Chicago Gang Members Responsible for Burglaries in the Suburbs, Police Say

Gangster Disciples members suspected in home burglaries as far north as Elmhurst and as far south as Frankfort.

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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Carol October 12, 2012 at 07:02 PM
This is how it works; Chicago doubles down on gangs and it pushes the criminals out to the suburbs. We have increased our personal security and installed security cameras. If one studies the demographics over the last 60 some odd yrs, the "great white flight" happens over and over again. Formerly nice safe neighborhoods turn into a less than desireable place to live or a slum. Ever wonder why DuPage Co is a very different place than 40 yrs ago?
Independence666 October 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
So, if the police know that these dangerous thugs are out on our streets robbing our homes, why don't we see more patrols throughout our streets here in Elmhurst? City funding needs to be immediately shifted away from other things, and used to hire additional police and any other necessary security personnel and equipment we need to get these parasites out of our town! Safety and security should our #1 priority!!!!
Ramon Williams October 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM
The demographics have changed in DuPage County and I believe we have enough of a police presence, however, I believe some of our hard working officers need to get their priorities straight and look at the bigger picture.
Stewart Levine October 15, 2012 at 09:06 PM
these people need to be put down like rabid dogs, just euthanize them. I know that sounds a little bit fascist, but they are not able to be rehabilitated, and wreak havoc on our communities, thankfully in Dupage County the judge will hit them with 6-30 and probably more like 12 years for a couple counts of residential burglaries
Hannah Montana October 16, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Yeah, that's the solution! Just kill them all! People don't need second chances or the opportunity to be rehabilitated! We should just kill everyone who had a rough time growing up!
Independence666 October 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM
I'll assume you're joking Hannah. Now, do you seriously believe that if someone has a rough time growing up, they have the right to break into another's house and steal all of their things? If so, why don't you post your home address here and invite all of those poor underprivileged thieves to come take what they want.
Stewart Levine October 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM
ok a sane alternative might be forcibly micro chipping them, allowing them to be tracked via GPS satellite for the remainder of their lives, and whereabouts databased and monitored by AI computers. so when a crime occurs it can be cross referenced with the database and they can be given some more 'rehabilitation' or you could just put them in a concrete box in the middle of a corn field, force feed them genetically modified soybeans which cause cancer and tumors, and allow them to watch tv all day as a current means of rehabilitation. oh wait we already do that...
Independence666 October 20, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Now that is a seriously good alternative Stewart, but I'm afraid these maniacs would simply cut them out of their skin. Something like this would have to be buried very deeply near a vital organ or the brain........somewhere where the risk of attempted removal would be too great.
Joe O'Malley November 02, 2012 at 01:19 AM
"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"....Well that's a reg flag right there.


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