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Car Burglary Suspect Flips Car, Dodges Police: Blotter

A car burglary suspect led police on a brief chase on 159th Street before driving his car into Cindy's Pub's parking lot and flipping it over the guardrail and down a 30-foot embankment. The suspect then exited the car and escaped police on fo

Oak Forest police were led on a brief car chase down 159th Street and through a local pub's parking lot, before a car burglary suspect flipped his car over a guardrail, down a 30-foot embankment and escaped on foot Jan. 14.

While on patrol in the 6100 block of 159th Street Monday night, police noted a suspicious subject standing next to a vehicle in the Oliver's Bar and Grill parking lot, the scene of several car burglaries in recent months. Officers pulled into the lot and noted a car exit and drive down 159th Street at a high rate of speed.

Officers followed the car down 159th Street before its driver made an abrupt u-turn, reversing direction down 159th Street before pulling into Cindy's Pub. Officers noted a male black, approximately 35-40 years old, behind the wheel of the car.

The driver headed to the back of the lot, before stopping at a guardrail, accelerating, and flipping the car over the rail and down a 30-foot embankment.

Officers called in a K-9 unit, as well as the Oak Forest Fire Department, to help track the suspect. The fire department's thermal scanner was used to check the area for possible traces of body heat that would lead officers to the suspect's location.

Officers did not locate the suspect.

Officers went back to Oliver's where they found a vehicle with a back window broken out. The owner of the vehicle said a black laptop bag and another black bag were missing from the vehicle. The two bags were located inside the crashed car.

Officers found the registered owner's driver's license in the crashed car. The suspect's parents came to the Oak Forest police station, where they told officers their son now lives in Harvey, although they did not know an exact address. His parents were advised to tell the suspect to come to the police station for questioning.

Charges are pending.

