By Nona Tepper
Police recently arrested two juveniles from Chicago in connection with home burglaries on Franklin Avenue, according to a press release issued by River Forest police.
"Our department, along with our partner agencies, will continue to use a combination of boots on the ground, intelligence gathering and technology to prevent, identify and arrest dangerous habitual criminals who choose to commit crimes in River Forest," Police Chief James O'Shea said in a statement.
On Jan. 4, the intruders broke into a home on the 900 block of Franklin Avenue on, stealing two cars from the garage and jewelry from inside the house. River Forest investigators later recovered both of the stolen vehicles and some of the jewelry. Investigators and crime scene technicians processed the cars for physical evidence once they were located, and fingerprints indicated multiple offenders were involved.
Three of those identified through fingerprint analysis were juveniles from Chicago. Another was an adult, also from the city. These four suspects are "persons of interest" in other home burglaries in the area. As a result, River Forest police have received assistance from police departments in Elmhurst, Norridge and Chicago.
On Jan. 16, River Forest police responded again to a home burglary on the 900 block of Franklin Avenue. Someone forced open the service door of the garage and took back one of the cars — they had kept the keys from the previous burglary. Investigators recovered the car in Chicago and processed it for physical evidence.
Officers arrested two juveniles in connection with the burglaries at a home in Chicago on Jan. 21, charging one with attempted burglary and the other with burglary, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and criminal trespass to a motor vehicle. Cook County Juvenile Detention Center officials screened both juveniles for housing at their facility, but offenders did not qualify for transfer per Cook County protocol. As a result, both were released to their guardians pending a juvenile court preliminary hearing date in January.
River Forest police and their law enforcement partners continue to search for other suspects responsible in the burglaries.
"In partnership with the community, we will protect our village," O'Shea said in a statement.
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