Burbank Police Department

  • Agency: Burbank Police Department
  • Address: 5650 W. 75th Place, Burbank, 60459 IL
  • Chief: Bruce Radowicz (Chief of Police)
Phone: (708) 924-7300

Burbank Police Department is located at 5650 W. 75th Place, Burbank, 60459 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Bruce Radowicz. The Burbank Police Department phone number is (708) 924-7300.

Burbank Police Department News

***Public Service Announcement*** The Burbank Police Department would like to remind residents to always lock your vehicle doors. This message comes as a result of approximately 11 Burglary to Motor Vehicle reports since the beginning of December with 9 in the last few days. Unfortunately, we expect that there a even more which have gone unreported. In each of the reported cases, the vehicles showed no signs of forced entry but obvious signs of someone trespassing within the vehicles. The owners had the keys of their vehicles in their possession and believed they left their vehicles unsecured. We have been looking into several leads and have been able to obtain some evidence but believe there are several individuals committing these types of crimes. By leaving your vehicle unlocked, you are giving those persons an easy opportunity to grab something of value from within a vehicle. Most of these offenders are grabbing loose change or small items (to include id's) they can sell on the street to make a "quick buck," usually for an addiction. These offenders are either walking down the street or walking up driveways lifting door handles. Most of these offenses occurred when the victims were sleeping (overnight hours). The Burbank Police Department have added officers to supplement the officers already working in response to these incidents. Because these crimes are hard to predict where and when they take place, residents can protect themselves by not keeping anything of value out in the open or within their vehicles. Lock your vehicles (an all your property) to remove the opportunity for the offenders. And if you see something suspicious, please dial 911 so we can respond and check it out. These types of crimes occur everywhere and in every community, so when you are visiting friends / family, shopping or enjoying the evening out and about, please follow the above rules of thumb. Thank you.

***Public Service Announcement*** The Burbank Police Department has been made aware of a couple of incidents (Phone Scams) over the past couple of days where an unknown individual(s) has called a resident impersonating a loved one or has stated they are holding a loved one for ransom. Both calls seem to have a Carbondale, Illinois phone number. The phone number belonged to AT&T on a prepaid number. However; in both incidents, the calls seem to be originating from Puerto Rico based on the information this department has received. In the first incident, the unknown subjects called the resident acting as a loved one in need of immediate financial help. This person then tendered the phone to another individual who proceeded to give directions on how to wire money to another location. The initial conversation did not give the resident enough time to positively identify the person as the relative but because of the "urgency" in the voices of the call, the resident had no reason to believe otherwise. The other incident involved a resident receiving a phone call claiming to have their juvenile child and was demanding money. The resident asked which child (but did not offer the child's name which ultimately would been used in the scam), the unknown person claimed to be unable to pronounce the child's name. The resident became suspicious, subsequently hung up the phone and made notification to the BPD. The resident's children were discovered safe at school. These are just two examples of the many scams out there trying to prey on people's emotions and disguising themselves as a loved one. Please be cautious answering your phone and do not be afraid to ask questions to the person. If possible, ask questions to the person claiming to be a loved one that only the loved one would know (name of first pet, what kind of decoration is on the kitchen counter, how many siblings you have, what is the full name of the individual they are claiming to be, or anything else you could think of). These calls could lose you thousands of dollars if you fall prey!!! It is unfortunate we live in a society where we have to be worried about answering phone-calls. Most people have voicemail or answering machines. If you do not recognize the phone number, let the call go to your voicemail or answering machine. If it is important enough, your loved one will leave a message. Please share this info with loved ones and explain the dangers of these types of calls out there If you have been a victim or believe you are being victimized, please either call the non-emergency number (708-924-7300) or dial 911.

