4 Tinley Park Homes Hit in Burglary Spree: Police

About $50,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from one home and a safe containing a 40-caliber handgun was taken from another, according to police reports.

Credit: File Photo
Credit: File Photo
Four Tinley Park homes have been hit in a series of burglaries that police are investigating, according to reports.

READ: Police Want to Shed Light on Daytime Burglaries

Tinley Park police issued an alert to residents Tuesday, Jan. 7, about a series of burglaries throughout the village since Jan. 1. According to police reports, the break-ins occurred in the following areas:
  • the 9000 block of Basswood Drive on Jan. 3
  • the 9000 block of Timberwood Lane on Jan. 3
  • the 8100 block of Mallow Drive on Jan. 6
  • the 6500 block of 177th Street on Jan. 6

Police also are investigating an attempted burglary Jan. 1, in the 8600 block of Carriage Lane.

Jewelry and electronics were common items stolen, and all except one of the homes had a safe that was either stolen or ransacked, police reports state.

According to the reports, some of the items stolen include:
  • $50,000 worth of jewelry taken from a safe
  • $1,800 to $2,000 in collectible U.S. currency dating back to the 1930s
  • a $500 tennis bracelet
  • six wristwatches worth about $1,000 each
  • a 40-caliber handgun that was in a safe that was stolen

Pillow cases also were stolen from two homes.

Investigators say the following vehicles might have been used in the burglaries:
  • a white box truck
  • a silver pick-up truck with a ladder sticking out from the bed
  • a dark-colored Toyota Corolla
Residents are urged to call 911 if they see anything suspicious in their neighborhood.

MAP KEY: The map with this article shows the areas where the burglaries occurred. The yellow marker indicates an attempted burglary. The red triangle marker indicates a burglary.
tp_pete January 08, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Is there any information on the time of day that the burglaries and attempted burglary were committed?
Karen Way January 08, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Too close to home for me!!! Wish I'd know this earlier and done on one of the coldest days of the year where many could be home. Were any residents at home when the attempts or burglaries occured?
Joe Vince (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 08:15 PM
@tp_pete: The burglary happen during daytime hours. That's about as specific as it gets because no one was home. —Joe Vince, Tinley Park-Oak Forest Patch Editor
Joe Vince (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 08:39 PM
@Karen Way: No one was home during the burglaries or the attempted burglary. —Joe Vince, Tinley Park-Oak Forest Patch Editor
Jewell P January 08, 2014 at 09:10 PM
Happy I love in a condo
Lisa Montoya Kotara January 08, 2014 at 09:22 PM
So how did they break into these homes? Unlocked doors? Or windows, how did they get in?
Joe Vince (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 09:27 PM
@Lisa Montoya Kotara: Broke in through garage service doors in most cases. That was mentioned in the first article. —Joe Vince, Tinley Park-Oak Forest Patch Editor
Bob M. January 08, 2014 at 09:41 PM
Thanks for posting the locations. I will be using my alarm system from now on.
Roscoe January 08, 2014 at 10:47 PM
Years and years ago my grandparents house was robbed. Guns, jewlery coins etc. They both were at work when it happened. My dad told me that my grandpa liked to talk about all the valuable stuff he had when he was at work. My point is....these robberies were not random. someone knew something. Idiots posting on facebook that they are on vacation. Hold my mail requests etc. Be smart people.
TP Resident January 09, 2014 at 07:13 AM
It will be interesting the 1st time these idiots try to burglarize the house of somebody that is home. And ends up with a bullet hole to the chest.
Harry Callahan January 09, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Vehicles suspected involved in info,how about the race of the suspects,just curious. Also on the map shown incidents are close to I80
Joe Vince (Editor) January 09, 2014 at 11:03 AM
@Harry Callahan: I specifically asked if there were descriptions of suspects, and Chief Steve Neubauer said no. Actually, they're not very close to access to I-80, in comparison to the Brookside Glen neighborhoods or the homes near the convention center. —Joe Vince, Tinley Park-Oak Forest Patch Editor
Don Bachman January 09, 2014 at 08:42 PM
I work for ADT Security, if you want me to come out and give a free security analysis give me a call. Don Bachman 630-205-4818
TP Resident January 09, 2014 at 08:44 PM
ChiCubs1 January 09, 2014 at 09:00 PM
I agree with Roscoe - these types of burglaries are NOT random. Home owners talk about all the valuables and when so done knows the home owner won't be home...they quickly ransack the house. Definitely not random...
Ratscellar January 10, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Middle of the day??? We were burglarized some time back . It turned out to be HS kids who were off school and bored....Dont be shocked to hear something like that. The kids that got us Hit 11 houses their bedrooms will filled with loot the parents never figured it out!!!! Seriously !!!!
ChiCubs1 January 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM
You're right John - I bet these were HS Kids too just bored being off school. But how do the parents not know...that baffles me...
Joe V. February 01, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Perhaps if the TP police department left the train station parking lots giving out tickets for expired license plates and stickers, they may be able to catch some real criminals.


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