Updated: February 7, 2014 6:18AM
Industrious burglars stole gold, watches and a laptop computer Dec. 18 from the Cash 4 Gold store, 3316 W. 147th St., by breaking into an empty adjacent store and then busting through a shared wall, possibly with a sledgehammer, Oak Forest police said.
They made off with $700 in loose gold from a lockbox, two Armani mens watches, two women’s Seiko watches and the laptop, police said.
They said the thieves knew where the security cameras were located inside the store judging by the way they traveled around the room.
Burglars done in by bad driving
An Oak Forest man thwarted a burglary Dec. 20 when he called police after seeing two men loading items into a car parked in his neighbor’s driveway in the 5800 block of Edward Drive, according to police.
The resident followed the burglars’ Oldsmobile after it pulled out of the driveway and began driving erratically, going out of control at Stuart and Reynolds, where it hit a tree and the thieves fled on foot, police said.
They said officers found inside the car two large televisions and a laptop computer, which they returned to the victim.
Police said officers from another department caught the burglars a short time later, a 22-year-old Markham man and a 28-year-old Country Club Hills resident.
Resident accused of punching cop
A village resident faces battery charges after he struck a police officer in the chest Dec. 19 following a police chase, according to police.
They said the incident began when an officer spotted Kevin Schultz, 21, of 16400 Ironwood Drive, driving erratically on 84th Avenue, and he refused to pull over.
Schultz sped away to his house, where an officer caught up to him, and Schultz hit him in the chest and ran inside the house, police said.
When police searched the home, they found Schultz hiding under a black tarp in a storage closet. He was charged with fleeing police, resisting police and battery to a police officer.