Crime Report for Nov. 23, 2012
November 22, 2012 6:18PM
Updated: December 24, 2012 6:17AM
Here is a look at crime reports in the Southland.
News includes Orland Park, Park Forest, Homer Glen, Matteson and Tinley Park.
Teen drinking party busted
An Orland Park woman and more than a dozen teenagers were charged following an underage drinking party last month, according to police.
Police responded to a call Oct. 27 and arrived about 11:20 p.m. at a house at 9650 Kris Trail, where they saw about 30 teens running from the backyard and from inside the house.
Sandra Moubacher, 43, of that address, was charged with permitting underage drinking, police said. They said Moubacher was in an upstairs bedroom in her pajamas when officers arrived but told police she knew her son was hosting the party.
Her son, Danny Moubacher, 19, was among those charged with either underage drinking or possession of alcohol, police said.
They said officers dumped out two cases of beer, several open bottles of wine, an open bottle of rum and an open bottle of vodka.
‘Homeowner’ defrauds woman
A 50-year-old woman was a fraud victim after responding to a “For Rent” sign at a vacant house and paying a $2,800 cash deposit to reside there, police said.
Police were notified Nov. 1 by village officials that a family was living in a foreclosed house on Monee Road. The woman told police that she leased the house from its owner in early October under an agreement in which she, her 67-year-old father and her children could live rent-free for six months if they paid for and performed needed household repairs.
The woman said she leased the house from a man named “John Lucas,” who had met her inside the house and had her sign the lease but did mention that he didn’t have a key to the home, police said.
She described him as white, about 55 and that he drove a small white sedan, possibly a Ford Focus. His phone number has been disconnected, and the address he listed on the lease was for a postal box in Chicago Heights, according to police.
Con men dupe couple
Cash, jewelry and a checkbook were stolen from an elderly couple in a ruse burglary Nov. 7 in the 12000 block of Rosewood Drive, according to Will County sheriff’s police.
Police said a man knocked at the couple’s door, said he wanted to show them a fence he planned to work on in the back yard and the couple escorted him to the yard, where they remained for about 10 minutes.
The man then went to get a business card but never returned, police said, and the homeowners later discovered the missing items.
Susan DeMar Lafferty
BB gun vandalism
Someone fired a BB gun through the windows of two businesses and a car belonging to a McDonald’s employee overnight on Nov. 10 and 11, according to police.
They said a hole was found in the front window of the Vitamin Shoppe, 4803 W. U.S. 30, and another pellet smashed a window at Matteson Wine & Spirits, 4239 W. U.S. 30.
The McDonald’s worker’s rear car window was destroyed by a BB pellet while parked in the restaurant parking lot, 4010 W. U.S. 30, the same night, police said.
A Matteson woman also told police that someone fired a BB gun Nov. 8 or 9 through her living room window in the 900 block of Dartmouth Avenue. It’s not clear if the incident is related to the others, police said.
Tobacco shop burglarized
Approximately 125 cartons of cigarettes and a cash register were stolen Nov. 10 from Smokey Top Tobacco, 7301 W. 183rd St., according to police.
A security video shows two men arriving at the store in a car — with the driver carrying a large container and the passenger having a sledgehammer and pry bar, which was used to break the lock on a door of the business, police said.
They said the passenger exited the store carrying the cash register, and the driver carried out the container filled with cartons of cigarettes.
Copper thieves charged
A couple were charged Nov. 14 with a series of thefts of copper wiring from village streetlights that occurred over the last month, police said.
John Paterimos Jr. 36, 122 Walnut St., Park Forest, and his girlfriend, Crystal Fantasia, 31, 43 W. 26th St., Chicago Heights, were charged with theft, police said. They said Paterimos Jr. also was charged with possession of marijuana and Fantasia with driving on a suspended license.
About 25 streetlights on Miller Circle Drive went dark in recent weeks, according to police.
They said the couple told police they had stolen the copper wire for months to support a heroin habit. Paterimos Jr., a former electrician, said they had earned about $3,000 selling the wire at recycling facilities.