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Staff Report
4:04 am CDT August 19, 2019

An 89-year-old woman reportedly was robbed at about 2 p.m. Aug. 1 on the 16000 block of S. Gougar Road by a man posing as a “city inspector” and his accomplice. The woman described the man who knocked on her door as stocky, Hispanic, about 5-foot-6, in his 20s and clean shaven with black hair, according to police. He reportedly had a badge around his neck that said “city inspector.”

He allegedly said he needed to check her electricity, and she allowed him inside her home. He reportedly led her to the back porch where an electrical outlet was located, then to the back garage area and discussed where her property line was. The woman reportedly became suspicious, and after walking around to the driveway saw a second male in the driver’s seat of a Nissan SUV with the front license plates covered up. 

The fraudulent “inspector” got into the vehicle and left the area heading north on Gougar Road, police said. The woman reportedly realized a short time after a gold watch and roll of half dollars were missing from a bedroom.

Deputies spoke with construction workers in the area and were told by a worker that he saw a white SUV in the woman’s driveway, according to police. He reportedly saw an unknown male go into the trunk of the SUV, put on a safety vest and place magnetic company signs on the side of the vehicle. The worker did not know the company name, but he remembered it was an electric company, police said. 

Aug. 1

• A 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe reportedly was stolen from the driveway of a residence on the 14000 block of S. Stately Oaks Circle. The owner said the vehicle was locked and her keys were inside her home at the time of theft, according to police. 

July 31 

• Nicholas Gioroano Pianfetti, 24, of 1471 Brown St. in Des Plaines, was charged with possession of a controlled substance at Messenger Marsh at 16321 S. Bell Road.

July 30 

• A garage remote control allegedly was removed from an unlocked vehicle that was entered about 3:40 a.m. on the 16000 block of S. Lakewood Path. Two parked vehicles were then entered inside an attached garage, according to police. Earbuds were missing from one vehicle, while it was initially unclear if anything was missing from the second vehicle, police said. The garage door remote was reportedly later found in the owner’s front yard. 

July 29 

• Three tires reportedly were slit on a truck parked in a residential driveway on the 13000 block of W. Breanne Lane.

July 28

• Someone reportedly broke out the front glass door with a pickaxe in order to gain entry at Eddy’s Tobacco at 12147 W. 159th St. A total of 40 cartons of Newport cigarettes were stolen, police said. 

• Toni R. Abu Nada, 32, of 16740 S. Parker Road in Homer Glen was charged with battery on the 14000 block of S. Pheasant Lane. Deputies were called around 1 a.m. to a residence regarding a disturbance, police said. When they arrived, they spoke to a male who reportedly said earlier in the evening, he was at a party with family and friends at a different address in Homer Glen. Shortly after getting home, Abu Nada, a family member, allegedly arrived at their front door and began an argument regarding a situation that had occurred at the party.  The male reportedly told Abu Nada to leave several times, and the argument turned physical, with Abu Nada striking the male multiple times. Deputies were called to the scene, and Abu Nada was charged and taken into custody, according to police.

July 25  

• James R. Durant, 35, of 6018 W. 123rd St. in Palos Heights, was charged with driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage and operating an uninsured motor vehicle at W. 159th Street and S. Parker Road.

July 23

• Olankule Awofisoye, 35, of 8112 S. Ellis in Chicago, was cited for no valid driver’s license and speeding at W. 147th St. and S. Hawthorne Court.

Editor’s note: The Homer Horizon’s police reports come from the Will County Sheriff’s Department’s online news bulletin service. Anyone listed in these reports is considered to be innocent of all charges until proven guilty in a court of law.