Two Gang Members Charged in Connection with Palos Home Burglaries: Police

Gangster Disciples are operating a burglary operation in the suburbs, police say.

Two Chicago men believed to a part of a , were charged Thursday.

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.

The two men are suspected in Palos Heights burglaries from Sept. 13 and Oct. 1, said Palos Heights Detective Tim Holder. Investigators believe Gangster Disciples based in the Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood are operating a type of ruse burglary operation in the suburbs. Burglars drive around in white pickup truck with lawnmowers. They then knock on the front door of a home and offer to cut the grass if anyone answers. Otherwise, they break into the house.

“In one case, they started to cut the grass even though no one was home,” Holder said.

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The earliest of the three Palos Heights burglaries happened on Sept. 13 in the 12200 block of Flambeau. Witnesses told police they saw a white, full-sized pickup truck in the area with what appeared to be frame racks. Officers now believe those were actually lawnmower handlebars rising up out of the truck’s bed.

Two more residential burglaries were reported on Oct. 1, one in the 19100 block and the other in the 12400 block of 69th Court.

On Tuesday, Palos Heights police stopped a white pickup in the 12200 block of Cheyenne Drive. Police said they saw a jewelry box in the truck’s bed and several pieces of jewelry inside the cab. The driver, Carter, was carrying a replica 9mm pellet gun in his coat pocket.

Both Carter and Hughes, who also was in the truck, were arrested, police said. Officers obtained a search warrant and found, among other things, a loaded nine-shot revolver inside the truck.

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Several of the found items came from an Oct. 2 burglary in Frankfort, Holder said. Among them were the driver’s license and a lock of hair from a deceased relative of the victim. Frankfort police have taken both men into custody, where they are already charged with residential burglary.

The pair now 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, Holder said. In the south suburbs, Palos Heights police have coordinated with investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and police from Orland Park and Hickory Hills in recent days over burglaries with similar elements to the ones that happened in Palos Heights. Two other men who police believe are connected were arrested in Midlothian several weeks ago.

Burglars are targeting homes at times they know people won't be there, Holder said.

Police advise residents not to let anyone in they don’t know and to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

