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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A Sony 32-inch LCD television valued at $400, a Samsung 32-inch television valued at $350 and an LG 42-inch television valued at $1100 were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Herndon Street on July 1.
Preston L. Lillie, 44, 8822 S. Albany Ave., Evergreen Park, was arrested on July 2 and charged with misdemeanor contributing to the neglect of a child when police were dispatched to the first block of Oak Lane to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance.
A 32-inch LCD television valued at $250, a 32-inch LCD flat-screen television valued at $300 and two Acer laptop computers valued at $250 each were reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Lester Road on July 2.
An officer was dispatched to the first block of Braeburn Drive on July 4 to investigate a complaint of telephone harassment. Police have suspect information and continue to investigate.
An officer was dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department on July 4 to investigate a report of assault. The complainant reported having a verbal dispute with the father of her baby. During the dispute, she said the man allegedly pointed a gun at her. Police have suspect information and continue to investigate.
A juvenile was arrested on July 4 and charged with resisting arrest when officers on foot patrol in the area of Central Park came across several different groups engaged in verbal altercations near the north side of the Central Park/Freedom Hall parking lot.
A juvenile was arrested in Central Park on July 4 and charged with resisting arrest and criminal trespass when he allegedly pushed against a Park Forest Deputy Chief as the chief was working with other officers to disperse a large group of juveniles who appeared to be impeding the flow of the crowd in Central Park. Police observed that the group was growing increasingly hostile which led officers to believe that a fight would begin if the group was not dispersed.
A Microsoft Xbox gaming console valued at $199 and two Xbox wireless controllers valued at $20 each were reported stolen from a residence in the 400 block of Titonka Street on July 5.
A TZ-75 9 mm handgun with a wood handle and an unpolished steel barrel was reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Westwood Drive on July 5. Police have suspect information and continue to investigate.
Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Saugnash Street on July 5 to investigate the alleged theft of a minibike. Police have suspect information and continue to investigate.
An officer was dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department at approximately 7:33 PM on July 5 to investigate a report of a fight that had occurred on July 4. Parents of teenagers reported that their children had been knocked to the ground by a group of juveniles who struck them several times. According to the juveniles, several adults broke up the fight. Police observed that one of the juveniles had a black eye and the other complained of pain and swelling to her right wrist.
Gregory H. Craig, 35, 415 Sandburg St., Park Forest, was arrested on July 5 and charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a credit card following an investigation that began June 30 when an officer was dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department to speak with a resident in reference to an allegation of fraud.
Police were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Farragut Street to investigate a report of residential burglary. The suspect or suspects shattered the basement window of the residence and entered through that window. Police observed several rooms in the home that had been disturbed. It was unclear what was missing from the residence. Police gathered evidence from the scene and continue to investigate.
Police were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Windsor Street on July 6 to investigate a problem with juveniles. Residents reported returning to their home and noticing a group of approximately 15 male juveniles in front of their residence. As they pulled into the driveway, they noticed five or six male and four female juveniles run from the rear of the residence. According to police, the residents reported that their daughter heard a knock at the door and when she opened the door, the juveniles forced their way into the residence, allegedly intending to fight with a juvenile who, it turned out, was not at home at the time.
Police were dispatched to a residence in the 23400 block of Western Avenue on July 6 to investigate a report of a domestic dispute. Police have suspect information and continue to investigate.
Jesse J. Deloach, 38, 200 Indianwood Blvd., Park Forest, was arrested on July 7 and charged with retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia when an officer was dispatched to a business in the first block of South Orchard Drive to investigate a report of retail theft.
A resident told police on July 7 that her purse had been stolen in Hazel Crest. She further related that her bank advised her that her debit card had been used without her permission. Police continue to investigate.
Police were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Forest Boulevard on July 8 to investigate a broken window in one of the units. Police continue to investigate
Police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Washington Street on July 9 shortly after 7 AM to investigate a report of damage to property. An officer observed a broken bathroom window and saw that the holes in the class appeared to have been caused by a bullet, according to police. The officer recovered what appeared to be the remains of a bullet.