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A 911 call from an alert neighbor helped lead to an arrest and the recovery of stolen property that had been taken from a Burbank home during an alleged burglary Wednesday.
According to Burbank police, Christopher D. Jackson, 18, of Chicago and another man were working at a bank-owned property located in the 8400 block of S. Lockwood Avenue Wednesday afternoon. The men had been hired by the bank to do some landscaping and cleanup work on the property.
Police say that after Jackson observed a nearby resident leave home, he took advantage of the homeowner’s absence to break into the house and steal several valuable items.
Burbank police dispatchers received a call about 12:47 p.m. from an observant neighbor who witnessed the suspicious activity. When responding officers reached the home, they found the suspects had already left the area. The witness was able to provide police with a detailed description of the men and the vehicle they were driving.
Police began searching for the men and soon learned that the suspects’ vehicle was involved in a traffic accident near 87th Street and Kedzie Avenue in Evergreen Park. After crashing their vehicle, the occupants fled the scene on foot.
The two men were later captured by Evergreen Park police. Officers retrieved all of the merchandise stolen from the Burbank house in the vehicle.
“The neighbor did exactly what we ask neighbors to do…be a good neighbor,” Burbank Police Division Chief Mike Dudlo said. “Please call the police when [you] see suspicious activity. In this case, if the neighbor did not contact police, these individuals may not have been identified.”
Jackson has been charged with one count of residential burglary. He is being held in Cook County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. No charges were brought against Jackson’s coworker and the man was released.
Jackson is due in court again Dec. 3 at the Bridgeview Courthouse.
“The bank will be notified and all attempts will be made to prevent these individuals from continuing to work in the area,” Dudlo said.