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Nick Swedberg (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
@John–That's a great idea!
Karina October 14, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I'm curious, is there such a thing as a village-wide 'No Solicitation' ordinance? OK, yes, I understand that doesn't stop people who aren't from here to continue to do so claiming ignorance, however wouldn't it afford the police department an opportunity to stop/question individuals who are not from here (yet are intruding on residents) without putting the police department in a position to be accused by intruders that police unfairly stopped/questioned them? This would be helpful not just for potential gangbangers, but for the geniuses the newspapers send out during dinnertime trying to sell me a subscription to a paper I already get.
Karina October 14, 2012 at 03:51 AM
John, I agree this is a good idea but the thing is, sometimes the timing of those meetings are often too late to get the word out. I know the Palos Heights police department distributes notices via nixle.com (warnings, updates, etc. distributed via email and text messages). I received the notice about the two individuals arrested before it even hit this site, but I never received notification via nixle when the actual incidents took place.
Tim F October 14, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Keep them in school for another 90 minutes a day, give them a housing voucher, some food stamps, and free health insurance. That will make them change their ways.
Anonymous October 15, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Wait let me act surprised they are black and from the ghetto. Why can't they stay in their own neighborhood they have already ruined! I guess they aren't getting enough free!!
Chronicles of Bob October 15, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I love it how none of you post that you want to organize neighborhood watch programs, create new laws, want the police to stop anyone who dosen't "look" like they belong and tell people to stay in their own hoods... when the story is about a white dude looking to have sex with your teens. I guess a bank being robbed is more scary that an online predetor raping your kids...
Anonymous October 15, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Gee Bob I think I would rather live by a dirty old man trying to have sex with a 16 year old than have a bunch of black GANGBANGERS invading homes and robbing banks with armed weapons. I have a much easier time keeping my kids safe from a dirty old man! Have you taken a look at any of the towns they've over run, Roseland, Riverdale, Harvey, Robbins, Dolton, etc etc? Forgive me if I would like to not raise children and live in that!!
Chronicles of Bob October 15, 2012 at 04:59 PM
You're forgiven.... idiot.
Liz October 15, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Bob, If you read all of the posts you would see that a neighborhood watch was suggested, that it was asked by our community to come together rather than argue with each other. Calling names solves nothing. If you have ideas this is an opportunity to express them. A pompous attitude solves no issues, it creates animosity among people who should be working together. I myself have never organized something of this fashion. If someone has please let us know the best way to go about it.
Chronicles of Bob October 15, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Yes, thank you liz... I'm glad you came out against Tim's and Anonomys racist posts as well... Because we all know that is not the answer as well.... Oh opps, how awkward... You didn't... My bad...
Anonymous October 15, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Very mature Bob to call me an idiot. All i know us what i see and thats trouble wherever they migrate. i guess maybe you arent intelligient enough be observent of that. A neighborhood watch is a great idea Liz. I would love to get involved in planning and organizing that. Apoarently Bob likes the idea of getting his door kicked in because of gangbangers who drove from englewood to Palos Heights to rob innocent people who work for what they have so we probably shouldn't ask him to be on the committee!!
Chronicles of Bob October 15, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Anonymous, My guesss is Liz may not want you at her meeting, well I at least hope not. However, If you wait til after holloween, your ghost costumes will be on sale for your meetings. Will you be an Imperial Wizard or Just a Gouhl for your first meeting? Hope those animals don't all "migrate" to Palos anytime soon... Sure would hate to see you move out... So you a Bears fan?
Tim F October 15, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I never mentioned anything about ethnicity. Sounds like you just feel the need to play the "R" card whether justified or not.
Shetera October 15, 2012 at 08:19 PM
You're comment shows how ignorant you really are. That's what wrong with the peolpe in this world now a days everyone is quick to point out welefare for africian americans. Ignorant bastard....
Billable Hours October 15, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Tim don't back track now. You know exactly to who you were referring with "them". If you don't respect us enough to be honest, then at least do us the favor of shutting the hell up! I'd respect you more if you actually stood behind your comments even though I don't agree with them.
Chronicles of Bob October 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Justified? So if the article was about baseball players And you use the word THEM ,should I assume you're talking about dolphins? Chefs? I agree with BH... Put on your hood and actually stand up for what you believe in...
Anonymous October 16, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Geez bob. Take a pill. There is nothing wrong with people wanting to live in a neighborhood free of gangbangers. If you don't like the idea of that go move to englewood with Chicago's finest citizens or maybe you already live there? Or maybe you can't afford to live in Palos but would like to? Not sure why you are so hostile over citizens wanting their neighborhood to be safe and their property value to be decent.
Chronicles of Bob October 16, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Ive never said i do want to live with gangbangers or any of that. Thats alot different than what you said.... i also dont want to live with racist mo fo's, who dont mind living by child rapists....
Anonymous October 16, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Never said I liked living by rapists, the idea that anyone would want to live around that is ridiculous and you make yourself look stupid even saying it. Keep in mind there was no actual 16 yr old girl but rather a law enforcement agent posing as one. In any case, glad they arrested him too. I think a more culturally diverse town would be better suited for you Bob. I am thinking that a town that is 96.39% white isn't a good choice for you. It is however a good choice for me abd my family so we shall stay. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!
Chronicles of Bob October 16, 2012 at 02:36 AM
So you leave multiple absurd comments, but when i do, im the one that sounds stupid? You make it so easy....
Chronicles of Bob October 16, 2012 at 02:46 AM
COUPLE OF YOUR PREVIOUS COMMENTS... YET I SOUND ABSURD AND STUPID... "If you don't like the idea of that go move to englewood with Chicago's finest citizens or maybe you already live there? Or maybe you can't afford to live in Palos but would like to?" "Apoarently Bob likes the idea of getting his door kicked in because of gangbangers who drove from englewood to Palos Heights to rob innocent people who work for what they have " SO EASY...
Anonymous October 16, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Awe thanks for all the fun Bob! Writing in all caps must mean you are getting mad so I guess the fun is over. I must get back to adding a few extra locks to my doors. After all I wouldn't want to discriminate against the criminals by asking them to leave my neighborhood. Have a great night Bob!
Chronicles of Bob October 16, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Mad? No. I was differentiating between me and your quotes... but nice try. I figured you'd have no real answer...
KJ October 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I think he/she is probably just done arguing with stupid Bob.
Chronicles of Bob October 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Um, what? I'm not arguing... I'm pointing out D-bags.
KJ October 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Yes bob you being the biggest one.
Chronicles of Bob October 16, 2012 at 02:50 PM
well, KJ, put on your hood and join the party... What a dope...
joe scungile October 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM
What a goofball. Just for the sake of not wanting to be a "racist" you defend these idiots and their actions. Hope you get in the middle of what these poor people have had to face...you would change your views in a minute. See, the thing is they're posing as landscape guys, but we all know Mexicans do that job, not a teenage black banger in the world would do that kind of work. They would rather beat, rob, or steal than do some honest work. So according to you, pal, if you don't like what's going on and speak out about it....well than you're a racist, and go find your hood. What a jag off.
I hate dumb people October 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I hate dumb people October 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM
You know whats funny, I bet Bob's never left the comforts of the burbs. He's one of those hippie goody goody types, that knows everything. He's never face down an a**hole with a pistol in his face. I have friends who are all differnet races, sorry to say these people who you are talking about are lazy, good for nothing pieces of sh*t. These are the 47% that Romney was talking about, not the seniors, the vets or the disabled. The ones oppressed by the MAN! Bullcrap, they are just looking for excuses to get crap for free. Best for us is to put the conceal and carry into affect. I guarantee once someone pulls a firearm defending themselves, you'll see those chicken shits running with their tails between thier legs!


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