The Burbank Police Department would like to congratulate Detective Jon Malacina for being the recipient of the 2017 Lions Club Police Officer of the Year! We would also like to congratulate Firefighter / Paramedic Brad Zurek for being the recipient of the 2017 Lion's Club Fireman of the Year! Both of these men take pride in the community they serve. They both have shown that their hard work and dedication affect the citizens of Burbank positively. Both men have gone well above their respective calls for duty as the following shows: 2017 began as a busy period for area law enforcement. Detective Malacina; who is assigned to the South Suburban Major Crime Task Force (otherwise known as a homicide task force), was “called out” to his second activation in the first week of 2017. This activation was a result of a homicide investigation at the Walgreens located at 87th and Kedzie in Evergreen Park on January 5th. Through this investigation, Jon and several other members of the Task Force learned of an offender traveling north by train on the Metra line. These investigators were able to get the train to stop in Deerfield, Illinois. As Jon and several other investigators began to board the train, gunshots rang out. The offender began firing upon Jon and his fellow investigators. Despite being fired upon, Jon realized there were civilians on the train and showed great restraint in not returning fire and placing the lives of those citizens in further harm. The offender subsequently succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No investigators or civilians were physically harmed in this incident. While this above incident would ordinarily be reason enough to be recognized, Jon did not stop there. On the evening of February 7th, the 7-Eleven located at 87th and Central Avenue was prey to a Robbery by three masked offenders claiming to have guns. The vehicle used in this incident was also reported as stolen. Based on his investigative skills, Detective Malacina was able to positively identify 2 of these subjects (who were juveniles). These juveniles were arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery and Criminal Trespass to Vehicle. This incident lead to another major investigation Detective Malacina was already working on. This was a multi-jurisdictional auto-theft ring. These investigations lead to the arrest of several individuals by the Burbank, Bridgeview and the Chicago Police Departments. In all, Detective Malacina was able to clear 22 stolen motor vehicle cases from Burbank dating back to late 2016. Several of these cases were connected to incidents in Bridgeview and Chicago (including the vehicle used at the 7-Eleven Robbery). As if he needed more work to do, Jon assisted the Department’s K9 officer in a narcotics investigation which led to a search warrant being executed on the 7700 block of New England. As a result of this investigation, over 900 grams of cannabis was recovered from the residence in addition to 10 grams of cocaine. It should be noted; most of the cannabis was in the form of “Rice Krispy Marshmallow” treats that was making its way to community kids and teenagers. A 28 year old Burbank resident was charged accordingly. After the inked dried on all of the previously discussed incidents, Jon then assisted a patrol officer with a subject who was arrested for weapons and narcotics possession. Jon had knowledge this individual was a Burglar and based on this knowledge was able to clear 5 Burglary to Motor Vehicle incidents by obtaining a verbal confession from the offender. It should be noted; the offender was arrested wearing the same clothing and backpack he had on from a burglary he committed days earlier. Video surveillance footage obtained from this incident lead to this discovery and confirmed him to be the offender. Firefighter Zurek is one of two mechanics on the Fire Department that keeps the fleet of apparatus running and rescue equipment ready to respond to emergencies. His work saves the tax payers of Burbank tens of thousands of dollars every year. Last month, The Burbank Fire Department was called to the scene of an 88 year old resident who was choking. Upon arrival, Firefighter Zurek found the patient unresponsive and not breathing. He assessed the patient and found that there was food stuck in the patient's throat. Firefighter / Paramedic Zurek was able to act quickly, and skillfully removed the food obstructing the patient's airway. The patient was transported to the hospital for further treatment. Within a few days, the patient made a full recovery. FF/PM Zurek no doubt saved this person's life by his quick actions. Congratulations to both of these fine men! Both men are hereby commended for JOBS WELL DONE!!!

