By Megan Dooley
The River Forest Police Department has identified a suspect in a recent string of burglaries, but the man is currently in the custody of the DuPage County Sheriff's Office on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
"We do believe he's our guy," said Sgt. Michael Thornley, adding that it may take a few days to bring him in.
The River Forest police have not yet named the suspect because charges are still pending. But they have connected him with at least six burglaries in the area.
The department issued a warning last week for village residents to keep their car and garage doors locked and valuables secured.
Two unknown offenders approached a man standing in the back of his truck at a location on the 100 block of Chicago Avenue at 12:50 p.m. on Feb. 22 and struck the victim in the face before taking his wallet and entering the truck to remove the victim's cell phone from a seat. The offenders fled northbound on Taylor from Chicago on foot. The first offender was described as a black male, 23-28 years old, 6-feet-2 with a muscular build and tattoos on the right side of his neck. The second offender was described as a thin black male, 24-28 years old, 6 feet 2 inches, with tattoos on one hand. Estimated loss is $310.
Burglary to motor vehicle
An unknown offender removed a gym bag containing an Apple iPod, gym shoes, and miscellaneous clothing from a 1998 Honda Civic parked at a location on the 1100 block of S. Grove sometime Feb. 17-22. Estimated loss is $535.
An unknown offender removed a catalytic converter from a 1997 Chevy Malibu, parked at a location on the 100 block of Harrison, Feb. 22-23. Estimated loss is $700.
An unknown offender removed an Apple iPhone, a 15-inch Sony Vaio laptop computer, a 10-inch Acer notebook and a Texas Instruments calculator from a location on the 300 block of Euclid on Feb. 21. Estimated loss is $2,250.
Someone removed the wallet from a victim's purse at a location on the 400 block of N. Harlem on the afternoon of Feb. 18. The wallet contained $40 cash, miscellaneous credit cards and IDs. Estimated loss is $110.
Three unknown offenders in a large gray construction van with no windows were seen pulling a large Red Toro snowblower from the side of a garage on the 400 block of Lenox and loading it into the van around noon on Feb. 21. The vehicle was last seen driving southbound on Ridgeland then eastbound on Berkshire. Estimated loss is $1,800.
Someone removed a Nike backpack containing car keys, identification cards, and $100 in cash from the auditorium of the performing arts center at Dominican University's Lewis Hall on Feb. 21.
An unknown offender removed a Sanyo video projector and audiovisual cart from Concordia University's Kretzmann Hall Feb. 21-22.
An unknown person entered a garage on the 700 block of Woodbine through an unlocked side service door, Feb. 22-23, and removed a red Toro snowblower. Estimated loss is $400.
Someone removed a girls blue Bridgestone bicycle from a garage on the 900 block of N. East, Feb. 25-26. The offender gained entry through the side service door which has a faulty lock. Estimated loss is $350.
Someone removed $4 in change from the console of a car parked on the 700 block of Park in River Forest, Feb. 23-24.
An unknown offender entered an unlocked garage on the 700 block of Park, Feb. 23-24, and stole a men's bicycle. Also missing was $5 in change from the console of an unlocked car parked inside the garage.
An unknown offender entered an unlocked garage and removed loose change and a 60-gigabyte iPod from two unlocked vehicles inside. The burglary occurred Feb. 23-24 at a location on the 600 block of Keystone.
Driving under the influence
Jessica G. Garcia, 21, of the 1300 block of S. 59th Ave. in Cicero, was arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving while under the influence, driving without a valid driver's license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, after a single-car accident at the corner of Taylor and Garfield on Feb. 25.
Daniel U. Bronner, 23, of the 1800 block of 9th Avenue in Maywood, was arrested on Feb. 26 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, unlawful possession of cannabis, illegal transportation and possession of alcoholic liquor in a vehicle, driving without valid insurance, and improper parking on a roadway.
Michael G. Bono, 19, was arrested on Feb. 26 near Lathrop and Chicago in River Forest for driving under the influence of alcohol after he crashed his vehicle into a tree at the corner of Ashland and Iowa and fled the scene on foot.
An unknown offender, described as an Asian male between 25 and 35 with black hair and a medium build, struck a victim in the back of the head three times with a closed fist and kicked him in an incident that occurred at a location on the 200 block of S. Grove on Feb. 25. The offender was last seen walking northbound on Grove.
A River Forest resident of the 1000 block of Forest Avenue reported on Feb. 23 that on Jan. 13, a man claiming to be his grandson called the victim and said he was in Spain and needed bond money to get out of jail. The victim sent the requested $2,800 via Western Union.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Feb. 21-28. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.