A 16-year-old Chicago resident suspected by River Forest police of being involved in a burglary and auto theft in January, was shot to death in the Austin neighborhood on March 8.

River Forest police said in a press release that the boy was one of three juveniles suspected of a burglary and motor vehicle theft in the 900 block of Franklin Street on Jan. 4. The two other juveniles already were taken into custody; police were seeking the third.

Chicago police notified River Forest that the third suspect was shot multiple times in the 800 block of North Waller Avenue in Chicago last week. Chicago police said they believe the homicide was possibly gang related.

Two charged for River Forest burglaries

On March 6, River Forest police charged Diego Perez, 21, and Justin Gonzalez, 23, both of Chicago, each with two counts of burglary for two residential break-ins on Dec. 12, 2017, in the 800 and 1200 blocks of Monroe Street. Police said the two men forced open the rear doors of the residences and stole jewelry and electronics.

Both Perez and Gonzalez, who police say are self-admitted gang members, are in Cook County Jail awaiting an April court date.

Armed robbery

A Berwyn man was robbed by a man brandishing a knife at about 1:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of South Oak Park Avenue on March 13.

Oak Park police reported that the offender displayed the knife and demanded the victim’s money. The victim handed over his wallet, which contained credit and debit cards and a social security card.

The estimated loss is $30.


A white 2011 Chevy Malibu left running and unattended was stolen from the 300 block of Chicago Avenue at about 7:30 a.m. on March 16. It was recovered in the 700 block of North Leamington in Chicago. 

A black 2013 Ford Focus, worth an estimated $16,000, was stolen from the 700 block of Garfield Street sometime between 9 p.m. on March 16 and 4:28 a.m. on March 17.

A woman’s purse left unattended in a shopping cart was stolen at the Jewel-Osco, 438 W. Madison St., sometime between 2 and 2:30 p.m. on March 17. The purse contained a red wallet, an iPhone 7, three credit cards, a debit card and sunglasses. The estimated loss is $500.

A man stole items from the Shell gas station, 1 Harrison St., at about 4:40 a.m. on March 15 and then damaged the door as he left. He fled southbound on Austin Boulevard. The estimated loss is $200.

A woman in her 40s stole a pair of yoga pants from Lively Running, 109 N. Oak Park Ave., at about 12:45 p.m. on March 16. The estimated loss is $59.

A vehicle that was left unattended and running was stolen from the BP gas station, 100 Chicago Ave., at about 4:45 p.m. on March 14. The estimated loss is $2,000.

Criminal damage to property

Someone fired a BB gun at the 10-by-10-foot storefront window of the Animal Care League 2nd Chance Shop, 808 Harrison St. The incident happened sometime between 6:30 p.m. on March 15 and 5:41 p.m. on March 17.

Someone shattered the front window of Laury’s Bakery & Cake, 12 Madison St., sometime between 7 p.m. on March 16 and 4:30 a.m. on March 17. The damage is an estimated $1,500.

Burglary arrests

Michael Fisher, 47, of the 100 block of North Long in Chicago, was arrested in the 100 block of North Ridgeland at 2:43 p.m. on March 14, for burglaries to four motor vehicles dating back to March 10.

A male juvenile from Chicago was arrested on March 15 by Oak Park police in the 4900 block of West Cermak for a prior burglary in Oak Park. The victim was identified as an Oak Park resident, but no other information was given.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, March 6-17, 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. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest. 

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger

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