Copper Thieves Target Foreclosure, Someone Steals Bike From 12-Year-Old, and More

Tinley Park police reports, May 4-5.


Man Shoplifts Makeup

Officers arrested a 19-year-old man around 5:30 p.m. at Super Target, 7300 W. 191st St., , after security staff members reportedly detained him for shoplifting. Brandon T. Walker, of the 1000 block of Blackhawk Drive in University Park, was charged with retail theft. Police said he stuffed $81.75 worth of cosmetics and accessories into his pants and tried walking out of the store. Included among stolen items were a belt, two pairs of sunglasses, three bottles of nail polish and Burts Bees lip balm.


Home Burglary

A 70-year-old man who called police to report that someone broke into the basement of his residence on West 163rd Place in  and stole his wallet and a Tootsie Roll bank. The wallet contained $800 cash the man was using to pay bills, various credit cards and his driver's license, according to the report. The man, who is handicapped, said he typically lives in the basement because of his condition but that night, managed to get upstairs because the power went out during a storm.

When he returned to his living space, the basement window was wide open and his belongings were missing, he said. He told police he believed his 43-year-old son may have taken the items to help support his drug habit. The wallet was found empty on a neighbor's lawn. The same victim also recently reported a jewelry theft in his home that he believes his son may have been responsible for as well.

Copper Thieves Target Foreclosure

Someone recently removed all the copper piping from a foreclosure property in the 17300 block of South Ridgeland Avenue in . A realtor for the residence placed a vacancy notice on its door on April 27, according to the report, but didn't enter at that time. Therefore, police are unsure if the theft occurred before or after that date. The ceiling was left in ruins by the thief, or thieves, who got away with around 70 feet of piping, police said. There were no signs of forced entry. 

Someone Steals Bike From 12-Year-Old

A thief stole a bike belonging to a 12-year-old girl on Friday between 5:50 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. The bicycle was parked outside Ed & Joe's Pizzeria on Oak Park Avenue in  at the time, according to the report. The girl's father said it's a 28-inch Schwinn mountain bike valued at around $200. Its handlebars are beginning to rust and there's a sticker on the front of it with the number 18 on it. There was also a red circle on the back of the seat with a white cross inside of it. 


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