Wednesday night, a home invasion near 169th Street and New England Avenue turned into a neighborhood manhunt that had police agencies from surrounding communities helping out, including a Chicago police helicopter and K-9 units from the Cook County Sheriff's Office. A Midlothian man was arrested and charged, but a second suspect is still at large.
And on Thursday afternoon, residents around Tinley Terrace reported a series of daylight home break-ins.
In each of these instances, no one was hurt. But that has been little comfort for some residents who feel crime is becoming a larger problem in the village.
Take a look at some of these remarks from the comments sections of the stories on the incidents and from Facebook.
Tinley Park Patch reader allison:
This was scary, I live down the street from this residence, we really didn't know what was going on!
Karen Thelen Schutt from Facebook:
Come on. After last nights ordeal at 183rd, this is getting ridiculous. I am right in between the two incidents...I don't like this at all!!!
Tinley Park Patch reader TP Resident:
This crap needs to stop. There are far to many crimes happening in Tinley. Residents need to take a stand and take back our town before it turns really bad. Start calling the cops if you see anything suspicious. Keep your eyes open and please what ever you do, DON'T mind your own business. That is the worst thing our residents can do.
Heather Corns from Facebook:
I'm at 176 and oak park, and agree this is ridiculous. … [I]t's sad that all these bad things are happening in Tinley.
Tinley Park Patch reader Cynthia:
Crime is up everywhere because the economy is terrible, unemployment is high, and people are desperate. The crime blotter in the local paper on Sunday is full of "Home Burglary" entries, probably ten times more than before the recession. Tinley Park is not immune to the bad economy or the many negatives associated with it.
Tinley Park Patch reader Community:
When I lived in Matteson we had these kind of problems in the neighborhood. Once they set up the neighborhood watch and neighbors informing other neighbors of suspicious behavior it stopped. People need to be more pro active on helping each other out. A strong Community is not a divided Community.
What do you think? Should residents be legitimately concerned that these incidents are part of a disturbing trend in Tinley? Or have a cluster of high-profile events brought out emotional—but perfectly normal—reactions? Take the poll and share your thoughts in the comments section.
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Other Tinley Park Patch Crime Stories:
- Chicago Man Charged in Drive-By Shooting
- Midlothian Man Arrested in Connection With Burglary
- ARREST WARRANTS: Wanted in Tinley Park
- Police Apprehend Burglary Suspect, Continue Search for Second
- Mapping it Out: August Vehicle Break-ins, Damage
- No One Hurt, 7 Arrested in Overnight Drive-By Shooting
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