Porn search leads to firearm possession charge

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

Editor's note: One item in this crime blotter has been changed to better reflect the employment status of an individual charged. 

 

A 51-year-old Forest Park man was arrested on March 11 for possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card and for possession of firearm ammunition without an FOID card, both misdemeanors, after a search of his home turned up a .357 Magnum revolver and nine rounds of hollow point ammunition.

The search was prompted by a Jan. 11 incident in which the man was allegedly discovered viewing child pornography on a computer in the Dominican University library by a member of the university's security personnel. The computer was turned over to River Forest police, and the material the suspect was viewing was determined to be pornographic. The police secured a search warrant for the suspect's home, located on the 300 block of Circle Avenue, but did not find any evidence of child pornography. River Forest police said they could not bring additional charges regarding inappropriate pornographic material because of insufficient forensic evidence.

Aggravated robbery

A man implying he had a gun entered Oak Cleaners, 900 S. Ridgeland Ave. in the afternoon on March 11, and told the victim to open the register and give him everything. The suspect then placed his hand in his coat pocket indicating that he had a weapon. The victim complied. Estimated loss is $180.

Burglary

An unknown person gained entry into Grape Leaves restaurant, 129 S. Oak Park Ave., sometime between March 7 and March 8 by removing a door knob from the rear door and removed $400 in cash from the establishment.

An unknown offender entered an unlocked garage on the 900 block of N. Kenilworth Ave. on March 10 and broke a window in the victim's 2007 Ford Escape and removed an iPod and a watch. Estimated loss and damage is $2,150.

An unknown offender entered a garage on the 700 block of S. Grove between March 9 and March 10 and removed a Garmin GPS unit and Fender electric guitar from inside an unlocked vehicle. Estimated loss is $1,500.

An unknown offender entered a garage on the 900 block of N. Euclid between March 10 and March 11 and removed a Garmin Nuvi GPS unit from an unlocked vehicle inside. Estimated loss is $300.

An unknown offender entered a garage on the 1100 block of N. Euclid between March 10 and March 11 and removed a Tom Tom GPS unit from an unlocked vehicle located inside. Estimated loss is $250.

Residential burglary

An unknown offender entered a residence on the 200 block of S. Harvey between March 10 and March 12 and removed kitchen ware, children's toys, men's gym shoes, and an antique revolver. Estimated loss is $225.

An unknown offender entered a residence on the 700 block of N. Lombard and removed four Nikon digital cameras, a Gateway computer and monitor, and miscellaneous jewelry. Estimated loss is $2,700.

Burglary to motor vehicle

An unknown offender removed a DVD case containing 20 DVDs, two garage door openers, and two wireless headphone sets from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 1200 block of Linden between March 2 and March 3. Estimated loss is $580.

An unknown offender entered a 2001 Mazda minivan parked on the 1100 block of N. Oak Park on March 11 and removed a Garmin GPS unit and $5 in coins. Estimated loss is $125.

Theft arrest

Tarik Allen, 23, of the 3200 block of W. Fulton in Chicago was arrested for theft at a location on the 900 block of S. Lombard on March 9, and another theft that occurred at a location on the 700 block of S. Elmwood.

Theft

An unknown offender removed a men's blue mountain bike and u-lock from a bike rack located in a parking lot on the 600 block of South Boulevard sometime during the day on March 9. Estimated loss is $485.

An unknown offender removed an envelope containing $620 that the victim had left under the door for his landlord at a residence on the 1000 block of North Boulevard on March 1.

An unknown offender removed a green 3-speed bicycle from a bike rack on the first block of N. Ridgeland on March 9. Estimated loss is $200.

An unknown offender removed a blue men's three-speed bicycle, a black u-lock and gray cable from a bike rack it was locked to on the 1100 block of North Boulevard sometime between March 10 and March 11. Estimated loss is $600.

An unknown offender entered an apartment on the 900 block of Wesley by unknown means and removed $500 in cash from a bedroom.

An unknown offender removed a package from a porch on the 1100 block of Miller on March 11 and fled the scene northbound on Harlem and then eastbound on Augusta while being pursued by the victim. The offender dropped the package during the pursuit.

Theft of motor vehicle

An unknown offender removed a green 1998 Chevrolet Astro van that was left running by the victim outside an apartment located on the 6900 block of North Avenue on March 9. Estimated loss is $3,500.

Attempted motor vehicle theft

An unknown offender entered a 1997 Ford Taurus parked in an alley on the 800 block of N. Austin between March 10 and March 11 and unsuccessfully attempted to manipulate the wiring in order to start the vehicle. Estimated loss is $100.

Retail theft arrest

Michael Cistrunk, 30, of the 300 block of N. Lotus in Chicago, was arrested for retail theft at the Dominick's supermarket at 259 Lake St. on March 10.

Luis D. Alicea, 29, of the 3000 block of N. Allen in Chicago was arrested for a theft that occurred at the CVS Pharmacy at 6748 Roosevelt on March 14. He was charged with felony retail theft.

Outside warrant arrest

Raul Alaniz, 45, of the 6500 block of N. Seeley in Chicago was arrested on March 9 on an active Kankakee County warrant for driving under the influence.

Javida Jones, 25, of the 500 block of E. Erie in Maywood was stopped in traffic on March 12 on the 600 block of Lake, and arrested when a name check turned up an active River Forest warrant for obstructing a police officer. The suspect was turned over to River Forest police.

Driving under the influence arrest

Valerie Stewart, 21, of the 1100 block of Sierra Ridge in New Lenox, was arrested on the 500 block of S. Maple on March 9 for driving under the influence after being involved in an accident at Harlem and Madison.

Pamela Purdie, 51, of the 600 block of S. East was arrested on March 11 for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license and driving with no insurance after being involved in an accident near her home.

Aggravated battery arrest

Tarik Page, 35, of the 1400 block of S. Canal in Chicago, was arrested on March 9 at a location on the 100 block of S. Taylor for aggravated battery, resisting a peace officer, aggravated assault, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Criminal damage to property

An unknown offender damaged a water heater, sinks, and drain pipes in the lower level of Border's Books and Music at 1144 Lake in the evening on March 10. Estimated loss is $250.

Connor Ryan, 22, of the 100 block of N. Humphrey was arrested for felony criminal damage to property on March 11. The victim lives on the 600 block of Lyman.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, March 9-15. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports ahs only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

 

Reader Comments

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I'm not a prude...  

Posted: March 17th, 2011 1:49 PM

Wednesday Journal: I respect your desire to not censor opinions, but is Andrew's comment really necessary?

Brian from Oak Park  

Posted: March 16th, 2011 12:17 PM

Does anyone know what was going on around 5:00 pm on Friday March 11 in the Forest Preserve area between Maywood and River Forest (bounded by Madison, Thatcher and Washington)? I saw this coming home. Maywood and River Forest Police had at least three sides of the Forest Preserve blocked off with cars, and there were at least a dozen officers with walkie talkies looking for someone apparently. Any idea what this was about? It was disconcerting, especially, since kids were @ the Comm Ctr then

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