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Employee Charged with Stealing $800 in Prescription Drugs: River Forest Police Blotter

River Forest police reports, Dec. 2-10.

MONDAY, DEC. 10

Friend Throws Rock Through Window

A River Forest resident of the 500 block of William reported at 1:36 a.m. that a friend, who came to their door wanting to come in, became angry when the resident refused. The two got into an argument and the friend through a rock through a storm window valued at $30. The resident declined to sign a complaint, but requested the report for documentation.

SUNDAY, DEC. 9

Change Stolen From Car

A resident of the 500 block of Keystone reported that between 10:40 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 9, someone entered their unlocked car that was parked in the driveway and ransacked the glove compartment and trunk. Stolen was $15 in coins.

Retail Theft Arrest

Officers responded to Jewel Food Store, 7525 Lake St., after a store employee reported seeing a man conceal merchandise in his coat and then attempt to leave without paying. As officers arrived, the man re-entered the store and attempted to abandon the merchandise in an empty shopping cart. Officers arrested Antoine Kirby, 46, of the 1000 block of Lawler Avenue in Chicago and charged him with retail theft. Kirby was later released on bond.

Vehicle Burglarized, Radio Found Nearby

A resident of the 100 block of Park Avenue reported at 7:59 a.m. that someone entered their unlocked van while it was parked in the resident's driveway and stole faceplate to their radio. Police searched the area and found the faceplate inside a car parked at a neighbor's house. The property was returned to the victim.

Ex-Boyfriend Arrested Trying to Retrieve Property

Officers responded to the 700 block of LeMoyne after a resident reported that an ex-boyfriend, who she had broken up with a week earlier, was trying to get in her home through a window. The woman's ex tried to retrieve personal property from the home the previous night and when he arrived on Sunday and began knocking on her windows and doors, she called police just after 3 a.m. Than man was charged with disorderly conduct and later released after posting bond. 

DUI Charge

An officer on patrol in the 700 block of Lake Street reported seeing an eastbound Infiniti SUV following very closely behind another vehicle while driving between lanes. The officer followed the car until it changed lanes and passed the leading car at more than 50 mph. The officer approached the car and reported observing signs the driver was impaired.

Police said Sunny B. Patel, 23, of the 400 block of south East Avenue in Oak Park, failed field sobriety tests and was transported to the station, where he was charged with driving under the influence, driving without insurance and several other traffic offenses. He was later released on bond.

SATURDAY, DEC. 8

Youth Scammed on Craigslist

A resident came to the station at 12:57 p.m. to report that her 15-year-old son had been scammed while attempting to sell items on Craigslist. The youth sold several items in a single transaction for which he never received payment. Police said the items were shipped to an address in South Carolina after the youth received an email purporting to be from PayPal stating the money would be transferred in five business days. When no payment arrived, the youth contacted PayPal who told him that a genuine PayPal payment would have arrived immediately. The loss was estimated at $1000.

Employee Charged with Stealing Medication

Officers responded to Walgreen's Drug Store, 7251 Lake St., at about 11 a.m. after a store manager called police to report that an employee had been detained for theft of prescription medications. The employee, Janolby E. Young, 24, of the 1300 block of north Hudson in Chicago, was suspected of taking up to 1,400 pills of generic Xanax and an unknown amount of Norco pills over several months valued at more than $800. Young was taken to the station and charged with felony theft and held pending a bond hearing.

FRIDAY, DEC. 7

Wallet Stolen While Shopping

An officer responded to DSW, 7321 Lake St., at 1:53 p.m. after a customer reported that her wallet had just been stolen. The victim told police that she set her purse on the floor while trying on a pair of shoes, when a woman she did not know stood close to her. When the woman walked away, the victim discovered her purse was unzipped and her wallet was gone. No one fitting the description was found in the area. The loss included $100 in cash, bankcards and personal identification. Shortly after the wallet was stolen, the victim found that charges totaling more than $1,100 were made at several stores in Chicago. Detectives are continuing to investigate.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5

Home Burglarized

Police learned that a home in the 7800 block of Greenfield was burglarized after a resident called to report that someone had broken a rear window of the home and gained entry between 3:30 and 5:49 p.m. Once inside, the offender stole an Apple Macbook laptop worth $400. Police are still investigating.

iPod Found, Handed Over to Police

A good citizen came to the River Forest Police Station at 5:49 p.m. to report they found a black iPod Touch on the ground at the southeast corner of Ashland and Iowa. Police are holding the iPod until they can identify the owner.

Man Charged with Retail Theft

Clifford Perkins, 51, of the 100 block of north Mayfield Avenue in Chicago, was arrested and charged with retail theft at about 6:21 p.m. Police were notified by store employees at Dominick's Finer Foods, 7501 North Ave., that a man had tried to conceal merchandise—soap and deodorant—in his coat.

TUESDAY, DEC. 4

Disorderly Conduct

Willie Taylor, 50, of the 800 block of north Springfield Avenue, was charged with disorderly conduct at 5:59 p.m. after he refused officer's instructions to leave Panera Bread, 7349 Lake St. When police arrived, Taylor was allegedly yelling at employees and insulting them, and continued to be disruptive at the police station.

MONDAY, DEC. 3

Woman Trying to Purchase Gift Card Charged with Theft

An officer on foot patrol at 7-Eleven, 1140 Harlem Ave., reported witnessing a woman try to purchase a $500 gift card using another gift card and recognized the attempted transaction as a fraud. The officer followed the woman and eventually stopped her in the 900 block of Harlem.

The woman told the officer that the gift card she tried making the purchase with (and seven other cards found in her possession), were given to her by a man on the street in Chicago. She told the officer she was also aware that the gift cards had an altered magnetic strip to turn them into credit cards using stolen information. Officers transported Tatianna T. Moses, 23, of the 4900 block of west Erie Street in Chicago, to the station where the U.S. Secret Service was called to assist in the investigation. Moses was later charged with felony possession of altered or counterfeited cards and held pending a bond hearing.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2

Victim Receives Harassing Calls

A student of Dominican University reported to police that he had received multiple harassing and threatening phone calls to his cell phone between 12:42 a.m. Dec. 1 and 4:58 a.m. Dec. 2. The victim provided police with the originating phone numbers and recorded messages. Police are still investigating.

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Police Blotter information is provided by the River Forest Police Department.  Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

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