River Forest burglar caught in the act by police


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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

After witnessing a burglary in progress, a River Forest police officer chased the alleged offender down on foot and arrested the man Friday afternoon.

Laquell J. Brown, 28, of the 500 block of South 2nd Avenue in Maywood, was arrested and charged with one count of burglary, one count of criminal damage to property, and one count of resisting a peace officer. Brown was observed entering a garage on the 200 block of Ashland and removing a bicycle.

River Forest Sergeant Michael Thornley said it's rare for an officer to be an eyewitness to a residential burglary.

"It does not happen very often," he noted.

Once the officer attempted to stop the offender in the street, he fled on foot. He was later tracked to a backyard and arrested there.

The River Forest Police Department credits an Anti-Burglary Mission Plan with leading to the arrest. The plan went into effect recently due to increased incidents on the village's south side.

"It's a direct response to several residential burglaries that have occurred in the area over the last two weeks," said Thornley, who didn't want to give up details about the mission plan that might compromise investigations but that it involves increased police presence in the area where burglaries have been taking place.

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Jim Coughlin  

Posted: June 27th, 2011 11:43 AM

I think you are wrong about for-profit prisons,#545. They boost profits by reducing staff and providing inadequate training. A number of the nation's leading religious organizations have called for a ban.

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Posted: June 27th, 2011 10:00 AM

I heard gov't sponsored help is best received and provided in prisons and jails.

OP Resident # 545 from Oak Park  

Posted: June 27th, 2011 9:03 AM

Mr. Coughlin, I'm with you on the failure of the war on drugs and that new solutions are needed. But your comment on private prisons as part of the cause/effect isn't relevant. Private prisons make up about 5% of the capacity in the US, both in facilities and inmates. The idea that private enterprise has entered the field, therefore they want more prisoners to pay the freight is simply factually incorrect. Like most institutions, private firms can do things better than the government, cheaper.


Posted: June 27th, 2011 8:17 AM

prison is definitely not the best place for help. I definitely agree that you need to lock people up for robbery, but simple possession and use shouldn't result in prison, but mandatory treatment.

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Posted: June 27th, 2011 1:05 AM

Eucation and treatment can fall under the umbrella of "war on drugs". I heard prison is the best place to find the best help.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: June 27th, 2011 12:43 AM

The war on drugs has been a failure. Nothing has stopped the flow of narcotics into the country and people are cooking anti-freeze, oven cleaner and cold tablets to produce really nasty alternatives to the usual suspects. A new and more sensible approach should focus on education and treatment. The prisons are operated by for-profits and crammed with addicts and low-level pushers. That's no victory.

Facebook Verified  

Posted: June 27th, 2011 12:18 AM

If money to buy drugs is the cause for crime, why do people want to put an end to the war on drugs?

OP Guy  

Posted: June 27th, 2011 12:05 AM

I guess the marching band gig didn't pay off.

Neighborhood Watch  

Posted: June 26th, 2011 12:46 AM

Unbelievable! I went to high school with him and he was in the Marching Band. He had so much potential, but it is sad that he chose that path to rob people.

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 21st, 2011 5:06 PM

@Epic: It's racist to not think a name is easy on the ears? Actually you want to pretend that everything done by a member of a particular group is beyond reproach. Must suck to be YOU.

epic lulz  

Posted: June 21st, 2011 12:33 AM

Can't pass a single crime story without making one of your racist crap comments, can you VA? It must really suck to be you.

OP Guy  

Posted: June 20th, 2011 11:40 PM

Maybe Frank did it.


Posted: June 20th, 2011 9:42 PM

Great job RF police!!! Glad they caught the thief- who knows how many times he has stolen from the area already. Oh, and FRANK's comment needs to be deleted- very inappropriate.

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 20th, 2011 7:24 PM

Next arrest: Laquell's MAMA for naming him 'Laquell.'


Posted: June 20th, 2011 6:29 PM



Posted: June 20th, 2011 5:24 PM

epic, its funny you see more CPD eating at Oak Park restuarants than OPPD or RFPD.

epic lulz  

Posted: June 20th, 2011 4:53 PM

@Nancy -- It's an RF cop, not a Chicago cop.

Nancy Trock T-Renegade Fitness from Oak Park  

Posted: June 20th, 2011 4:48 PM

I love it that this officer is physically fit, able and willing to give chase and was successful in apprehending the thief. Yeah!!!


Posted: June 20th, 2011 4:32 PM

Someone may want to point out to Mr. Brown that there is a bike auction at the OPPD every year and you can pick up bikes at very low prices.

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