Police warn of IRS scam
Posted: Nov. 18, 2022
The Tinley Park Police Department would like everyone to be aware of a common Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scam targeting seniors. The ruse goes as follows: Scammers claiming to be with the IRS call seniors and say they owe money in back taxes. They demand that the senior go to the store and purchase a gift card for a large quantity of money, then call back and give them the code numbers from the card. Scammers then withdraw money from the card, and seniors lose the entire balance.
Avoid running your cars unattended
Posted: Nov. 18, 2022
To help deter vehicle theft, residents should avoid leaving their cars running and unattended to warm them up this winter. Thieves look for easy scores, and a running vehicle is a prime target. Even if your car is locked, a thief can break a window and easily drive off with it if it's already running. Always remember to turn off your vehicle when it's not in use. You should also remove any valuables from your car, as these can further entice a thief to target your vehicle.
S.A.L.T. donates to children's charity
Posted: Nov. 18, 2022
The Tinley Park Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) organization recently donated toys, $250 in gift cards and $80 to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. The donation will help support hundreds of children and teens who endure years and years of unending cancer treatments," said Treasure Chest Foundation Founder and CEO Colleen Kisel. For more information, call (708) 687-8697 or visit www.treasurechest.org.
Police host final beat meeting of 2022
Posted: Sept. 22, 2022
The Tinley Park Police Department held its final police beat meeting of the year Tuesday at Lewis Park in the Parkside neighborhood. The police department would like to thank everyone who participated in all the beat meetings this year, and they look forward to more in 2023.
Village hosts annual National Night Out
Posted: Aug. 5, 2022
The Tinley Park Police Department recently held its National Night Out celebration at Freedom Park. Residents came out to meet and greet local public safety teams and enjoy live music and a magic show. National Night Out is an annual event celebrated across the country that promotes police/community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.
Citizens Police Academy makes donation
Posted: July 28, 2022
Members of the Tinley Park Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association recently presented the Tinley Park Police Department with K9 first-aid backpacks, Narcan kits and goggles for the department's new K9 dogs, Helmut and Ron. The Alumni Association accepts donations to help purchase items for the police department. If you'd like to assist, just write a check made payable to "Tinley Park Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association" and mail it or drop it off to the Tinley Park Police Department, 7850 W. 183rd St.
Police hosting neighborhood beat meetings
Posted: July 22, 2022
Tinley Park Police Chief Matthew Walsh addresses residents during the second of many planned police beat meetings in the Village. If you're interested in hosting a meeting in your neighborhood, contact Deputy Chief Larry Rafferty at firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 444-5300.
Glasgow visits TPPD to meet new K9 officer
Posted: July 19, 2022
Will County States Attorney James Glasgow recently visited the Tinley Park Police Department to meet the new K9 officer, Helmut and his handler, officer Kelly Sweeney. Helmut came to the police department thanks to Glasgow’s “K9s for Cops” program.
New K9: Pictured (from left) is Tinley Park Police Chief Matthew Walsh, K9 Officer Kelly Sweeney, K9 Officer Helmut, Will County States Attorney James Glasgow, Mayor Michael Glotz, Village Manager Pat Carr and Deputy Police Chief Tom Tilton.
Posted: June 21, 2022
Data-driven municipalities leverage their resources to inform decision-making and planning. This is important to ensure they are stewarding their staff and financial resources wisely. The Tinley Park Police Department and Emergency Management Agency actively collaborate to reduce crime and theft in the community. To make that possible, they create comprehensive plans to determine where police should increase patrol, proactive actions to reduce crime, and how best to return stolen property.
The Village asked Municipal GIS Partners (MGP) to support its planning by analyzing public safety data. The analysis resulted in the creation of maps that identified locations where specific types of theft occurred over the last year. The Tinley Park team was able to identify patterns in the data which ultimately helped decision-makers prioritize their resources and determine the best course of action to mitigate future theft. This is just one solid example of how public safety departments can utilize a geographic information system (GIS) to inform decision-making and improve public safety operations.
National Night Out returns in August
Posted: June 13, 2022
Charges filed after altercation leads to death of New Lenox man
Posted: June 3, 2022
Tinley Park police on Friday charged a Tinley Park man with felony aggravated battery after he pushed a New Lenox man to the ground during an argument May 29 in the Brookside Glen neighborhood.
Police said Frank Stiso, 59, was driving at about 5:30 p.m. in the 8600 block of Brookside Glen Drive when he got into an argument with another driver, Jacob Bean, 24. During the altercation, the two men exited their vehicles and Bean pushed Stiso to the pavement, knocking him unconscious.
