Boy arrested for purse snatching in River Forest


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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

A Maywood boy who allegedly snatched an elderly woman's purse off her shoulder Tuesday afternoon in River Forest has been arrested.

The 17-year-old boy grabbed the woman's purse off her shoulder as she was walking out of the River Forest branch of Community Bank at 7777 Lake St. at 1:50 p.m. on Nov. 9.

The boy was arrested for an armed robbery in Bellwood later that same day, and River Forest police picked him up from the Bellwood police station. The boy was picked out of a lineup by the victim.

He's been charged with felony robbery, since his victim was older than 60 years old.

Though he has been charged as an adult, Wednesday Journal is not publishing the boy's name because he is a minor. His accomplice, a 15-year-old boy, was also taken into custody, but not charged because of his age.

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Bruce from Oak Park  

Posted: November 15th, 2010 2:16 PM

If RF hired a dozen more officers, I would hope they would not be sitting around the station, looking out the window at the bank.

Karen Tesh from River Forest  

Posted: November 13th, 2010 9:55 AM

It's sad our police force does not even have enough officers left to catch an attacker who stalked his prey 50 yards from the front door of the police station. I really hope they hire back the officers who got laid off, this is the exact reason why I moved out of Oak Park. High-five to the Bellwood Police.


Posted: November 12th, 2010 4:40 PM

So...boys...go home and tell all your friends that WE ARE NOT GOING TO PUT UP WITH THIS! River Forest is NOT a good place to come if you want to commit a crime!!!

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