Back in December the River Forest police department demonstrated its new video surveillance capabilities including its photo enhancement capability.

Last Wednesday River Forest detectives demonstrated the photo enhancement technology for Robert J. Zermeno, 24, of La Grange. Unfortunately for Zermeno the digitally enhanced surveillance videos from December and early January showed him walking down an aisle in the Jewel store, 7525 Lake stuffing packages of antacid medications in his pants. Other video captured a late model car and the car’s license plate number.

Dep. Chief Greg Weiss said the photos persuaded Zermeno to admit his guilt.

“Zermeno provided detectives with a statement implicating himself as the offender in all three cases when confronted with security camera footage,” said Weiss.


Two men in their late teens accosted a Blue Line CTA passenger as the train approached the Austin station around 9 p.m. Jan. 15. The pair took $140 from the passenger and ran off the train.

A man who struck up a conversation with another man on the Blue Line was robbed at gunpoint Jan. 13. The man said he and the other man got off the train at the Forest Park terminus and were walking home to Maywood together. On the 8000 block of Madison the other man pulled a black 9 mm handgun and demanded his money. The victim turned over $5.50 and the thief ran off on Thatcher.

Shortly after 3 a.m. Jan. 16, one of two men inside the 7-Eleven store, 240 Chicago, displayed a .45 caliber handgun and demanded money. The two thieves took a total of $60 and six packs of cigarettes before running out of the store.

Two young men walked into a business at Chicago and Austin the evening of Jan. 17. One displayed a silver semi-automatic handgun, announced a robbery, grabbed a box of cigars, cash and cell phone. The loss was $787.

A man displayed a silver revolver in a business on the 6300 block of North Avenue the afternoon of Jan. 12 and took $199 cash.

Two Chicago girls were arrested by street crimes officers after they took a cell phone from an Oak Park girl on the 1100 block of North Boulevard  Jan. 12.

A woman walking through a parking lot on the 300 block of Madison had her purse stolen by a man who grabbed it from behind.

Residential, business burglary

Jesse Henry, 45, of the 5500 block of W. Adams, Chicago was arrested at his home the afternoon of Jan. 13 for an alleged burglary on the 1100 block of S. Cuyler. Henry reportedly had the misfortune of burglarizing the home on a day when numerous officers from the WEDGE crime task force were in Oak Park. Police say he jumped out of a second floor window and ran when they arrived, but he was tracked down in Chicago.

Tyrese Richardson, 17, of the 3200 block of W. Fulton, Chicago, was arrested on the 2800 block of Jackson in the city on Jan. 12 for alleged burglary. Fingerprint evidence sent to the state crime lab implicated Richardson in an April 2009 burglary on the 100 block of South Blvd.

During the day Jan. 14, the front door of a home on the 400 block of S. Kenilworth was forced open. Miscellaneous jewelry and electronics, valued in total at $31,000 was stolen.

River Forest police responded to a call of a suspicious person on the 1200 block of Park the afternoon of Jan. 13. They found footprints in the snow leading up to a broken window. A laptop was then found to have been stolen from the home.

Thieves entered a home on the 100 block of S. Euclid through an unlocked front door the evening of Jan. 14 and stole a purse.

The afternoon of Jan. 14, thieves cut a window screen of a home on the 1000 block of S. Austin and climbed in. A computer system valued at $760 was stolen. 

During the day Jan. 12, a window of a residence on the 900 block of S. Oak Park was broken, the home ransacked and an undisclosed amount of cash stolen.

The afternoon of Jan. 11, a rear door window of a home on the 400 block of N. Austin was broken and an iPod, electronic game and television were stolen.

The morning of Jan. 13, a rear window of a home on the 600 block of N. Humphrey was broken, but thieves could not reach the deadbolt and entry wasn’t made.

Vehicle, garage burglary

Overnight Jan. 10: Miscellaneous items and cash were stolen from a car in a garage on the 200 block of Ontario. Cash was stolen from a car in a garage on the 200 block of N. Elmwood. One car in a garage on the 700 block of N. Grove was ransacked and cash stolen from another car in a garage on the same block.

Overnight Jan. 11, a lawnmower was stolen from an open garage on the 1100 block of Gunderson.

The evening of Jan. 11, the window of a car on the 400 block of Washington was broken and a GPS device stolen.

A GPS device was stolen from an unlocked car on the 500 block of Clinton Jan. 15-17.

The morning of Jan. 15, the side window of a car on the 600 block of Carpenter was broken and a GPS device stolen. Loss was $750.

The window of a car on the 800 block of South Blvd. was broken around noon Jan.17, and a GPS device stolen.
Overnight Jan. 12, an unlocked car on the 100 block of N. Euclid was ransacked, but no loss reported.


Mark K. Boyd, 49, of Chicago’s far south side, was arrested after he allegedly stole a laptop from a man while in a business at Ridgeland and South Blvd. Jan. 12. Boyd was paroled last July from an 18-year-sentence for burglary in Will County.

The manager of the Verizon cell phone store, 7261 Lake, reported that between Nov. 25 and Jan. 4, a total of 17 cell phones valued at $8,450 were stolen from the store.

Fed Ex packages containing medical equipment valued at $3,600 was stolen from a front porch on the 1100 block of Home sometime between Dec. 18 and 22.


Arlvin Hughes, 49, of the 4700 block of W. Armitage, Chicago, was stopped for several alleged traffic violations on the first block of Randolph around 3 a.m. Jan 16. Hughes was charged with felony driving on a revoked license, felony DUI, assorted traffic violations and unlawful use of a weapon for a switchblade knife he was carrying.

Aaron L. Holman, 25, of Melrose Park was charged with DUI following a traffic stop on the 600 block of Madison shortly after midnight, Jan. 18.


Anthony Santaniello, 29, of Wheaton, was arrested around 11 p.m. Jan. 13, in the McDonald’s parking lot, 111 Madison after allegedly being found in possession of three foils of heroin.

Matthew L. Koch, 38, of Glen Ellyn, was reportedly found in possession of illegal drugs after being stopped for alleged reckless driving on the 1150 block of S. East the afternoon of Jan. 17.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Jan.11- Jan. 18. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

-Bill Dwyer

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