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Police: Trespassers Have Rifles; Ruse Burglars Approach Couple

Also in the latest Chicago Heights police blotter, dated Aug. 17, a resident calls the cops after an attempted break-in while a man says his vehicle window spontaneously shattered.

FRIDAY, AUG. 17

Accused Trespassers Have Rifles

Two men were arrested and charged with trespassing after the previous landlord of a vacant apartment property reportedly asked police to help clear it for board-up, according to the report. They found Terrance B. Sanders, 19, of the 400 block of West 16th Street; and Nathan Robinson, 28, of the 300 block of Boston Street in the residence, the report said. 

When police arrived, Sanders answered the door and told police he lived in the apartment with his sister. The cops then reporedly entered the apartment and saw two .22 caliber rifles in a closet, one of which had a scope, according to the report. Police also discovered a case of 23 rifle shells and a BB gun in the apartment, according to the report. 

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Ruse Burglars Approach Couple 

An elderly Chicago Heights couple told police two men in their 20s recently knocked on the window of their 15th Street home, asking that they come to the door. One of the men told the couple he was their new neighbor and asked them to step outside to see the house he moved into, according to the report.

The couple and the two men walked around the outside of their house while a third man sat inside a van nearby, according to the report. After talking to the men for a few minutes, one of the victims went back into her home and was followed by one of the strangers. The woman then saw the third man, who was previously in the van, walk out of her kitchen and exit the house, police said. All three men fled in the van. The couple told police nothing was missing from their home and they were not harmed.

Attempted Burglary

A 61-year-old Chicago Heights man told police someone tried to tried to get into his home through a bedroom window sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The man said he was doing yard work in his back yard when he went inside and saw the bedroom window and screen halfway open, according to the report. The man told police he didn't notice anything missing. 

Suddenly Shattered

A 36-year-old Illinois Department of Corrections employee told police he was in the 2500 block of Chicago Road when his driver's side window shattered. The man said he did not know if someone through a rock at the window or if it shattered on its own. 

Employee Lounge Theft

A 53-year-old Lansing woman told police she left her gym bag in the nurse's lounge of her place of employment in the 1400 block of Chicago Road, only to return and find her Kindle electronic reader missing. The woman told police the lounge is a secured room that can only be accessed by key code. 

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