A Tinley Park man reported to police that his identity was stolen — weeks after he received a letter from Advocate Health Care, informing him that his personal information was put at risk following the July theft of four computers from its Park Ridge office.

The 56-year-old resident signed up for the free identity protection service that Advocate has offered to the roughly 4 million patients whose personal information, including Social Security numbers, may have been contained on the missing computers, according to police.

They said that on Sept. 14, the man was contacted by City Financial, asking him if had opened a Best Buy charge account, which he had not.

Earlier that day, someone had attempted to buy a laptop computer, television and Mac ProBook online and have the items shipped to an undisclosed address in Monee, according to police.

After the first two purchases were declined, the thief tried to order the items for pick-up at a Best Buy store, police said.

The victim told police that City Financial refused to name the location or identify the credit card number used in the attempted transaction.

Kate McCann