By Jean Lotus
Suspect arrested in series of RF burglaries
River Forest police arrested Brian Johnson, 28, of Chicago, whom they said was involved in three residential burglaries over the summer. The burglaries took place July 23 in the 700 block of Forest Avenue, Aug. 2 in the 1000 block of Franklin Avenue, and Aug. 2 in the 1000 block of Thatcher Avenue. Police said they are still seeking a second offender in connection with the burglaries.
Two robberies in Oak Park
Two robberies took place in Oak Park last week, police said. A Chicago man walking in the 1500 block of North Austin Boulevard around 9:45 p.m., Nov. 4, was jumped by two unknown males who battered him with fists and kicked him until he surrendered his cellphone, house keys and $40. Loss was estimated at $90. The second robbery took place around 3:15 p.m., Nov. 5. A man told police he was walking in the 400 block of South Elmwood Avenue when two men approached from behind. One held the victim's arms while the other pulled off his leather coat. The two fled eastbound in the alley. Loss was $160.
Someone pried open the metal outer door of Segreti Pharmacy in the 6100 block of Roosevelt Road, overnight Nov. 5-6. Loss is unknown.
River Forest car chase, arrest
River Forest police observed a silver Honda CRV on North Avenue around 2 a.m., Nov. 3, traveling east, clocked at 54 mph in a 30 mph zone. They attempted to curb the car, but the driver turned onto a one-way street going the wrong direction. In the 2100 block of North Neva Avenue in Chicago, police found two parked cars that had been struck and the abandoned CRV, which had also struck a median, with the keys still in the ignition. Police checked registration and Chicago police arrested the driver, a 28-year-old Chicago man, in the 1800 block of North Nordica Avenue. He was charged with DUI, reckless driving, fleeing and eluding police, and other traffic violations.
Former friend absconds with electronics
River Forest police said a man in the 7200 block of Lemoyne Street reported $500 worth of electronics missing from his home after he offered hospitality to an old friend, overnight Nov. 4-5. When the victim awoke in the morning, the friend and the items were missing.
A woman shopping at the DSW shoe store around 4 p.m., Nov. 7, in River Forest accidentally dropped her cellphone from her purse. Police said store surveillance video showed a woman, roughly age 60, picking up the phone and concealing it without telling the owner. The offender walked straight to her newer-model Chevy Traverse and drove away.
A woman's wallet disappeared around 2 p.m., Nov. 7, while she was shopping at the Jewel in River Forest, 7525 Lake St. After reporting the theft to police and her credit card company, the owner learned someone had used her credit card at the Walgreens shortly after the wallet went missing.
Phones stolen at schools
A black Apple iPhone 4s was removed from a student backpack around 1:30 p.m., Nov. 4, at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Loss was estimated at $300.
A white iPhone was removed from an unattended bag at OPRF, the morning of Nov. 5. Loss was estimated at $500.
Someone removed a white iPhone from the women's locker room at Brooks Middle School, the morning of Nov. 4. Estimated loss was $130.
Employee dispute at Wendy's
Police were called to break up an employee argument in the parking lot of Wendy's in the 100 block of South Harlem Avenue around 6:20 a.m., Nov. 4. A Chicago man, 20, was arrested after fighting with an Elk Grove resident. A police officer also sustained minor injuries. The employee was charged with battery and resisting arrest.
Kicked in the chest
A woman told River Forest police she was kicked in the chest around 12:35 a.m., Nov. 10, by a 49-year-old homeless man she knew who had become angry when she refused his request for money on Harlem Avenue. The man was arrested and charged with battery.
Garage burglary roundup
Unlocked garages were burglarized in the 500 block of Lyman Avenue, Nov. 1-4, and in the 1400 block of North Austin Boulevard, Nov. 5.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Nov. 1-5 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.
—Compiled by Jean Lotus