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Brian A. Cullen, 26, 77 Dogwood St., Park Forest, was arrested on June 14 and charged with possession of cannabis, driving with a suspended license, and operation of a motor vehicle with only one headlight. An officer driving northbound on Indianwood Boulevard near the intersection of Mantua Street observed Collins vehicle traveling eastbound on Mantua with only one of the two front headlights functioning, according to police.
Christopher L. Brand, 19, 156 Nanti St., Park Forest, was arrested on June 15 and charged with two counts of felony burglary when police were dispatched to the 3400 block of Western Avenue to investigate a burglary to a motor vehicle complaint. Three juveniles were also arrested. Two of the juveniles were charged with burglary, resisting a peace officer, and curfew violations. The third was charged with burglary and curfew violations. Police say Brand agreed to show police the routes they walked and identify the vehicles he entered illegally, according to police. Police were able to return a wallet stolen from a vehicle parked in the 100 block of 26th Street. One of the juveniles identified several vehicles that had been burglarized, including one in the 400 block of Dogwood Street, a truck in the 200 block of Fir Street, a vehicle parked in Court A-5 on Ash Street, a vehicle parked in Court A-12 on Ash Street, and another vehicle parked in Court H-6. Police say the four targeted unlocked vehicles.
A Nintendo Wii game system valued at $130, five Nintendo Wii games valued at $50 each, a black 17-inch Dell laptop computer valued at $1100, and a black 32-inch Emerson flat-screen television valued at $500 was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Allegheny Street on June 16. Police say entry was made through the front door which sustained $500 in damage.
Police are investigating an incident of fraud after a juvenile had a checkbook stolen while playing with friends on June 16 in the 200 block of Wilson Street.
The men’s restroom in Central Park, 420 Lakewood Blvd., was discovered to be vandalized on June 16. A partition dividing the urinal from the sink had been pulled out of the wall, a paper towel dispenser had been opened and the mounting bracket cracked. Police discovered gang graffiti on top of a Brown utility box on the South side of the restroom Pavilion.
The rear window of a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Indiana Street was reported shattered on June 17.
A window of a residence in the 200 block of Arcadia Street was reported shattered on June 17. Police have suspect information and continue to investigate.
Police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Lakewood Boulevard on June 18 to investigate a report of domestic battery. Police have suspect information and continue to investigate.
The driver’s side door of a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Blackhawk Drive sustained extensive damage on June 18. Police observed several pry marks in several locations along the door frame.
A juvenile was arrested on June 18 and charged with battery when police responded to a 911 hang-up from a cell phone in the area of a residence in the 200 block of Minocqua Street. Four other juveniles were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
A man was issued a municipal citation charging outdoor burning when an officer on patrol in the 200 block of Allegheny Street observed a growing cloud of smoke coming from the rear of a residence.
Police say $400 in copper piping was stolen from various locations of a residence in the 200 block of Allegheny Street on June 20.
Police were told on June 20 a guardian for a juvenile discovered that a Peoples Gas account had been opened in the name of the juvenile. The account has an outstanding balance of $187. The case is classified as identity theft.
A 55-inch LG flat-screen television valued at $1500, a Nikon camera valued at $100, two Dakota men’s watches valued at $75 each, a Nintendo Wii game system valued at $200, a compact desktop computer valued at $900, and approximately $100 in loose coins are among the items reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Blackhawk Drive on June 19.
A window of a residence in the 200 block of Arcadia Street was reported shattered on June 21.
Police responded to the 300 block of Meota Street on June 21 where a witness told them that her ex-boyfriend slashed all four tires of her vehicle, vandalized the hood of the vehicle with paint, and threw a large rock through the windshield of the vehicle.
Lucille M. Lopez, 51, 255 Dogwood St., Park Forest, was issued a citation charging unlawful visitation interference when police were dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department to investigate a report of unlawful visitation interference on June 21.
Police say a man told them that he was knocked to the ground and kicked in the face while visiting a residence in the first block of Hemlock Street on June 22. Police responded to St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights to investigate a battery report. Police say both men had been drinking.
A dehumidifier and a dishwasher were reported stolen from a residence in the 400 block of Sandburg Street on June 22.
A central air-conditioning unit valued at $1500 was reported stolen from the 100 block of 26th Street on June 22.
Two bottles of wine were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Blackhawk Drive on June 22.
The rear door of a residence in the 23400 block of South Western Avenue was reported cracked and broken on June 22. Police say nothing was reported stolen from the residence.
A resident in the 300 block of Wilshire Street was issued a municipal citation charging "declaration of nuisances (filth)" when police were dispatched to that block to investigate reports of a strong odor of rotting/detained matter in the area. Police say a picnic table in the backyard of the residence was covered in raw meats and food, all of which was rotting, gray, and covered in flies. The odor was so strong that officers had trouble breathing in the area, according to police. Police were granted permission to enter the residence and discovered piles of garbage approximately 5 feet tall covering the sides of the walls, as well as large amounts of rotting food throughout the piles. Police say the foul odor was evident throughout the home.
Two juveniles were arrested on June 22 and issued municipal citations charging trespassing when police responded to the 400 block of Sauk Trail in reference to a report of a disturbance.
The windshield of a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Minocqua Street was reported shattered on June 23.
A black 2007 Dodge Caravan, Illinois registration MATNAT2, was reported stolen from the 400 block of Indianwood Boulevard on June 24.
Police say $145 cash was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Tomahawk Street on June 24.
Police say a Garman GPS valued at $100, a black leather purse, approximately 10 CDs, two black car charger cords for a cell phone, and approximately 3 dollars in loose change were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Minocqua Street on June 24.
The driver’s side door and the front driver’s side window of two vehicles parked in the 200 block of Washington Street were damaged by BB pellets on June 24.