Blotter: Woman Hit With More Than $1,300 in Fraudulent Credit Card Charges

Tinley Park Police reports, Sept. 25-30 • Stolen purse and bag returned, minus credit cards and 2 laptops • Retaining wall thrown through laundry room window • Woman's purse stolen from car as she mails letter.


Stolen Purse, Bag Returned, Minus Credit Cards, 2 Laptops

A tan purse and a Dooney & Bourke bag containing two laptop computers were taken from an unlocked car parked in the driveway of a house in the 9000 block of Linden Drive. The purse and bag, which belonged to a 23-year-old Orland Park woman, were found the same day by a village resident in the middle of Nielson Drive, minus the two laptops and two credit cards, according to police reports.

Police returned the bags to the owner, who said she canceled the credit cards, the report said. The computers that were missing were a Toshiba laptop valued at $600 and a ThinkPad laptop, which did not have a value indicated in the report.


Retaining Wall Meets Laundry Room Window

A resident of the 6300 block of West 177th Street reported a 2-foot section of landscape retaining wall had been thrown through a window in the house he is renting. The resident told police he heard something hit the lower level laundry room window on the northeast side of the house, the report stated. When he went to investigate, he saw the damage.


Cigarettes, iPad Taken From Parked Car

An iPad with a black Otterbox case valued at $700 and two packs of cigarettes were reported stolen from a locked 2011 GMC Arcadia that was parked in a residential driveway in the 9100 block of Kinsale Drive.


12 Transactions + 43 Days = More Than $1,300 in Fraudulent Charges

A resident of the 17000 block of Bedford Lane reported 12 fraudulent charges on her First Midwest Bank credit/debit card that ran from Aug. 14 to Sept. 26. The charges occurred in several out-of-state locations and totaled $1,368.64, the report stated.

The victim wasn't sure how her card was compromised, but she told police that she noticed the illegal transactions after three packages were delivered to her house under the name "Maglay Lagerstedt," the report continued. She denied the packages and had them sent back. The victim said she believes the packages belonged to the person making the fraudulent charges and that that person had been intercepting previous deliveries when they were left on the victim's porch.


Purse Taken From Car While Driver Mails a Letter

A 76-year-old Oak Forest resident reported her purse stolen from her car after she stopped around 4 p.m. at 7-Eleven, 17055 Oak Park Ave., to mail a letter. The black purse was in the car's passenger seat when she left the vehicle for about five minutes to drop off her letter, the report stated. When she returned, the purse was gone.

According to the report, the purse contained the following:

  • a Verizon flip-style cell phone
  • $150 in cash
  • numerous credit cards
  • the victim's driver's license
  • the victim's Social Security card

The victim told police she saw several boys on bikes in front of the convenience store when she got out of her car, but they were gone when she came back, the report stated.

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