River Forest police arrest man for Dominican backpack theft

Homeless man arrested after using credit card at downtown business

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

River Forest police have arrested a man for stealing a showering Dominican University student’s backpack.

Roy F. Schaffer, 42, a homeless man whose last address was on Chicago’s South Side, was taken into custody Wednesday morning at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street in Oak Park.

In the original theft, a man's Nike backpack and its contents were stolen the evening of Dec. 2 as he showered in the men's locker room at Dominican University, 7900 Division Street in River Forest. The loss was estimated at $400.

River Forest Police Detective Sgt. Marty Grill said they tracked Schaffer down after he used one of the victim’s credit cards at a downtown Oak Park restaurant on Dec. 2. One of the restaurant’s employees later described Schaffer, and Grill said they found Schaffer at the Dominican library later that day, where they interviewed him.

The restaurant employee later picked Schaffer out of a photo spread.

Schaffer was charged with financial identity theft, a class 3 felony. Grill said financial identity theft is normally a class 4 felony, but Schaffer's charge was upgraded because of his criminal history. He has seven previous convictions for forgery, Grill said.

Schaffer is being held before his bond hearing Friday morning at 9 a.m.

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Krista Renee Detel from kcmo  

Posted: January 21st, 2016 4:59 PM

This is disturbing, i.kno him. He dated my friend and i was always leery of him. He continues to call her and according to his voicemail he says he will.b out by march. Ridiculous they are letting him out ! Beware ladies !

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: January 2nd, 2016 9:55 AM

Another feel good piece about homeless people in Oak Park.

Joyce Marie Guy-Williams  

Posted: January 2nd, 2016 8:41 AM

This story still blows my mind and makes me Erie...it's weird because we started talking on Facebook and talked about meeting up...wow God is really in my side because those visits never happen....what a difference here in all these comments that I am reading about his character then what he made himself appear when we would talk. Also all the pics he would post of his family his mom in oak park Il. It's funny because all this cities people mention this articles are ones in spoke about. Like KS he said he was there a lot for his work plus Boston his son lived there. I wonder why he beats up woman??? What starts all that? I remember he said he played football in college and he was hit in the head a lot and also thought something was wrong with him and he suffered from depression and bad insomnia he never could sleep. This is very sad! I was wondering why he no longer has a Facebook page...

BFF from Kansas City  

Posted: January 24th, 2015 4:35 AM

Would "I got screwed" please email me at the parentsof3bears email address listed below

I got screwed too from Kansas City  

Posted: January 20th, 2015 10:12 PM

He is currently in jail where he belongs. His butt is probably sore.

Donna from Homer Glen  

Posted: March 29th, 2014 9:57 PM

Why has no one followed up on this?

Ian from Naperville  

Posted: March 18th, 2014 1:32 AM

I found evidence of a Boston area person. Wallet, school card, picture of a young person but who has a child. He had someone break into my home steal my life, and steal my fathers identify when he was dying. I learned he stole his own father's identity when he died. Now he hurts,women. He almost killed me. Many times.


Posted: March 5th, 2014 12:46 PM

WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON WITH THE COMMENTS THREAD? Wednesday Journal reporters - get on this story!

Reply to jazzy from Blue springs   

Posted: March 5th, 2014 10:36 AM

I've been thinking and Roy recently told me about a friend of his suddenly passing. I think I have a picture of your friend with him in my phone. I framed it for him because he was so "upset" about her death. The story surrounding it never made sense to me. I might have some info. Please email me.

jazzy- please contact me from Blue springs   

Posted: March 5th, 2014 7:05 AM

Jazzy. Everyone who has posted comments has been in touch with me through my 3 bears email address and telephone. He broke my eye socket, cheek and every bone in my nose on the 11th. I am a small female. I'm trying to make sure he "gets his" your information may help me. My information may help you.

Jazzy from KC  

Posted: February 28th, 2014 11:03 PM

This pictured man, we believe played a roll in our friends death. We believe some day "he will get his"

Donna from Mt. Laurel NJ  

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 4:48 AM

I was physically abused.


Posted: February 20th, 2014 10:37 PM

Roy F Scaffer is currently in the Jackson County MO jail. He was arrested for domestic assault in the 2nd degree (a class c felony) for punching his girlfriend and breaking her nose (Feb 2014). After his time there he will be taken to KS and IL because he is wanted in both states for felonies. If you met this "man" on the dating website Plenty of Fish, consider yourself lucky that he didn't hurt you too.


Posted: February 18th, 2014 8:30 PM

Please email me at parentsof3bears@comcast.net.


Posted: February 14th, 2014 7:06 PM

You posted on 2/12/14. What city is your friend in? If this is the man I know, he is no longer in Chicago.


Posted: February 14th, 2014 6:25 PM

I think I just met this man. Would like to get more info


Posted: February 12th, 2014 2:34 AM

I believe my friend is currently one of his victims. Would like to compare stories.


Posted: January 12th, 2014 3:43 PM

WOW no way is the Roy Schaffer I know really!! looks like him....


Posted: December 4th, 2011 3:58 PM

I knew him when he lived in Massachusetts, I was a victim of his well developed fraud.

DD from Naperville  

Posted: December 27th, 2010 2:24 AM

I am a victim and he ruined my life.

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