Police Report – April 23, 2007

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John E. Porter, 18, 309 Sheridan, Park Forest, was arrested on April 9 and charged with felony burglary when police were called to the 300 block of Douglas to investigate a burglary in progress.

A bicycle was reported stolen on April 5 from the 300 block of Winnebago.

A juvenile was arrested on April 5 and charged with assault when police were called to the parking lot in the 100 block of S. Orchard to investigate a disturbance.

A flower pot was reported smashed and a window vandalized on April 6 in the 300 block of Winnebago.

A bicycle was reported stolen on April 12 in the 400 block of Springfield. 

On April 12, police met with Douglas Price, treasurer of the “Friends of John A. Ostenburg” committee, a registered political committee in Illinois, regarding damage to political signs.  There were no arrests.  Police continue to investigate.

Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Suwanee St. to investigate a burglary just discovered.  A resident reported that two jewelry boxes had been tampered with.  Miscellaneous jewelry items and a box containing $2.00 bills was reported missing.

James Currin, 32, 1030 Abbott Ln., University Park, was arrested on April 13 and charged with retail theft when police were called to a business in the 100 block of S. Orchard to investigate a report of retail theft.  Allegedly found inside Currin’s jacket and jacket pocket were 18 “Dove” candy bars and two “Crunch” candy bars.

Timothy H. Tapp, 44, 131 S. 5th Ave., Chicago Heights, was arrested on April 13 and charged with retail theft when police were called to a bus stop near Main Street and Victory Dr. to investigate a report of retail theft.

On April 13, police were dispatched to the 500 block of Ilinois for a premise exam.  Residents had returned home and noticed a screen from a window lying on the floor in the basement.  The residents immediately left the residence and called police.  When police arrived, they found no one inside.  However, several items were missing from the residence, including a digital camera, several Playstation 2 video games, a Playstation 2 game console, a wedding band and a yellow diamond gold ring that had been inside a small box in the bedroom.  Police found several latent finger prints.  No arrests were made.  Police continue to investigate.

Police were called to the 400 block of Indiana on April 14 to investigate a report of fraud.  Unknown person(s) allegedly used a residents Visa cared to purchase items and make a number of payments without his permission, including payments to T-Mobile, TBL Online ($420), Shoes.com, Gevelia, XLRX, and four payments to People’s Energy each in the amount of $161.80.  The resident subsequently canceled his bank card, and was provided with an Identity Theft packet.  Police continue to investigate.

Police were called to a business in the 400 block of Norwood on April 14 to investigate a theft that had just occurred.  No arrests were made.  Police continue to investigate.

On April 14, police were called to a business in the 0 – 100 block of Main St. to investigate a retail theft.  An unknown male subject allegedly took a bottle of Ketel One Citreon vodka and placed it in a shopping bag.  He then tried to exit the store without paying for the vodka.  An employee grabbed the bag as the man was leaving, but the subject was able to pull away from the employee with the bag.  The subject allegedly ran northbound from the scene, according to the report.  Police were able to recover a disc with a video of the subject.  They were unable to locate the subject, and continue to investigate.

Luis A. Munoz, 17, was arrested on April 15 and charged with possession of cannabis and issued a traffic citation for a loud muffler and no valid driver’s license when an officer observed a the vehicle he was driving traveling northbound on Forest Blvd. from Lakewood Blvd. with a loud muffler.

Police were dispatched to the 0 – 100 block of North Arbor Trail on April 16 to investigate a report of burglary from motor vehicle.  The window of a rear door was reported shattered, items from the glove box were scattered about the front passenger area.  Nothing was reported taken.  No arrests were made.

On April 16, police were called to the 200 block of S. Orchard to investigate a report of criminal sexual abuse of a child.  According to the report, a white male with brown hair identified himself as “Dickie Calhoun” to a young girl and told her to touch his “privates.”  No arrests were made, police continue to investigate.  Contact has also been made with DCFS in this case.

Jasmen D. Allen, 18, 235 Arcadia, Park Forest, was arrested on April 16 and charged with domestic battery when police were called to the 200 block of Arcadia.

Demetrius M. Stevenson, 39, 271 Arcadia, Park Forest, and Claudette Thompson, 48, 34 Apache, Park Forest, were arrested on April 18 and charged with retail theft when police were called to a business in the 100 block of S. Orchard.  Stevenson allegedly had 4 bottles of Seagrams Platnium Vodka 750 ml on his person.

Tyrone Alderson, 35, 367 W. 16th St., Chicago Heights, was arrested on April 17 and charged with criminal trespass to residence and possession of drug paraphernalia when police were called to the 400 block of Hamlin to investigate a suspicious subject inside an attached garage.

Michelle R. Zeppi, 18, 2848 Bending Creek Drive, Crete, was arrested on April 17 and charged with littering and illegal squealing of tires.  The vehicle Zeppi was driving was pulled over for having only one headlight.  According to the report, when given the ticket, Zeppi allegedly took the M ticket, tore it up, and threw it out the driver’s door window onto Lakewood.  Zeppi then allegedly accelerated away, squealing the vehicle’s tires, according to the report.

A juvenile was charged with battery when police were called to the 300 block of Oswego to investigate a battery complaint on April 18.

A cell phone was reported stolen on April 19 when police were called to the 200 block of Somonauk.

On April 20, police were called to the 0 – 100 block of Apache to investigate a violation of an order of protection.  A summons packet was prepared for the victim, and the victim was also provided with domestic violence information.