Chicago man arrested for suspected involvement in River Forest vehicle burglaries


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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

A 27-year-old Chicago man River Forest police arrested last week is a suspect in more than a dozen vehicle burglaries.

River Forest police found Cassanova Hastings hiding in bushes in the 500 block of Thatcher Avenue and arrested him shortly after 7 a.m. May 23. Hastings had a large amount of coins on him, and police located several vehicles that appeared to have been burglarized.

An hour before that, a resident in the 7900 block of Oak Street reported that his vehicle had just been burglarized. A yard-to-yard search was conducted with the help of Oak Park and Forest Park police and a Forest Park K-9 unit to locate Hastings.

River Forest police recorded 13 "burglary to auto" offenses between May 15 and last Wednesday, where unlocked cars were targeted and spare change was taken. Hastings is a suspect in all of them, said Deputy Chief Craig Rutz.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved one count of burglary against Hastings and his bond was set at $25,000 Thursday morning. He has had at least 18 arrests and 11 convictions in the past, including five convictions for burglary and four for invasion of privacy.

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Ramona Lopez  

Posted: April 15th, 2019 10:23 AM

Muhammed Ali, I suggest you reread the 1st amendment of the constitution. The one about freedom of the press.

Cass Clay from CHICAGO  

Posted: April 14th, 2019 3:07 AM

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Derv from Oak park  

Posted: May 26th, 2012 11:49 AM

And now for my standard comment: shocker.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: May 25th, 2012 9:28 PM

The porterhouse steak served to the officers who solve those murders will definitely be aged.


Posted: May 25th, 2012 11:43 AM

How abut porter house steaks for the coppers when they solve the D'Agostino murder in OP, or the murder on East by Harrison?

matt cordtwist  

Posted: May 25th, 2012 8:20 AM

minor crime is still serious. who's to say this perp wouldnt panic & attack while suddenly surprised by the car owner merely walking toward there car? often car windows are broken for simple change. often catylitic converters are ripped out for their platinum. minor crime shouldnt be defined by small change.

Just a few more...  

Posted: May 25th, 2012 7:47 AM

How many more posts before we see "Wednesday Journal staff have disabled comments on this page"?

To Linda from Chicago  

Posted: May 25th, 2012 7:31 AM

You will always be outta luck if you don't file a police report. No paper... it didn't happen.

Op guy  

Posted: May 25th, 2012 1:19 AM

Gee, I wonder what the tear drop tat means... It's not for stealing coins, that's for sure. It's not that he's stealing coins that's disturbing, but that he's coming all the way from Chicago to burglarise people, which is of.the greater concern.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: May 24th, 2012 7:03 PM

Porterhouse steak for all officers involved.

Sarah from River Forest  

Posted: May 24th, 2012 5:37 PM

Oh, but that this should be the most serious crime in River Forest. I don't think we know how fortunate we are that crime here is so minimal that something this minor would warrant so much attention.

Linda from Chicago  

Posted: May 24th, 2012 5:21 PM

Any way to find stuff he stole.We were hit saturday night,cds. coins ,air pump,paid coupons for $7.00 car washes on Madison in Forest Park.etc.Cds were store bought and home made..good music. I told the Chicago police officer that lives next door but never made a report,just thought we were outta luck.

Mares from River Forest  

Posted: May 24th, 2012 5:08 PM

Thank You Oak Park and Forest Park Police in assisting the River Forest Police. I believe a Porterhouse steak is in order for the K-9 officer.

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