An idea by Trustee Robert Streit to increase detectives on the streets through reassignment, that was first derided by Mayor Sandra Bury, and eventually implemented by the Oak Lawn police, has resulted in the capture of two men now charged with burglary.
Several years ago, Independent Trustee Robert Streit introduced the idea of adding patrols in the neighborhood by utilizing more detectives on the street. At the time, the administration reacted negatively before announcing at a later date that the change had been instituted.
In 2014, Village Manager Larry Deetjen said in a Daily Southtown article that the increase in burglaries didn’t justify more police patrols. In 2017, Bury claimed that Streit’s ideas on fighting crime would exacerbate the village’s weak financial position.
Time, and perhaps success, changes minds because Village Manager Larry Deetjen was leading the cheers on Tuesday during the village board meeting for the detectives on the street who captured a burglary ring. Deetjen congratulated the police noting that the police were aware of a number of daytime burglaries that had become worrisome for many Oak Lawn residents and officials. Deetjen admitted that the idea of taking “additional officers from other assignments and stationing them throughout the community” allowed the detectives to observe and follow a suspicious vehicle that resulted in the arrest of two alleged burglars a day earlier in Burbank.
The Burbank police issued a news release also praising the Oak Lawn detectives who were “surveilling these subjects shortly before the burglary took place”.
The news release stated:
On Monday, 03/25/2019, at approx. 10:23 am, the Burbank Police Department responded to the 8000 block of Meade Avenue to assist officers from the Oak Lawn Police Department trying to apprehend three subjects for committing a residential burglary in the area. It was learned, the Oak Lawn officers were surveilling these subjects shortly before the burglary took place. The officers witnessed these subjects unlawfully enter into a residence on Meade Avenue. As the Oak Lawn Officers investigated further, they observed the subjects exiting the same residence. The subjects subsequently fled on foot from the officers.
Two of the three men were apprehended. These two were identified as 20 year old Hislen Moncada and 19 year old Ivan Reyes, both from Chicago. The third subject described as a Hispanic male approx. 28 years old, 5’11 and approx. 206 lbs with a tattoo of a tear-drop on his left eye, fled the area in an unknown direction. Recovered from the scene is a silver 2011 Kia Optima, believed to be owned by the third subject who fled the scene. Both Moncada and Reyes have been charged with one count each for Burglary. Moncada also had an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Both men were scheduled to attend a bond-hearing on Tuesday, 3/26/2019.
It was learned these subjects had no ties to the property and had no permission to remove any property from the residence. The property removed from the residence has been recovered and returned to the owner.
No injuries were reported during the incident. The owner of the residence was not home at the time of the incident.
This is an on-going investigation. More information will be made available as this case progresses.
Both individuals were being held in the Cook County Jail after the bond hearing. Deetjen delivered an on camera message to anyone committing a crime in Oak Lawn promising perpetrators “you will be caught”. Even Bury apparently seemed to be convinced that the reassignment of the police detectives was a good idea in retrospect sharing Deetjen’s praise and hoping out loud that the two men are prosecuted.
Streit did not speak about the issue at the board meeting and when contacted by the Oak Lawn Leaf he refused to revisit the meeting from a few years ago when other board members reacted negatively and he was ridiculed by his fellow board members. Instead, he said, “the police did a great job and deserve the credit”.