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Neighbor Helps Foil Home Burglary: Police

Two men were charged and arrested for residential burglary Dec. 20, after a car chase and brief manhunt.

An observant neighbor helped police stop a residential burglary that turned into a car chase and brief manhunt, according to police reports. 

Donte Turner, 22, of Markham, and Michael G. Smith, 28, of Country Club Hills were charged with residential burglary Dec. 20 after Oak Forest police responded to a call of a burglary in progress in the 5800 block of Edward Drive.

A resident noticed a 1996 beige Oldsmobile parked in the driveway of one of the homes in his neighborhood at around 6 p.m. Dec. 20, and saw two men who didn't live at that home walk out from behind it, the report stated. The men loaded items into the car and then drove off quickly, the report added.

The resident called 911 to report what he had seen and then began following the Oldsmobile as it drove through the neighborhood, the report stated. 

Police picked up pursuit around Stuart Lane, and the car lost control, crashing into a tree near the intersection of Stuart and Reynolds lanes, the report stated. Two men—identified as Turner and Smith—jumped out of the vehicle and ran in different directions, the report stated, adding that police took them into custody after setting up a perimeter around the neighborhood.

When officers searched the Oldsmobile, which was heavily damaged from the crash, they found two large TVs and a laptop computer in the back seat, th report stated.

