Crime Reports: Couple Foils Attempted Ruse Burglary

Tinley Park Police reports, Oct. 30-Nov. 10 • Rosary, pearl necklace and medication taken from home • Diamond ring and 4 designer purses go missing from newly inherited home.


Rosary, Pearls and Prescription Meds Stolen

An Italian rosary, a pearl necklace, two bottles of prescription medication and a heavy glass vase with $500 in it was taken from a house in the 6400 block of Terrace Drive, according to a police report.

The owner was out bowling between 2 and 6 p.m., and when he returned home, he found a garage window shattered and a rear door that was locked when he left now unlocked, the report stated.

Witnesses told police they saw a white man in his 30s knocking on doors in the neighborhood, the report stated. One witness said the man came to his door trying to sell meat, the report continued.

The man was described as being between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-10 in height, stocky build, with facial hair. He was wearing a stocking cap and a dark-colored, heavy jacket at the time.


Suspects Flee After Ruse Burglary Doesn't Work

A couple living in the 16400 block of South Ironwood Drive foiled an attempted ruse burglary, according to a police report.

One of the suspects approached the husband outside at about 3 p.m., claiming to be a landscaper who was doing work in the neighborhood, the report stated. As the wife watched the conversation from the kitchen window, she heard someone enter the house through the garage door and call out, "Mrs.," three times, the report continued.

A man entered the kitchen where the wife was, and he explained to her the type of work he and his partner were going to do to the neighbor's yard, the report stated. The wife told police the man was persistent in keeping her near the window.

When the husband ended the conversation with the suspect outside and came back into the house, the two men fled to their vehicle and drove off quickly, the report stated.

Nothing was taken from the house, according to the report.


Diamond Ring, Designer Purses Taken From House

A diamond-and-white-gold ring and four designer purses were taken from a house in the 18100 block of Sippel Drive that the new owner inherited from his parents in September, according to a report.

The owner was moving his personal items into the house Nov. 8, and he later realized that his son forgot to lock a sliding glass door, the report stated. The items the owner noticed missing were:

  • A three-and-a-half karat, white gold ring with diamonds made up to resemble a Christmas tree. The ring was said to be 30 years old, but no value was given for it.
  • Three Coach purses—red, blue and black—worth $250 each.
  • A black Dolce and Gabbana purse, valued at $250.

The owner told police the last time he saw the items was in September, after his dad died, the report stated, adding that he believes the items were taken Nov. 8 when the sliding glass door was unlocked.

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