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5th Home Hit in Tinley Park Burglary Spree

Police believe a break-in Wednesday in the 9100 block of Basswood Drive is another in a series of connected burglaries in the village since Jan. 1.

Tinley Park police are investigating the latest in what they believe to be a series of connected home burglaries after a break-in Wednesday night in the 9100 block of Basswood Drive.

This is the fifth possibly connected home burglary since Jan. 3, and the first since the village issued an alert about this spree Jan. 7. There also has been at least one attempted burglary that is being investigated in connection with these break-ins.

READ: 4 Homes Hit in Tinley Park Burglary Spree

Tinley Park Police Chief Steve Neubauer said his department is taking these burglaries very seriously, and he has extra staff and patrols working on them.

At around 5:30 p.m., a neighbor called police to report a suspicious white SUV with two men wearing hoodies in the area, Neubauer said. Soon after that, the victims contacted police to report the break-in, he added. No one was home during the burglary, Neubauer said.

As in the other burglaries, the suspects forced their way in through an exterior door and went straight for the master bedroom, Neubauer said. Jewelry had been taken from drawers and lined up in the bedroom, but the suspects left it behind, he added. So far, only a high-end purse has been reported taken, he said.

READ: Police Want to Shed Light on Daytime Burglaries

Police put up a perimeter to search for the suspects at the time and questioned neighbors, Neubauer said. The department's K9 unit also tracked a scent from where the suspicious SUV was parked to the victim's house, he added.

The previous break-ins have occurred during daytime hours while residents were not home. They happened 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
An attempted burglary Jan. 1, in the 8600 block of Carriage Lane, also is being investigated. (Map Key: Yellow indicates reported attempted burglary; red triangle marks reported burglaries.)

Police 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.

Neubauer said he's seen an uptick in tips and information being passed on to the department, which he said has been appreciated and encourages residents to continue doing.

