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More than $15,000 in Tools Stolen From Three Utility Vehicles

Tinley Park police collected reports from three men whose work vehicles were broken into this week.

Thieves targeted three utility vehicles on the same night this week, stealing thousands of dollars in equipment from each.

One of the three incidents involved a 38-year-old man who parked his van at Comfort Suites, 18400 Spring Creek Drive in . He said that sometime between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Oct. 11, someone shattered the vehicle's window. The owner found the side door ajar and reported at least $2,720 worth of tools missing, including drills, saws and cordless batteries, according to the report.

The second victim, a 46-year-old field inspector, parked his GMC work van outside Hampton Inn, 18501 North Creek Drive, police said. His driver's side front door lock was damaged when he returned to the vehicle around 8 a.m. Oct. 11. The 15 items listed as missing totaled about $3,000, the report said. They included a 148-piece tool set, pliers, side cutters, a socket set, and more. He man said he believed someone broke in overnight. Police collected a latent footprint from a piece of white paper in the rear cargo area of the van, the report said.

The third theft—the victim said it occurred between 1 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Oct. 11—occurred to a 2008 Ford tow truck. It was parked in the 17300 block of Oriole Avenue, according to the report. A $2,000 tow dolly, $400 tow lights, a $2,000 credit card machine, and a $900 Vius computer were among items stolen. All the missing equipment totaled an estimated $10,305, the victim told police.

It was unclear from the reports whether investigators believe the thefts are related. Anyone with information about these break-ins should call at 708-532-9111.

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