****Public Service Announcement**** With Halloween fast approaching, a few reminders: -Burbank Trick or Treating hours are from 2:00 pm till 6:00 pm on October 31st (Halloween). -Please slow down so none of the little Trick or Treaters get hurt. -If you see something suspicious, please say something (or call 911). -Have the little ones wear light colored clothing for better visibility. -Flashlights or glow-sticks should be considered in the darker hours. Also, please visit the City of Burbank Webpage for a listing of those individuals registered as Sex Offenders in town. That link is as follows: http://www.burbankil.gov/sexoffender.html If you are taking your trick or treaters elsewhere, please visit the Illinois State Police Sex Offender Registry page for a complete list: Here is the link for your convenience: http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/ Please copy and paste the above links as needed. According to Illinois Statute [720 ILCS 5/11-9.3(c-2)] "It is unlawful for a child sex offender to participate in a holiday event involving children under 18 years of age, including but not limited to distributing candy or other items to children on Halloween..." The Burbank Police Department will be patrolling the community on Halloween. Some of our officers will be in uniform, some will not be in full uniform. Some will be driving around in fully marked vehicles and others will not be. But we will be out there trying to keep everyone safe!

***Community Alert Update*** The accompanying composite sketch is of the offender in last week's attempted criminal sexual assault of a young Burbank woman which occurred on October 10th. Anyone with any information on this subject is urged to contact the Burbank Police Investigative Unit at 708-924-7300.

****Community Alert*** Attempted Sexual Assault On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at approximately 7:45 p.m., a 24 yr. old female Burbank resident was walking home from work when she was approached from behind by an unknown black male subject. The offender placed the victim into a bear hug and threw her to the ground. As the victim attempted to fight off the offender, he began to force the victim’s pants off. While the offender began to force her pants off, she began to scream. The offender subsequently got off of the victim and began running from the scene. The offender was described as a black male, approx.. 24 yrs. of age, approx. 5’07” and wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt. The offender was last seen running northbound from the area of 81st and Sayre Avenue. The victim, who was visibly shaken, was taken to an area hospital for treatment of her non-life threatening injuries. Anyone having / needing any further information, are urged to contact the Burbank Police Investigative Unit.

It was a historic night in Burbank last night! The end of an era and the beginning of a new one. The Honorable Harry Klein has turned over the reigns as Mayor for the City of Burbank. Daniel Foy was sworn as the City's new Mayor. Barbara Gagle and Sheri Gustafson were sworn in as Alderwomen and Barry Szymczak was sworn in as the City Clerk. The Honorable Judge Peter Felice swore-in each of the new City Officials at the City Council meeting. A couple of the dignitaries in attendance among the standing room only crowd was former Illinois Senator Louis Viverito and Cook County Board Commissioner John Daley. The Burbank Police Department would like to thank Mayor Klein for all his years of public service and as the mayor for this City since 1991. Congratulations and Best Wishes in your Retirement!

**Asking for the Public's Help** The Burbank Police Department is seeking the help from the public regarding a Hit & Run accident which occurred on Saturday evening, April 15th, 2017, at approximately 9:47 pm. The victim was a 16 year old bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle. The victim was laying on the street in the westbound lanes of 79th Street at Narragansett when a married couple traveling 79th Street in their own vehicle observed him. The passerby's maneuvered and positioned their vehicle in front of the victim to prevent him from being struck again and called 911. The passerby's did not observe any other vehicles in the area at the time. At this time, we are looking for a 4 door dark-colored vehicle. Any persons with any more information on this incident are urged to contact the Burbank Police Department Investigative Unit 708-924-7300. The victim; who is a Burbank resident, is in stable condition recovering at an area hospital. The victim sustained numerous injuries as a result of the incident. Any help in this investigation is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to the Burbank Fire Department and all the surrounding suburban fire departments who responded the Burbank Police Station tonight! We appreciate all your help and all you do! Below is a Press Release issued by this Department. On Sunday, April 02, 2017, at approximately 7:25 pm, a small fire broke out in a locker room located on the lower level of the Burbank Police Station. The Burbank Fire Department as well as several surrounding area fire departments responded to the scene. The fire was confined to a couple of lockers. The building sustained heavy smoke damage, some fire damage and water damage. Preliminary reports show the fire was controlled by the building’s sprinkler system. The Burbank Fire Department is investigating the incident; however, the fire seems to have originated near an electrical outlet within a locker. The fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature. There were no injuries associated with the fire. There were no prisoners within the building at the time of the incident. Clean-up of the building is under-way. While most of the damage was contained to the lower level, the fire will not impede police functions as the communications and emergency operation systems were unaffected. Police Operations are functioning normally.

