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Park Forest Police Blotter Reports for January 3, 2016 (Includes Podcast)

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New illumination in the lobby of the Park Forest Police Department. (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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Thanks to Barbara Gallagher for assistance editing these reports.

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A white Ford U-Haul cargo van with Arizona registration AG 70252 was rented from the Park Forest U-Haul location on November 28 and never returned. Police have suspect information and are investigating.

A red 2010 Buick Lacrosse was reported stolen from the first block of Indianwood Boulevard on December 28. The vehicle had been left unlocked and a key had been left under a floormat, according to police. The owner of the vehicle was instructed to come to the Park Forest Police Department for a further interview regarding the vehicle but never showed.

Devin A. Harris, 23, 317 Osage St., Park Forest, was arrested on December 29 and issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis when officers patrolling in the Metra lot at 520 Homan Avenue observed a vehicle parked in a spot on the east end of the parking lot. The officer observed that the front driver side door appeared to be partially ajar and there was a male subject sitting in the driver’s seat. Due to the high number of burglaries to motor vehicles in public parking lots, according to police, the officer initiated an investigatory stop on the vehicle and its occupant.

Jordann D. Robinson, 25, 305 Osage St., Park Forest, was arrested on December 30 and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia when an officer observed a vehicle traveling northbound on Western Avenue at 45 mph in a 35 mph zone, as indicated by the dash mounted radar, according to police. Robinson was a passenger in the vehicle, which was impounded.

A man attempting to gain entry to the PADS Shelter at 201 S. Orchard Drive on December 31 was denied entry because the shelter does not accept any entry past 10 PM. Police responded to the shelter to investigate a report of an unwanted subject. The man advised officers to arrest him. When asked why, he pulled out a glass pipe from his pocket and related it was because he had a “crack pipe.” The man was taken into custody and issued a municipal ticket charging drug paraphernalia.

A window of a residence in the 500 block of Wildwood Drive was reported shattered on January 1.

A white 2012 Buick Lacrosse, Illinois license plate V269880, was reported stolen from the first block of Hemlock Street on January 1.

Radarrien J. Strong, 21, 3507 Birchwood Dr., Hazel Crest, was arrested on January 2 and charged with possession of cannabis when police were dispatched to the 300 block of Victory Drive to investigate a report of suspicious activity from a person who was sitting inside a vehicle in the parking lot, according to police.