Park Forest Police Reports for October 6, 2012

Park Forest Police Station
Fall at 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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An E-Machine netbook valued at $200, and Intel laptop computer valued at $309, and a number of items of women’s jewelry were reported stolen from a residence in Arrowhead Court on September 30.

A black 8 GB iPod Touch valued at $299 was reported stolen from Central Park, 420 Lakewood Boulevard, on September 30.

LaShanda C. Burkins, 26, 8147 Saginaw Ave., Chicago, was arrested on September 30 and issued citations charging possession of cannabis, driving without insurance, illegal transportation of an alcoholic beverage, failure to wear a seatbelt, and no rear registration plate light, when an officer on patrol in the area of Western Avenue and Sauk Trail observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Sauk Trail that had no rear plate registration light, according to police.

A resident reported seeing unauthorized charges on her credit card after she accidentally left the card on the counter at a grocery store in Chicago Heights on September 30.

Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Mantua Street on September 30 in response to an anonymous call regarding subjects at a residence in that block allegedly spray-painting stolen bicycles. Police questioned six juveniles and recovered a disassembled "Next" brand bicycle that had been spray painted red and black. The original color of the bike was orange. Police are still investigating.

Four windows at Indiana School, 165 Indiana Street, were reported shattered on September 30.

A plate glass window in the 600 block of Norwood Square was discovered by police to have been shattered on September 30.

A purple 2005 Chevrolet Impala, Illinois license plate X300321, was reported stolen from the 400 block of Sauk Trail on October 2.

An Apple iPad valued at $600 was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Allegheny Street on October 2.

A number of watches, rings and necklaces and a chainsaw were reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Arcadia Street on October 2.

A Magellan GPS valued at $150 was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the first block of Dogwood Street on October 2.

A red and silver 14-inch boy’s Tony Hawks bicycle with black rims and red pegs was reported stolen from a residence in the 400 block of Neosho Street on October 2. The bicycle is valued at $600.

A money order in the amount of $478, a Sansui MP3 player valued at $30, and a blue CD case with approximately 15 CDs valued at $75 were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Dogwood Street on October 2. The owner reported parking his vehicle and then going to his porch to smoke a cigarette. Upon arriving on the porch, he saw two subjects going through the trunk of his vehicle. He asked them, "What are you doing in my car?" The resident told police the subjects responded by saying, "Huh?", At which point one of them ran away and the other ran away after closing the trunk. Police are investigating.

Police say nine Apple iMac computers valued at $1200 each were reported stolen from Indiana School, 165 Indiana Street, on October 3.

Approximately $300 in jewelry was reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Neola Street on October 3. Entry was gained by forcing open a door, according to police.

Police responded to the intersection of Marquette and Niagara Streets on October 3 in response to a report of a number of juveniles stepping in and writing names in drying concrete. Police gathered evidence from the scene and are investigating.

Police discovered that a window of a residence in the 300 block of Early Street had been shattered when they were dispatched to investigate a burglar alarm on October 3.

Gary A. Anton, 21, 20108 Driftwood Ave., Lynwood, was arrested on October 3 and charged with possession of firearm ammunition without a valid FOID card and issued a traffic citation charging operating a motor vehicle without a front registration plate when an officer traveling eastbound on Illinois Street near Todd Street observed that the vehicle Anton was driving had no front registration plate, according to police. Police say they discovered a box on the back floorboard behind the drivers seat that contain 31 rounds of .32 caliber Winchester ammunition.

Police responded to Talala Elementary School, 430 Talala Street, on October 4 when a teacher observed that a student had what appeared to be a bronze bullet in his hand. Police discovered that the juvenile had four bullets which he had apparently taken from a relative’s home without the relative’s knowledge. The relative had a valid FOID card and had hidden the ammunition which the juvenile had apparently found. Disciplinary action was handled by the school. There were no police charges in response to this incident.

Approximately $3 in loose change and $100 in assorted music CDs were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Gentry Street on October 4.

Xavier H. Medina, 29, 81A Hemlock St., Park Forest, was issued a municipal citation charging loud noise when police were dispatched to the first block of Hemlock Street in response to a loud noise complaint.

Lauren A. Zinmer, 22, 3430 Franklin St., Highland, IN, was arrested on October 5 and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia when an officer observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on 26th Street passing Allegheny Street with a cracked taillight cover. According to police, the vehicle was traveling 51 mph in a 40 mph zone.

A set of pearls, a gold band watch, a Hamilton gold band watch, and a gold link bracelet were reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Hickory Street on October 5.

A purse was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 300 block of Somonauk Street on October 5.

An officer dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department observed damage to the driver’s door of a vehicle that had been parked in the first block of Cedar Street on October 5. Police observed a dent and scratched paint as if an unknown subject or subjects were attempting to gain entry to the vehicle.

A Sony flat-screen television valued at $400 and a small dark wooden jewelry box valued at approximately $50 were reported stolen from a residence in the first block of Braeburn Drive on October 5.

Two juveniles were arrested and processed on charges of disorderly conduct when an officer working at Rich East High School was dispatched to investigate a report of two students fighting on October 5. According to police, two teachers were injured in the process of attempting to break up the fight. One teacher was sent to the hospital with a hand/wrist injury and the other was sent to the hospital with a possible head injury.