Crime Report: Theft leads to police chase, crash
An Indiana man was arrested after burglarizing an Oak Forest woman’s garage Sept. 4 and leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in a four-vehicle crash at 159th Street and Pulaski Road, police said.
Kevin Ryan, 30, of Schererville, Ind., was confronted by the homeowner when she saw him loading her lawn mower into his van in the 15500 block of Laramie Avenue, according to police. They said Ryan told the woman he was on a “service call” before jumping into the van and driving away.
Police said a patrol officer tried to stop Ryan after he ran a stop sign at 156th Street and Laramie, and Ryan led police on a high-speed chase. Ryan ran a red light at 159th Street and Pulaski Road, where he was struck by a car, causing the van to plow into another car while the car that hit the van then struck another car, police said.
They said Ryan, who was not injured in the accident, admitted stealing the lawn mower and told police he had a heroin problem. He was charged with burglary and fleeing police.
Burglars stole thousands of dollars in electronics Sept. 10 from the VIP Mongolian Bar and Grill while a bank official was at the property to repossess some of the stolen items, police said.
Two large speakers, four flat-screen televisions, a personal computer, a dart board game, two electronic bar game systems and two point-of-sale systems were stolen from the tavern, 5233 W. 159th St., according to police.
They said the burglary apparently occurred while a representative from PNC Bank was waiting outside for the owner to return so the bank could seize three POS systems.
The bank official told police he saw two men inside the business before the burglary was discovered. Police allowed the bank to remove the one POS system remaining at the bar.
Possible attempted abduction
A 14-year-old Oak Forest High School student told police that a male driver pulled over and asked her if she wanted a ride as she was walking home Sept. 11 from school on Central Avenue, police said.
They said the girl became concerned and continued to walk at a fast pace as the car drove off. She described the man as bald with an olive complexion and he was driving a small to mid-size red sedan, but she did not get a close look at him because she was eager to get away.
Her father told police that he also informed the school administration of the incident.
Woman charged with harassing neighbors
A city resident and her brother were charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest after threatening neighbors and scuffling with police Sept. 12 outside their home, police said.
An Oak Forest man called police to report that his neighbor, Rosemarie Connole, against whom he already had an order of protection, came on his property and yelled at him “to get ready to die.”
Police said Connole, 54, was sitting alone on her patio in the 5500 block of Carole Belle Trail, screaming obscenities at the neighbors when officers arrived. When she refused to stop and police tried to handcuff her, Connole began swinging a flashlight at officers, who managed to subdue her, according to police.
They said her brother, Paul Lavoie, 57, then ran out of the house, screaming at officers to release Connole, and police zapped him with a stun gun when he tried to prevent her arrest.
Two other neighbors told police that Connole had been harassing them as well and signed complaints against her.
Police said Connole also was charged with violating an order of protection and disorderly conduct, while Lavoie was charged with obstructing police.
Arson fire investigated
A fire Sept. 14 in a stairwell in an apartment building in the 3600 block of 147th Place was intentionally set, authorities said.
A 19-year-old resident of the building told police she smelled smoke coming from the first-floor hallway and was met by a cloud of smoke when she opened the door of her apartment.
After telling her neighbors to get out of the building, she saw flames coming from the bottom of the stairs, police said.
Firefighters extinguished the fire soon after arriving, and fire officials told police their initial investigation of the fire indicated it was arson, according to police.