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Wallet, purse stolen from unlocked car found in yard

Palos Park Police

A 60-year-old Palos Park man watering his plants found a wallet and a purse in his backyard in the 12000 block of South Timberlane Drive at 8:07 p.m. June 14. He reported the discovery to police, who learned that the items had been stolen the night before from a vehicle parked at a home a block away. The victims, a 45-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman, told police that their vehicle was not locked because they never lock it in Palos Park, according to the police report.

Two Palos Park women, ages 44 and 45, called police at 9:07 a.m. June 12 to report that their vehicles had been burglarized overnight while parked near Woodland Trail and Southwest Highway. Belongings were strewn about in both vehicles, but all that appeared to be missing was a handful of change from one. The women said their vehicles were unlocked because they do not lock them in Palos Park.

Minutes later, police responded to a burglary of a pickup truck about a block away. The victim, a 49-year-old man, said that his checkbook and mileage charts were missing from the vehicle, which he said he had forgotten to lock.

In other Palos Park police news, Billy W. Towry, 34, of Palos Park, was charged with improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and leaving the scene of an accident. He allegedly drove away after rear-ending a car driven by a 69-year-old Orland Park man at 123rd Street and Wolf Road at 4:51 p.m. June 12. Police said that the victim followed Towry to a home about a block south and blocked the driveway. Police at the scene quizzed Towry, who said he was unaware that he had caused any damage to the other motorist’s car, according to the police report. Police added that they found the front license plate from Lowry’s SUV at the scene of the crash. Towry is scheduled to appear in court in Bridgeview on July 23.

In other Palos Park police news, Cesar Jaime, 25, of Palos Park, was charged with driving without a license, no proof of insurance, and driving without a front plate. Police curbed his vehicle near 123rd Street and Mohawk Road at 1:09 p.m. June 23. His vehicle was towed and impounded. Bond was set at $2,000, and Jaime is set to appear in court in Bridgeview on July 23.

Daniel Francis Falls, 22, of Orland Park, was charged with speeding. Police curbed his car near 80th Avenue and Brook Lane at 12:56 a.m. June 21, after they said they saw it traveling at 63 mph, 28 mph over the posted speed limit. The car was towed and impounded. Bond was set at $1,500, and Falls was given a court date of July 23 in Bridgeview.

A 22-year-old Palos Park man told police that he received a harassing phone call at 7:41 p.m. June 24, from a man with a South Asian accent who claimed to be an agent of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The caller said the victim owed the federal government more than $2,100 and instructed the victim to go to a nearby Jewel/Osco and purchase a money order to pay the alleged debt. The victim told police that he hung up without giving out any personal information.

In a similar incident, a 71-year-old Palos Park man walked into Palos Park police headquarters at 10:59 a.m. June 17 and reported that he had received a call from a man who identified himself as “Officer Mike” from the IRS. The victim said that the caller claimed that he owed money to the IRS. The victim told police that he hung up without divulging any personal information.

Police charged Arturas Blazukas, 53, of Orland Park, with driving on a suspended license, no proof of insurance, and improper lighting. Police curbed his car in the 10400 block of West 123rd Street after they said they saw only one headlight on. The vehicle was towed and impounded. Bond was set at $1,500, and Blazukas is set to appear in court in Bridgeview on July 23.

Derrick A. Foster, 27, of Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended license, as well as driving a motor vehicle with expired registration. His SUV was pulled over by police in the 12200 block of South 90th Avenue at 11:30 a.m. June 16 after a random plate check. Bond was set at $1,500, and Foster is scheduled to appear in court in Bridgeview on July 23.

Police charged Caltonette L. Jointer, 32, of Glenwood, with driving without a license, as well as improper display of a front license plate. Police curbed her vehicle in the 13000 block of South La Grange Road at 7:44 p.m. June 16 after they said they saw no front license plate. As they approached the vehicle, they saw that the license plate was sitting on the dashboard, according to the police report. Bond was set at $1,500 and Jointer is set to appear in court in Bridgeview on July 23.

Omar G. Aguirre, 25, of Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended license, as well as failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Police made the charges as they investigated a crash in the 12100 block of South 80th Avenue at 8:12 a.m. June 24. Bond was set at $1,500, and Aguirre is set to appear in court in Bridgeview on July 23.

Police charged Wendell F. Phillips, 44, of Willowbrook, with driving on a suspended license. His car was curbed by police in the 9500 block of West 131st Street at 5:44 p.m. June 25 after a random plate check. The vehicle was turned over to a passenger with a valid driver’s license. Phillips is scheduled to appear in court in Bridgeview on July 23. 

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