Updated: September 27, 2013 6:05AM
Here is a look at crime reports in the Southland. News includes Midlothian, Country Club Hills, Orland Park, Park Forest and Matteson.
Ruse burglars rip off couple
A Midlothian couple were robbed Aug. 5 of about $30,000 worth of saving bonds and cash during a ruse burglary of their house in the 15000 block of Harding Avenue, police said.
The couple told police that two men pulled into their driveway in a pickup truck and one of them knocked on the back door and told the residents that he recently bought a nearby house and was a roofer.
He took the wife into the back yard and pointed out roofs in the neighborhood he had worked on, further distracting her by leading her to the corner of the yard, police said.
They said a second man entered the house, and when the woman entered her house a short time later, she saw the second man inside with a small duffel bag under his arm. He and the other man then fled in the truck, police said.
A village resident was robbed at gunpoint July 24 behind his house in the 14900 block of Springfield Avenue, according to police.
The homeowner told police he was walking to his house from his driveway when he heard footsteps and encountered a man holding a handgun.
Police said the robber ordered the man to the ground and asked who was in the house. When the victim said his sister and cousin were inside, the robber took his cellphone and wallet, which contained $100, and fled on foot, police said.
The victim told police another man was standing near his house during the robbery.
Alleged thief returns, arrested
A Willowbrook man was charged with retail theft after stealing a stroller from a store and trying to sell it back about a month later, according to police.
Dahoud Zegar, 36, stole the stroller June 30 from Once Upon a Child, 9520 W. 159th St., and employees discovered the theft the next day, police said. They said a security video showed Zegar examining the stroller with his toddler son before taking it.
On Aug. 4, Zegar returned to the store and tried to sell the stroller back, but employees recognized him from the videotape and contacted police.
COUNTRY CLUB HILLS
Police are investigating a series of incidents in which landscaping bricks were thrown at cars and houses, causing thousands of dollars in damages.
Police said the latest vandalism occurred Aug. 17 and 18. On the 17th, a homeowner told police that someone threw a brick, breaking a window of his house in the 4400 block of 182nd Street. The same night, a Steger woman reported that a brick broke her rear windshield when her car was parked in the 18000 block of John Avenue, police said.
On Aug. 18, a resident heard a loud noise and found his front hood severely dented by a brick, according to police. Another resident told police a landscaping brick was used to shatter her windshield when she was parked in the 4600 block of 177th Street.
Deliveryman attacked, robbed
A pizza deliveryman was beaten and robbed Aug. 11 by three men while trying to deliver four pizzas to a house in the 300 block of Marquette Street, police said.
The 24-year-old man told police two of the men started talking to him as he arrived at the house, a third man then appeared and all three attacked him.
The victim, who lives in Park Forest, had his wallet and cellphone taken in the robbery, according to police.
Alleged thief’s getaway is brief
A Crete man caught stealing from Menards was arrested after making a dramatic escape Aug. 14 from the parking lot of the store, 21630 Cicero Ave., according to police.
They said store employees saw the man stealing nearly $1,000 worth of copper wire and a sump pump and followed him into the parking lot, where he refused to let them look inside his truck.
When an employee tried to use a forklift to block him from leaving, the man outmaneuvered the forklift and rammed his truck through an exit gate, nearly striking some employees, police said.
Eric Evans, 37, 24341 Patriot Court, was stopped by police a short time later and charged with retail theft, police said.