Local Police Reports, Park Forest

Park Forest Police Blotter Reports, July 9, 2016

Park Forest Police Station
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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Special thanks to Barbara Gallagher for assistance proofing and editing these reports.

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

A vehicle reported stolen June 27 from the 80 block of Indianwood Boulevard has been recovered. According to police, the stolen vehicle had been located by Chicago Police the same day it was stolen. While responding to a gang disturbance at 57th Street and Artesian in Chicago, Chicago Police observed the stolen vehicle in the area. Jacquill Payne, 18, no listed address, was charged with criminal trespass to vehicle in connection with the incident.

Park Forest Police reported incidents of criminal damage to property in the area of Cedarwood Cooperative. Those incidents include:

  • A front window to a residence in the 400 block of Dogwood was shattered on June 28.
  • A vehicle parked in the 300 block of Dogwood had a window shattered June 28.

Police reported a residential burglary on July 2 in the 100 block of Sauk Trail. The victim in the case reported that upon arriving home about 7:30 a.m., he found the rear door to his home open. The victim reported a computer, cordless headphones, a backpack and several pairs of underwear were stolen. The victim also told police the burglary could have been connected to an ongoing domestic dispute.

On July 5, police responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the 200 block of Monee Road. A work van belonging to a local business was fully engulfed in flames when police responded to the emergency call. Police are investigating after discovering graffiti spray painted on the van. The business owner told police that several days earlier, he had an argument with another driver while driving through Chicago Heights. According to a police report, the circumstances of the fire appeared “suspicious,” and police were looking at video surveillance footage.

Rickey Shirley, 50, 4302 Lincoln Ln., Robbins, was charged with criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to residence and assault, following an incident July 6 in the 90 block of Elm Street. According to a police report, a man forced his way into a home and damaged several items, including two televisions, during a dispute. The suspect was taken into custody a short time after allegedly fleeing the scene, according to police. According to a police report, the victim had an active restraining order against the suspect.

A burglary occurred July 7 in the 300 block of Herndon St. Police responded to a report of a burglar alarm going off. A police report indicated that, upon arrival at the residence, police found a male suspect climbing out of a basement window. An officer was able to take the suspect into custody without incident. The case was then turned over to the detective division for further investigation.

A woman living in the 200 block of Hickory Street reported to police that a man stole a package she had delivered to her home on July 8. The victim told police that the man took the package shortly after it had been delivered that day. According to a police report, the victim described the man as having long hair pulled into a ponytail and he wore a blue polo shirt, printed pants and gym shoes.