Park Forest Police Reports for June 5, 2011

Park Forest Police Station
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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Special thanks to Ken and Sue Kramer for proofreading these reports.

Persons wishing to leave anonymous information on any criminal matters including narcotics or gang activity are encouraged to call 708-748-1309 and leave a message on Detective Beilke’s voice mail.

A purse was reported stolen from a teacher’s canvas bag at Rich East High School on May 26.

Travis Smith, 22, 2919 224th Pl., Sauk Village, was arrested on May 28 and issued citations charging reckless driving, driving in the wrong lane, illegal squealing/screeching of tires, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operation of a motor vehicle without insurance when police were dispatched to Arrowhead Street to investigate a report of two vehicles drag racing down the street. The call came in at 5:30 a.m. When police arrived, they discovered that the vehicles had been involved in a traffic accident and the occupants were getting into a physical confrontation, according to police.

Police were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Indianwood Boulevard to investigate a residential burglary alarm. Police located no one inside the residence but discovered that the window of a door had been broken out. Nothing was reported missing from the residence.

Police were dispatched to Algonquin School, 170 Algonquin St., on May 30 to investigate an alarm. Police discovered an opened window on the south east side of the building. Police employed K-9 “Lars” to search the school. No one was inside the building and nothing appeared to be disturbed, according to police.

Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Sauganash Street on May 31 to investigate a report of a domestic battery. The alleged victim told police her boyfriend struck her when she asked him to leave. Police have suspect information and continue to investigate.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of Sauk Trail on May 31 to investigate a report of an attempted robbery. A man told police someone approached his vehicle shortly after midnight on May 29, opened his car door while he was in the vehicle near a business, and demanded money from him. Police gathered video evidence from the business and continue to investigate.

Police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Allegheny Street on May 31 to investigate a report of criminal damage to property. A resident told police someone attempted to enter her residence sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. However, the windows were locked and she says her large pit bull may have deterred the suspect(s). Police observed several pry marks on the aluminum frame of a kitchen window.

Police were dispatched to a business in the 3200 block of Lincoln Highway on May 31 to investigate a report of illegal dumping. A business owner said he found a large amount of garbage that had been placed behind the building. Police gathered evidence and continue to investigate.

An officer was dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department on May 31 to investigate a report of fraud. A resident reported receiving a bill from a student loan service. The resident told police she never applied for a loan, but someone else had been using her name and social security number.

Police responded to the Park Forest Police Department on June 1 to investigate a report of domestic battery. Police have suspect information and continue to investigate.

Jesse J. Williams, 34, 22012 Millard St., Richton Park, was arrested on June 2 and charged with one count of felony retail theft. Police were dispatched to a business in the 400 block of Sauk Trail to investigate the alleged theft of one bottle of Five Hour Energy valued at $2.99. During the course of their investigation, police discovered that Williams had been previously convicted of possession of a stolen motor vehicle dated under case #06CR260430, according to police.

A wallet was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the first block of McCarthy Street on June 3.