Three Oak Lawn residents suffered burglaries to their vehicles parked outside their homes.
In two cases, the perpetrator got away without being noticed but in one incident on Kathleen Avenue west of Pulaski, an alert witness confronted the alleged burglar and called 9-1-1 when he allegedly fled the scene at around 8:15 on October 10th.
The witness told the police he had watched the alleged car burglar pulling on door handles of various cars trying to find one that would open. Eventually, he found a Chevy Impala and according to the witness entered it and was “digging around under the dashboard”, when the witness confronted him.
The witness provided a description of a 2017 Kia Forte car that the alleged burglar escaped in from the area. The Oak Lawn police, with the assistance of Evergreen Park officers, tracked the vehicle to 9801 S. Kedzie Avenue, where they found the car but it was unoccupied.
Shortly after finding the car, the Evergreen Park police found the alleged driver, John Verdino, who lives at the address, and held him for the purpose of identification. The witness allegedly identified Verdino and he was taken into custody.
Verdino allegedly told the police he did enter the area looking to check door handles on vehicles and found the Impala. However, he claimed that he didn’t enter the car and instead was “spooked” so he too off in his own car.
Verdino, a 42 year old Hispanic man, was charged with the felony of burglary to a motor vehicle. Verdino is currently on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections. At the time of his arrest, the Illinois Department of Corrections had not filed for a violation of parole hold.
According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, he was sentenced in November of 2012 to six years in prison for possessing a stolen vehicle or aiding and abetting the possession and sale of a stolen vehicle. He was previously also sentenced in March of 2012, to one year in prison, for a retail theft conviction. In 2009, he had a burglary conviction that resulted in a 54 month prison sentence. In 2006, he was sentenced to three years for burglary. His earliest conviction, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections was in 2004 for forgery, for which he received a four year sentence.
With the exception of the November 2012 conviction, all of his sentences were discharged. He appeared in court on October 11th for the Oak Lawn charge and was given a $100,000 bond. He is currently in the custody of the Cook County Jail and will return to court on October 25th.
Verdino was not charged with the other incidents mentioned in the story. In one case a woman said someone entered her car and took expired credit cards even though the doors were locked. In another case, a man admitted that his door was unlocked but the perpetrator was not found.