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Man arrested with plethora of burglary tools

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A Merrionette Park man was charged with attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools Oct. 9 after attempting to open car doors in a garage of an Oak Lawn condominium, police said.
  Joseph A. Robinson, 19, was arrested at 9:03 p.m. in the parking lot of the condo in the 10300 block of Austin Avenue, according to reports.
  Robinson had a screwdriver, folding knife and two padlocks as well as a backpack that contained a flash light, latex gloves and a folding hex key tool, police said.
  A witness, who lives in the building, called police and said he saw two men in the parking garage checking for unlocked car doors. Police arrived and saw Robinson walking away from the building followed by the witness, who was pointing at him.
  The witness said he called police shortly after hearing noises in the garage, which is located beneath his unit. He activated security cameras that are focused on his two parking spaces and saw two men wearing hooded sweatshirts trying to enter the cars, police said.
  The witness said Robinson ran toward a car parked in the corner of the garage in an effort to hide after another resident entered the garage. The resident did not recognize Robinson and questioned him, police said.
  Robinson said he was there to visit his mother, but the resident did not believe him because she said she knows everyone who lives in the building. Robinson entered the building’s hallway and went upstairs, followed by the first witness, who saw him exit the building via the Austin Avenue door as police arrived.
  The man with Robinson was not found. Witnesses said he wore a black hoodie, a dark hat, which he wore backwards, and dark basketball shorts. He was last seen in the building’s hallway.
  The witness who encountered Robinson in the garage told police that the two padlocks on her storage unit were gone, but nothing was missing. The locks were not secured. She positively identified Robinson as the man she saw in the parking garage, police said.
  Robinson told police he was at the building visiting a friend who he met on Oct. 8 at the basketball court at Little Wolfe Park in Oak Lawn. He said he did not know his friend’s last name or the condo unit in which he lived, according to reports.
  Police asked him to call his friend, but Robinson said his phone was not on, police said. Robinson later told police he was in the garage while his friend went upstairs to get cigarettes, according to reports.

Police News from 10-24-13

Chicago Ridge

  Gary Cooper, 22, of Chicago, was charged with possession and delivery of a controlled substance and Lamont Wesley, 21, was charged with possession of a controlled substance Oct. 15. They were arrested in the 10400 block of Ridgeland Avenue, police said.
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  Steven M. Bogovich, 18, of Chicago, was charged with battery Oct. 17 after a fight in the 10500 block of Parkside, police said.
  Kelly Hazzard-Hilger, 35, of Oak Lawn, was charged with retail theft Oct. 17 after stealing merchandise from Kohls at Chicago Ridge Mall, police said.

Evergreen Park

  Vivian Martinez, 24, of Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, disobeying a red light, having no insurance, driving with open alcohol and damage to village property after a two-car accident Oct. 12 at 93rd Street and Pulaski Road, police said.
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  Kortney E. Skelly, 28, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Oct. 15 after allegedly stealing goods from Michael’s, 9140 S. Western Ave., police said.
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  Tashawn A. Chavis, 20, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Oct. 16 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Wal-Mart, 2500 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Michael J. Roland, 28, of Chicago, was charged with theft Oct. 16 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Wal-Mart, police said.
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  Dawan P. Lacey, 25, of Chicago, was charged with theft Oct. 17 after allegedly stealing two food trays from Edible Arrangements, 8732 S. Kedzie Ave., police said. Lacey purchased the items over the Internet using someone else’s credit card, they said.
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  Brian C. Malone, 41, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Oct. 17 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Wal-Mart, 2500 W. 95th St., police said.

