Park Forest Police Reports for February 16, 2013

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Brandon A. Lofton, 19, 227 Berry St., Park Forest, was arrested on February 9 and charged with aggravated assault and obstructing when police were dispatched to assist the Park Forest Fire Department on a call to assist an infant.

Police were dispatched to the 3500 block of Western Avenue on February 9 to investigate a battery complaint. Police have suspect information and continue to investigate.

Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Lakewood Boulevard on February 10 to investigate a complaint of identity theft. A resident reported opening a bank account only to discover that the information sent to her by the bank was sent to her previous address.

A juvenile was arrested on February 11 and charged with battery when police were dispatched to the 100 block of Indianwood Boulevard to investigate a report of a fight.

A pair of white gold hoop earrings with cut diamonds valued between $350 and $400 were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Sauk Trail on February 11.

An officer was dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department on February 11 to investigate a report of fraud. A resident told police that she was billed $998.08 for an unpaid Comcast Bill. She told police that she had never used Comcast and learned via a collection agency that the account was located with a residence in Lansing, Illinois. The resident said she had never lived in Lansing.

An officer on patrol in the 200 block of Allegheny Street on February 12 was flagged down by a woman in the street who said she was in a verbal argument with her boyfriend. When police entered the residence, they discovered rotten food and food containers lying throughout the kitchen and living room. Police say a strong foul odor of human waste was present throughout the residence. There was no running water inside the residence and a large amount of fecal matter was present in the only bathroom of the residence. Police say piping in the kitchen had been ripped out of the wall and garbage lay throughout the house. Police say the floors of the bedrooms were covered in soiled diapers and empty food containers. Police say there was dirty clothing lying throughout the bedroom floors. At this point, both the woman and her boyfriend advised police that they were okay and no further arguing would take place. They related that they don’t live at that address on a regular basis. Police contacted the Park Forest Building Department and the Code Enforcement Officer responded. The residence was declared uninhabitable and the couple was given two weeks to have the residence rehabbed to a livable condition or the Village of Park Forest would pursue civil action and eviction, according to police. DCFS was also contacted.

Police were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of Lakewood Boulevard on February 13 to investigate a domestic battery complaint. Police have suspect information and continue to investigate.

Dennis Tucker, 47, 2862 Western Ave., Court E8, Park Forest, was arrested on February 13 and charged with domestic battery following an incident that was first reported on February 9 when police were dispatched to the 2800 block of Western Avenue to investigate a domestic battery complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department on February 13 to investigate an identity theft complaint. A resident reported that $305 was paid to a wireless account from her checking account without her permission. Police are investigating.

A 1975 Honda Z50 minibike valued at $1000, with a yellow gas tank, chrome fenders, and flip-down handlebars, was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Nauvoo Street on February 13.