Stiso was transported to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, where he died after succumbing to injuries he sustained from the fall.
The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office is still reviewing the investigation.
Calumet City man charged with felony retail theft
Issued: June 1, 2022
A Calumet City man was charged with felony retail theft after trying to leave with $610 in merchandise without paying for it May 25 at Kohls, 7500 W. 191st St., Tinley Park.
Police said an offer was responding to a call of a retail theft at about 3 p.m. when he saw Markas T. Bowden, 45, 439 Hoxie St., Calumet City, exiting Kohls with two bags of items. When Bowden saw the officer’s police car, he immediately turned, walked back into the store and tried to return the items at the customer service counter as if he’d purchased them.
When Bowden was asked to provide a receipt, he put the bags on the floor and ran from the store. The responding officer saw Bowden exit the store, throw two gold bracelets on the ground and run away. The officer gave chase in his squad car, eventually catching up to Bowden and placing him into custody.
Oak Forest driver charged with DUI after crash
Issued: June 1, 2022
Tinley Park police have charged an Oak Forest man with aggravated driving under the influence after a traffic accident May 30 at Oak Park Avenue and 174th Place.
Police said Paul Hyde, 59, 15229 Walnut Road, Oak Forest, was attempting to turn east on 174th Place from Oak Park Avenue at about 8:45 p.m. when his 2004 Ford Focus hit a motorcycle carrying a male driver and his female passenger, who were heading northbound on Oak Park Avenue.
The woman sustained serious leg injuries, and the man suffered a broken foot. Both were transported to Christ Hospital and treated for their injuries.
Tennessee teens charged with unlawful use of a weapon
Posted: May 31, 2022
Two Tennessee teenagers were charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after police found two handguns in their car May 24 in the parking lot of Woodspring Suites, 18636 West Creek Drive.
Police said an officer was doing a regular patrol of the parking lot at 11:19 p.m. when he saw two people sitting in a black 2016 Chevrolet Traverse with Tennessee license plates. When the officer approached the car to investigate, he saw the occupants were smoking marijuana.
As the officer knocked on the window to get their attention, he noticed the passenger had a Glock handgun on his lap. The officer immediately drew his weapon, pulled open the driver’s side door and ordered the occupants to put their hands on the dashboard while he called for backup.
A further search of the car yielded a second handgun and about 10 grams of marijuana. The two weapons and the Traverse all belonged to the driver’s father, who drove to Tinley Park from Tennessee with his son and the passenger and was upstairs in their hotel room when the incident occurred.
The passenger, Deandrae M. Rogers Jr., 18, 414 Rich Smith Way, Jackson, Tenn., was charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and transferred to the Will County Adult Detention Facility. The driver, a 17-year-old boy, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and transferred to the River Valley Juvenile Justice Center.
Village welcomes two new police dogs
Posted: May 6, 2022
The Tinley Park Police Department recently welcomed two new police dogs to the team, Helmut and Ron. They are both in training for the next six to eight weeks. Welcome to the public safety team!
Tinley Park man charged with first-degree murder in death of his daughter
Posted: May 4, 2022
A Tinley Park man has been charged with first degree murder after his daughter was found dead Sunday, May 1 at their home, 7806 W. 167th St.
Police responded at about 5 p.m. to a call of a possible death investigation at the home. Upon arrival, police discovered a deceased 17-year-old girl in a lower level of the house. Police also found her father, Mohammed Almaru, 42, with self-inflicted wounds to his wrist and throat. Almaru had ingested pills and was taken to Christ Hospital, where he was stabilized.
The girl was identified as Mia Maro, 17, who was Almaru’s daughter. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined Maro died as a result of multiple injuries and ruled her death a homicide.
Almaru was intubated at the hospital and was unable to be questioned until late Monday afternoon. Based on evidence gathered by detectives, police charged Almaru with first-degree murder.
“On behalf of the entire Village of Tinley Park, I’d like to offer my sincerest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Mia,” Mayor Michael Glotz said. “By all accounts she was a lovely young woman at the very beginning of her life, a life that she will now never get to fulfill. To her family, friends and fellow students at Andrew High School, we mourn her passing with you.”
Police warn of new phone scam
Posted: April 8, 2022
The Tinley Park Police Department would like to make the public aware of a new phone scam in which callers contact residents and request bond payments for family members who were in police custody.