Oak Lawn

  A cell phone was reported stolen Oct. 3 from the purse of a customer at the Salvation Army store, 8732 S. Cicero Ave.
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  A catalytic convertor was reported stolen between Oct. 5 and 10 from a car in the 10900 block of Keating Avenue.
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  A 70-inch television, a game system, an iPod and seven Gucci belts were reported stolen Oct. 7 from an apartment in the 9600 block of Ridgeland Avenue. Offenders entered the apartment after breaking the kitchen window.
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  Stephen G. Gaal, 55, of Oak Lawn, was charged with drunken driving, speeding and no insurance Oct. 8 after a stop in the 6100 block of 97th Street, police said.
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  Adan C. Garcia, 24, of Chicago, was charged with drunken driving, speeding, improper lane use, no insurance and no driver’s license Oct. 10 after a stop at 95th Street and McVicker Avenue, police said.
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  Cara B. Schrage, 37, of Hometown, was charged with drunken driving, speeding, no insurance and improper lane use Oct. 11 following a stop at Southwest Highway and Kilpatrick Avenue, police said.
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  Harold Morgan, 58, of Chicago, was charged with assault Oct. 10 after a disturbance at Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., police said.
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  A purse was reported stolen Oct. 12 from a customer’s shopping cart at the Salvation Army store, 8732 S. Cicero Ave.
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  Steven J. Haase, 21, and Luis A. Nunez, 22, both of Oak Lawn, were charged with disorderly conduct Oct. 12 following a disturbance in the 5400 block of 95th Street, police said.
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  Tools valued at approximately $4,000 were reported stolen Oct. 12 or 13 from a garage in the 9700 block of Ridgeland Avenue, police said.
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  Mario Romero, 42, of Berwyn, was charged with drunken driving, speeding and no insurance after an Oct. 13 stop at 91st Street and Cicero Avenue, police said.
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  Claudia A. Bautista, 40, of Bridgeview, was charged with drunken driving, improper lane use and no insurance after an Oct. 13 stop at Southwest Highway and Sproat Avenue, police said.
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  Nike V. Stevens, 18, and Marcel K. Porter, 18, both of Chicago, were charged with retail theft Oct. 15 after allegedly stealing goods from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Timothy K. Malone, 30, of Orland Park, was charged with disorderly conduct Oct. 16 following a disturbance in the 4800 block of 95th St., police said.
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  Leroy Stanton, 41, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Oct. 17 after stealing merchandise from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.

Palos Hills

  A credit card, money order and miscellaneous items were stolen Oct. 15 from a purse in the 14000 block of Robert Road.
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  Adam Fijalkowski, 21, of Palos Hills, was charged with trespassing and criminal damage to property Oct. 17 after he allegedly entered a house in the 11100 block of 84th Avenue, police said.

Worth

  Daniel J. Mario, 64, of Worth, was charged with domestic battery Oct. 18 following a disturbance in the 7200 block of 107th Street, police said.

Area police departments
Chicago Ridge............ 425-7831
Evergreen Park.......... 422-2142
Hickory Hills............... 598-4900
Oak Lawn................. 499-7722
Palos Hills.................. 598-2272
Worth...................... 448-3979

Florida man accused of stabbing two in Chicago Ridge

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A Florida man was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon Sunday after stabbing two men at a Chicago Ridge trucking company, police said.
  Dmytro Zavarygin, 27, of Hollywood, Fla., was arrested at 12:20 a.m. at HMD Trucking, 10031 Virginia Ave., according to reports.
  Zavarygin was arrested at the trucking company shortly after the two men that he allegedly stabbed with a knife arrived at the Chicago Ridge fire department, which is located next to the company, police said.
  One victim, 28, told police he was stabbed in the arm during an argument with Zavarygin. The other victim, also 28, tried to separate the men and also was stabbed in the arm by the offender. Both men were treated at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Oak Lawn police investigate a meat retreat

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  The assistant manager of an Oak Lawn grocery store was unsuccessful Oct. 1 in his attempt to stop a thief in the parking lot of the store, police said.
  The offender placed $56 worth of meat into a cart at Jewel-Osco, 8801 S. Ridgeland Ave., and walked along the back of the store before leaving without paying for the merchandise at 5:10 p.m., police said.
  The assistant manager chased the offender into the parking lot and struggled with him until the assistant manager was shoved to the ground, police said. The man wore a grey shirt, black pants and had a tattoo on his neck, according to reports.
  The assistant manager was not injured and the merchandise was recovered. Another employee told police he recognized the man from high school and could identify him.

Concerned citizen? Police not buying it

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A Worth man charged with drunken driving after striking an SUV told police his eyes were watery and glassy out of concern for the passengers of the vehicle he hit, police said.
  John J. Gubbins, 37, was charged with drunken driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and having no insurance following the accident, which occurred at 6 p.m. near 111th Street and Oak Park Avenue, according to reports.
  The driver of the SUV told police he stopped at a red light at 111th Street and Oak Park Avenue. When the light turned green, he proceeded but had to slow down because the car in front of him made a right turn. When he stopped, he was hit from behind by the Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Gubbins.
  Gubbins told police he had just left a liquor store and was driving east on 111th Street. When the light turned green, he proceeded but the SUV in front of him stopped and he rear ended the vehicle. He said was returning from work and was headed to his parents’ house.

  Police said he had an odor of alcohol on his breath and glassy, watery eyes. He denied that he was drinking but later admitted that he drank two beers. He failed or refused to perform field sobriety tests, police said.
  He gave police an expired insurance card, but told officers, “I have insurance. I’ll pay for the damage. Can we get this done?” according to reports.