An Everbridge Alert sent out Tuesday warned residents of an increase in burglaries and cautioned residents to take precautions to help prevent any additional problems.
The alert sent out by the Oak Lawn Police came after various burglaries in the area.
Yesterday, the Oak Lawn Leaf reported that one Oak Lawn resident alertly prevented a burglary by calling the police. The homeowner, in the 4300 block of Kathleen Lane called police when he spotted a burglar walking up his neighbor’s driveway at 10:30 pm. In that case, the burglar used the garage door opener in the vehicle to activate the motorized garage door of the residence. When the garage door had risen a couple of feet, the burglar paused the door. The burglar then slid beneath the door, into the garage, before closing the garage door from inside.
The witness stated that the burglar was in the garage for under a minute, before he reappeared exiting a side service door of the garage. The burglar immediately ran down the driveway and eastbound on Kathleen where the witness lost sight of him.
In another case, in the 6200 block of 94th Street, an unknown offender entered a 2011 Buick overnight and removed a garage door opener. The car’s owner, upon entering the car in the morning, noticed that the glove compartment was open and that the garage door opener was missing. A neighbor of the victim who shares a garage told the police in the night hours an unknown person rang the door bell to the condo building. The neighbor stated she ignored the doorbell ring and went back to bed.
On that same day, in the 9400 block of Melvina Avenue the police were called after a resident reported a Burglary to her motor vehicle. The victim said her Saturn was parked inside her garage spot of the condo building she lives in. Then on 03/14/2016 at approximately 0630 hours, the victim went to leave for work, and noticed that an unknown subject had entered her unlocked vehicle without permission and removed some items while it was parked in the garage. The victim said her sunglasses and the overhead garage door opener were taken.
In that same building, another resident reported that her garage door opener was also stolen. She learned throughout the day that other residents had garage door openers removed from their unlocked vehicles as well. She also spoke to another resident who said that overnight an unknown male offender rang the doorbell and told the resident that he forgot his garage opener and needed the door to be opened. The unnamed elderly resident told her that although he was very persistent he was polite so she allowed him into the building. The resident also went to the balcony and saw a subject leave the vestibule area and go into the now opened garage door. The subject was wearing a hooded sweatshirt so the resident couldn’t identify the offender. The victim was advised to contact the garage door manufacturer to determine next step as far as new openers with different codes so the offender cannot enter the building.
While all of those burglaries seemed very similar another crime in the 110th block of Kilpatrick one day later did not fit into the same facts. The victim reported that his license plate had been stolen off his vehicle as it was parked on the street in front of his residence.
Burglaries of motor vehicles have been a reoccurring problem within the village.