A man charged in Oak Lawn after allegedly trying to enter a home and leading the Oak Lawn police on a chase through the neighborhood is in the Cook County Jail after also being charged by Burbank with burglary.
Ronnie Easterling was booked into the jail on Wednesday June 27th after he was hit with a $200,000 bond in the Burbank case.
The alleged crime spree ended after Easterling allegedly tried to enter an Oak Lawn home after ringing the door bell several times. Instead of getting an open door, Easterling was soon trying to escape the neighborhood as Oak Lawn police officers descended on the area of 91st and Tulley for the burglary in progress call dispatched from the communications center on June 12th.
Multiple squads were soon looking for a man described as a black male wearing a white and black hat and white shirt. 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. At least one burglary was charged in Burbank when Easterling allegedly burglarized a house on the 7th of June and allegedly took a computer, ammunition, a checkbook and a watch.
According to the court records, Easterling is accused of trying to cash one of the checks that were stolen. At the bank, Easterling allegedly provided his own identification to the bank teller which the police claim links him to the burglary charge.
The police claim that there is video evidence that shows Easterling trying to climb through the window of the Burbank house. T
That allegation made it difficult for Easterling to get a lower bond. Easterling also faces misdemeanor charges including possessing a stolen check. He has a court date on July 17th in Bridgeview.