By Jean Lotus
Two Chicago men, whom police determined were responsible for several burglaries to cars in River Forest, were arrested July 10 and charged with burglary after being caught with a wallet that had allegedly been removed from a vehicle in the 800 block of William Street.
A 57-year-old Forest Park man was arrested and charged with theft in the 100 block of South Blvd., the morning of July 13.
A 25-year-old Palatine man was charged with allegedly stealing two bottles of vodka and two steaks by stuffing them into his pants pockets at the Dominick's on Lake St., the evening of July 13.
Carlos Morales, 40, of Berwyn was arrested July 14 in the 700 block of North Blvd. around 3:40 a.m. after police found him to be non-compliant in registering as a sex offender. Morales was convicted of criminal sexual assault of a 21-year-old in the early 1990s when he was 22.
A 26-year-old Chicago man was charged with theft after allegedly snatching a cellphone from an Oak Park juvenile in the 1000 block of N. Euclid on July 14 around 2 p.m.
Fleeing forger disrupts bank
An 18-year-old Chicago man was charged with attempting to cash a fraudulent check at the TCF bank, 800 Harlem Ave. on July 12 around noon. When the man observed arriving River Forest police, he reportedly attempted to flee by jumping onto desks and climbing over cubicles in an attempt to exit the bank. He was subdued with a struggle and taken into custody. He was charged with Class 3 Forgery, possession of a stolen check, criminal damage to property and resisting arrest.
A River Forest residence in the first block of Franklin was burglarized, the evening of July 10. Persons unknown forced open a back door and removed a Nintendo DSA, a child's wallet and Italian train ticket stubs.
Calvary Church in the 900 block of Lake Street was burglarized, overnight July 13, after access was gained by unknown means. Once inside, someone broke office windows and ransacked offices stealing $300 and microphones.
Three sets of child-sized tennis shoes and a skateboard were stolen from a porch in the 400 block of S. Harvey, the afternoon of July 12. Estimated loss was $250.
A home in the 1000 block of S. Grove was entered by means of an unlocked rear door around noon on July 15. Once inside, someone ransacked the interior and removed gift cards, coins and jewelry valued at $190.
Garbage cans set ablaze
Police reported two alley garbage cans on fire in the 1000 block of N. Humphrey and the 200 block of LeMoyne around 11 p.m. on July 14. Three male juveniles, 10-12 years old, were observed fleeing from the alley.
A locked 24-inch Magna touring 21-speed bicycle was stolen from Oak Park and River Forest High School's bike rack, overnight July 12.
A locked woman's silver Trek Multi Track bike was also stolen there the evening of July 13.
A locked, grey single speed cruiser bike was stolen from Ridgeland and Lake during the day on July 13.
Two black Canondale bicycles worth $1,038 were stolen from a garage via an open overhead door in the 100 block of Bishop Quarter Lane, overnight July 7.
An unlocked green and black 10-inch Chaos bike was stolen from a front lawn in the 900 block of S. Kenilworth, June 26-28.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed July 10-15 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.