Foodlifting leads to felonies in River Forest

Store security at Whole Foods Market stopped a man trying to walk out with $59 worth of fish and meat in the late afternoon of Nov. 1. The offender, a 21-year-old Roselle resident, had a previous theft conviction that bumped this up to felony retail theft.

Mid-afternoon Nov. 3, an officer stopped a man who appeared to be concealing merchandise in his waistband at the Lake Street Jewel Foods. The offender, a 39-year-old Melrose Park man, had an unpaid-for sandwich and a fake ID; for the latter, he was charged with a felony. 


Overnight Nov. 2-3 in the first block of Le Moyne, someone pried open the window of an Impala and stole the GPS, stereo and a plastic bag of cash.

Mid-afternoon Nov. 1 in the 900 block of North Taylor, an unlocked door allowed a burglar to enter a blue Honda, from which a white canvas bag and its contents are missing. 

Nov. 5 between 2 and 11 p.m., someone broke a basement window to get inside a house in the 800 block of South Humphrey. 

Burglary attempts

Residents of the 7200 block of Division Street were startled at 2:24 a.m., Oct. 26, by a man trying to enter by opening a bedroom window. The victims told police they were able to close the window. The would-be intruder was last seen running toward Division.

In the 1100 block of Fair Oaks during the night of Nov. 6-7, a burglar attempted to pry open a window to enter a house. Failing, the offender(s) tried using the garage door and failed again.


On Oct. 27 at 2:37 a.m., a 41-year-old Chicago man was stopped by police in the 1100 block of Harlem after being clocked doing 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. The driver failed field sobriety tests, then blew a .297 on the Breathalyzer, more than three times the legal limit for blood alcohol level. He was charged with DUI and several traffic offenses. 

Two nights later, at 2:49 a.m., a 22-year-old Maywood woman was stopped in the 7500 block of North Avenue for traveling 45 mph in a 30 mph zone; her blood alcohol level was .114, exceeding the .08 limit. She too was charged with DUI and multiple traffic offenses.

Weed scent leads to arrest

Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation around noon, Oct. 31, near Vine and Lathrop in River Forest. While speaking with the driver, the officer noticed a strong odor of cannabis. The driver, a 34-year-old Berwyn man, had both cannabis and a ceramic pipe with which to smoke it. He was charged with possession of pot and paraphernalia.

Gun stolen from bedroom

In the 1300 block of Harlem someone reported a missing Beretta pistol. The pistol had been locked in a gun case in the victim’s bedroom; the loss was discovered Nov. 8 around 6 p.m.  

Fancy nails fingered

The Walgreens at Roosevelt and Ridgeland reported a man in a hoodie and knit cap stuffed numerous packages of artificial fingernails into a sack and left without paying; the haul was valued at $183.77. 


In the 1100 block of Harvey, just after noon on Nov. 6, a woman was sitting in her kitchen when she heard her floor creak. Looking up, she saw a stranger in dark clothing and a dark cap. The intruder said, “Hi,” then fled when she informed him she was calling police, who determined the man got in via the front door, which had been left unlocked.

Box-cutter display escalates argument

A 48-year-old Chicago man was arrested on Nov. 8 at 8:38 a.m. in the 900 block of Lake Street after he was identified as the offender in a verbal altercation which involved a box-cutter; the man was charged with disorderly conduct.


Automobile windows were found broken by vandals between Oct. 31 and Nov. 3 in the 6500 block of North Avenue and the 200 block of North Oak Park Avenue. During the same period, someone threw a rock and broke a front glass window on a residence in the 300 block of Clinton. 

Between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Nov. 5, someone, using a large landscape brick, damaged a glass side door, causing $800 in damage.

During the night of Nov. 7-8, someone pried, bent and damaged the back door on a work van in the 1100 block of South Oak Park Avenue. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Nov. 3-9 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 Amy Malina

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