River Forest police arrest three burglars

River Forest police have arrested three men they describe as “career burglary/theft suspects” during the month of November. All three men are due in court on Dec. 3, according to River Forest police.

On Nov. 6, River Forest police received a call about a suspicious man pushing a large generator down the sidewalk near the intersection of Lake and Ashland. Police stopped and questioned the man, Claude Turner, 48, of Chicago, and determined he had taken the generator in a nearby garage burglary. The address of the burglary was not immediately available. Police linked Turner to five other burglaries and thefts reported in the area of Franklin and Ashland. Turner also was in possession of a bicycle and snow blower, which were identified as being stolen by their owners. Turner was arrested and charged with felony theft. His bond was set at $10,000.

On Nov. 16, Kwincy Johnson, 24, of Chicago, was picked up by Illinois State Police and transferred to River Forest after he was connected to a burglary in May, according to River Forest police. Police say Johnson implicated himself in the May 20 residential burglary in the 600 block of Keystone, where he stole electronics, purses and cash. His bond was set at $10,000 

On Nov. 22, River Forest police arrested Stefon Booker, 24, of Chicago, after they received a call from a resident in the 600 block of Keystone who said Booker was standing at his back door at 3:45 a.m. Booker was arrested for criminal trespass to property. Police later determined that Booker had sold a watch and computer taken in a residential burglary that occurred near Thomas and Ashland on Nov. 16. Police charged Booker with felony theft and criminal trespass and said in a press release that he is suspected of having been “involved in several other incidents in the area.” Booker had been arrested once before – June 2015 – by River Forest police and charged with residential burglary. He was sentenced to 24 months of felony probation for the crime.

 Battery

A man between the ages of 20 and 30, standing about 6-foot and weighing roughly 200 pounds, approached an Oak Park woman on the train in the 800 block of S. Oak Park Ave. and grabbed her right buttock on Nov. 23, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 11:06 a.m., according to Oak Park police. The man wore a black winter hat, a black jacket with white stripes at the bottom, black jeans and brown polo boots and was last seen headed in an unknown direction on South Oak Park Avenue. 

— Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger

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