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Two Gang Members Charged in Connection with Palos Home Burglaries: Police

Gangster Disciples are operating a burglary operation in the suburbs, police say.

Two Chicago men believed to a part of a , were charged Thursday.

Tyrone Hughes, 22, of the 4100 block of South Prairie and Christopher J. Carter, 20, of the 600 block of block of West Vermont are charged with possession of stolen property. Additional charges of residential burglary and unlawful use of a weapon are pending, police said.

The two men are suspected in Palos Heights burglaries from Sept. 13 and Oct. 1, said Palos Heights Detective Tim Holder. Investigators believe Gangster Disciples based in the Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood are operating a type of ruse burglary operation in the suburbs. Burglars drive around in white pickup truck with lawnmowers. They then knock on the front door of a home and offer to cut the grass if anyone answers. Otherwise, they break into the house.

“In one case, they started to cut the grass even though no one was home,” Holder said.

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The earliest of the three Palos Heights burglaries happened on Sept. 13 in the 12200 block of Flambeau. Witnesses told police they saw a white, full-sized pickup truck in the area with what appeared to be frame racks. Officers now believe those were actually lawnmower handlebars rising up out of the truck’s bed.

Two more residential burglaries were reported on Oct. 1, one in the 19100 block and the other in the 12400 block of 69th Court.

On Tuesday, Palos Heights police stopped a white pickup in the 12200 block of Cheyenne Drive. Police said they saw a jewelry box in the truck’s bed and several pieces of jewelry inside the cab. The driver, Carter, was carrying a replica 9mm pellet gun in his coat pocket.

Both Carter and Hughes, who also was in the truck, were arrested, police said. Officers obtained a search warrant and found, among other things, a loaded nine-shot revolver inside the truck.

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Several of the found items came from an Oct. 2 burglary in Frankfort, Holder said. Among them were the driver’s license and a lock of hair from a deceased relative of the victim. Frankfort police have taken both men into custody, where they are already charged with residential burglary.

The pair now are awaiting a formal hearing on the Frankfort charges in the Will County Adult Detention Facility.

The larger gang crew is suspected in burglaries as far north as Elmhurst, Holder said. In the south suburbs, Palos Heights police have coordinated with investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and police from Orland Park and Hickory Hills in recent days over burglaries with similar elements to the ones that happened in Palos Heights. Two other men who police believe are connected were arrested in Midlothian several weeks ago.

Burglars are targeting homes at times they know people won't be there, Holder said.

Police advise residents not to let anyone in they don’t know and to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

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KJ October 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Yes bob you being the biggest one.
Chronicles of Bob October 16, 2012 at 02:50 PM
well, KJ, put on your hood and join the party... What a dope...
joe scungile October 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM
What a goofball. Just for the sake of not wanting to be a "racist" you defend these idiots and their actions. Hope you get in the middle of what these poor people have had to face...you would change your views in a minute. See, the thing is they're posing as landscape guys, but we all know Mexicans do that job, not a teenage black banger in the world would do that kind of work. They would rather beat, rob, or steal than do some honest work. So according to you, pal, if you don't like what's going on and speak out about it....well than you're a racist, and go find your hood. What a jag off.
I hate dumb people October 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM
HAHA
I hate dumb people October 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM
You know whats funny, I bet Bob's never left the comforts of the burbs. He's one of those hippie goody goody types, that knows everything. He's never face down an a**hole with a pistol in his face. I have friends who are all differnet races, sorry to say these people who you are talking about are lazy, good for nothing pieces of sh*t. These are the 47% that Romney was talking about, not the seniors, the vets or the disabled. The ones oppressed by the MAN! Bullcrap, they are just looking for excuses to get crap for free. Best for us is to put the conceal and carry into affect. I guarantee once someone pulls a firearm defending themselves, you'll see those chicken shits running with their tails between thier legs!

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