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Two men were arrested and charged with felony attempted theft by deception on Feb. 10, for trying to collect $800 for rent and a $2,000 security deposit on a vacant house in Oak Park they did not own or manage, according to Oak Park police.
Emmanuel C. Rice, 23, of the 100 block of Main Street in Chicago Heights, and James D. Gavin, 26, of the 3700 block of West 86th Street in Chicago, are being held pending a bond hearing.
The two allegedly tried to scam a 24-year-old Chicago woman, who became suspicious after she was told by Gavin and Rice that she needed to pay her rent and security deposit in cash. She also was told to change the locks at the house once she moved in and to not be concerned if a real estate agent showed up and told her to move, according to police.
The woman said one of the suspects said his brother was a real estate agent with a house for rent in Oak Park on the 800 block of Mapleton Avenue. The house had already been sold, however, and the closing was scheduled, police report.
Apparently, the legitimate listing agent's key lock box had been forcibly removed, and the suspects are believed to have used a pry tool to gain entry to the house. The rear door lock also was changed, according to the police report.
The victim contacted police and an undercover officer posing as a family member accompanied the woman to sign the lease and exchange the cash. Rice and Gavin were taken into custody during the sting operation.
Sometime between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. between Feb. 6 and Feb. 8, a theft occurred on the 200 block of N. Oak Park Avenue. The thief entered several rooms of the building and took a phone charger, credit card and $230 in cash.
A theft occurred at Brooks Middle School on the 300 block of S. Kenilworth on Feb. 11 between 4:40 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to police. The thief absconded with a folder from the school that contained personal checks from a locked closet with an estimated value of $1,379.
A license plate was stolen from a blue 2002 Jeep on the 900 block of Madison Street on Feb. 11, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Estimated loss was $6.
Johnny R. Kubiak, 32, was pulled over on Feb. 12 at 2:53 p.m. on the 600 block of Austin Boulevard for failure to wear a seatbelt. Police reportedly took Kubiak into custody after police discovered four foil packets of heroin in his sock. He was charged with failure to wear a seatbelt and possession of a controlled substance.
— Compiled by Tim Inklebarger
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