The Park Forest Police Station. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)
Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)–Editor’s Note: We continue our reporting on news from police reports. Besides covering the many stories from around Park Forest that otherwise might go unnoticed, we want to bring more complete coverage of police reports than is reported by other local media.
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Police responded to the 400 block of Titonka Street on May 28 to investigate a report of a vehicle being vandalized. Police are investigating.
Six pair of True Religion jeans valued at $1800, a 42-inch flat-screen television, an Xbox game system, and approximately 10 Xbox games are among items reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of North Arbor Trail on May 28.
Garrick M. Johnson, 27, 600 Cedar Ridge Ln., Apt. 206, Richton Park, was arrested on May 31 and charged with criminal trespass when an officer on patrol in the 400 block of Sauk Trail was approached by Johnson, who asked the officer if he could borrow $3.00.
Marcus Thigpen, 334 Nokomis St., Park Forest, was arrested on May 31 and charged with driving while license was suspended, loud muffler, illegal transportation of an alcoholic beverage, and possession of cannabis when an officer patrolling in the area of Sauk Trail and Orchard Boulevard observed that the vehicle Thigpen was driving had a loud muffler, according to police.
A resident told police on June 1 that she received a phone call referencing delinquent payday loan accounts. The resident said she had never taken loans from the company’s that contacted her. The resident contacted the Federal Trade Commission and was advised to make a police report to document the incident.
Philleshia A. Stewart, 47, 1308 W. 191st St., Homewood, was arrested on June 1 and charged with operating a motor vehicle with expired registration, obstructing a peace officer, and resisting arrest when an officer patrolling in the area of Western Avenue and Sauk Trail observed that the vehicle Stewart was driving had expired registration, according to police.
A gold chain was reported stolen from a juvenile playing basketball at Somonauk Park on June 1. The change was reportedly stolen by a another juvenile who pushed the first juvenile to the ground.
Ahmad R. Evans, 33, 14631 Lexington St., Harvey, was arrested on June 2 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, unlawful use of a weapon, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident when officers were dispatched to the area of Western Avenue and Algonquin Street to investigate a traffic accident that had just occurred.
Joe A. Webber, 32, 22942 Lakeshore Dr., Richton Park, was arrested on June 2 and charged with resisting a peace officer, driving too fast for conditions, and illegal squealing of tires when an officer patrolling in the area of Lakewood Boulevard and Sauk Trail heard the tires of the vehicle Weber was driving squeal.
Jonathan E. Green, 21, 236 Indiana St., Park Forest, was arrested on June 2 and charged with possession of cannabis when police were dispatched to the 200 block of Indiana Street to investigate a suspicious auto complaint.
An iPhone was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Westgate Drive on June 2. Entry was made to the vehicle by shattering a window.
An Apple iPad, a black HP laptop computer, a cable box, a 70-inch Mitsubishi television, a Nintendo Wii game system, and $450 cash are among items reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Nanti Street on June 2.
A box containing two headless roosters was discovered Near the Intersection of Orchard Drive and Sauk Trail on June 2. Police said the heads of the roosters appeared to have been pulled off the bodies rather than cut off.
Police responded to a report of graffiti spray-painted on a fence in the first block of East Rocket Circle on June 2.
Police took a two-year-old child into protective custody on June 2 when they discovered the child and the parents asleep in a van near the intersection of Shabbona Drive and Titonka Street. Police said it appeared the family was living in the van. The couple had lost their house and was periodically staying with friends in Park Forest and Indiana. Police said the couple tested positive for drugs after taken to a local hospital.
Two catalytic converters, one valued at $200, the other valued at $2000, were reported stolen from a business in the 2200 block of Western Avenue on June 3.
Police responded to Somonauk Park on June 3 to investigate a report of a subject being jumped by a large group of subjects. Police say the victim was knocked to the ground and kicked. Police are investigating.
Patrick J. McCanna, 55, 177 E. Sycamore Dr., Apt. 313, Park Forest, was arrested on June 3 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to the 100 block of East Sycamore Drive to investigate a domestic battery complaint.
The passenger side mirror of a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Talala Street was reported smashed and shattered on June 3.
A window of a residence in the 400 block of Shabbona Drive was reported shattered on June 4.
