River Forest police arrest burglar for 2008 incident

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

A 41-year-old man who burglarized a River Forest home during the annual Memorial Day Parade in 2008 was sentenced earlier this month to 26 years in prison, River Forest police said.

Brian Deblasio, formerly of Essex, Ill., was sentenced June 15 as a Class X offender because of his criminal record. He'll be held at the Illinois Department of Corrections.

On May 26, 2008, Deblasio forced his way into a home in the 900 block of Monroe Avenue, ransacked it and took a collection of valuables before fleeing in a taxi. His arrest in a Cicero motel only resulted in drug charges. Deblasio was arrested again in April 2009 and charged with residential burglary for the previous year's incident.

Deblasio had been arrested by River Forest police for a series of five residential burglaries in 1997, and was sentenced to 18 years for those crimes. He served a portion of that sentence before his most recent arrest.

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John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 28th, 2012 9:25 PM

Violet & Q -- I am a scanner of the Crime Reports. I give a quick look for the crime and the location and that's about it. I do not pay attention to the names, description, etc. So I don't have a opinion on the WJ Writing Standards. I agree with Mares. Dan Haley is the person to answer your questions.

Mares  

Posted: June 28th, 2012 7:52 PM

Violet, let's put it to a test. How about you take one of your strolls down Austin Blvd. around 3:00 a.m.

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 28th, 2012 7:42 PM

@Mares: "We" do? Interesting...I don't recall discussing this with you. And she's a big girl; she can deal with questions about her choice of words.

Mares  

Posted: June 28th, 2012 7:15 PM

@ Violet Aura. Devin gets her orders from Dan Haley. Leave the young lady alone. You and I both know Dan's policy.

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 28th, 2012 6:34 PM

@John Butch: What about Devin's interesting penchant for describing the colors of missing items and yet "unknown persons" (read: loose perps) are given a very vague description? And I notice that there is no article on the 18-year-old caught after stealing from Calgary Church and a residence this past week. I think it's also funny how they didn't manage to lock this thread but others are allowed to stand.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: June 27th, 2012 6:01 PM

Spelling Police, if you are getting paid to do a job, then do it. How would you of liked our Military in WW II, and Korea, saying, well that's alright. You don't need to do your best. If you have ever been to the point that you thought you could not go further but did, then you would know lazy people stay where they are at, and motivated people who are motivated to excel do just that. She has a job of writing. She gets a pay check for it. Why would her boss expect less and why would you.

Spelling Police  

Posted: June 27th, 2012 5:55 PM

@Q. "but you should still check you work before you publish it." Should be "but you should still check your work before you publish it."

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: June 27th, 2012 5:52 PM

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois, I make a lot of mistakes when I post, but I notice you are very good at not making mistakes with your posting. Check the posting I made and you will find a mistake. The difference is, if I'm writing to to the readers of a newspaper, I would want it to be correct. Nothing nasty about it, John.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: June 27th, 2012 5:43 PM

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois, she deserves encouragement. Yes, encourage the young, for they are the future. You wouldn't want to lessen the expectations of what writers are suppose to be good at. How would you like to go to a mechanic who is ok with what he does, or how about a doctor who is ok with what he does. Don't give into to less is ok, because in a profession, it isn't ok to be less then you can be.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 27th, 2012 5:40 PM

If the WJ Comments does not have a "Obtuse and Nasty" Comment Policy, it should. Q's comments on reporters spelling and grammar is demeaning. Devon is a good writer and reporter. She doesn't deserve badgering.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: June 27th, 2012 5:14 PM

Devin, next time, make sure you check what you write. You are a college educated person, and I know colleges aren't turning out the best, but you should still check you work before you publish it.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: June 27th, 2012 12:19 PM

Devin Rose, do you ever read what you write? Read Ken Trainor's column and ask him for his help. Read this paragraph and ask if it makes sense. "A 41-year-old man who burglarized a River Forest home during the annual Memorial Day Parade in 2008 was sentenced earlier this month of 26 years in prison, River Forest police said." Do your next story with Ken's help on why the cheese place at Marion and South Blvd., was given permission to use the public sidewalk to profit their private business.

Mary from River Forest  

Posted: June 27th, 2012 12:05 PM

This is our home. We are most grateful to the River Forest police and Cook County prosecutors for their excellent work in identifying, arresting and prosecuting this dangerous career criminal.

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