Similar burglaries also have been reported in neighboring communities, but Neubauer said he didn't know if there was any connection to Tinley Park's recent spree.
Joe Vince (Editor) January 17, 2014 at 09:24 PM
@mike: It means my sense of humor might be an acquired taste. It's a bit of an inside joke between me and @Harry Callahan who believes I'm part of a left-wing media conspiracy to undermine the country and mankind as a whole. But it's all in fun, right, Harr?—Joe Vince, Tinley Park and Oak Forest Patch Editor
Joe Vince (Editor) January 17, 2014 at 09:29 PM
@Larry: I'm not saying I-80 isn't a getaway route for criminals. I completely think it is, and an attractive one at that. I'm not even arguing that I don't think they're using it to escape. They probably are. I just don't think it's their prime motivating factor for choosing houses. That's all. My bit at the end of the comment was an attempt at humor. —Joe Vince, Tinley Park and Oak Forest Patch Editor
TinleyRes January 17, 2014 at 09:29 PM
@Joe I meant to say "Other than the fact that it may have been personal but the police didnt disclose whether it was it wasn't". Yeah, no one was robbed, but it was a silver truck, and he broke in from the back just like the other robberies. Maybe no one was robbed because he realized someone was home. Who knows. Regardless, we are focusing too much on I80. We know these people are stealing and they seem to be arrogant for coming back after there has been alert. They seem to have a well implemented system and it's making TPPD look a little foolish to be honest.
Larry January 17, 2014 at 09:32 PM
Seems as though they are targeting homes in and near the I-80 Corridor. They aren't targeting homes on the North side of T.P.
Joe Vince (Editor) January 17, 2014 at 09:36 PM
@TinelyRes: Gotcha. Thank you for reminding me about that incident, though. I need to follow up on that and see where things stand. I also agree with you about the focus on I-80. And that, ladies and gentlemen, ends my turn playing Jr. Crimebuster on this case. I could go on forever, but I'm just going to end up looking foolish when they catch these guys just before they try to get on to the Harlem Avenue I-80 entrance, right after driving by the police station. As engaging as this speculation can be, remember that we don't have all the facts and evidence all the time in these cases. —Joe Vince, Tinley Park and Oak Forest Patch Editor
mike January 17, 2014 at 09:39 PM
Larry, thanks I learned something new, I never realized they went to Ashford House because it was only 4 miles from I-80, I thought they went there because they were after a certain group of people. The other comment from ? about Indiana plates and our proximity to I-80 - are we the first neighborhood west of Indiana along I-80 that is worth breaking into? Seems a long way to go when there are so many houses so much closer. So I am signing off the I-80 conversation, it is obvious I will not change your mind nor will you change mine, plus, what does it matter, the bad guys are either coming her or they are not. They better hope I am not home if they do... What was the line from that movie, you may walk over here but you will be crawling back, or in this case be carried back. Could we talk about something less controversial, Obamacare, bengazi, F&F, something we can have a nice peaceable conversation over.
Larry January 17, 2014 at 09:53 PM
That incident started out at the Ashford House that Saturday regardless of a certain type of people. Joe how is OBAHMA care and Bengazi less controversial, Obahma has LIED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CONSISTANTLY,JUST LIKE THE POLITICIANS IN SPRINGFIELD, anyway Good night!!
mike January 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM
Larry, that wasn't Joe, that was me and I am a conservative. However, I have to say the conservatives on this blog are the most uptight bunch I have ever seen - it was a joke Larry. BTW, I also mentioned F&F but you didn't comment on that
Larry January 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM
Okay Mike ya I don't even want to talk about Obahma, and his unaffordable Care Act!!
TP Mom of 3 January 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Now now gentlemen... I think you all need some hugs here! GROUP HUG! ... Mr. Callahan ?? Where did ya go?? You get to be in the middle!!
MagtheHag January 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Personally. as a mom with teenagers, spending hundreds of hours at the school myself. This sounds like someone that has a drug problem and need to grab as much as they can carry or a bit more if they just so happened to have a car that evening. There is a HUGE heroine & oxy problem or anything else these abusers can grab from your medicine cabinets. They need money to supply this habit, so pawnable items are great for them. The robbers could have visited your home in their youth and even be familiar with your place. They could be friends with your kids on facebook and see when the family heads out to a Bulls game for the night. I would be a bit more concerned about locals robbing before I would worry about I-80 criminals.
Larry January 19, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Mag, the Tinleyres said above mentioned a silver P.U with Indiana plates??
Harry Callahan January 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM
@ JOE and TP mom of 3,real funny but I can take it and dish it out ;but JOE are U telling me you R from the Right,and TP MOM don't worry about me worry about your 3 kids,I have been around the block more times than? well I will stop there because I am a GENTLEMAN unless provoked.And TP mom save the hug and give it to your kids they have a rough road ahead of them.
mike January 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Harry, she is just trying to be nice, no need to be such a curmudgeon. You do sound like you have been around the block a few times and it has really taken a toll on you. Lighten up when people are just trying to be friendly. Joe never said he was from the right, that was me; however, it is a little embarrassing to say that here because the left leaning have been the ones who are polite and friendly and the right sound like a bunch of old grouches, just opposite of what I find everyplace else. What is up with you guys
Larry January 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Term limits in ILLINOIS!! NO more 44 yr. POLITICIANS!!!!
Harry Callahan January 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Hey Mike is this article about me or is it about some serious happenings in Tinley Park,but u lefties are always right,its the other guy that's always wrong,see people like U need to wake up,practice what U preach,if this article on the break-ins are getting boring to U don't comment,because to U i'm the bad guy,but the bad guy or guys R the ones breaking in homes not me thats what it is all about trying to get the word out and catch the bad guys not getting nasty with some person that is more strongly opinionated than others commenting.
Larry January 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM
We have both been around the block and I think that Harry feels the same way, we are probably SICK AND TIRED OF THE SAME B.S. in this State and Country, I said before when OBAHMA said "TIME -FOR-CHANGE!!!", I said CHANGE,REALLY, THE ONLY CHANGE IS THE PENNIES, NICHOLS, DIMES, AND QUARTERS!!!
Larry January 20, 2014 at 01:03 PM
C'mon, guy's stop hurting each other!! No reason to Argue, Life is to Short!! Hope that these thugs are caught, and NO-ONE GETS HURT!!!
mike January 20, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Well Harry, you seem to be making it about you and anything else you feel like. I am a conservative, a republican but some how I don't feel aligned with you at all. I think you are confusing conservative with hillbilly. Being a bad natured old know it all loud mouth does not make you a conservative or right, it just makes you a bad natured old know it all loud mouth. BTW, what is your solution for the crime corridor of I-80, shut off the exits, route it south of Frankfort, since you know it all, what is your answer.
Larry January 20, 2014 at 01:39 PM
C'MON, Guy's stop it !!
mike January 20, 2014 at 02:10 PM
No problem; I just tried to remove my profile completely but could not figure it out so I unsubscribed to everything so I won't feel the need to remind harry what a pointless old grouch he is.
Larry January 20, 2014 at 06:02 PM
Why criticism, you might be old one day, like the old comedian RODNEY DANGERFIELD USE TO SAY ,"I GET NO- RESPECT!!!", And today that seems to be the case. Saw a homeless person at the Jewel Osco at 159th and 94th ave sitting on a snow bank with a shopping cart, went to Burger King bought them a lunch. Remember the same thing can happen to any one of us, So count your blessings and respect each others comments and opinions.
sweet heart January 21, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Did the policemen catch any yet? I,am going keep my eye"s open around town if i, see any of the truck:s around I,am going to call the police right away.
Harry Callahan January 21, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Mike it seems your the one with the problem,just go back and read your posts ,but going back at forth at each other won't solve anything,but remember I will keep U in my crosshairs.
Tony January 21, 2014 at 09:20 PM
Now now ladies and gents. Nothing wrong with bantering from left and right. Crooks n thieves can't be predicted nor can we solve the crime with our earthly wisdom or "school of hard knocks" intuition . It's luck,timing and a few good leads that will snare these stealthy scumbags. Lock up and keep your eyes open!
Tony January 21, 2014 at 09:26 PM
By the way Joe' it was profanity laced in its original draft...scumbags way to soft but appropriate for This PG forum
Joe Vince (Editor) January 21, 2014 at 10:03 PM
If commenting was an Olympic sport, @Tony would have won the gold medal while setting a world record that will stand for decades until competitive commenting is finally replaced by online speed thought downloading. Kudos to you, @Tony! —Joe Vince, Tinley Park and Oak Forest Patch Editor
Tony January 22, 2014 at 12:12 AM
No vv suckn up here but you do an outstanding job and hope It pans out for you for further opportunities. Folks have to remember your like us, making a living at each persons craft l!v
sweet heart January 23, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Anyone what is a white box car look like?
Larry January 23, 2014 at 06:08 PM
NO Idea ,why?

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