Woman charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after traffic stop
Posted March 30, 2022
Tinley Park police charged a Calumet City woman with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after they found a stolen handgun in her car during a traffic stop March 27 at 171st Street and Harlem Avenue.
Police said Seairre Sloan-Lieteau, 23, 667 Douglas Ave., Calumet City, was speeding when police conducted a traffic stop at about 4:30 p.m. As the officer approached the car, he smelled a strong odor of burnt cannabis and saw a child in the back seat not secured in a safety seat.
The officer asked Sloan-Lieteau and her male passenger to exit the vehicle. After a search, police found an FNH 5.7x28 mm caliber handgun in the center console and a clear bag containing four pills. Police checked the gun and found it to be reported stolen from Morton Grove, IL.
The passenger, Mercedes Starks, 24, 7209 Yates Blvd., Chicago, was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Both Sloan-Lieteau and Starks attended a bond hearing in Chicago.
Police looking for armed robbery suspect
Posted: March 18, 2022
Police are asking for help in identifying a man who robbed a Tinley Park business at gunpoint Thursday night.
Police said a man wearing a black surgical mask and a hooded sweatshirt pulled tightly over his head entered Just Threading, 9512 W. 179th St., Tinley Park, shortly after 7:30 p.m. and walked directly to the counter. He then pulled a black handgun from his waistband and, pointing it at the two employees behind the counter, said “hands up.” The man then walked behind the counter and attempted to open the cash register. He was able to take $150 before fleeing the store on foot in an unknown direction. No one was injured.
Police said the man was Black, about 5`8" to 6`0" tall, weighing approximability 160 to 185 pounds with a slender build. He was wearing a bright yellow hooded sweatshirt, a black surgical mask, black gloves, orange-patterned track pants and dark gym shoes.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the Tinley Park Police Department at (708) 444-5300.
Woman donates dolls to PD
Posted: Feb. 11, 2022
Tinley Park resident Becky Boone on Tuesday donated about 50 handmade stuffed dogs to the Tinley Park Police Department, which will give them to officers to hand out when dealing with cases involving abused or neglected children.
“We want to thank Becky for her wonderful work making these stuffed dogs,” Deputy Police Chief Larry Rafferty said. “They’ll help a lot of children through some tough times.”
The police department will also give several of the stuffed dogs to the Children’s Advocacy Center, which deals with about 250 child abuse cases each year.
“It’s a great partnership, and it’s all thanks to Becky’s creativity and generosity,” Rafferty said.
Pictured (from left) are Tinley Park Police Chief Matthew Walsh, Tinley Park resident Becky Boone and Children’s Advocacy Center Directory Danielle Butts.
Kentucky man in custody after vehicle theft, accident
Posted: Feb. 10, 2022
A London, Kentucky man is in custody after stealing a white 2018 Jeep Cherokee Thursday afternoon from Bettenhausen Dodge, 8355 W. 159th St., Tinley Park.
Police said Marty Crawford, 50, 6484 Barbourville Road, walked up to the vehicle, which was an unlocked test model that was parked in front of the building. He entered the vehicle and then used a key fob that had been left inside to start the Jeep and drive away.
The stolen vehicle was later involved in a traffic accident at 179th Street and LaGrange Road. Following the accident, Crawford fled on foot. Tinley Park officers, along with the help of an off-duty Will County sheriff and eyewitnesses, were able to quickly locate and arrest him.
Two people were injured in the crash and taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox for treatment.
Crawford will appear in Bridgeview bond court after charges are approved.
Municipalities team up to fight crime at local car dealerships
Posted: Feb. 7, 2022
The Village of Tinley Park has combined resources with the villages of Orland Park and Orland Hills to combat crime at local car dealerships. This new, police department-based task force is an initiative put into place as a proactive measure to prevent and deter burglaries and thefts that have become troublesome in recent months.
“The aim is to protect the local businesses while keeping the public safe from opportunistic offenders looking to steal cars to further commit more violent crimes,” Tinley Park Police Chief Matthew Walsh said. “We appreciate the partnership we have with the Orland Park and Orland Hills police departments that allow for collaborative efforts such as these that will aid in the reduction of this type of crime.”
The three area police departments are no strangers to combining efforts for public safety, as the municipalities often assist one another should the situation call for such measures.
“Resource collaboration, technology and intelligence sharing are important attributes that will be utilized to counter the increased number of car dealerships being victimized throughout the Chicagoland area,” Orland Park Police Chief Joe Mitchell said.
All three police departments will work together to surveil and, if the need arises, apprehend anyone committing crimes at local businesses.
