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University Park man accused of using false identity to buy cell phones
A University Park man was charged with felony identity theft after Homewood police apprehended him Thursday at a local cell phone store.

Frederick Williams, 29, of the 700 block of Red Oak Lane, was taken into custody while police investigated a report of fraudulent cell phone purchases valued at more than $4,300. The purchases took place Dec. 14 and Dec. 17, according to the Homewood police report.

Police said Williams was in possession of a fraudulent Indiana driver’s license and had charged the purchases to an account he was not authorized to use. 

In addition to identity theft, he was charged with theft of more than $500 and possession of fictitious identification.

Suspect in daytime burglary attempt apprehended
A Harvey man was charged with felony attempted residential burglary after he allegedly tried to kick in the door of a residence in the 18300 block of Dixie Highway on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Homewood police responded to a call of a burglary in progress at 2:13 p.m. and apprehended Derwin Covington Jr., 19, of the 14400 block of Union Street. 

Residents of the home told police they went outside to investigate a loud sound and saw Covington kicking the door, according to the Homewood police report. Covington fled, but police pursued and were able to take him into custody. 

Police said Covington admitted he was trying to gain entry to the home in order to steal items. 

Police urge residents to report suspicious subjects
Homewood officers responded to the neighborhood near Churchill School on the morning of Jan. 14 after a resident called police to report that someone was knocking on the back door.

“When the resident called out asking who was at the door, the subject left,” said Deputy Chief Denise McGrath. “Someone looking to commit a daytime residential burglary will often knock on the door to determine if there is anyone home before attempting to gain entry to the home.”

An actual break-in attempt was not made in this case, and police did not report finding the person who knocked on the resident’s door. But McGrath said it was a good example to follow.

“The person at that residence did a great job of providing information for officers responding to the area,” she said.

Homewood woman faces multiple charges after crash Saturday
A Homewood woman faces a number of midemeanor charges, including resisting arrest, after allegedly leaving the scene of a traffic accident shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday.

Katherine Burke, 33, of the 18500 block of Highland Ave., was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, following too closely in a vehicle, driving with a suspended vehicle registration, failure to provide proof of insurance and resisting arrest, according to a police report.

Police said while an officer was questioning Burke she attempted to flee and enter her home. 

Homewood officials alert residents to “IRS” scam
The IRS is urging area residents to be on alert for unsolicited phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS, according to a notice in the Wednesday edition of the village e-newswire.

The IRS urges resident to hang up immediately if they receive a call from anyone claiming to be from the IRS who demands immediate payment and uses threatening language. Report incidents to local police. Homewood police can be reached at 708-206-3420. Flossmoor police can be reached at 708-957-4500.

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