Crime Reports for Oct. 7, 2012
October 5, 2012 8:04PM
Updated: November 8, 2012 11:53AM
Here is a look at crime reports in the Southland.
News includes a homeowner robbed in his garage in Oak Lawn, a “mooner” arrested in Mokena, a convenience story robbery in Tinley Park, a lost flasher and burglars going through walls in Oak Forest, and guest privileges taken too far in Orland Park.
Homeowner robbed in his garage
A village resident was robbed at gunpoint Sept. 18 while working in his attached garage, according to police.
The homeowner told police he was in the garage in the 9600 block of Kolin Avenue about 8:45 p.m., when two men entered, one holding a semi-automatic handgun, and asked where the safe was located.
When the victim said he did not own a safe, the men took $130, his iPhone, four debit and credit cards and his driver’s license, police said.
They said the men fled on foot south on Kolin Avenue, and the victim’s phone was later found near 95th Street and Kedzie Avenue by Evergreen Park police.
A Mokena man, dressed in a short blue skirt with nothing underneath, was arrested after exposing himself by repeatedly bending over to pick up items at a convenience store, police said.
Luis Garcia, 33, 19314 S. 116th Ave., was charged with disorderly conduct after the Sept. 17 incident at 7-Eleven, 19101 Wolf Road, according to police.
When officers asked Garcia why he was dressed that way, he told them it was because “he was hot.”
Convenience store robbery
A gunman robbed a convenience store Sept. 21, taking $150 cash but no one was hurt, police said.
The clerk at the 7-Eleven, 7601 W. 159th St., told police a man came in about 3 a.m., pointed a gun at him and demanded money.
The clerk gave the money to the man, who was wearing gloves, a hat and a white bandanna across his mouth, police said.
They said the robber ordered the clerk to go into the bathroom and count to 10, and when the clerk emerged the gunman was gone.
A man exposed himself Sept. 21 to a homeowner in the 4900 block of Elizabeth Court, police said.
The woman told police the man rang her doorbell about 9:50 p.m. He asked for directions to Halsted Street, and as the homeowner gave him directions, he began fondling himself and then exposed himself, according to police.
The woman quickly closed the door, and the man stepped off the porch into the landscaped area in front of her house and knocked on the window, police said.
Witnesses told police they saw a man who fit the description drive away in a silver minivan.
Burglars go through walls
A convenience store and a Mexican restaurant were burglarized overnight Sept. 20 when two men broke into a vacant store separating the businesses and cut holes in the walls, police said.
They said the thieves pried open the front door of the vacant store about 2:30 a.m., cut a hole in the wall and entered the Taqueria Restaurant, 5206 W. 159th St., taking $300 from an ATM.
The men also stole a large amount of liquor from Stop-and-Go, 5214 W. 159th St., after entering through a wall, police said. A security camera video shows one of the burglars handing bottles of liquor to his partner through the hole, according to police.
Guest privileges taken too far
Four New Lenox teenagers are facing alcohol and disorderly conduct charges after causing a disturbance last month at Lifetime Fitness, 16333 LaGrange Road, according to police.
The four, who are not members of the fitness center, were told Sept. 2 that they could work out and use the pool as guests if they first took a tour of the center, police said. They said members later complained that the four were drinking alcohol and had broken a glass in the pool area.
The teens fled the building when a manager called police, but police stopped their car in the parking lot, police said.
They said Timothy Goodman, 19, 287 Hancock Drive, was charged with drunken driving, disorderly conduct, improper backing and illegal transportation of alcohol. Charged with disorderly conduct and, underage drinking were Kyle Bagget, 18, 1817 Tudor Lane, and Jason Siemeck, 19, 671 Buckboard Drive, police said, while Gordy Kessel, 18, 188 Hawthorne Drive, was charged with disorderly conduct and illegal possession of alcohol.