On the afternoon of Feb. 17, police arrested Sonny Ely, of Norridge, for his alleged role in the burglary of a home on the 7300 block of Harvard.

Ely and another man, who is currently at large, were reportedly spotted by a witness trying to break into the back door of the residence. Ely was acting as a lookout man, while the other suspect tried to “shoulder” his way through the door, as Det. Sgt. Mike Keating put it.

The witness heard them communicating on two-way radios, so he called 911. Although one burglar got away, police managed to catch Ely, who was fleeing on foot.

According to Keating, the two men performed a “ruse” on the same 80-year-old homeowner last year and robbed him of $80,000 in jewelry.

Ely is wanted in three states: in California for parole violation, stemming from a residential burglary charge; in Missouri for failing to appear at a hearing for a similar offense; and in Indiana for not going to court for a felony charge of possession of stolen property.

Joy ride ends in felony charge

A felony charge was brought against a McHenry man who allegedly stole a vehicle from a Forest Park gas station on the night of Feb. 15.

After he was arrested, 26-year-old Robby Campbell told police his girlfriend dropped him off at a gas station, so he could “roll a blunt” and “buy a case of beer.” He grew tired of being stranded – his girlfriend reportedly left him and went to Waukegan – so he decided to steal a car that was left idling in the gas station parking lot.

He jumped in the car while the driver was inside the gas station and went to pick up his friend, Demetrius Pruett, 29, of Kenosha, who was visiting his father’s Forest Park home.

They cruised around for a while, until an officer spotted the vehicle at a Maywood convenience store, at Roosevelt Road and First Avenue. The officer pulled alongside the vehicle, drew his gun and ordered Campbell out of the car.

The report states that Campbell was not initially compliant, so he was physically removed from the vehicle at gunpoint.

Both men were taken to headquarters where they gave the aforementioned statements in police interviews.

Campbell was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, driving with a revoked license and resisting arrest. Pruett was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle and theft under $300.

Disorderly man an alleged batterer

A Chicago man was arrested after police received a call reporting his drunken and disorderly behavior early Feb. 17 at the Harlem CTA Blue Line stop.

Police nabbed Ivory Smith, 31, on the 700 block of Harlem, after a brief foot chase. When an officer ran his ID, it was revealed he had an arrest warrant out of Lake County for failing to appear at a court hearing related to a charge of domestic battery with bodily harm.

He was charged with the instate warrant and held without bond until the Lake County Sherriff’s Dept. picked him up.


Scott Marvan, 30, of Brookfield was arrested for DUI in the early hours of Feb. 15, after an officer stopped him on Madison and Kenilworth.

According to the police report, the officer first spotted Marvan near Madison and Elgin, where he was reportedly swerving in and out of lanes. A traffic stop was made and the officer said Marvan smelled of booze when she made contact with him.

He was then asked to get out of the car. When he refused to submit to field sobriety tests, he was taken into custody and charged with DUI, in addition to improper lane usage.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Feb. 13 and Feb. 20, and represent only a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in this report has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not been adjudicated.

-Compiled by Nick Moroni