Skimming credit cards at the pump

An illegal credit card skimming device was discovered inside one of the gas pumps at the Shell gas station at 7201 W. North Ave. on Oct. 13, according to River Forest police. 

Police report that customers who used the pump might have had their credit card accounts compromised. The U.S. Secret Service was called out and is working with River Forest police in the investigation.


A 17-year-old Chicago boy robbed and assaulted another male, whose age was not specified, in the 700 block of Ontario Street on Oct. 12, at 12:21 a.m., according to Oak Park police. 

The offender approached the victim from behind while he was walking, punched him in the face and stole the victim’s headphones, police said. The victim ran and called police and was chased by the offender. 

Oak Park police took the alleged offender into custody in the 400 block of South Boulevard, referred to juvenile court and released to his family.


A garage was burglarized in the 800 block of North Humphrey on Oct. 11 between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8:22 p.m., according to Oak Park police. The offender entered the garage through an unlocked side service door and unsuccessfully attempted to cut a cable lock securing several bicycles. The offender did manage to steal an orange Black & Decker electric lawnmower. The loss was estimated at $120.

 DUI arrest

A 22-year-old Naperville man was arrested in the 7300 block of Lemoyne at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 2, according to River Forest police. 

The arresting officer witnessed the driver commit several traffic violations and pulled him over. The man failed a field sobriety test at the scene and was taken into custody. 

He was given a Breathalyzer test at the station and blew a .154, almost twice the legal limit of .08. He was charged with driving under the influence, speeding and several other traffic violations.

 Retail theft

Edward Gonzalez, 25, of Melrose Park, was arrested on Oct. 4, in the 300 block of Marion Street in Oak Park and charged with misdemeanor retail theft for stealing $98 worth of Rogaine products from the Jewel Foods at 7525 Lake St., according to River Forest police. 

The offender had fled the store and was located later on Marion. Gonzalez had an active arrest warrant out of Maywood for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Residential burglary

A residential burglary occurred in the 1300 block of Park Avenue on Oct. 11, according to River Forest police. The offenders entered the residence by kicking in the rear door of the residence and stole a Rolex watch and other jewelry.

 Aggravated DUI arrest

Donald M. Withers, 53, of Chicago, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated DUI on Oct. 11 in the 7500 block of Lake Street, River Forest police report. 

Police reportedly observed Withers commit several traffic violations at 10:58 p.m. Once pulled over, he exhibited several signs of intoxication and was driving without a license because his had been suspended due to a previous DUI. 

Withers failed a field sobriety test and refused a Breathalyzer once back at the station. He also was charged with driving with license suspended, no valid insurance and several traffic offenses.

 Criminal damage to property

John Paul A. Roeser, 25, of River Forest, was arrested on Oct. 13 after being positively identified as the person who broke out the front glass window at the Chase Bank at 630 N. Harlem Ave., according to River Forest police. 

Roeser was picked up less than a block from the incident and taken into custody. Police reported that he said he was angry at the bank after losing his wallet. The damage was captured on security cameras. Since the damage was more than $300, the Cook County State’s Attorney Felony Review Unit approved one felony count of criminal damage to property.

 Retail theft

Steven B. Wilbourn, 52, of Chicago, was arrested on Oct. 14, and charged with felony retail theft for stealing 10 bottles of Grey Goose Vodka from the Jewel Foods at 7525 W. Lake St. The theft was valued at a combined $230. 

He was captured by police after running eastbound in the 7300 block of Quick Street. Wilbourn had a previous retail theft arrest in 2012.

 These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Oct. 2-14 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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