Public Service Announcement Armed Robbery Investigations The Burbank Police Department is investigating 2 Armed Robberies which we believe may be connected. The first one took place on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at approx. 1:23 pm in the 8300 blk of Mansfield. The second one took place on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at approx.. 7:35 pm in the 7900 blk of McVicker. The offender in Monday’s incident is described as white male (possibly Hispanic), 18-23 yrs. old, 5’10”-6’00”, 135 -150 lbs, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. The offender in Tuesday’s incident is described as a white male (possibly Hispanic), 25-30 yrs old, 5’06”-5’08”, 150-160 lbs, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. Both victims state the attached composite sketch depicts a close resemblance to the offender. In both incidents, the offender approaches the male victims, points the handgun at the victim’s head and demands the male victim’s money. Both victim’s complied with the offender’s demands and neither where physically injured in the incidents. The offender left the scene in both incidents in what is described as a light blue or green, older model 4 door vehicle (possibly a Ford Taurus) with a loud muffler. Anyone with any information regarding the above incidents are urged to contact the Burbank Police Department 708-924-7300 or our tip line 708-793-3388.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT The Burbank Police Department and surrounding agencies have been experiencing an uptick in reports of Stolen Motor Vehicles over the past couple of months. The one underlying similarity of most of these incidents were citizens leaving their cars running with the keys in the ignition (or left in the center console for push button start). Many people are leaving their cars running so they stay warm in this cold weather. In most instances, people are "running" into a gas station, convenient store or fast food restaurant for a quick purchase. When they return, their vehicle is either gone or is observed being driven away. It is believed the offenders are driving around and looking for the opportunity to steal these vehicles. In many instances, the victim's vehicles are being used for other criminal activity. Please share this post or tell your friends, family and neighbors to not leave their cars running for any reason. Most of these crimes are hard to solve unless an offender is identified or apprehended within the vehicle. Cutting down on these opportunities for the criminals are the best defense. Crime occurs everywhere. It is not just confined to one area, City or Suburb. Citizens need to be cognizant of their surroundings at all times and in all places.

During this period of high temperatures, please check on your family and neighbors. Those residents who do not have the means of keeping cool; please utilize the Stickney Township Senior Center located 7745 S. Leamington Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, as it has been designated as a cooling center. The Burbank Police Department (5650 W. 75th Pl) has also been designated as a cooling center for the hours the Senior Center is not open.

Great News!!!!!!! An update for our missing person...Thomas Schramm. Thomas has been located by officers in East Chicago, Indiana. Thomas is in good health and asking to go home. We currently have family and officers en route to pick up Thomas now. Thank you to all who have shared this post and sent their well wishes.

Here is an update to June 3rd's Community Service Alert. The pictured three individuals were each charged with one count of Felony Theft. The men were identified as: 59 year old Adrian Fields of Blue Island, 35 year old Lavell Turner of Chicago and 50 year old Louis Banks of Chicago. All three men were brought to a Sunday morning bond hearing at 26th and California. Bond was set at $25,000 for both Fields and Banks. Bond was set at $10,000 for Turner. At this point, we have only been able to identify 3 victims. All three victims were able to identify their tools which our officers recovered from the offender's vehicle. We still have several different types of power tools in our possession which have not been identified. If you or somebody you know were a victim of a theft from their motor vehicle in the morning hours of June 3rd, please contact the Burbank Police Department to file a report and to identify your tools.