Police blotter information is provided by the Oak Forest Police Department. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.
Chad January 02, 2014 at 10:25 PM
We need more neighborhood watch like this. Keep everyone posted and send a message to Markham and Country Club Hills tax paying citizens to stay out of our town.
TheMadHatter January 03, 2014 at 07:58 AM
Kudos to the neighbor for being observant and notifying the police! Good job OFPD!
ChiCubs1 January 03, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Great Job to the neighbor and OFPD!! But I have a few questions for the editor...what time of day did this occur? I'm often home a lot at night as my husband frequents the graveyard shift at work. Granted I have a German Shepherd who is quite protective - I'd still like to be aware of what times these home invasions start. Also, How come you guys stopped listing the crimes by street/ward at the end of the month? I was one that enjoyed reading those statistics. I like knowing what goes on in my area and Home Invasions are the one thing that terrifies me. Any further information would be great! Thank you in advance!
Blu January 03, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Article says 6 pm it happened
ChiCubs1 January 03, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Missed that. Thanks Blu. What about the rest of the questions. How come we don't see the month by month crime stats any longer?
Catherine Sabeckis Casper January 03, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Chad, I am a tax paying citizen that lives in Markham. I send my son to a catholic school in Midlothian. My husband and I used to own a business in Oak Forest. I have family and friends who live in OF. I shop and spend MY money in OF. My son has been playing sports for OF Park District for 6 years. So forgive me when I saw your post is out of line and ignorant. Blame the people who commit the crimes... Don't condemn towns. Granted Markham isn't as high class as Oak Forest. But there are good, decent people who do live there.
ChiCubs1 January 03, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Thanks for telling us Jack. Why doesn't Patch report about this to let the citizens know...baffles me.
Joe Vince (Editor) January 03, 2014 at 01:10 PM
@ChiCubs: We haven't stopped doing the reports. We're only behind on December's because of the holidays. Expect to see those soon. —Joe Vince, Oak Forest Patch Editor
Joe Vince (Editor) January 03, 2014 at 01:11 PM
@Jack: I deleted your comment because of the profanity you used. I encourage you to repost your comment with the same information, but without the profanity. —Joe Vince, Oak Forest Patch Editor
jack hess January 03, 2014 at 02:07 PM
Ok Ed that fair. A neighbor had his snowblower stolen around 1am Christmas . The criminals also took a gps unit from his unlocked car that was in the garage. The snow showing two sets of foot prints going from garage to garage on both sides of the street. Tracks in the snow showed the snowblower going north down the street on the sidewalk to the corner Sycamore lane and Cypress st. and loaded into the trunk of a car. The block of Sycamore lane also had a home invasion 8/2013. The patch needs to add a category to their crime stats for HOME INVASION and not just Burglary. The patch does a good job listing the wards and crimes, but , Home Invasion are these most Dangerous Crime committed. To help keep your love ones safe and your property. A great tool is a wireless motion detector and a alarm unit. The alarm you can place in your bedroom and the wireless detector anywhere you want on the property or home. Menards sell this for $20. But you can buy them at Harbor Freight Tools in Burbank, il or Schererville ,ind. for $12. Menards also sells a wireless motion Detector with alarm build in for $9. They work quite well. They are very loud. Which is good . Also remove the rope handle from your garage track. The criminal know how to get to the rope hanging off the garage track. Keep you home outside well lighted. Criminal hate well lighted areas.
ChiCubs1 January 03, 2014 at 02:18 PM
Thanks Joe! I appreciate it. and I'm with Ed - Is it possible for you to add a section to the crime report that says HOME INVASION. That would be great for me to be more aware especially on nights I'm home alone and sleep pretty soundly. Jack - thanks for the idea about the motion detectors. I'm debating on getting one - I think my German Shepherd does a good job of protecting the house but it doesn't hurt to have a backup :).
Lila Bonk January 03, 2014 at 05:19 PM
It was my home that this article is written about. I am investing in a German Shepherd. He will be trained in obedience and protection. Having my home burglarized was scary but a home invasion scares me more.
Edward Douglas January 03, 2014 at 11:44 PM
Just a fyi- Oak forest may be better than Markham but is FAR from high class. This is a blue collar community for people who can not afford orland, tinley or frankfort.
Dm January 03, 2014 at 11:59 PM
@Edward Douglas, I don't know were OF is blue collar?? Over 35% of the residents have bachelor degrees. The average income is over 75,000. this town is HIGH CLASS. It's just run very bad.
Carter January 04, 2014 at 08:19 AM
@Dm median household income yes, which is not an average. Might want to check per capita income of OF and then post that. "High class" ha ha ha
ChiCubs1 January 04, 2014 at 05:06 PM
@Lila - I'm so sorry about your home. It is very scary and the thought of it terrifies me. German Shepherd would be. Great choice. I have one who is very protective of my house and makes me feel safer on my nights home alone !! @DM - I live in a VERY blue collar part of Oak Forest. 99% of people in my area are union tradesmen.
Edward Douglas January 05, 2014 at 02:26 AM
Just to clarify, there is nothing wrong with being a blue collar worker and living in a blue collar community (which is what Oak Forest is). My comment was more directed at the management of Oak Forest and some of the residents who live in some fantasy of turning this into a orland or tinley. Taxpayers of orland are wealthy enough to pay high taxes without a sweat, while in Oak Forest high taxes will lead to stable good people leaving.
Michael M. January 05, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Get yourself a weapon. You need to protect yourself and family if these turds decide to invade your home.
jack hess January 05, 2014 at 05:59 PM
People if you get a dog. Make sure it train not to take food from anyone but you. Also at night and when you are not home take off your dogs collar. Criminals open a door just a crack hook the dogs collar and pepper spray the dog. Big dog are good if trained right. But little dog bark more. Also don't tell you dogs to be quiet when they are barking. By telling the to stop barking, you are actually training you dog to ignore noises. Remember a dog can hear sounds from over 440 yards. A dog ears are able to move in different direction, an pinpoint the exact location of a sound's origin.
ChiCubs1 January 09, 2014 at 08:48 PM
Very good point Jack. My shepherd only wears his collars when we go for a walk. Otherwise they are off. He's very trained and his bark alone keeps people away. Just an extra bonus to having him!!
ChiCubs1 January 09, 2014 at 08:52 PM
And I love how the Donte guy in this story was breaking into a Midlo store hours before this.
Carter January 09, 2014 at 11:39 PM
@chicubs1 Can you please attach link with article that links the Donte guy to the midlo store break in. Can't find it anywhere. Thanks
ChiCubs1 January 10, 2014 at 07:31 AM
No Problem!! It was on my ABC7 app http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9387826

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