An Oak Lawn resident came home, in the 6600 block of 95th Street, this past Sunday night at about 7:15 p.m with his children to find the window on the west side of his residence broken and six firearms, a cell phone and a computer monitor missing.
The resident called the Oak Lawn Police, two and one half hours later, and told the responding officer that three pistols and 2 rifles were secured in hard cases and locked with trigger locks. Those items were then stored in a bedroom closet. He also told the police that the sixth firearm, a shotgun, was unsecured and placed on the top of a cabinet next to a door. He was unable to provide serial numbers or paperwork for any of the weapons.
A neighbor said he heard loud noises coming from the address approximately 30-40 minutes before police officers responded and looked out his window but could not see anything. The victim told police officers that a friend had helped him move from Ohio to Oak Lawn about four months ago when he was asked if anyone knew about the weapons.
Amazingly, crime struck twice for the victim and his family as his wife returned home shortly after midnight. When she pulled into the parking lot of the building and while speaking to the victim on the phone, a man approached her car and began pulling on the driver’s side door handle of the vehicle. The wife’s car was locked and the would be intruder began yelling “open the f…… door bitch”. He reportedly held a .38 caliber gun at the time.
The wife told her husband on the phone what was happening but by the time he got outside, the suspect had fled. The husband didn’t see the man, but the wife described him as a black male with dreads. The wife failed to provide any other information on the suspect such as weight, height, clothing or distinguishing features.
Shortly thereafter the victim began receiving text messages that contained hyperlinks. The first one was a link to an image of a “Sig Saur handgun” that looked like one of the guns stolen in the burglary. The second appeared to be a shotgun.
The victim and his family left and stayed at a hotel. According to police reports, they did not cooperate with requests to stay in the area to assist in the investigation.
The victim stated that 4 magazines, containing 120 rounds of .223 ammunition, was also taken. The victim has a valid Federal Firearms License from Columbus, Ohio. The victim also has a valid concealed carry license out of Franklin County, Ohio.
At this time the police have very little information to resolve the cases. The man who tried to enter the car could be charged with aggravated assault. Other charges against the intruder or suspects could include burglary, theft and unlawful possession of weapons.
Editor’s Note: The story has been updated and one typographical error has been corrected. Thank you to the loyal readers and the grammar policeman who pointed out that one cannot be charged with possession of unlawful weapons.