River Forest police arrested a 35-year-old Chicago man they said is responsible for five area copper downspout thefts on the same River Forest block between Jan. 20 and Feb. 4.
The man was observed by a resident removing copper downspouts from a home in the 800 block of Bonnie Brae around 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday. Patrol officers quickly located the man's vehicle and stopped it at Chicago and Harlem Avenues. Several large copper downspouts were recovered from the vehicle, as well as a 9-foot section identified as belonging to the victim.
After his arrest, the suspect allegedly admitted to previous copper thefts on the block within the past month. He was charged with one count of theft. Further charges may be forthcoming, River Forest police said.
River Forest Police Deputy Chief James O'Shea praised the resident for "having the courage to become involved," and reminded River Foresters to "remain vigilant and report any suspicious or illegal activity immediately."