A juvenile was arrested on June 4 and issued a municipal citation charging theft when police were dispatched to the 100 block of Westwood Drive to investigate a report of theft.
Police responded to the first block of Apache Street on June 4 to investigate a domestic battery complaint. Police have suspect information and are investigating.
A silver boy’s BMX Mongoose bicycle with black rims and an orange boy’s BMX Mongoose bicycle with white spokes and black takes were reported stolen from in front of a business in the 400 block of Sauk Trail on June 5.
Police were dispatched to the 100 block of North Arbor Trail to investigate a domestic battery incident on June 5. Police have suspect information and are investigating.
A cell phone was reported stolen from a juvenile on June 5 when a group of approximately 15 to 20 subjects chased and attacked four juveniles in the first block of South Orchard Drive.
An officer was dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department to investigate a telephone harassment complaint on June 5. Police are investigating.
Gene Thomas Clears, 64, 314 Juniper St., Park Forest, was arrested on June 6 and charged with domestic battery/causing bodily harm when police were dispatched to the 400 block of Shabbona Drive to investigate a domestic battery complaint that reportedly occurred in the 300 block of Juniper Street.
An Apple iPad was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Berry Street on June 6.
All four tires of a vehicle parked in the first block of Michael Road were reported slashed on June 6.
All four tires of a vehicle parked in the first block of Dunlap Road were reported slashed on June 6.
A blue mountain bike was reported stolen from the 400 block of Sauk Trail on June 6.
The drivers side front tire of a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Indianwood Boulevard was reported slashed on June 6.
An iPhone 4 was reported stolen from a juvenile walking in the 200 block of Wilson Street on June 7. Police say the juvenile was attacked by three subjects who threw him to the ground and punched him repeatedly in the back of the head. The juvenile briefly lost consciousness during the struggle, according to police.
Police responded to the 100 block of Nanti Street on June 7 to investigate a report of battery. Police have suspect information and are investigating.
James D. Butowski, 29, 402 Suwanee St., Park Forest, was arrested on June 7 and charged with driving while under the influence and battery to a police officer when police responded to a report of a hit and run accident in the area of Blackhawk Drive and Monique Road. A second man was also arrested and charged with driving with a suspended driver’s license, display of a false insurance card, no insurance, and illegal transportation of alcohol.
A juvenile was arrested on June 8 after police responded to the 400 block of Winnemac Street to investigate a report of a strong arm robbery that had just occurred.
Police say a woman was punched in the chest on June 8 by a subject whom she suspected in a robbery that involved her son. Police say the incident occurred at Somonauk Park when the woman went to pick up her son who had been playing basketball.
A purse was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the first block of Fir Street on June 8. Police say keys that had been left in the purse were used later that day to enter the residence where the vehicle had been parked. Police say there were broken plates in the kitchen. The keys had been left in the entry door of the residence.
Police responded to the 300 block of Merrimac Street on June 8 to investigate a suspicious fire. Police say fire fighters discovered a lawnmower lying on its side with a piece of lumber on top fully engulfed in flames. Police are investigating.
Marc J. Greska, 33, 5003 159th St., Oak Forest, was arrested on June 8 and charged with violation of an order of protection when police responded to the 100 block of Blackhawk Drive to investigate a report of a violation of an order of protection.
An iPod Touch valued at $350 was reported stolen from a backpack at the Park Forest Aqua Center on June 9.
A window of a storm door of a residence in the 2800 block of Western Avenue was reported shattered on June 9.
A concrete tube that holds hot charcoals was reported damaged on June 9. The incident occurred at Somonauk Park.
A juvenile was arrested and charged with criminal trespass to land when an officer conducted a premise exam at Central Park, 420 Lakewood Boulevard, on June 9.
An iPhone was reported stolen from a juvenile walking on the sidewalk behind the Park Forest Library on June 10. Police say the victim and another juvenile were approached by a boy on a bike who asked if he could use their phones. When they told him they didn’t have phones, the boys on the bicycle picked up one of the juveniles and threw him down on the ground, went through his pockets, and took his iPhone.
Jessie J. Deloach, 40, 200 Indianwood Blvd., Park Forest, was arrested on June 10 and charged with one count of felony retail theft when police were dispatched to Walgreens, 15 S. Orchard Drive, to investigate a report of retail theft.