By Megan Dooley
After witnessing a burglary in progress, a River Forest police officer chased the alleged offender down on foot and arrested the man Friday afternoon.
Laquell J. Brown, 28, of the 500 block of South 2nd Avenue in Maywood, was arrested and charged with one count of burglary, one count of criminal damage to property, and one count of resisting a peace officer. Brown was observed entering a garage on the 200 block of Ashland and removing a bicycle.
River Forest Sergeant Michael Thornley said it's rare for an officer to be an eyewitness to a residential burglary.
"It does not happen very often," he noted.
Once the officer attempted to stop the offender in the street, he fled on foot. He was later tracked to a backyard and arrested there.
The River Forest Police Department credits an Anti-Burglary Mission Plan with leading to the arrest. The plan went into effect recently due to increased incidents on the village's south side.
"It's a direct response to several residential burglaries that have occurred in the area over the last two weeks," said Thornley, who didn't want to give up details about the mission plan that might compromise investigations but that it involves increased police presence in the area where burglaries have been taking place.