Police arrest two men in a string of residential burglaries

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After two months and 17 residential burglaries throughout Oak Park, police have arrested two Chicago men.

According to the Oak Park Police, Dalast Anderson, 22, of the 3500 block of west Huron Street, and Jovanni Vargas, 20, of the 1100 block of north Massasoit Avenue, have both been charged in connection with 17 burglaries in June and July.

The residential homes targeted by these men were Oak Park’s older, multi-unit buildings with open and accessible rear stairwells or unsecured vestibule doors. Police report that a wide range of personal property was taken from these homes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when residents were away.

Not one, but both men were already on parole for residential burglary in the Chicagoland area. Police were able to match physical evidence left at the crime scenes, to that of Anderson and Vargas.

It is reported that Anderson and Vargas have both confessed their involvement in the Oak Park burglaries and are being held in Cook County Jail. They are awaiting trial dates.

Residents should note that while recent articles have reported crime is down, burglaries typically represent about 20 perfect of crime in Oak Park.

“These types of crimes speak to the importance of properly securing buildings to protect occupants from unauthorized access,” said Oak Park Police Chief Rick C. Tanksley.  “The harder we can make it for them [criminals] to find opportunities here, the more likely they will look elsewhere.”

For more information about crime prevention, email police@oak-park.us. Anonymous tips may be made by calling 708.434.1636 or online at www.oak-park.us/police.

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