Park Forest Police Report – May 5, 2008

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The Park Forest Police Station. (Photo: Wendy Heise)

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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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Somonauk on April 24 in reference to a report of identity theft. The resident reported discovering that someone in Chicago Heights was using her Social Security number for employment. The resident requested the report to document the incident. The Social Security Administration will be conducting its own investigation.

Police responded to the first block of Hemlock St. on April 25 to investigate a report of trespassing. A maintenance crew inspecting a vacant residence discovered a cloth rag full of blood on the counter in the kitchen. Police continue to investigate.

Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Illinois on April 25 to investigate a report of a robbery. A juvenile reported that while walking on a sidewalk, a silver or tan four-door compact vehicle occupied with four subjects drove up beside him. One of the passengers exited the vehicle and approached him, demanding the juvenile’s red and black Nike Air Jordan Fusion Five shoes. When the juvenile refused, the subject allegedly pushed him to the ground and began punching him. The other occupants exited the vehicle and allegedly began punching him as well. The four subjects removed his gym shoes from his feet and $11 from his pocket, according to police.

An eMachines computer and monitor valued at $500, a Sony video camera valued at $400, two leather jackets valued at $350 each and a number of liquor bottles valued at approximately $100 were reported stolen from a residence in the first block of Michael Rd. on April 25.

Two toolboxes were reported stolen from a van parked in the 200 block of Ash Street on April 24. Police said the back-door lock of the van had been pulled out of the door by an unknown means.

Nicole N. Baggett, 29, 47A Fir St., Park Forest, was arrested on April 26 and charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property when police responded to the 200 block of 26th St. to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance.

Claude M. Davenport, 47, 233 Somonauk, Park Forest, was arrested and charged with battery when Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Nashua on April 27 shortly after 5 p.m. to investigate a report of a fight in progress. A man related that he was cutting the grass at a house in the 100 block of Nashua when a vehicle pulled up, Davenport and another suspect got out of the car, and one of them allegedly stated that he was the only one who mowed the lawn at that address. There was an argument, and the two suspects allegedly began to punch the victim. Police are attempting to locate the other suspect.

Dandre L. Edmond, 19, 257 Miami St., Park Forest, was arrested on April 27 and charged with battery when police were dispatched to that address to investigate a report of battery.

A cell phone, three bottles of beer and miscellaneous food items were reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of North Sycamore on April 27.

A portable AM/FM CD stereo, a VCR/DVD player, DVD player and a Sony stereo amplifier were reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Monee Road on April 28.

Police responded to the Park Forest Police Department on April 28 to investigate a report of fraud. A resident reported that his checking account was overdrawn. According to police, an unknown person or persons deposited $4000 into his checking account and withdrew a larger amount, resulting in an $890 deficit. The resident reported that he did not make a $4000 deposit or any withdrawals or transactions that would have resulted in a negative balance, according to police.

Police responded to a residence in the 300 block of Westgate on April 29 to investigate a report of criminal damage to property. Police observed a muddy shoe print near the door handle of a garage, a crack in the door frame, and a crack in a garage window. It appeared a suspect or suspects attempted to gain entry to the residence through the garage window and door but were unsuccessful.

Anna M.F. Hofsommer, 19, 2 Cromwell Rd., Park Forest, was arrested on April 30 and charged with criminal damage to property and processed on a domestic battery warrant when police responded to that address to investigate a report of criminal damage to property.

Brandon A. Martin, 17, 13824 Atlantic, Riverdale, IL, was arrested on April 30 and charged with theft over $300 when police responded to Park Forest Academy to investigate a report of theft.

Two BMX style bicycles and a PlayStation 2 video game system were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Blackhawk Dr. on April 30.

A gold man’s wedding band valued at $350, a glass cup filled with approximately $20 in change, and a Nintendo Wii game system valued at $200 were reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Marquette on May 1.

The driver’s side rear window of an automobile parked in the 200 block of Mohawk was reported shattered on May 1.

A window of a residence in the 400 block of Lakewood Blvd. was reported shattered on May 1.

A juvenile was arrested and charged with felony theft under $300 on school property when police were dispatched to the 200 block of Arrowhead to investigate a found object. A resident related walking into his back yard to do some work when he found a wallet on the side of his house. The resident found IDs in the wallet and called police.

A 26 ft. GMC Model #6500 U-Haul moving truck, Arizona registration AB14389, was reported stolen from the U-Haul facility, 2210 Western Ave., on May 2. Police have suspect information.

The letters “GD” were discovered written on a sidewalk in the 100 block of Marquette in blue paint on May 2. Police notified the Department of Public Works of the incident.

A Smith & Wesson 9 mm. semi-automatic pistol, a Smith & Wesson .38 special snub-nose revolver, a Ruger .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol, a digital camera, a 35 mm. camera, and $200 in United States currency were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Mohawk on May 2.

Police were dispatched to the first block of Hemlock, court H-6, on May 3 at 10:34 p.m. to investigate a report of shots fired. A witness reported that a large group of people were arguing when a gray 2002 Cadillac with a cloth top drove into court H-6. A passenger, known only as “J-Rock” allegedly stuck his head out of the rear driver’s side window, held a silver gun up in the air, and fired multiple shots into the air. Police reported detecting an odor of spent ammunition in the air when they arrived.

The living room window of a residence in the 100 block of Washington was reported shattered on May 3. A witness reported seeing a group of approximately 5 juveniles running from the scene laughing.

Three traffic signs in the area of Westwood and Wildwood were reported defaced with orange spray paint on May 3. A “For Sale” sign in the front yard of a house in the 100 block of Warwick was also defaced with orange spray paint.

Police were dispatched to a business in the 300 block of Main Street on May 3. A rock had been thrown through the window of a business.