Issued: August 27, 2018
Police Chief Sworn In
Mayor Jacob Vandenberg on Monday officiated over the swearing-in ceremony of Police Chief Matthew Walsh. Chief Walsh has 25 years of experience spanning across the public sector of law enforcement, including 20 years in a supervisory capacity, specifically in a command responsibility. Most recently, he served as Watch Commander for the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, focusing on community policing. He earned educational degrees, including an MBA and BS in business administration and is a graduate of Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and the F.B.I. National Academy at Quantico.
Issued: May 24, 2018
Lori Mason to retire June 15
Tinley Park Deputy Chief Lori Mason recently announced her retirement from the Tinley Park Police Department. Her last day on duty will be June 15.
“Lori is a fine officer who will be sorely missed,” Interim Police Chief Charles Faricelli said. “We wish her only the very best in her retirement and future plans.”
Mason began her career in 1981 as a dispatcher for the Tinley Park Police Department. After moving to the Orland Park Police Department in 1987 to work as a dispatcher, she returned to Tinley Park as a police officer in December of that same year.
“Working for the police department I was able to enjoy my career as a street officer, an investigator, a task force officer for customs, a street sergeant, an administrative sergeant in charge of special events and finishing with the honor of being deputy chief, overseeing some of the best men and women I know working as police officers,” Mason said.
Issued: April 4, 2018
Police recommend locking cars following vehicle thefts, burglaries
In the past few weeks, several vehicles that use the “key fob” system have been stolen in Tinley Park. In all instances, the owners left the key fobs in the vehicles, which prevented the doors from locking and gave thieves easy access to the keys.
Several vehicles also were burglarized, many in the same vicinity as the car thefts. In the vast majority of cases, the vehicles were left unlocked.
The Tinley Park Police Department strongly encourages all vehicle owners to lock their cars and remove the key after parking, and to call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity.
Issued: March 13, 2018
Tinley Park man charged following fatal car crash
The Tinley Park Police Department has charged Timothy P. McGuire, 37, of Tinley Park, with aggravated driving while intoxicated involving a death, driving while intoxicated, and driving without insurance following a fatal car crash Sunday, March 11 in the 16700 block of 80th Avenue.
Police said McGuire was driving at about 9:50 p.m. when he struck another car at the intersection of 167th and 80th Avenue. A passenger in the second vehicle, Armida Reyes, 79, of Tinley Park, died on the scene. Two others in that car, as well as McGuire, were transported to the hospital and later released.
McGuire was transported Tuesday to the Bridgeview Court House for a bond hearing.
Tinley Park police continue to investigate the crash.
Issued: February 27, 2018
Police charge two men with identity theft in separate incidents
The Tinley Park Police Department has arrested two men relating to separate identity theft incidents Feb. 8 and 23 at the same health club in the 18400 block of Convention Center Drive.
Police said Antonio Lewis, 29, of Antioch, Calif., stole a credit card Feb. 8 from a gym locker at the health club and then tried to use it to purchase items at a nearby mall. Lewis was charged with identify theft and unlawful possession of a credit card of another and is being held at the Will County Adult Detention Center on a $75,000 bond.
Police also arrested Cornell Trotter, 47, of Chicago, on Feb. 23 and charged him with three counts of identity theft and one count of aggravated identity theft after he allegedly stole identification and credit cards from patrons working out at the same health club on four separate occasions. Trotter is being held on a $50,000 bond at the Will County Adult Detention Center.
Health club patrons are reminded to limit the valuables they bring into a health club and to use a high-quality gym lock that won’t easily break. Patrons also should choose a locker in the middle of the room, close to traffic and visible from the showers, the sauna or the gym itself.
The Tinley Park Police Department would like to remind residents to report any suspicious people to health club management or call 9-1-1.
Issued: February 1, 2018
Tinley police release new 3-D image of Lane Bryant suspect
The Tinley Park Police Department has released a new 3-D image of the man suspected of killing five women at a Lane Bryant store the morning of Feb. 2, 2008.
The new image, prepared by Michigan State Police, is an enhanced version of the original sketch made in 2008 from an eyewitness account and utilizes the latest in facial identification technology to provide a more life-like representation of the suspect.
"We hope this enhanced version will lead to the identification of the suspect in this horrible crime," Tinley Park Police Chief Steve Neubauer said.
Police said the suspect is a man between 6’ and 6’2 tall with a husky build and broad shoulders. He appeared to be 25 to 35 years old at the time of the killings, meaning he would be 35 to 45 years old today. He has a medium to dark skin tone.
At the time of the murders he wore braided hair with three to five puffy corn rolls pulled toward the back of his head. One braid hung down the right cheek and had four light green beads on the end.
The man was wearing a dark-colored waist-length jacket and black jeans with embroidery on the back pockets similar to a cursive "G." He also was also wearing a charcoal gray ski/skull cap.
The suspect’s voice can be heard by calling (866) 853-6222 or by visiting the Village website at www.tinleypark.org.
Those with information on the murders can call the tip hotline at (708) 444-5394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.