Police investigators believe Gangster Disciples, based in the Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, are running a type of ruse burglary operation in the suburbs, hitting homes from Frankfort to Elmhurst.
Two Chicago men believed to be members of the gang were arrested in Palos Heights Tuesday, Oct. 9. Tyrone Hughes, 22, of the 4100 block of South Prairie, and Christopher J. Carter, 20, of the 600 block of block of West Vermont, are charged with possession of stolen property. Additional charges of residential burglary and unlawful use of a weapon are pending, police said. Two other men police believe are connected were arrested in Midlothian several weeks ago.
In the Palos cases, the burglars drive around in a white pickup truck with a lawnmower in the back, knock on the front door of a home and offer to cut the grass if anyone answers. If no one answers, they break into the house.
In the Oct. 9 arrest, Palos Heights police stopped a white pickup and found a jewelry box in the truck’s bed and several pieces of jewelry inside the cab. The driver, Carter, was carrying a replica 9 mm pellet gun in his coat pocket, police said. Officers obtained a search warrant and found, among other things, a loaded nine-shot revolver inside the truck. Several of the found items came from an Oct. 2 burglary in Frankfort, Holder said. The pair are awaiting a formal hearing on the Frankfort charges in the Will County Adult Detention Facility.
The larger gang crew is suspected in burglaries as far north as Elmhurst, Palos Heights Det. Tim Holder said.
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