Two burglars swiftly caught in River Forest


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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

Two men were arrested by River Forest police for a residential burglary that occurred April 27 at a residence on the 700 block of Bonnie Brae.

Danjuan O. McClinton, 20, of the 5000 block of W. Erie in Chicago, and Derek Butler, 44, of the 9000 block of S. Normal in Chicago, were arrested and charged with residential burglary.

A witness description helped officers track down the offenders, who were first located in the area of Bonnie Brae and Oak Avenue. Once spotted, the offenders fled on foot. One was later apprehended in the parking lot of Chase Bank at Oak and Harlem, and the other was found behind an apartment complex on the 500 block of Harlem in Oak Park. The second suspect was found to be in possession of a pillowcase filled with jewelry and other items reported missing after the burglary on Bonnie Brae. River Forest Police Chief Gregory Weiss said he believed that everything reported missing in the Bonnie Brae burglary was recovered.

River Forest police reported there was physical evidence tying the suspects to the burglary, along with the witness account that led to their arrest.

Weiss said there have been a number of burglaries in the area in the past month, but the department has had little evidence to go on. "This was a major break for the department," he said. "Hopefully with these two suspects in custody we will once again see a decline in this type of crime."

Weiss said police aren't sure how many other River Forest burglaries the two suspects might have been involved in, but a latent print found at one of the scenes might help make a connection. He said the investigation into the previous burglaries is ongoing.

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Violet Aura  

Posted: May 7th, 2011 12:42 PM

"Danjuan?" Dayum! Just one vowel changed and he could've been a Don Juan! If only...

NIK from River Forest  

Posted: April 28th, 2011 7:20 PM

Way to go RFPD. Keep up the good work keeping RF safe. And to the vigilant witness,KUDOS, for getting involved to help protect your community.

OP Guy  

Posted: April 28th, 2011 2:59 PM

The marks on their face look more like the evidence of long time drug use. Looks like just a couple of useless junkies trying to support their habit by stealing. A dime a dozen from where they came from.

Gary S from River Forest  

Posted: April 28th, 2011 1:53 PM

From the alleged captured burglars it looks as if they may have brusied their cheeks as they tried to enter the homes. I sure hope that they do not try to sue the homeowner(s) claiming negligence or an attractive nuisance,the jewelry,as the reason for the bruises. Good job River Forest Police and the witnees who witnessed the alleged offenders.

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