Police Still Investigating Twin Daylight Home Burglaries in Tinley Terrace
Tinley Park Police are connecting the two crimes, and a witness saw a male in a dark, hooded sweatshirt in the area. That same day, a suspect matching that description unsuccessfully tried to enter a home on South 67th Court.
Tinley Park Police are still investigating two connected home burglaries Sept. 13 in the Tinley Terrace area where witnesses saw a suspicious male in a hooded sweatshirt around the same time, according to police reports and a department official.
A house in the 16500 block of 66th Court and another in the 6700 block of West 164th Street were burglarized some time between about 7 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Sept. 13, according to reports. In both cases, the residents weren't at home at the time of the burglaries, the reports stated, adding that officers canvased both streets and talked to neighbors.
One witness, a neighbor on 66th Court, said she saw a male wearing dark pants and a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and dark pants, walking southbound in the 16500 block of 66th Court at 16500 block, the report stated. The witness said the male walked up to the house on 66th Court that was burglarized and went to the backyard, which is when the witness lost sight of the individual, the report continued.
Some of the items reported stolen from the two homes included:
- a black Apple iPad II valued at about $600
- a jar containing several hundred pennies
- a black Apple iPod valued at about $300
- a container containing about $300
- a money clip with $200
- a silver Bulova watch valued at $200
- a gold-and-silver Seiko women’s sports watch worth about $150
- a gold colored Long Jean Wittnauer watch valued at $50
According to the report, police are connecting the two burglaries, and investigators are following what leads they have, said Cmdr. Pat McCain earlier this week.
On the same day, officers also received a report at about 2:30 p.m. of a suspicious person around the 16400 block of South 67th Court who tried to enter a home there and then fled when he saw the owner approaching, according to the report.
The resident said he saw a male with these characteristics at his back door, the report stated:
- 5-foot-10 with a thin build.
- He wore a dark, hooded sweatshirt.
- He had a bandana over his face, covering his nose and mouth.
- He wore purple, latex gloves.
After unsuccessfully trying to open the home's rear windows, the suspect opened the back door as the owner was walking to the back of the house, the report continued. That's when the suspect saw the owner and fled, using a lattice flower ladder to scale a backyard fence and escape, the report said.
Two witnesses in the 67th Court area also saw a male in a dark, hooded sweatshirt at around the same time as the incident there, the report stated. At 1:45 p.m., a resident in the 16400 block of South 66th Avenue told police he saw a male matching the suspect's description, with the hood pulled over his head and carrying what looked like a soda bottle in his back pocket, the report stated. The witness said he didn't remember seeing that person in the neighborhood before, adding that he found it unusual that someone would dress that way given how warm the temperature was that day, the report stated.
The other witness, who also lives in the 16400 block of 67th Court, said he saw someone matching the suspect's descrpition walking east on 164th place from 67th Court at 2:10 p.m., according to the report.
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