Home Invasion Reported in LG Park

Three masked intruders stole jewelry, cash and a car from a couple in La Grange Park, police say.

A La Grange Park man was tied up in his garage during a home invasion by three masked intruders in the 200 block of Timber Lane around 8 p.m. Wednesday, La Grange Park Police Chief Dan McCollum said Thursday. 

Police said a masked woman with a knife confronted the man in his garage and tied him up inside the home. His wife was also home at the time, McCollum said. The female intruder was with two masked males, he said. 

The intruders stole three rings from the wife's hand, other jewelry in the home, about $1,300 in cash from the home, and the family's white 2004 Lincoln Town Car. No one was injured, McCollum said. 

Specialists from the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Unit are assisting LaGrange Park Police in the investigation.

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Johnny Burke December 05, 2013 at 02:30 PM
This type of thing is happening more and more , sure an alarm will call authorities and help is on its way . and a gun is great if you can get to it load it and shoot first . I decided to take a more proactive stance! In the past few months I have secured my home with the Gibraltdoor , it is home invasion proof, I even put one on my master bedroom closet and created a walk in safe /panic room to run too! .find them on facebook and or online Gibraltdoor. this door is so tough even the police battering ram cant get through. they have a video on their website Gibraltdoor
Garry Watkins December 05, 2013 at 03:09 PM
What do the suspects look like?? Nice to know that in the event three people show up on your door step.
Dave Thomas December 05, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Cmon Garry. Reading comprehension is a valuable skill that should've been taught to you in grade school. MASKED INTRUDERS.
Garry Watkins December 05, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Think outside the box, Dave. Article said there was a woman involved - White, black, asian?? Legit question.. Stop with the ad hominem attacks..
Cy December 05, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Well, this is terrifying.
Bill December 05, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Just a reminder that there is no such thing as a safe neighborhood. The bad guys know the "safe neighborhoods" are easy targets. Keep your doors locked and your eyes and ears open.
Bill O'Connor December 06, 2013 at 12:06 AM
This is targeting the elderly, plain and simple. I've been enjoying the quiet town of La Grange Park for 13 years, and as the average age per resident in LGP is becoming younger and younger, the older residents are standing out more and more to the unlawful We need to keep our eyes on our home AND on our neighbors' home (especially on our older neighbors) at all times. Let's make our town stronger by "circling the wagons" and back each other up, if not for good will and karma, but on the value of our homes. LGP has a sterling reputation. I plan on helping it that way by a quick 911 call if things aren't right and let our strong police force have a chance.
Harold Sullivan December 06, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Call the cops when ANY solicitors appear at your door. Also call the cops if you see strangers, particularly gypsies or minorities, in your neighborhood, especially walking around at night. Can't be too careful.
Dave Thomas December 06, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Again, Garry; please re-read. The woman was also wearing a mask. Lord help us that you've probably procreated.
Harold Sullivan December 06, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Hey Dave Thomas, why don't you take it easy? You perfect? How about you go grab me a Double, fries and a Frosty?
Bill December 06, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Dave Thomas is actually the dead ex president of Wendy's who has come back as a nasty ghost with anger issues.
Dave Thomas December 06, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Harold, it is, "Are you perfect?" Proper communication is what distinguishes us from the animals. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for those gypsies and minorities though, sounds like helpful advice.
Harold Sullivan December 06, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Dave: Would you like to play that game? In your first comment, it should read C'mon, not Cmon. How about some useful advice instead of ignorant comments, moron.
Dave Thomas December 06, 2013 at 03:54 PM
It's an informal statement. Correct punctuation doesn't matter, e.g. "ain't". The level of ignorance from the other comments is astounding; particularly yours,"Also call the cops if you see strangers, particularly gypsies or minorities, in your neighborhood, especially walking around at night." Who do you classify as being a gypsy and minority?
Garry Watkins December 06, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Dave, Your kind nauseates me.. You go looking for trouble, and will create it if you can't find it. While speaking to a friend of mine who is a policeman in LP, he told me they have descriptions based on what witnesses told them; did you ever think the disguises could be laughable like you? Well, they were.. Look for an update soon. If I recall, you are a far left leaning minion of the worst type.. That would explain your Ed Schultz-like personality.
Dave Thomas December 06, 2013 at 09:09 PM
You caught me Garry. Since you know the description, why not do everyone a favor and post it? Also, please include your source with the LaGrange Park Police Department.
Garry Watkins December 06, 2013 at 10:07 PM
It isn't hard to catch folk like you.. Wait for the information like everyone else. My source? None of your business. You'd probably go on a rant like Martin Bashir did on MSNBC.
Dave Thomas December 07, 2013 at 03:03 AM
But Garry, you wanted everyone to know the description of the suspects; "What do the suspects look like?? Nice to know that in the event three people show up on your door step." I find it rude that you are withholding this valuable information for your own selfish purposes.
Garry Watkins December 07, 2013 at 08:07 AM
I'll send then to your house. You can use your sarcasm on them, and maybe they'll....oh well.
Mary E. Campbell December 09, 2013 at 09:59 AM