NANCY GRACE January 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Stay in your own town jerky
Darnell January 18, 2013 at 02:10 PM
More like the owners of Olivers should spend a little of the dough they rake in and add better lighting to the back lot, maybe even some video surveillance. With the frequency this has been happening it is just a matter of time before someone walks up on someone breaking into a car and gets shot, carjacked, mugged or raped and beaten.
Racing025 January 18, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Been to Olivers recently and the back of the lot has plenty of lights. How about people not be so stupid and leave valuables in plain sight. Because this happens so frequently at Olivers how about the OF police actually be a little proactive and every once in awhile have a unmarked squad trying to catch the crook. I do agree with you Darnell that Olivers should spend a little $$ for some surveillance and post a sign in the lot that says so maybe that would also help....
Bob Laird January 18, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Darnell you're absolutly right and it's a damn shame that we have to feel that way right here in Oak Forest. Let's all give Richie a big high five for sending these lovely citizens our way.
Josh Wagner January 18, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Hey Racing025, It was my car that was broken into. Before you make dumb, uneducated comments know what you're talking about. I came directly from work, which is why my laptop was in my car. It was not in plain sight, it was in a bag on the floor. I also have tinted windows. How about a piece of dirt scumbag doesn't break into cars.... I had no idea that this has happened before at Olivers. Oliver's should of had a notice up. Something that made people aware that recent, this has happened multiple times.
Racing025 January 18, 2013 at 05:03 PM
He must be a great or incredible lucky burglar to choose a car with tinted windows with nothing visible in the car and end up with that laptop...Burglars aren't geniuses they pick the easiest targets thats a fact, just ask any policeman. I have read the patch before and this has happened multiple times to other vehicles I guess I have been lucky. But because this has happened some many times before I make sure I have nothing of value in my car. Your right Olivers should have someting posted letting customers know that burglaries have been an issue and to be careful. It also would be nice if scumbags didn't break into cars...
Jim S. January 18, 2013 at 07:00 PM
The police have been proactive in attempting to locate the suspect in this case, but what people dont understand is these burgarlies happen within seconds, it wasnt something that wasnt being aggresively looked into, just poor timing on the police mutiple efforts
Bob Laird January 18, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Josh, sorry that you were victomized. Racing, sorry that you have to be careful not to leave any thing of value in your car. Why do we have to live this way? Here! Let's do something to stop this crap. What, legally, I don't know, but we have to do somethiing. I really just want to move away, but how far can white flight go?
Dm January 18, 2013 at 07:14 PM
So the parents don't have an address?the guy flipped this car over into a ditch? This guy is must have warrant out for him. Breaking into cars in Oak Forest had been going on for months. This is the frist time that the police have been one happen.
Guy January 18, 2013 at 07:15 PM
I was at Cindys when the car came flying through the parking lot at a very highroad speed, followed by several patrol cars seconds later. A few people were outside smoking & could easily have been killed. The lot @ Cindys is not big or well lit at all, and the police should've been smarter than to fly thru it like that!!! A car isn't worth an innocent persons life.
ChiCubs1 January 18, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I completely agree with you!!
ChiCubs1 January 18, 2013 at 07:22 PM
My car among 4 others on my street back in late October were burglarized. Windows broken and just money/change was taken from mine. I don't keep valuables in my car. It is very possible that this guy was involved with my street's Car Burglaries as well because right around that time is when Oliver's started getting targeted (or at least I paid attention to) along with several other streets in my area. Just scary that this scumbag keeps coming back to our area :( We moved from Oak Lawn to get away from so much crime...second guessing if that was a good choice now...
Josh Wagner January 18, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Racing, Like I said, I wasn't aware of prior instances. You're proby the same guy that blames a woman for being rapped as she walks down the street. If you would like to meet in person and discuss how stupid I am for having MY laptop in MY locked car, I can certainly arrange that.
Jim Peterman January 18, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Burglars know that people try to stuff valuables on the floor, under seats etc. They carry small flashlights and can easily see past smoked windows. Any strap hanging out or visible bag gives the go ahead for breaking and grabbing quickly. Olivers will never post a sign that will hurt business. These pieces of crap go to the neighborhoods that have people who are fairly well off but don't have the elaborate security systems like the very rich. Then select the easy picking, noisy, and easy to get away locations quickly. Common sense should indicate that noisy bars next to busy streets are perfect. Also gotta throw in there that if they are seen by the owner, there is little to no chance they will get shot at. All they have to do is hop in the car and get out on 159th street. Gone..... Know the risks of where you are parking your valuables.
Darnell January 18, 2013 at 07:48 PM
No,,,not really. There are lights but it is poorly lit! My wife made a similar comment as you in the second line. I replied, people come from work, go in to meet coworkers or friends. You have done the same thing. She agreed! The short of it all is, this has been a reoccurring incident there and if Oliver's doesn't do anything to improve safety for their patrons, people will stop patronizing. Let's not go over the edge and start blaming the OFPD. They can only be in so many places at one time.
Baba Wawa January 18, 2013 at 08:20 PM
It would be a smart thing to do, Darnell, also because people will simply not go there knowing their cars are potentially going to be burglarized. They'll go somewhere else, somewhere safer and it'll hit Oliver's economically. Maybe they'll get the message then?
Racing025 January 18, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Wow, you don't think that is a tiny bit extreme and hyprocritical? I find it funny how you want to fight over a comment on the Oak Forest Patch. Might want to have a little thicker skin and not resort to violance right of the bat. I know your mad because your car was broken into but I think the comment goes a tad to far. Who is the one with the dumb, uneducated comment now.
Racing025 January 18, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Well put Jim. Common sense and know your risk.. When in doubt error on the side of caution.
Tired of the B.S. January 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Am I the only one that finds it remarkable that somebody fleeing the police could escape on foot after "stopping at a guardrail, accelerating, and flipping the car over the rail and down a 30-foot embankment.". I would think that the driver would be injured or at the very least, disorientated and easily captured by the officers that were in pursuit. Whoever this 35-40 year old black man is, he needs to buy a lottery ticket.
Josh Wagner January 18, 2013 at 10:08 PM
A. Who said anything about fighting??? I'm simply stating this isn't the format to have a lengthy discussion on this subject.. I wasn't the one who Initially called someone stupid for having their property in their own car. B. If I had been in doubt or knew about the previous instances I would have went home first and dropped off my bag. Opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one. In this instance, it's a a**hole with an a**hole....
holyblogger January 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM
I think the person Josh Wagner in this post who claims to be the victim should do a few things. A. not use his full name in a post. B. not challenge people to fights on Oak Forest patch websites. C. have the balls to chase the guy who broke his window if he wants to fight so bad. D. shut up
Tom O January 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM
E. Dont leave valuables in your parked car.
FergLi January 18, 2013 at 10:41 PM
I'm sorry you were robbed and also for the person whose car was flipped. Just a suggestion: If you think you might be stopping somewhere, put the valuables into the trunk, but BEFORE you get there, not in their parking lot. My daughter will often leave a tote bag or something in the car and say "well, there's nothing valuable in there". Yes, but someone will break the window to find out. Also, if you're going to the walking trails, put your purse in the trunk at home, not when you're in the parking lot, as people watch for those opportunities. Let's just all try to exercise caution and minimize our risks.
Josh Wagner January 18, 2013 at 11:12 PM
I'm sorry. I'm just a little upset. I am an outstanding member of this community and a man who wants to live by the word of the lord. If a man wants to grab a drink after a long, hard day at work, he has every right to.
Tom O January 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM
You live by the word of the lord? You called Racing an A@@hole, Challenged him to a fight(indirectly) and accused him of blaming women for getting raped.. I must of missed that section in the bible. And no one said you couldn't go to a bar and get a drink but I think people have basically said use common sense in the parking lots. We don't live in a fantasy world were there is no crime, yes it sucks be everyone should use caution.
Josh Wagner January 18, 2013 at 11:44 PM
haha.. I didn't write that... someone has my password... thats good!
Josh Wagner January 18, 2013 at 11:45 PM
or someone made an account with the same name....
Josh Wagner January 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM
I didn't leave most of these comments.. someone is having some fun. I'm sure it's one of my friends... sorry... but that is funny.. lol
Sara January 19, 2013 at 02:55 AM
My car was broken into at Oliver's a few months ago. I didn't have any valuables but had to pay for a broken window. I think cameras need to be put in place to catch these people. At least there is a lead on one guy!
jj January 20, 2013 at 02:52 AM
How about the police get more proactive, racial profiling would be a good start

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