COMMUNITY SERVICE ALERT!!! The Burbank Police Department currently has several subjects in custody on suspicion of committing burglaries to motor vehicles in the early morning hours of Friday, June 3, 2016. We have identified at least one Burbank resident as a victim and believe there to be more residents who are victims. We have recovered numerous power tools from these individuals and all indications are these items were recovered from motor vehicles. Please check you vehicles and notify the Burbank Police Department if you discover you have been a victim of a crime or have any further information which can aid in the investigation. The individuals were stopped by one of our officers at approximately 5:00 am in the area of 77th and Moody. The officer observed the vehicle while driving around the area in a black 2003 Chrysler Pacifica with chrome rims. The officer noticed numerous power tools within the vehicle and began inquiring about what they were doing in the area. The occupants all gave inconsistent answers to the questions peaking the interest of the officer further. The subjects were brought to the station for more questioning and based on information gathered from a couple of the tools they possessed, officers were able to identify a resident as a victim of a theft. This investigation is still on-going. If anyone has any further information, they are urged to contact the Burbank Police Department at 708-924-7300.

Great News!!! Betty has been located and appears to be in good health. She has been reunited with her family. Thank you to all who have inquired and helped search for Betty.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Recently, the Burbank Police Department took a report of Suspicious Activity from a resident in town. The elderly resident advised she received a telephone call from a subject implying he work for the “Water Department” and needed to conduct a “water purification test” at her residence. This subject asked the resident to run her water in the kitchen and bathroom. After a few moments, he advised he would be sending a couple of his employees to her residence to perform further tests. As she hung up the phone with the subject, her doorbell rang. Two subjects were standing outside of her residence that portrayed themselves as employees of the “water department.” The woman let them in and they proceeded to the kitchen and bathroom to “check on the water.” The woman and another resident within the home became suspicious of their actions and insisted for these subjects to leave their residence. These residents were lucky. They were lucky because these two subjects were criminals who were looking for the opportunity to distract the residents. One of the subjects would have remained in one room with the residents while the other would go through the bedroom(s) and steal any valuables they can (usually money and jewelry). None of this happened in the above case. This isn’t always the case. This is a common ploy these criminals perform. The criminals usually target the elderly. The criminals are very convincing and will speak in terms used in the trades (i.e. contractors, utility workers, city officials, etc.) they are portraying to be. Unfortunately, the elderly are very trusting and willing to cooperate. They become distracted and before long, the criminals are stealing valuables; usually from the bedrooms. If you are a victim, please call the police to report these crimes. It is not uncommon to have these crimes go unreported as a result of the victims being embarrassed or uncertain a crime even was committed. It is also not uncommon to be victimized more than once. Citizens are reminded to be cautious when you are approached by these people. Ask for identification. Looking for the name of the company they work for and the name of the individual on the identification card. If a suspicious person claiming to work for a utility company, city department or some kind of trade business comes to your door unsolicited and is insisting on checking something in or around your home, do not let them in. Lock your door and call the police (911). We will send officers over to investigation. If possible, try to identify or describe a vehicle being used (i.e. license plate, make, model, color, description). Inform the officers of this information if obtained. If you know some elderly citizens or neighbors, please share this information with them. In many instances, these types of public service announcements do not reach the targeted audience due to technology not being accessible to them.

The men and women of the Burbank Police Department would like to thank those who gave some and to those who gave all on this Veterans Day!

It is Official!!! The Burbank Police Department will be taking part in the Chicagoland - U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. The Burbank Police Department will serve as this area’s drop off site. The drop-off box will be located within the lobby of the Police Department. Toy Collection Rules & Regulations All donated toys must be: 1) New and in original sealed packaging (no used toys) 2) No stuffed animals will be accepted (due to dust/allergy concerns) 3) All items donated must be unwrapped 4) No cash or monetary donations will be accepted (please visit the webpage below if you would prefer to do that) While many already know how important this program is to those children who are less fortunate, there are still many who do not have any idea what the program actually is. I invite those to take a moment and visit the Toys for Tots Foundations webpage at www.toysfortots.org. Our hopes in taking part are to bring some smiles to some less fortunate children on Christmas. With the community’s help, we can all accomplish this task. The collection will go on from now until December 21st, 2015.

