River Forest cops arrest Chicago men for car burglary

Arrests clear several vehicle break-ins in the past week, say police

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Two Chicago men who police determined were responsible for several burglaries to cars in River Forest were arrested July 10 and each charged with one count of burglary, a Class 2 felony, according to a statement Friday from River Forest police.

After a brief foot chase, officers apprehended Koji D. Roberts, of the 5000 block of West Monroe Street, and Kephren M. Ferguson, of the 5300 block of West Henderson Street, in a yard in the 900 block of Clinton Place around 11:50 p.m. on July 10. Police had responded to the 800 block of William Street to investigate a report of a suspicious person in the area.

Roberts and Ferguson were taken to the police station, and a canvass of the area revealed a vehicle had been burglarized. In the 900 block of Clinton Place police found a brown leather wallet containing personal information of a River Forest whose vehicle had been burglarized. That resident lived in the 800 block of William Street. An Illinois state identification card that belonged to Roberts was also located in the area.

Roberts and Ferguson had been responsible for several other vehicle burglaries in the area within the previous week, the statement said.

On July 12, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved the charges. The men appeared for a bond hearing July 13, but the amount was not immediately available.

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Posted: August 13th, 2012 2:32 AM

No need to attack Elmhurst Violet. I worked there for five years and it's a lovely community. I was treated well because I know how to act and conduct myself. It's a shame when people who already stand out as not living in an area commit crimes and act like idiots, they ruin it for other non-residents who are visiting those communities. Don't blame the communities. Blame the idiots who commit these actions. No one who pays huge a** taxes wants to put up with any BS in their neighborhood.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: July 16th, 2012 9:46 PM

Rez, it's written wrong. Doors are kicked in. Idiot criminals don't want to be stopped with pry bars in their pants.


Posted: July 16th, 2012 4:32 PM

Q, we regularly read about criminals prying open someone's garage door.


Posted: July 15th, 2012 10:02 PM

@NOR from Chicago. Where in hell did you go to school? Please learn English so we can all understand you and have a good laugh! @It never stops... I agree. I too am never surprised at who does these crimes. I wish they'd STAY in their own dumpy towns and find jobs to keep them busy. Like the rest of us, we make money the old fashioned way, we EARN IT to buy what we need, NOT STEAL it. Lock the idiots up and throw the keys away.

Violet Aura  

Posted: July 15th, 2012 7:53 PM

@OP: Hey schmancy pants college boy--do u sag? That would cause someone to give you a look or two. But seriously, dude--you DO know that RF has BP in it, right? I have found it to be surprisingly down to earth. Now when I go to Elmhurst, it's a little different. My melanin content registers wayyy higher than most of the folk over by there, LOL. It is Vanilla-ville, USA but a very charming town.


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Posted: July 15th, 2012 7:04 PM

I am glad that Wednesday Journal publishes mug shots. The law abiding public has a right to know about people that are a danger to them or their children.


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Posted: July 15th, 2012 6:59 PM

I am glad that Wednesday Journal publishes mug shots. The law abiding public has a right to know about people that are a danger to them or their children. http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/01-17-2012/River_Forest_priest_facing_charges_seen_near_Lincoln_School http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-27-2011/River_Forest_priest_charged_with_criminal_sexual_abuse


Posted: July 15th, 2012 5:46 PM

Let's be honest. I am ivy league AA OPer who get strange looks while in RF. The fact that RF residents call police on black men really doesnt mean much.


Posted: July 15th, 2012 5:30 PM

@ OP. Why run from the police? It's that kind of liberal thinking and your lame police chief that make OP a criminal's paradise. SMART PEOPLE stand up to crime !!! Thanks to the RF resident that called police that night to report their highly suspicious actions. Most OP residents would do nothing. Take your no nuclear zone, anti SECOND AMENDMENT village and stay out of RF's business.


Posted: July 15th, 2012 4:59 PM

What happended to innocent until proven guilty? if this were an ibanker from RF who committed insider trading, they would lawyer up and sue if anyone even said their name in press. Perhaps stop posting mug shots as well... please

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: July 15th, 2012 1:20 PM

Rez, they don't even bother with prying open doors. They kick them in. Thieves are not like the movies portray. They are a bunch of idiots who use basic methods to gain access. They will walk on a porch, ring the bell, and if no one answers, they welcome themselves in. Windows left open or basement windows make it easy for thieves. You have to make your car, your home, your garage more difficult so they move to the next place. Call Police when you notice people who don't belong in the area.

Chris Rock  

Posted: July 15th, 2012 12:34 PM

@ keepn it real. here is what it means. / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3PJF0YE-x4


Posted: July 15th, 2012 12:23 PM

Q, I'm not just talking about cars, but homes too. You rarely hear of a thief breaking peoples windows, but you do hear about them prying open doors.

Que from Oak Park  

Posted: July 15th, 2012 12:16 PM

...And Remember To Spay And Neuter Your Pets!

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: July 15th, 2012 11:50 AM

Rez, it is very easy to break a car window. Bad guys don't like to carry around break in tools but there are some very simple ways you can break a car window. Don't live anything in your vehicle that is visible to thieves. Keep doors locked to prevent the opportunist thief.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: July 15th, 2012 11:45 AM

Hmmmm, they didn't break the window because the door was unlocked. If there was something that they wanted in the car and the door was locked, they break he window.

keepn it real  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 11:14 PM

@ it never stops, and what does that mean?


Posted: July 14th, 2012 8:34 PM

Thieves don't like to break windows because it creates too much attention. They'd rather pry a window or door with a crowbar. Seems like we have an unlimited amount of low lives to take out...

Tyrone Biggums   

Posted: July 14th, 2012 6:54 PM

Crack is whack.


Posted: July 14th, 2012 5:18 PM

Ask the police how many of these burglaries where broken windows? My guess is less than 5%, if not less. Simple solutions for simple people.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 4:45 PM

Hmmmm, you don't know much about locks. Locks keep honest people honest, that's why Police Departments have lockers with locks on them. It's just a temptation problem with people who think it's alright. With thieves, they break windows. If you live in a high crime area, it's always best to clean out the car, and leave the doors unlocked. Saves the cost of replacing a window.


Posted: July 14th, 2012 4:30 PM

He was not rise that way he.Sorry River forest

Ok from Oak Park  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 4:19 PM

Tom from RF, if the ASA on the case called it enough, you are correct because they want to make sure they have enough evidence so they don't waste the courts time. I wouldn't think they were wearing gloves so RFPD, would have processed the vehicle and been able to lift a print or several. Then one of the two suspects could have rolled over on the other, which makes the stories break down quickly. Regardless of the outcome, it was good Police work from start to completion.


Posted: July 14th, 2012 4:17 PM

If people would just lock their car doors. Really.

Tom from RF  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 3:28 PM

The states attorney has to approve all felony cases so there must have been more than enough corroborating evidence to lock these 2 up. good work rfpd.

It never stops  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 8:59 AM

Gee, why am I not surprised at who did it............

Ok from Oak Park  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 1:19 AM

Not really any direct evidence to put these two guys as the one's who did it and the ID dropped in the area of a burglarized vehicle doesn't seem proof enough. Unless there is corroborating evidence it seems this may be a tough case to prove, but very good work on behalf of the River Forest Police Department.


Posted: July 13th, 2012 8:23 PM

Nice work RFPD! 2 down, hundreds more to go.

paul from oak park  

Posted: July 13th, 2012 6:27 PM

Maybe these two also have our street sweeper!

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