Crime hit close to home for one of Oak Lawn’s Trustees, Michael Carberry (Dist. 6), when his older brother Jerome was involved in apprehending an alleged car burglar.
According to police reports, on January 24th, Jerome Carberry, of the 103rd block of S. Kilbourn Avenue, chased a suspected burglar who had attempted to break into Carberry’s company owned Honda parked on his driveway. Jerome’s wife, Therese, reported the crime while Jerome chased the 17 year old later identified as Brian Hettiger.
As Oak Lawn’s Police officers were responding to the Kilbourn address, Jerome Carberry called the police to let them know that the suspect was at 105th and Kilpatrick and that Carberry was chasing him. The police saw a white male matching the description and detained him as Carberry came walking up.
Carberry identified the young man as the individual that attempted to break into the auto on his driveway. According to the police report, Hettiger admitted that he attempted to break into several vehicles in an attempt to steal valuables.
Jerome Carberry told the police that he was walking to his vehicle when he observed Hettiger leaning in the open driver side window with his head and body rummaging through the car. Carberry said that he asked Hettiger what he was doing and noticed Hettiger was holding his GPS and sunglasses. Hettiger then allegedly asked, “Is this Mark’s house?”
Carberry told Hettiger that it wasn’t “Mark’s house” but the sunglasses and GPS that he was holding belonged to him. Hettiger apologized to Carberry while still holding the goods. Carberry told the police officers that when he asked for Hettiger’s age and his parents’ phone number, Hettiger fled leading Carberry on a chase and the police to an arrest.
Hettiger was charged with one count of burglary from a motor vehicle, a felony.