The Burbank Police Department would like to remind everyone school is starting up again. Please watch your speed so the little ones remain safe within the neighborhoods. By mindful of the school zone speed limits and your surroundings. We wish everyone a safe and fun school year!

The men and women of the Burbank Police Department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season! We also ask citizens to check on their neighbors during this time of the year to make sure everyone is safe and well! Wesolych Swiat! Feliz Navidad! Frohe Weihnachten! Buon Natale! Nollaig Shona! Miilaad Majiid! Sheng Dan Kuai Le! Mung Chua Giang Sinh! Mele Kalikimaka! Su Kaledomis! Merii Kurisumasu! Joyeux Noel! Kala Khristougenna! and...Merry Christmas!

The members of the Burbank Police Department and the Burbank Police Officer's Union made a commitment to Hope Children's Hospital once again this year and were able to raise approximately $1700.00 in funds for the purchase of numerous toys for children who are patients at the hospital. Today, several of our officers went shopping at the Toys R Us store located at 8148 S. Cicero Avenue. The officers were able to purchase numerous toys which will benefit these young children who are suffering through a multitude of ailments. The toys will be distributed amongst the children on Christmas Day at the hospital. The Burbank Police Department would also like to the thank Toys R Us for donating several gifts cards, the Burbank Chamber of Commerce for their donation, Jay and Christine Benak for donating Chicago Blackhawks tickets and Reavis High School for donating a driver and a bus to transport all the toys and presents for the children to the hospital. It is our hope that some of these brave children can wake up Christmas morning and know that they are in our thoughts and prayers as they continue through their battles. It is said by hospital staff that once the children see these presents delivered every year, it opens their eyes wide and brings many smiles to the faces of the children. That makes this all the more worth it!

The men and women of the Burbank Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

Rebecca; a follower of this page, related she recently received a call from a person claiming to be an inmate and wanted her to accept the call. The person then wanted her to establish an account for future calls to be made as well. However; this scam as well as others, prey on those not as savvy as Rebecca. Rebecca hung up on the caller. Citizens are encouraged to call the police so it can be properly documented. While there are many scams out there, citizens should always use caution when answering calls and try to identify the person on the other line. Many times, the callers have information on their targets and know names of family members often posing as that family member. They will ask to "wire" money to help them get out of jail or to buy a plane ticket to return back home. If you are uncertain if this person is who he / she claim to be, ask questions that only the actual person would know the answer to. If they do not answer properly, then you have your answer and proof that it is some sort of a scam. The criminal will usually hang up when they feel they are not going to be able to get cooperation in their scam. Report it to your police department so it is documented. While not all of these cases are solved, it gives the authorities an idea who and where these kind of calls are coming from (usually from out of the country). Many scams exist, but if you are vigilant, you will not become a victim. Also, if you take a call and arrangements are made to "wire" money or purchase money cards from convenience stores, you can still contact the police before the money leaves your pockets and have it transferred into the criminal's pocket. Thank you Rebecca for bringing this to our attention. Hopefully, this prevents someone from being victimized.

The Burbank Police Department would like to wish Chief Bruce Radowicz well in his retirement. Chief Radowicz started his law enforcement career in 1982 with a small group of men and women who were sworn in as Burbank's first police officers. He was the last of the originals who started in 1982. Chief Radowicz has had a brilliant career and the men and women of the Burbank Police Department owe him a debt of gratitude for bringing the Burbank Police Department into the fore-front of law enforcement. Chief Radowicz placed a premium on training and education and always looked forward. He believed in keeping up with technology and believed officers should help the citizens as if they were their own family. It was his beliefs and forward thinking which made the Burbank Police Department a desirable department to work for with young men and women who are beginning their own law enforcement careers. Hopefully, Chief Radowicz can find it in him to take the time to enjoy his retirement! Chief Radowicz, you have brought a credit to yourself, your family and to the citizens of Burbank and are hereby commended for a JOB WELL-DONE!!!