Oak Lawn police officers alertly arrested an Oak Lawn man wanted on a warrant after hearing a dispatch broadcast of an Alsip burglary and recognizing a man who fit the description.
Last month, officers were patrolling on 95th Street and 108th and Central in two cars when they heard that a Marathon Gas Station had been burglarized in Alsip at 111th Street. The officer on Central saw a suspect on a bike moving at a high rate of speed and heading north bound. While the first officer lost sight of the suspect, another officer saw the same suspect enter the Walgreen’s parking lot on 95th Street just east of Cicero Avenue.
The suspect, later identified as Christopher Cox of Oak Lawn, was approached by the second officer who told him that he matched the description of a suspect in the Alsip crime. Cox, who had a beard, was wearing a gray hoodie, gray pants, and carrying a black back pack. Cox said he had left his mother’s house at 87th and Ridgeland but couldn’t provide identification. The officer claimed that Cox was sweating profusely and was “out of breath”. Cox told the officers that the back pack contained clothes.
The Alsip surveillance video indicated that the suspect of the burglary was wearing different colored clothes than Cox. However, one of the officers indicated that the shoes worn by Cox appeared to have fragments of glass. The Marathon burglary included a report of broken glass.
The back pack was searched by the police who reported finding cash and cartons of cigarettes. Cox had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for an alleged battery. He was arrested for the outstanding warrant by Oak Lawn and then was transported to Alsip for that department to complete its investigation on the burglary.
Cox is a 45 year old white male who provided an Oak Lawn address.