Crime Blotter – October 20

Burglary Report

At 4:59 p.m. on October 1, an officer was dispatched to 7900 Division, Dominican University’s Murray Hall, regarding a burglary. The victim said her MacBook Pro and iPhone 5s were stolen from her unlocked dorm room. The approximate loss was valued at $930.00.  

Bicycle Theft Report

At 5:56 p.m. on October 2, an officer was dispatched to 401 Thatcher, Metra Train Station regarding the theft of a bicycle. The victim said that an unknown offender removed his Gary Fisher hybrid bike from the bike rack. The bike was locked at the time of the incident and was valued at approximately $450.00.      

DUI Arrest

At 2:31 a.m. on October 3, an officer committed several traffic violations in the area of 7300 Lemoyne. A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver exhibited signs of intoxication. The driver, James E. Dollerschell 22-years old of Naperville, failed field sobriety tests at the scene and was taken into custody. At the station, a breathalyzer test revealed that Dollerschell’s BAC was .154, which is almost twice the legal standard of .08. Dollerschell was charged with a DUI, DUI over .08, speeding, and several other traffic violations.          

Retail Theft Arrest

At 8:11 p.m. on October 4, officers were dispatched to 7525 W. Lake, Jewel, regarding an in-process retail theft. The offender fled the store after taking $98.00 worth of Rogaine products. Officers located the offender on the 300 block of Marion in Oak Park. The subject, Eduardo Gonzalez, 25, of Melrose Park, was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor of retail theft. A computer check revealed that Gonzalez had an active arrest warrant out of Maywood for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.  

Residential Burglary Report

At 10:44 a.m. on October 11, officers were dispatched to a report of a residential burglary on the 1300 block of Park Ave. Unknown offenders entered the residence by kicking in the rear door of the house. Once inside, the offenders stole a Rolex and other jewelry. The detective unit is currently investigating this matter.          

Aggravated DUI Arrest

At 10:58 p.m. on October 11, an officer observed a vehicle committing several traffic violations on the 7500 block of Lake St. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver exhibited signs of intoxication. The driver was unable to provide a driver’s license or proof of insurance. A computer check revealed the subject had a suspended license due to a previous DUI arrest. The driver, Donald M. Withers, 53, of Chicago failed field sobriety tests at the scene and was taken into custody. At the station, Withers refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. The Cook County state’s attorney’s felony review unit was contacted and approved felony aggravated DUI, DWLS, invalid insurance, and several other traffic offenses.          

Deceptive Practice Report

At 3:34 p.m. on October 13, an officer was dispatched to 7201 W. North Ave, Shell Gas Station, regarding an illegal credit card skimming device found inside one of the gas pumps. This unlawful device allowed unsuspecting customers to have their credit card accounts and personal identity possibly compromised. The U.S. Secret Service was called out and they are currently working with River Forest investigators on the case.          

Criminal Damage to Property Arrest

At 10:58 p.m. on October 13, officers responded to call of a subject breaking out the front glass window at 630 N. Harlem, Chase Bank. The offender was located less than a block from the incident and witnesses to the event positively identified him. The subject, John Paul A. Roeser, 25, of River Forest was taken into custody and transported to the station. The subject commented that he was mad at the bank after losing his wallet. The damage was captured on bank security cameras. Because the damage exceeded $300.00, the Cook County state’s attorney’s felony review unit was contacted. They approved one count of criminal damage to property.        

Retail Theft Arrest

At 8:10 a.m. on October 14, officers responded to a call of an in-progress retail theft at 7525 W. Lake St, Jewel. Ten bottles of Grey Goose Vodka, valued at $230.00, had been stolen from the store. Officers observed the offender running eastbound on the 7300 block of Quick. The subject was taken into the custody and the store products were recovered. The offender, Steven B. Wilbourn, 52, of Chicago, was found to have a previous retail theft conviction in 2012. The Cook County state’s attorney’s felony review unit was contacted and they approved one count felony of retail theft.    

Information for these reports has been compiled from the River Forest police department’s police blotter. Not all crimes in the blotter have been included. All the individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty.