Crime Report for Nov. 4, 2013
November 1, 2013 7:20PM
Updated: December 5, 2013 6:07AM
Here is a look at crime reports in the Southland. News includes Chicago Heights and Tinley Park.
Teen robbed on street
A Chicago Heights teenager was robbed of his cellphone and beaten by three men Oct. 19 as he was walking home in the 400 block of West 15th Street, according to police.
The 18-year-old victim told police the men approached him, asked him if he had a cellphone and he told them no twice. He kept walking, but the men followed him and began punching him in the face and body until he fell to the ground, police said.
They said one of the robbers went through the teen’s pockets and snatched his iPhone and also took black Nike sandals off his feet.
A driver tried to persuade an Andrew High School student to get into his car Oct. 21 while the teen was waiting at a bus stop at 159th Place and 76th Avenue, police said.
The 15-year-old boy said a man in a four-door blue car pulled up next to him shortly after 7 a.m. and asked him to get inside the car, according to police. They said the student declined, the driver then demanded that he get in and the teen ran away.
The man was described as white, 20 to 25 years old with a clean-shaven face and wearing a red shirt with writing on it, police said, and the car had a scratch about 2 feet long on its side and fuzzy dice hanging in the mirror.
Credit card scam busted
Two Oklahoma women and three California men were arrested Oct. 21 outside the Brookside Marketplace mall after they went on a shopping spree there and elsewhere, buying electronics with fraudulent credit cards, police said.
A man flagged down a patrol officer in the parking lot of SuperTarget because he thought the five were acting suspicious, and the five told police they were on vacation and all of them had forgotten to bring identification, according to police.
They said officers saw numerous pieces of luggage and a large box wrapped in packing tape inside the car and searched the car — finding many iPads, iPods, video game systems and other electronics, plus the credit cards, inside the box.
Police said the three men drove from California and picked up the two women in Tulsa before heading to Chicago where they picked up a package at a UPS store that contained the credit cards.
Samantha Ruvalcaba-Cortz, 20, and Elizabeth Medina, 19, both of Tulsa; Julio Navaez-Bravo, of Riverside, Calif.; Carlos Romero, 20, of North Hills, Calif., and Luis Pena, 23, of Bloomington, Calif., all were charged with unlawful use of a credit card and unlawful possession of altered card. Police also contacted the Orland Park FBI office because the fraud may have extended over several states.
Strange incident at bus stop
An older man tried to get four students at Grissom Junior High School, 17000 80th Ave., inside his car Oct. 24 while they waited for the school bus at 174th Street and Odell Avenue, according to police.
The students said a man driving a tan car pulled up to them about 8:30 a.m., showed them a dandelion, said he was selling them and told them to come to his window so they could count the seeds.
One student called her mother, and the man drove away, police said. At school, the students told a social worker, who contacted police. Police said they have assigned additional patrols near the bus stop and contacted school districts 140 and 146 to notify them of the incident.
The man was described as white, 60 to 70 years old and balding with black and gray patches of hair.