A Michigan man allegedly stole a Jeep parked outside of a barber when the owner left the car running outside while he was inside getting his hair cut.
On January 30th, the police were called to 102nd and Central when the owner of a Jeep left the barber shop and found that the car he left running was no longer in the parking lot. About an hour later, the Oak Lawn police had found the car.
Police responded to another call about an hour after the initial report. That call involved an accident near 103rd and Mansfield Avenue where a car had run into a snow bank according to a 911 caller, who also told the dispatcher that a man appeared to fall after leaving the driver’s side of the vehicle.
When the police arrived at the second scene they discovered a Jeep with heavy front end damage. They investigated and determined that the Jeep probably hit a landscaping rock in the parkway on Mansfield. The rock was under the Jeep.
A check of the registration revealed that the Jeep was the same one as reported stolen from the 102nd and Central location. Officers also found blood on the steering wheel, a cellphone in the car and a set of Volkswagen keys in the cupholder.
The police were able to trace the phone to an Oak Lawn resident, whose apartment was nearby. The keys matched a Volkswagen car at the residence.
The resident allowed the police into his unit where they found the resident’s father, Fawzi Abdallah, in one of the bedrooms. Abdallah had blood on his sweatshirt and on his hands. Fawzi Abdallah was searched and keys for the Jeep were allegedly found in his pocket.
Abdallah, a 61 year old white male, with a Dearborn Michigan Address, was charged with one count of felony unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle and given citations for leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and driving off the roadway.
At the time of the deadline for publication, Fawzi Abdallah was given a $50,000 bond and placed on electronic monitoring according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Abdallah is due in the Bridgeview Courthouse on February 28th.