Police Report – May 21, 2007

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Vehicle Found

eNews Park Forest reported last week that a white 1990 Chevrolet Astro van, IL registration 9580699, was reported stolen from the 211th IC parking lot on May 9.  The vehicle was entered into LEADS as stolen.  The vehicle was found on May 17 in the 1900 block of Adams Street in Chicago Heights.  The steering column of the vehicle had been peeled and the radio was missing from the dash.  No arrests were made.

Police Reports

David A. Harding, 17, 22408 Ridgeway, Richton Park, was arrested on May 10 and charged with failure to signal when required – left hand turn and unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor when an officer observed the vehicle he was driving fail to signal a left hand turn in the 300 block of Sauk Trail turning southbound onto Blackhawk Dr.

Gerald Barner, 18, 109 Westwood, Park Forest, was arrested on May 11 and charged with possession of cannabis and failure to signal, uninsured motor vehicle when police observed the van he was driving make a left turn onto Steger Rd. from Western Ave. without signaling.

The driver’s side mirror of a 2006 Saturn Ion was reported damaged in the 100 block of Nanti on May 11, the mirror “detached from the vehicle and only hanging by its wires,” according to the report.

The outer pane of a double pane window was reported shattered on May 11 at a house in the 100 block of Westwood.  The officer who investigated was unable to determine what caused the damage to the window.

A juvenile was arrested on May 11 and charged with criminal damage to state supported property at a school in the 300 block of Oswego.

A handgun was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 0 – 100 block of Apache on May 11.

Two juveniles were charged with batter on May 11 in the 0 – 100 block of West Rocket Circle when police were called to the area to investigate a report of battery.  A third juvenile was charged with disorderly conduct.  The report concerns an alleged fight.

Kenneth R. Wilson, 46, 415 Huron, Park Forest, was arrested on May 12, and charged with one count of felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance – cocaine, when police initiated a traffic stop for expired registration in the 200 block of Shabbona.  Mary Coffey, 42, listed in the report as “homeless” was charged with expired registration, driving while license revoked, and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

A silver Motorola Razr [sic] Cell Phone, 50 various audio cassette tapes,  a men’s jacket, and sunglasses were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 0 – 100 block of Cromwell on May 12.  There were no signs of forced entry.

The passenger side front window of a 2004 Honda Odyssey van was reported broken on May 12 in the 200 block of S. Orchard.  A black leather purse was allegedly taken from the vehicle containing $40 cash, 2 credit cards, a debit card, and a check book, according to the report.

Officers were called to the 400 block of Suwanee on May 13 to investigate a report of a domestic battery.  There were no arrests.

Thurman Reynolds, 35, 409 Huron, Park Forest, was arrested on May 13 and charged with domestic related assault when police were dispatched to the 400 block of Huron to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance.

A residence in the 3400 block of Western Ave. was reported burglarized on May 13.  Items reported missing include a Playstation 2 console, 10 – 15 DVDs, and a $100 bill.

A 2005 Honda Civic, IL #7191812, was reported stolen on May 14 from the 300 block of Minocqua.  The vehicle was allegedly taken by a person known by the victim, and recovered near 394 on Rt. 30 in Ford Heights later on May 14 after it had reportedly run out of gas.  Police continue to investigate.

The driver’s side front window of a 2000 Mercury Mystique was reported broken on May 14 in the parking lot at Logan Park.  The owner and some friends had parked the vehicle and gone walking along Old Plank Trail.  Several items were reported taken from the vehicle.

A “Frigidaire” brand stainless steel refrigerator was reported stolen from a home in the 200 block of Arcadia on May 14.

The windshield of a 1992 Buick Park Avenue was reported smashed on May 14 in the 200 block of Mohawk.

Dustin C. Johnson, 24, 417 E Broadway, Bradley, IL, was arrested on May 14 and charged with improper use of registration, no driver’s side mirror, operation of uninsured motor vehicle, driving with a suspended driver’s license, and possession of cannabis less than 2.5 grams when an officer noticed the vehicle he was driving was missing the driver’s side mirror and initiated a traffic stop in the 3200 block of Western Ave.

Police were called to a business in the 2500 block of Western Ave. when a customer allegedly left the premises without paying for services performed on the owner’s vehicle.  Police located the vehicle and had it towed.  The many returned to the business and paid for the services, totaling $145.38.  The business declined to press charges, and the matter was exceptionally cleared.

Gregory L. Christopher, 21, 238 Allegheny, Park Forest, and Derrick L. Hudson, 20, 23 Olympic Village Apt. 1A, Chicago Heights, were arrested on May 15 and charged with trespassing on railroad property when an officer observed them walking westbound on the EJ+E Railroad tracks at Western.

Police were called to the 3200 block of Western in reference to a battery report on May 15.  There were no arrests.  Police continue to investigate.

Two company vehicles were reported damaged on May 15 at a business in the 3200 block of Lincoln Highway.

Two juveniles were arrested on May 15 and charged with motor vehicle theft when officers were dispatched to the 2900 block of S. Western regarding a complaint of a theft in progress.  The juveniles were allegedly observed by a witness pushing an ATV type vehicle through the church parking lot.

The front driver side window of a 1995 Chrysler LHS parked in the 300 block of Sioux St. was reported shattered on May 16, and items were taken from inside the vehicle, including a dual touchscreen TV/CD player and 12 CDs.

Terrance M. Hall, 19, 327 Oakwood, Park Forest, was arrested on May 16 and charged with attempt obstructing justice, violation of bail bond, failure to wear a seat belt – passenger, and processed on an active arrest warrant after a traffic stop in the 200 block of Allegheny.

A juvenile was arrested on May 17 and charged with battery when police were called to the 0 – 100 block of N. Arbor to investigate a battery complaint.

Tyrone Alderson, 37, 376 Lawrence Ct., Chicago Heights, was arrested on May 17 and charged with felony retail theft when police were called to a store in the 100 block of S. Orchard for a retail theft complaint.  The total retail value of the items Anderson allegedly attempted to take had a total retail value of $32.53, according to the report.  Anderson had a previous conviction for burglary.

A juvenile was arrested on May 17 and charged with resisting a peace officer and theft when police were dispatched to a store in the 100 block of S. Orchard.

A juvenile was arrested on May 17 and charged with resisting a peace officer when police were called to a school bus in the area of Western Ave. and Dogwood.  The juvenile had allegedly thrown a pen out the window of the bus, striking a car.

The rear window of a white 1992 Ford Escort (IL reg. #6384896) was reported broken the morning of May 18.  The window had been broken sometime in the night.

Three windows of a Thorncreek Townhome unit in the 0 – 100 block of Hemlock were reported damaged on May 18.