Traffic trouble in River Forest

River Forest police reported that a driver, pulled over for a traffic stop around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, drove away as the officer was exited the squad car to speak to the driver. The officer was brushed by the silver Taurus as it fled eastbound into Oak Park. Police from River Forest gave chase and assisting Oak Park police also followed the vehicle. According to reports, the Taurus crashed into a tree in the 200 block of Forest around 3:40 a.m., and all three occupants of the car fled on foot. Two were apprehended and arrested.

DUI

River Forest police arrested an 18-year-old Oak Park man for DUI around 1 a.m. on April 7 after his vehicle was observed speeding on the 1400 block of North Harlem Avenue. The driver reportedly failed field sobriety tests. A search of the driver and vehicle uncovered a replica Beretta semi-automatic BB gun, duct tape, and a hammer. Further investigation revealed possible proceeds from an unreported Retail Theft from Jewel Foods in River Forest. Jewel declined to prosecute and the driver was charged with DUI and traffic violations.

Vandalism

Three male Chicago juveniles, age 11, 12 and 13, were arrested on April 7 after witnesses observed them allegedly damaging village parking signs by bending them in the 1100 block of North Avenue. The juveniles were turned over to a guardian.

Someone broke the front plate-glass window of a business in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue in the early morning of April 7. Damage was estimated at $500.

Someone set fire to a Dumpster in the 800 block of North Boulevard around 8 p.m. on April 6.

Persons unknown threw an 8-foot piece of conduit through a glass window pane at Oak Park and River Forest High School sometime between 4 p.m., April 6 and 7:30 a.m., April 7. Damage is estimated at $350.

Stealing from the safe

A man with a prior armed-robbery conviction was arrested around 9 a.m. on April 7 at Marion Street Cheese Market, 100 S. Marion St., after he was observed on a security video removing $400 from the shop’s safe. Julio Angel Davila, 39, of the 3800 block of North Oak Park Avenue in Chicago was charged with felony theft.

Theft interrupted

A catalytic converter theft was interrupted in progress around 1 p.m. in the 900 block of Randolph Avenue on April 6. Witnesses said they observed two men crouching near a parked 2004 Cadillac, from which flames and smoke began to emerge underneath. The two men fled on bicycles.

Residential burglaries

Someone ransacked two cars and removed a black and white Scott bicycle from a garage in the 1100 block of S. Grove Avenue, overnight April 6-7.

Golf clubs were removed from an open garage in the 500 block of Thatcher Avenue in River Forest, April 4.

A bicycle was reported stolen from an unlocked River Forest garage in the 1300 block of Monroe Avenue, April 4.

A girl’s bicycle, left unattended in a front yard, was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of S. Humphrey Avenue around 6 p.m. on April 7.

Jewelry and a video system were reported stolen from a house in the 800 block of Keystone Avenue, overnight April 5-6.

Clothing and electronics were reported stolen from a secured locker in a Concordia University men’s locker room April 5.

Three Chicago juveniles were arrested and charged with burglary to a vehicle, which occurred in the 300 block of South Boulevard on April 5. They were released to parents and referred to court.

Fifteen feet of copper downspout was stolen from a residence in the 600 block of Highland Avenue between March 27 and April 2.

Shoplifting

A 19-year-old Chicago woman was arrested and charged with retail theft after she was observed allegedly stuffing $421 worth of clothing and shoes into a cloth bag at the Old Navy Store in the 400 block of N. Harlem Avenue. Shantell T.D. Lumpkins was charged with felony retail theft.

A 44-year-old Country Club Hills man was observed by security officers at Dominick’s in the 200 block of Lake Street, April 6, allegedly removing items from a store shelf, receiving a refund for the items and then using the money to make other purchases. He was charged with felony theft for previous retail theft convictions.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed April 1-7 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.

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Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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