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OL man charged with burglary

  • Written by Bob Rakow

Bond was set at $50,000 for an Oak Lawn man charged with burglary Sept. 29 after being spotted leaving a garage on a bicycle with a bag of tools in his hand, police said.
Matthew J. Dearman, 46, of Oak Lawn, was spotted by police at 4:17 a.m. walking up a driveway in the 9700 block of Natoma Avenue in Oak Lawn, according to reports. Moments later, police spotted him leaving the driveway on a bicycle carrying a bag.
Members of the police department’s tactical team attempted to speak to Dearman, but he dropped the bag and fled on foot into adjacent yards, they said.
Police set up a perimeter and began to search for Dearman, who eventually was found hiding in bushes in a nearby backyard, they said.
The homeowner identified the items in the bag, which included tools, as property taken from his garage, police said.
Police had been conducting overnight surveillance in the area, as several burglaries have occurred recently in the neighborhood.