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Vacationing Couple Loses Thousands in Burglary: Blotter

Flossmoor police reports, Feb. 28 to March 3.

THURSDAY, FEB. 28

Evergreen Park Driver Charged with DUI

Jelena Odak, 37, of the 10000 block of South Homan Avenue, Evergreen Park, was charged with DUI and improper lane use, according to a Flossmoor police report. Police allegedly spotted Odak's black Ford SUV crossing the center line and weaving in the lanes, striking the curb at least twice. She was stopped at about 9 a.m. on Vollmer Road. According to police, Odak reportedly had an odor of alcohol on her breath and slurred her speech. She told police she was unable to perform field sobriety tests. After being arrested, she declined to take a breath test at the police department. Odak was booked a given a April 22 court date in Markham.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 3

Couple Reports TVs, Clothes, Jewerly Missing

A couple who lives in the 2800 block of Macheath Crescent told police they were robbed of thousand of dollars of televisions, clothing and jewelry while on vacation. The husband filed the report, telling Flossmoor police that they had returned home and were told by a neighbor that the side door to their house was damaged and open. A 40-inch Insignia LCD television, a 32-inch Panasonic television, several coats valued at $1,000 each, several Chanel purses valued at $5,000 each, a camera with lenses, and assorted jewelry were found missing. No arrest was reported.

Editor's Note: A correction was made to this blotter item.

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tom haggerty March 11, 2013 at 01:01 PM
5000.00 coach purse ???? never heard of one
Icome inpeace March 11, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Agree^^. Scam alert!!
tom haggerty March 11, 2013 at 02:07 PM
maybe the patch meant to say 500.00,,,
HF guy March 11, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Read, its plural- Several purses!
tom haggerty March 11, 2013 at 02:41 PM
i did read it...it says each..each means 5000.00 each...that means each one was 5000.00,,,,
HF guy March 11, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Oops - my bad
tom haggerty March 11, 2013 at 03:16 PM
again ,,i think the patch screwed upon costs
SouthSide March 11, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I bet it's a typo. Coach purses top off at $1,500, I think.
hometown March 11, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Wow..what type of neighbor notices your side door is "Damaged and open"... and doesn't think something is wrong and tells when you return! At least, call the police..do something! Likely somebody they know or agree with the scam idea; items that vaulable with no alarm system....strange.
SouthSide March 11, 2013 at 05:30 PM
I thought the same thing... I tell my neighbors when I'm going out of town, and they do the same. We call the police when we suspect mischief. Several thousand dollar coats? Lot of dead animals. Sad.
Brandon March 11, 2013 at 06:09 PM
It pays to have an alarm and inform your good neighbors that you're in vacation. You can also inform the police dept. when you're going to be out if town they will do a drive by. Coach purses don't cost. 5k she must have had some Louis Vuttion's, or Hermes.
Nick Swedberg (Editor) March 11, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Hello, all! I'm checking this again with the police department. My notes say "each valued at $5,000" but I'm happy to check with the deputy chief. I'll post another comment after I talk with the department. Thanks!
Nick Swedberg (Editor) March 11, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Hello, Me again! I just confirmed with the Flossmoor deputy chief that the report does say the purses are valued at $5,000 each. Thanks for asking, everyone!
Brandon March 11, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Nick something fishy about that price. Lol
Nick Swedberg (Editor) March 11, 2013 at 07:06 PM
It does seem like a lot for a purse but I'm not an expert when it comes to pricing accessories. If new information about the incident surfaces, I'll let everyone know.
hometown March 11, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Sounds more and more like a scam! Assume at least $10k for 2 purses (which cost more than tv's and fur coats), modest neighborhood, extremely valuable items w/o alarm...neighbors nosey enough to notice damage, not nosey enough to call police....and on top off all that these random burglars just so happen to hit the only house loaded with these goods while residents on vacation!!! Imagine that, not saying impossible, but seems highly improbable.
FlossmoorMom March 12, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Coach purses aren't 5k...
FlossmoorMom March 12, 2013 at 01:55 AM
They're more like 200-500 each...
Nick Swedberg (Editor) March 12, 2013 at 02:28 AM
I'm told the investigating officer is going to do more work on the case. There are lots of possibilities and I don't want to jump to any conclusions. It could be that the incorrect number was used or that it was an unintentional overestimate.
D March 12, 2013 at 03:25 PM
I am a purse lover, and I know there are not any Coach bags that cost $5,000. Unless, they are some kind of crocodile skin which is rare. Now if it were an LV, Bottega Veneta, Chanel, or Hermes, now you are talking.
Nick Swedberg (Editor) March 12, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Well, it looks like I need to throw myself on my sword! While the price listed was correct, I read "Coach" when the police report actually had Chanel as the brand. Just got to see the report again a few minutes ago. My bad! I updated the blotter item above to have the correct brand name. Thanks for the comments!
Nicoleo March 13, 2013 at 03:59 AM
It says Chanel, not Coach...Chanel is very expensive

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