What ever happened to Neighborhood Watch? While you don't have to be chummy with all your neighbors, as a group, you share common self interests: personal safety, property value, village issues that affect the quality of life. Communities in other parts of the country (FL, for example) have figured out that 'keeping in touch' sets a clear tone that can be sensed by criminals who 'case the place'. A simple 'stand outside your house' twice a year and chat with your neighbors would work. Adding a sticker that announces the existence a watch group could deter thugs who can read; well, at least create a powerful logo for the majority who can't. It doesn't have to be a nosey process, but let's say you have a meth lab in your basement. Sharing that info is just plain good manners. Think: how did some creepy guy in Ohio imprison 3 women for years and no one knew about it? Wasn't there a kid in there, too? Geesh, a dog gets loose in our neighborhood and everyone helps. Let's bring back some form of Community Watch, that previously was performed by the oldsters who sat on the front porches and 'took attendance'. Not as many front porches these days, and if this type of crime ramps up, no more elderly neighbors, either.
Kelly December 09, 2013 at 10:07 AM
LG and LGP have had an increase in sec8 rentals. This always increases crime in an area, according to national statistics collected by law enforcement and crunched at our own University of Chicago And released in 2012. Off 47th at the tracks is one spot that is housing a lot of folks who are robbing people in the area with regularity. I have family who live east of LaGrange Rd and they are constantly finding their missing bikes, bbq grills, and other garage items being wheeled right down the street to apartments. A lot of the crime is Juvies so it's ibond, out and about and the court is lenient because they have bad homes, or the cops are targeting them, just kids, everybody makes mistakes etc. Same stuff was happening in Riverdale, Cal City, Cicero, and Hillside 15 -20years ago. It's just creeping farther and farther west because Chicago go out of the "housing" business. Remember the liquor store robbery/murder in Brookfield?
Bill O'Connor December 09, 2013 at 12:49 PM
OK, so let's talk about neighborhood watches and as when Dr. Discipio and the LGP police department ramp up a call for programs again? Neighboorhood watches, like ours, do fall away in their effectiveness is there isn't much to talk about in quiet communities like ours. Discussion like this is proactive and if you think about it in your busy day, just ask someone who you don't know on your block if they have seen something. Trust me, people will feel better if you reach out for a common goal.
Dave Thomas December 12, 2013 at 08:05 PM
still waiting for the announcement Garry…
Mary E. Campbell December 12, 2013 at 09:35 PM
I agree, Kelly. People have to live somewhere, but instead of dumping essential 'foreigners' from the city out here into the burbs, isn't there some sort of social work welcome wagon? I have friends who've moved from the city and it takes them a few years to 'get settled' pit here. Why wouldn't this be the same, only more complex, with families who've lived in isolated high rises for generations? If Sec 8 or any other housing group is going to place newies in unfamiliar neighborhoods, it's part of their job to acclimate the new residents and check up on them. Duh. And, Bill, I believe there's a lot to talk about in 'quiet' neighborhoods. Currently, meth is pouring into the Chicago area; we've been blessedly spared for years. 'Quiet' areas are being used to store and distribute. In tough financial times, neighbors need to support each other and stick together. There's a lot to be 'talked about' around here. And the talking had better start soon; we're already losing the fight when it comes to brazen people-on-people crime like home invasions. As to the race of the people involved, I gotta ask more like the socio-economic group. Who commits crimes with knives? Are these dim bulbs so poor that they don't have a gun? Or is this a new career to them? Are knives the weapon of choice lately? Or is it just this area? A neighborhood watch, stand outside your door on two designated days, be counted. Say hi to the people next door. Know who your neighbors are and where they're from. It's a start. And we'd better start soon and together.
Bill O'Connor December 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM
I concur, Mary, but we're relatively safe thanks to old man Winter :D. You are right. Even if the Village sent out a flyer saying "Let's watch each other...blah blah blah...and I definitely think that LGP needs a bigger digital footprint, esp. with social media. Send out a Facebook message coming from the village leaders (and I'm not running for office...). Stay safe, LGPers.
Mary E. Campbell December 13, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Winter is good for some things. What is it...10 days of below zero in a row fosters evergreen growth? It also fosters weak, cowardly criminals to stay in doors. Except, it didn't stop 2 idiots from a waltz-in burglary in Hinsdale last week. The lightweight creeps stay out of the cold; but the heavyweights are fuled by meth, so nothing's going to stop them. We ALL need to take it up a notch. 'Soft-core' Neighborhood Watch (SFNW) means professionals: police, employees--ComEd, Comcast, Garbage guys...all receive 'awareness training'. Residents, too, presented by local police shops. Hire varied 'tiers' of cops: community service officers can cruise in smaller, non-descript vehicles to report to the 'big guns' when suspicious actions warrant. Residents can, twice a year, let's say the first Sunday after the time changes, meet outside their houses at 3:00 PM. Make a point of it. Nothing formal. Just hey, how ya doin', who lives here and let's be neighborly. What I'm not sure about is: What if your next door neighbor creeps you out? During these financially trying times, you could have a lovely family living next door one day and 25 guys who don't speak English except to say, 'I yes look for job hello tomorrow.' Or maybe they're just creepy. Now what? Is it proper to ask, 'Hey, do you like to cook? Like, um, what is your favorite recipe?' Or, 'Not married, eh? Do you date much? Mostly girls you have in cages in your basement or do you 'carry out'?' That's the point of time in my big plan that stops me cold. Any thoughts? And I'm not so sure the 'village' is the one to send out the blah blah. I think it's a citizen group's responsibility to take our part in the Success Triangle. The Village does their part: educate and activate village employees, license or at lease register businesses that operate in the village (cleaning, landscaping, plumbing, etc). Keeping everyone informed of what's being done by police and fire is the job of the 'village'. Public Safety does their job the best. And we residents do our grass roots, home-based, get-to-know-your-neighbors job. What they hay? We might have more block parties?


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