Park Forest Police Reports for October 17, 2012

Officers Jim Kessler and Chris Mannino
Park Forest Police Officers Jim Kessler and Chris Mannino. (Photo: ENEWSPF)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Below are the most-recent police reports in the Village of Park Forest. These reports include police calls to service from October 5 through October 16. For next week’s reports we will likely begin on October 14 to catch reports that are still in process.

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An officer was dispatched on October 5 to the 300 block of South Orchard Drive in reference to report of suspicious circumstances. A woman related that her daughter had returned home from school and locked the doors, appearing to be excited and nervous. The woman asked her daughter why she was behaving strangely and her daughter related that a man stopped by her on the road and asked if she wanted a ride. After investigating, police located the driver and determined that he had seen the girl and thought she looked nervous or afraid, stating that she kept looking around herself nervously. The driver asked her if she wanted a ride and she shook her head "No." The driver then drove away thinking nothing else of his offer to help. The driver advised that he was only trying to be helpful, but would not offer to assist the young person in the future to avoid misinterpretation. Police determined that the driver had no criminal record and they were able to verify his identity. Due to a lack of any criminal behavior, the incident was exceptionally cleared with no charges filed.

Approximately $15 in change was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Somonauk Street on October 6.

Police were dispatched to the first block of South Street on October 6 to investigate a report of criminal damage to property. Police determined that someone had keyed a vehicle parked in a parking lot. Police are investigating.

An iPhone was reported stolen from a locker at Rich East High School on October 6.

A red power washer valued at $150, an electric hedge trimmer valued at $75, a weed wacker valued at $75, and a Ryobi power cordless saw valued at $100 are among items reported stolen from a residence in the 400 block of Tomahawk Street on October 7.

Marvin Johnson, 18, 1130 Douglas Ln., Crete, was arrested on October 7 and charged with underage consumption of alcohol after police responded to the 200 block of Rich Road to assist an ambulance responding to assist an intoxicated juvenile.

Police say a Durabrand 13-inch television valued at $30 was left on the porch of a residence in the 100 block of Ash Street on October 7.

James J. Churchill, 27, 117 Elm St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 8 and issued a municipal citation charging possession of a pellet gun in the Village of Park Forest when police responded to the area of Court E-13 on Elm Street to investigate a report of a suspicious subject in the area.

A rock was thrown through a window of a residence in the 200 block of Arrowhead Street on October 8. Police are investigating.

A sliding glass door of a residence in the 400 block of Lakewood Boulevard was reported shattered on August 8.

Kevin Lewis, 20835 Travers Ave., Chicago Heights, was arrested on October 9 and charged with unlawful manufacture or delivery of 15-100 g of heroin and issued a traffic citation charging riding a bicycle on the roadway at night without a headlamp. Police say that at approximately 1:40 AM an officer was on patrol traveling eastbound on 26th Street when, just prior to approaching the intersection of 26th Street and the east side of Ash Street, the officer observed Lewis riding a silver bicycle in the westbound Lane of traffic on 26th Street without a headlamp, according to police.

A 60-inch Sharp flat-screen television was reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Blackhawk Drive on October 9.

Two juveniles were arrested on October 9 and issued municipal citations charging underage consumption of alcohol when police were dispatched to the first block of South Orchard Drive in reference to a report of suspicious persons walking in the area. Additionally, one of the juveniles was issued a municipal citation charging obstruction of justice.

A 40-inch Panasonic flat-screen screen television valued at $700, a Dell laptop computer valued at $500, a 32-inch Sylvania flat-screen television valued at $500, an Apple iPad valued at $300, and a number of items of jewelry valued over $1200, are among items reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Marquette Street on October 10.

A 52-inch Sony flat-screen screen television was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Forest Boulevard on October 10.

Police say the interior of a residence in the 200 block of Allegheny Street was reported vandalized on October 10. Police say there was over $500 damage to the bathroom, $4000 damage in the kitchen, $2000 damage to a laminated floor, windows broken, copper and aluminum pipes damaged or destroyed, and drywall damaged. Police are investigating.

An officer was dispatched to meet with a resident at the Park Forest Police Department on October 11 in reference to a report of fraud. The resident reported unauthorized transactions in her checking account.

Police say a garage door of a business in the 300 block of Illinois Street was reported damaged on October 11. Police say it appeared that someone was trying to get air for their tires and struck the garage door, causing $1500 damage to the facility, and then fled. Police are investigating.

James G. Hurd IV, 25604 S. Susan Ln., Crete, was arrested on October 12 and issued a municipal citation charging disorderly conduct when police were dispatched to the first block of Main Street to investigate a report of a disturbance.

Rasean Eddyings, 3820 212th Pl., Matteson, was arrested on October 12 and issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis when police were dispatched to the 300 block of Illinois Street to investigate a report of a disturbance.

An Apple MacBook laptop valued at $900 was reported stolen from a residence in the 3000 block of Western Avenue on October 12.

The front driver’s side window of a vehicle parked in the first block of Cedar Street was reported shattered on October 13.

Deontai L. Carter, 19, 116 Larue St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 14 and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and issued citations charging failure to wear a properly fastened seatbelt, failure to signal a turn when required, and operation of a motor vehicle without a valid insurance. Police say an officer was traveling southbound on Hemlock Street approaching Leims Road when the officer observed a vehicle being driven by a male subject who was not wearing a seatbelt, according to police.

A 32-inch Magnavox flat-screen television valued at $400 was reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Marquette Street on October 14.

A Dell laptop computer was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Monee Road on October 14.

Michael C. Matthews III, 31, 350 Juniper St., Apt. 905, Park Forest, was arrested on October 14 and charged with domestic battery when an officer responded to the Park Forest Police Department to investigate a report of domestic battery.

Dannel M. Mitchell, 34, 502 Lakewood Blvd, Park Forest, was arrested on October 15 and charged with retail theft when police responded to the 400 block of Lakewood Boulevard to investigate a report of battery.

A 55-inch Panasonic flat-screen television valued at $900 and a 22-inch Sylvania LCD television valued at $500 were reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Allegheny Street on October 16.

A Toshiba Satellite 15-inch laptop computer valued at $600 was reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Wilson Street on October 16.

A bag containing a laptop computer was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Natoma Street on October 16.

Police say approximately $45,000 in copper and brass pipe and wire was reported stolen from a vacant business in the 100 block of South Orchard Drive on October 16.

Police say approximately $50 in coins was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Tampa Street on October 16.

An HP laptop computer valued at $400, a Nintendo Wii game system valued at $200, an Xbox 360 game system valued at $300, and a shirt were reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Shabbona Drive on October 16.

A 50-inch Samsung television valued at $1500, an HP laptop computer valued at $400 and a Nintendo Wii game system valued at $250 were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Ottawa Street on October 16.

A door of a residence in the 400 block of Talala Street was reported damaged on October 16 as if someone was attempting to push the door open while the door was closed and locked, according to police. Police say entry was not gained to the residence.

A Nintendo Wii game system valued at $300 and a 26-inch Vizio flat-screen television valued at $350 were reported stolen from a residence in the first block of Sauk Trail on October 16.

Police were dispatched to Forest Trail Middle School on October 16 to investigate a possible burglary. Police say an employee noticed a window shattered and partially open. Police are investigating.