Suspect in custody after windows smashed on Lake Street in River Forest

Police say they arrested a man who had a rock in his pocket and proceeds from a business

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By Maria Maxham

Staff Reporter

River Forest police say they've arrested a man suspected of smashing several storefront windows along the 7700 block of Lake Street during the early morning hours of Nov. 18.

According to River Forest Police Chief James O'Shea, a witness called 911 around 2 a.m., stating he'd heard glass breaking and saw a person walking down Lake Street.

Police stopped a man, who reportedly had a large rock in his pocket, a cut on his hand and was carrying property from a local business.

When questioned, the suspect allegedly provided false information about his identity to police.

Broken windows were located at Valenti Tailors & Cleaners, 7623-B Lake St.; Byline Bank, 7751 Lake St; and River Forest Dry Cleaners & Tailoring, 7777 Lake St.

According to police, it appeared that entry had been gained only at Valenti Tailors & Cleaners.

As of Wednesday afternoon, police said the suspect remained in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 21st, 2020 11:55 AM

A glass breaker. Wonder if he had anything to do with BP gas station caper?

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