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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A vehicle parked in the first block of Elm Street was reported burglarized on July 16.
A juvenile was arrested on July 21 and charged with theft when police responded to Somonauk Park, 250 Somonauk Street, to investigate a report of a theft of a bicycle.
Four vehicles parked in the first block of Cedar Street were reported burglarized on July 26.
Sondra N. Mitchell, 27, 75 Marquette St., Park Forest, was arrested on August 4 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to the first block of Marquette Street to investigate a report of an unwanted subject.
A residential burglary attempt in the 200 block of Arcadia Street was foiled on August 8 when an anonymous caller reported seeing two juveniles enter a residence and walked out with two large TVs. Police responded to the scene and discovered two LG televisions in the bushes of a nearby residence. The owner of the residence was contacted and told police where the television sets had been taken from inside the residence and that nothing else appeared to be missing. Detectives are investigating.
A brown wooden bench was reported stolen from outside a residence in the first block of Indianwood Boulevard on August 8.
An outside air-conditioning unit, a hot water heater, and copper piping was reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Marquette Street on August 8.
A juvenile was arrested August 8 and charged August 9 with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm at a police officer after detectives followed up on a prior incident where to Park Forest police officers were shot at in the 200 block of Allegheny Street on July 30.
A resident told police on August 9 that her tax return check had been voided due to unknown subjects attempting to fraudulently cash the check. The IRS is investigating.
Cornell Jones, 55, 5000 S. Indiana Ave., Apt. 413, Chicago, was arrested on August 9 and charged with criminal damage to property when police were dispatched to the 100 block of Lester Street to investigate a criminal damage to property complaint.
Joshua D. McGrone, 19, 3818 168th St., Country Club Hills, was arrested on August 9 and issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis and additionally charged with improper lighting (one headlight), speeding over the statutory limit, improper lane usage, and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Police were on patrol in the area of Court H-3 and Western Avenue when they observed that the vehicle McGrone was driving had only one working headlight, according to police.
Stephen C. Stone, 32, 15121 Ashland Ave., Harvey, was arrested on August 9 and charged with domestic battery when police responded to the 400 block of Natoma Street to investigate a report of domestic battery.
A purse which had been left on the wall of a garage port in the 200 block of Navajo Street was reported stolen on August 10.
A juvenile was arrested on August 11 and issued a local ordinance ticket charging trespassing when police were dispatched to the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, in reference to a report of multiple unwanted subjects on the scene.
Police say a subject ran from a business in the first block of Main Street on August 11 when he was confronted by an employee regarding a large bulge protruding from the back of his shirt. The employee reported observing the bulge and hearing a noise when the subject began to back up and ran out of the store. Police are investigating.
Teresa D. Noble, 36, 233 Indianwood Blvd., Park Forest, was arrested on August 11 and charged with reckless driving, aggravated assault, and issued traffic citations charging operating a vehicle when registration was suspended, no insurance, and an improper U-turn when police responded to the 200 block of Indianwood Boulevard to investigate a report of a disturbance.
A resident told police on August 11 that someone stole his lawnmower from the rear deck of his residence. The lawnmower was valued at $129.
Shaquille D. Reeves, 20, 214 Nashua St., Park Forest, and a juvenile were arrested on August 12 and charged with obstructing a peace officer when police were dispatched to the area of Central Park Avenue and Miami Street in reference to a report of shots fired.
A juvenile was provided a municipal citation charging trespassing on August 13 when police responded to the Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Boulevard, in reference to a report of unwanted subjects. Police say the juvenile had previously been banned from the library.
A door of a residence in the 200 block of Allegheny Street was reported damaged on August 13.
Mahogani M. Bills, 23, 3329 W. 147th Pl., Apt 2A, Midlothian, was arrested on August 14 and issued a local citation charging possession of cannabis and was issued a traffic citation charging driving while license was suspended when an officer patrolling southbound on Western Avenue approaching the railroad tracks conducted a LEADs inquiry of a vehicle and discovered that the sole registered owner of the vehicle had her driving privileges suspended, according to police.
A window air-conditioning unit of a residence in the 200 block of Todd Street was reported stolen on August 15.
Matthew W. Giles, 28, 529 Gregory Dr., Chicago Heights, was arrested on August 17 and charged with domestic battery in connection with an incident in the 300 block of Miami Street reported on August 16.
Elijah J. Muhammad, 18, 417 Winnemac St., Park Forest, was arrested on August 16 and issued a local ordinance ticket charging possession of cannabis when police were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of South Orchard Drive regarding a report of a retail theft.
An iPad valued at $600 was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 400 block of Lakewood Boulevard on August 16.
Love Robneal Edgecombe, 36, 372 Oswego St., Park Forest, was arrested on August 17 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to the 300 block of Oswego Street in reference to a report of a domestic dispute.
Police responded to a residence in the 300 block of Shabbona Drive on August 18 to investigate a burglar alarm. Upon arrival, officers met with the resident who related that while he was at work, he received a call from Xfinity Home Alarms advising that the alarm at his residence was going off. The resident told the operator that no one should be home. When he arrived home, he saw the front door slightly ajar. Police observed that the air-conditioning unit from a bedroom window had been removed and was lying on the ground. The resident told police that nothing else appeared to have been touched or removed from the residence.
Police responded to a report of a residential burglary in the first block of Blackhawk Drive on August 18. Police discovered that the front door was unlocked. The residence was in disarray and appeared to be rummaged through. Police discovered pry marks on a rear door. The rear door was closed but unlocked. Nothing appeared to be missing from the residence but police are investigating.
Mark A. Alexander, 31, 20920 London Dr., Olympia Fields, was arrested on August 19 and charged with unlawful use of a weapon, possession of cannabis, driving under the influence of drugs, defective tail light, tinted windows, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle when an officer observed that the vehicle Alexander was driving westbound on Sauk Trail approaching Shabbona Drive had a broken left rear tail light and tinted windows, according to police.
Police responded to a residence in the 400 block of Suwanee Street on August 19 to investigate a report of domestic battery. Police have suspect information and are investigating.
Two socket kits were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Lester Road on August 19. Police say entry was made to the vehicle by smashing the front passenger side window.
A purse, a flute valued at $1200, and a backpack were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the first block of Cherry Street on August 19. Entry was gained to the vehicle by shattering the rear passenger side window. Entry was also gained to a detached garage and a set of 18-inch chrome rims valued at $500 was reported stolen.
Several windows at the rear of a residence in the 300 block of Osage Street were reported forced open on August 19. A bedroom window of the residence was reported broken. Nothing was reported stolen from the residence.
The rear driver’s side window of a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Washington Street was reported shattered on August 20.
A resident told police on August 20 that he received a phone call from a man who stated that he was a member of a gang and that he had the resident’s daughter hostage. He told the resident that he wanted $3000 cash sent to Orlando, Florida, or he was going to "blow his daughter’s head off." The man said he wanted to speak with his daughter to make sure she was okay. According to police, a female got on the phone and yelled, "Daddy, daddy, daddy." The man stated that the voice sounded exactly like his daughter’s voice. He told the caller that he could send $500 cash immediately which he did so through Money Gram. After sending the money, the caller asked where the resident wanted to retrieve his daughter. The resident said St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights. When the resident arrived at the hospital, the caller disconnected the call. The man called his daughter who related that she was okay but that she had received the same kind of phone call at approximately the same time from a caller who stated that he had her son hostage. She was able to confirm that her son was okay and disconnected with the subject. Detectives are investigating.