River Forest police arrest gang member for burglary


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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

A registered gang member with a past conviction list that includes attempted murder of a police officer, assault, larceny and more was picked up by the River Forest Police Department on May 13 in connection with a residential burglary that occurred earlier this month.

Vito Spiezio, 60, of the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue in Chicago, was arrested outside of his home and charged with two counts of felony theft, for a burglary that occurred at a residence on the 1300 block of Jackson Avenue in River Forest on May 5.

The River Forest police tracked Spiezio down with the help of the Chicago Police Department Pawn Shop Unit. A camera taken in the burglary was located at a Chicago pawn shop, and traced to Spiezio.

Spiezio is currently on parole for other felony convictions, and is allegedly a member of the Latin Kings gang.

"He's definitely a career criminal," said River Forest Sergeant Marty Grill. "It just goes to show that we do have career criminals that are in our area."

Grill said that prison time is possible for Spiezio based on his parole status, but because he was not arrested for a crime against a person, it might be less likely.

Grill said there wasn't a slew of evidence in this case, and it doesn't appear at this time that Spiezio can be tied to any other crimes in the area.

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John S. from Forest Park  

Posted: May 15th, 2011 12:00 PM

Marco tips his bigot hand by using the comment forum on a story about a Latin Kings career criminal to attack a proposed minority housing project (that has nothing to do with the story) and calling the village Oak Pakistan.


Posted: May 15th, 2011 12:31 AM

I guess O'Shea is the moderator . Your moving up in the world. I think violet can handle her comments for herself. john, john, john I would LOVE for you to STOP POSTING ON EVERY ONCE OF SPACE ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT IS WRONG WITH THIS DEVELOPMENT. I'M BEGGING YOU PLEASE. Well Monday is right around the corner!!

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: May 14th, 2011 9:51 PM

Violet - OP connected it to Comcast about 15 posts ago. Not Marco.

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 14th, 2011 7:24 PM

@Marco: "This project?" Surely you are not bringing up the low-income housing issue in regards to this?! Read again: this character traveled all the way from 3900 West Gladys to do his thing in RF. So he wasn't living in some low-rent OP pad.

john murtagh from oak park  

Posted: May 14th, 2011 7:21 PM

I am joining OP Resident and Patricia O'Shea in not responding to any more stupid remarks. CLARIFICATION: THAT MEANS I WILL NOT RESPOND TO ANY OP COMMENTS!


Posted: May 14th, 2011 6:40 PM

How shall we resolve this? Stop the maddness and this project.Then we can move on and get a commercial staple that actually brings buisness to madison ave.

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 14th, 2011 3:42 PM

@Marco: And how pray tell shall we "resolve" this? Do as we do in Pakistan and drop bombs on his house with a drone? Oh and nice one--you actually believe that laughable story about CIA Bin Dead for Decade Laden? USA! USA! USA! I wonder how many people who decried our illegal, immoral wars under Dubya don't have the same criticism for Obama...


Posted: May 14th, 2011 1:14 PM

Call me crazy, but shouldn't the village try to resolve this kind of criminal activity, not house them. We should change the name to Oak Parkistan.

OP Resident  

Posted: May 14th, 2011 1:10 PM

OP is giving Fox News a run for the money. Distort facts or simply lie when confronted with the truth. P. O'Shea and I have both called out the blatantly false statements OP tried to hang on us. A weak excuse for lying is no excuse. I'm back to shunning this fool.


Posted: May 14th, 2011 12:58 PM

marco, they are already here doing that all over the village. Where have you been ? Build It!


Posted: May 14th, 2011 12:52 PM

There are many criminal out there who have not been convicted of a crime. There is a good chance they will reside in the comcast building. Cant wait untill they are breaking in my garage for loose change and a beat up lawn mower!


Posted: May 14th, 2011 12:44 PM

OP Res, might not be you, but another op res from another article. Too many Oak Park Res and OP's. No prob-CHILL

p. O'Shea  

Posted: May 14th, 2011 12:44 PM

I also did not post about criminals being housed in the building.

OP Resident  

Posted: May 14th, 2011 12:14 PM

Geez, OP. From where did you pull those words that you are attempting to put in my mouth? I've posted nothing on this forum regarding criminals being housed in the Comcast building. Shut your yap!

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 14th, 2011 12:03 PM

Gramps is a gangsta! LOL! Yo, yo, yo...wassup, Vito?

OP Resident  

Posted: May 14th, 2011 11:31 AM

He is a career criminal who contributes nothing to society. Why waste anymore time with him? Let him take his last breath behind bars.

officer friendly  

Posted: May 13th, 2011 7:32 PM

Unless the cops develop some evidence tying him to the actual burglary, the most they can prove is fencing stolen goods.


Posted: May 13th, 2011 7:29 PM

Why cant they put a GPS on these types of fellers. We would all sleep a little bit sounder. At least an ankle bracelet for parolees. They wouldn't be confined to their homes, but at least the "system" could check to see where they've been !! I'm sure P O'Shea, john murtagh, marco, OP resident, j.oak park and the rest will tell you that this is the type of person that will be living in the new Comcast project. NOT

OP Guy  

Posted: May 13th, 2011 7:26 PM

Cont. So what's the deal, you can just burgle people, take away their sense of safety, ransack their homes, and then get a slap on the wrist? No wonder these losers have no fear of committing crimes, what do THEY have to fear?

OP Guy  

Posted: May 13th, 2011 7:22 PM

It's kind of amazing that there is a good chance Vito may not face a cell, even though his record shows there is little chance he's going to go straight... I suppose we'll just have to wait for him to commit a "real" crime before this looser gets what he deserves. Good to see granpa gangbanger getting taken down anyway. Well done River Forrest police! Now, could you come over to Oak Park and give our traffic cops a hand?

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