“The Village of Orland Hills Police Department looks forward to working alongside Orland Park and Tinley Park police departments,” Orland Hills Police Chief Michael Blaha said. “The car dealership burglaries in the area are a shared concern, so joining resources is the best way to tackle an issue such as this one.”
Residents may notice an increase in police presence along 159th Street and areas where car dealerships are prevalent.
“As always, we ask that if you see something that just looks suspicious, please say something by calling the non-emergency line of your local police department or in the case of an emergency, dial 911,” Walsh said.
New officers assigned to Lane Bryant case
Posted: Feb. 2, 2022
The Tinley Park Police Department has assigned two new officers to investigate the Feb. 2, 2008 murders of five women at the former Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park.
“Due to the retirement of our lead investigator and the promotion of another, we decided now was the perfect time to bring in a fresh set of eyes to review the evidence,” Deputy Chief Lawrence Rafferty said. “The young officers we’ve assigned to this case have been doing an outstanding job so far, going back over hundreds of old leads and following up on new ones as they come in.”
In the 14 years since the crime occurred, officers have followed up on more than 7,500 tips. In 2018, Michigan State Police created a 3D version of the original sketch made in 2008 from an eyewitness account to provide a more life-like representation of the suspect.
“We’ve never given up on this case,” Mayor Michael Glotz said. “Every year, we make sure the police department has the resources they need to continue their investigation. We won’t rest until the killer is brought to justice and the families of those five innocent women have the closure they deserve.”
Police said the suspect is a man between 6’ and 6’2” 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 39 to 49 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 wearing a charcoal gray ski/skull cap.
“This is still an active investigation, and we continue to pursue leads as they come in,” Rafferty said. “We’re hoping someone who may have been reluctant to contact us earlier with important information can now find the courage to step forward and help us bring this horrible tragedy to a close.”
If you have any information, please call the Tinley Park Department’s tip hotline at (708) 444-5394 or send an email to email@example.com. All information provided to the tip line will be kept confidential.
Police form Crisis Intervention Team
Issued: Nov. 24, 2021
The Tinley Park Police Department recently formed a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) comprised of 13 officers specially trained to recognize and respond to a variety of mental health issues while on duty.
“Sometimes, situations involving people with mental health issues can escalate quickly because responding officers aren’t aware there is an underlying issue or issues causing the behavior,” Tinley Park Deputy Chief Lawrence Rafferty said. “This helps to correct that by giving officers the tools and training they need to deal with those situations appropriately.”
Orland Park started its own CIT program, and thanks to a grant from Trinity Health Services was able to invite Tinley Park, along with other surrounding communities, to join them. As part of the program, mental health experts from Trinity are available to offer real-time advice and answer questions via iPads that CIT officers carry with them at all times. Trinity also uses data collected via the iPads to better serve those with mental health issues in the future.
Rafferty said that the ultimate goal is to have 50% of the entire police force CIT-trained, with two to three CIT-certified officers on duty during every shift. The class to become CIT-certified consists of 40 hours of training in scenario-based situations.
“With mental health centers closing across the area, many people in need of real help oftentimes don’t get it,” Rafferty said. “This can help.”
People who call the police with emergencies involving people suffering from a mental health crisis or substance abuse issue can now request a CIT officer. For more information, please contact Sgt. Jon Mittelman at (708) 444-5319.
For a comprehensive list of mental health resources, please visit the Community Organizations page on the Village website.
Women cited for Fighting in Public after Tutor Time incident
Posted: Nov. 23, 2021
Two women were cited for Fighting in Public after an altercation Nov. 17 in the parking lot at Tutor Time, 8007 W. 183rd St., Tinley Park.
Police said Azia Taylor, 31, of Flossmoor, and Beatriz Luna-Delgado, 33, of Crete, were both leaving Tutor Time when one of the women hit the other’s car with her car door, which started a fight between them.
Police checked nearby video surveillance footage but were unable to determine who started the fight. Police are still seeking additional video and independent witnesses who may have seen the incident. Because of this and the conflicting accounts both parties gave, police cited everyone involved for Fighting in Public, including Luna-Delgado’s husband, David O’Donnell, 35, of Hobart, Ind., who was observed attempting to separate the two combatants when officers arrived.
All parties have been given a hearing date at the Tinley Park Police Department, and both families were dismissed from the daycare, according to Tutor Time officials.
After the incident, officials from Tutor Time contacted the Tinley Park Police Department with concerns they saw on social media to cause destruction to and organize protests at their property. As a result, police have dispatched extra patrols to the business.
