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Park Forest Burglary Reports from Sept. 29 through Oct. 27

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Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The following are Park Forest burglary reports from September 29 through October 27, 2020.

A black 9 mm Springfield Held Handgun was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Tamarac Street on October 6.

A wallet containing a drivers license, Social Security card, and approximately $320 cash was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Onarga Street on October 8.

A wallet was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Westwood Drive on October 9.

A small metal cash box containing approximately $100 was reported stolen from a business in the first block of Westwood Drive on October 11. The alleged offenders gained entry to the business by smashing glass and forcing open a door, according to the report.

A Hewlett-Packard Notebook computer was reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Peach Street on October 26. Two sets of earrings were also discovered missing, according to police.

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Police captured all the incidents in this report on body-worn and dash-mounted cameras by officers at the respective scenes, according to police. All Park Forest police officers wear body-worn cameras. Officials typically abbreviate these devices as BWC in the reports.

We encourage persons wishing to leave anonymous information on any criminal matters, including narcotics or gang activity, to call the Park Forest Police Department Investigations Division at (708) 748-1309.