Police Respond To Find Man, 49, Deceased

The man's wife said he had been experiencing chest pains and did not regularly see a doctor.


Police and firefighter-paramedics responded to an emergency call Saturday just after 5:30 p.m. at a home in the 8800 block of Root. Firefighters found Tomas E. Harrison, 49, on the floor next to his bed and tried to perform life-saving attempts, according to the police report, but to no avail. Firefighters confirmed with a doctor at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital that Mr. Harrison had passed away. 

Mr. Harrison's wife said she did not know if her husband had any serious medical conditions and did not see a regular doctor, police indicated. She said he was a smoker and drinker, and had complained of chest pains yesterday, according to the report. The two had run errands Saturday from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Afterward, he went to lay down.

Around 7:30 p.m., police contacted the medical examiner's office, which examines sudden deaths and those unattended by a doctor. Police confirmed there were no signs of trauma or foul play, according to the report. 

Couple steal medication and items worth $300 to $400, police say

On Jan. 17 at about 12:45 p.m., a security agent for a store in the 5600 block of Touhy observed a woman and man, both in their 30s, concealing various items, including packages of Prilosec, in their bags and clothing, according to police. They left the store without paying and with the security agent in pursuit, the report said.

They got into a silver Dodge four-door car with temporary license plates, with one other person who had been waiting in the car, and drove eastbound on Touhy. Police are investigating. 

Information is taken from Niles Police Department reports.

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