Police searching for Hammond homicide suspects after vehicle chase, crash in Tinley Park
Issued: Oct. 15, 2021
Tinley Park police responded Thursday night to the area of Ridgeland Avenue and 183rd Street to assist the Illinois State Police and the Posen Police Department in locating a vehicle occupied by suspects wanted in connection with an earlier shooting incident in Posen and a double homicide in Hammond, Ind.
At about 10 p.m., a Tinley Park officer spotted the suspected vehicle and began to pursue it northbound on Ridgeland Avenue. In the ensuing chase, the vehicle crashed into the railroad tracks at Ridgeland Avenue and Oak Forest Avenue, and its occupants fled in different directions. Police were able to apprehend one of the fleeing suspects.
Tinley police set up a perimeter and secured the area while waiting for other agencies to arrive and assist with the search for the remaining suspects. Tinley Park Emergency Services also issued a CodeRED alert in a 1.5-mile radius of Oak Forest and Ridgeland avenues warning residents of the possible danger and to report any suspicious persons.
Illinois State Police arrived and assisted with coordinating the perimeter. The South Suburban Emergency Response Team and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Mutual Aid Response Team (ILEAS) were active and also arrived at the scene to help. The Cook County Sheriffs Police Hostage Barricade Unit also was active due to the size of the search area. Police also used bloodhounds in tracking the suspects.
Tinley Park police and dozens of agencies from state, county and local jurisdictions are still conducting a massive and comprehensive search, which will continue until they determine the subjects are no longer in the area or are taken into custody.
The Tinley Park Police Department is asking residents to continue to report any suspicious activity. Those with home security systems are asked to check any activity on their cameras throughout last evening and report anything suspicious by calling (708) 532-9111.
Residents are also encouraged to sign up for the Village’s CodeRED emergency notification system by visiting www.TinleyPark.org/StayInformed. CodeRED sends emergency alerts and critical information to Village staff, residents and businesses, as well as non-emergency information such as road closures and trash collection schedule changes.
Police charge Tinley Park man with felony unlawful possession
Issued: Oct. 8, 2021
Brad Ryan, 23, 16714 Hillside Place, Tinley Park, was charged Thursday with unlawful possession with intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams (a Class X felony) after Tinley Park police found a large quantity of drugs inside his home while executing a search warrant.
Tinley Park tactical officers received information that Ryan was selling large quantities of cannabis, THC wax and THC vape cartridges to people throughout the south suburbs. Officers also learned that Ryan received most of his product through the mail from southern California, and that he would have the packages delivered to a residence located in the 6800 block of White Egret. Once the packages were delivered, Ryan would recover them and bring them back home.
Based on information gathered during the course of the investigation, police secured a search warrant for one of these packages and located 420 THC vape oil cartridges ($45 per unit for a total street value of $18,900). The package was then delivered as expected to the home in the 6800 block of White Egret. Ryan recovered it a few hours later, brought it to his residence and opened it.
Police then executed a search warrant at his home, where they found 24.5 lbs. of raw cannabis, 8.5 lbs. of THC wax and 1,020 units of THC vape cartridges/edible THC. Police also recovered a large amount of money.
Ryan was transported Friday morning to the Bridgeview Courthouse for bond court.
Tinley man charged with reckless discharge of a firearm
Issued: Sept. 29, 2021
Tinley Park police on Wednesday charged a man with reckless discharge of a firearm after he fired a handgun three times into the air Tuesday evening in an attempt to intimidate people who were stealing his car. Police said Naser Zaghlol, 43, of Tinley Park, was at home in the 16700 block of Jean Lane when he received a call from his son, who was outside and said he saw Zaghlol’s gray 2016 Nissan Altima speeding out of a nearby parking lot. Zaghlol realized someone was stealing his car and, loading his handgun, he went outside and fired three shots into the air to scare the thieves. Zaghlol’s car had been stolen weeks earlier in Richton Park while he was working as a Door Dash/Uber Eats driver. While the car was eventually recovered, the key fob was not, and Tinley Park police suspect this is why his car was targeted a second time. Police are investigating the theft, including reviewing nearby video surveillance footage.
New officers sworn in
Issued: Aug. 20, 2021
Clerk Kristin Thirion recently conducted a swearing-in ceremony for six new police officers, including Anthony Falco, Donovan Brady, Jonathan Garrity, Mark Kane, David Benes and Michael Love. Welcome aboard!