An alert resident called the police to report a burglary in progress on June 12th resulting in multiple squads descending on the area of 91st and Tulley, capturing a man, and filing multiple charges.
The homeowner said a man rang the doorbell several times and when she went to check she saw him standing outside. She didn’t open the door and he then tried to enter the side door.
The woman told the dispatcher that a black male wearing a white and black hat and white shirt was enter the side door of a residence. The police found a man matching the description walking south in the alley.
When the man, identified as Ronnie Easterling, saw the police, he allegedly began running south away from the police. The police claim Easterling then jumped a fence and headed east. A broadcast message was sent out to all units and the police set up a perimeter in the area.
The subject was tracked running through several yards in the 9100 block of 51st Avenue, according to the police. One officer then claimed to see Easterling run out to the front of a house in that area but then he ran back into that yard. Fortunately, the Oak Lawn Police had a man in the back yard and Easterling was ordered to stop according to the police. The police officers on the scene handcuffed Easterling.
During the run, Easterling is charged with breaking an entry gate at the rear of a yard. He also allegedly broke a wooden fence in the rear of a yard.
After his arrest, the police claim that they found several credit cards in other people’s names, an Illinois ID card for someone else. The police found that the cards and identification were reported stolen in two separate burglaries in Burbank.
In Oak Lawn, Easterling was charged with two counts of criminal damage to property and five counts of possession of stolen property. Burbank was contacted to determine if any charges would be filed in their municipality for the two burglaries. Since he was unable to enter the home, he was not charged with burglary in Oak Lawn.
Easterling is a 31 year old black male who provided a Chicago address to the police.