Naperville teens nabbed with heroin
When a Forest Park squad pulled over a beige 2004 Toyota Camry full of teenagers for failing to use a turn signal around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, the officer observed a back window of the Camry rolled down and several plastic baggies flying out.
The officer picked up the five baggies, each sporting a Batman logo and containing a small tin-foil packet. The officer questioned the driver and his two companions, and during a safety pat-down discovered six more baggies in the pocket of Alan C. Kotchkoski, 19, of Naperville. The three were brought into the station, where Kotchkoski reportedly told police he went to the West Side of Chicago near Cicero Avenue to buy Xanax. The white powdery substance in the baggies field-tested positive for heroin.
Kotchkoski said he had split the drugs with Ryan D. Lewin, 18, of Naperville. An 18-year-old Aurora girl in the vehicle reportedly admitted she witnessed Lewin fling the Batman baggies from the car. Kotchkoski and Lewin were charged with possessing a controlled substance. Kotchkoski had four prior arrests for larceny, identity theft and drug possession and one conviction. Lewin had three prior arrests, according to Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas.
Woman seen on video stealing purse, iPad
A CTA employee discovered her purse and iPad had been removed from her unlocked parked car at the Desplaines Blue Line stop around midnight on Nov. 11 and then observed a woman standing near the elevator clutching an iPad. She confronted the woman, demanding, “What did you do with my purse?” She told police the woman replied, “I threw it in the garbage.”
Police observed Sonya Douglas, 46, of Chicago running from the south side of the terminal, veering into the trees and discarding an unknown item. She was arrested and the victim identified her. When asked about the iPad, she allegedly told police, “A guy with braids gave me that.”
According to reports, CTA surveillance video showed Douglas entering a parked Honda Accord and removing a bag from the back seat. She is later seen putting something into a garbage can and then holding something bulky under her jacket.
Douglas was charged with felony burglary to auto.
A woman on the first floor in an apartment building in the 7400 block of Randolph called police when she discovered that her apartment door was open and her bedroom dresser had been ransacked between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Nov. 16. A diamond ring valued at $1,000 was missing, as well as a red Samsung digital camera.
Interrupted burglar leaves coat, keychain
A man surprised a burglar in his kitchen in the 7600 block of Monroe around 3 a.m. on Nov. 18 when he responded to a banging sound. He saw an unknown man, wearing an orange shirt, crouching down along the wall between the window and the refrigerator. The resident observed that his back window was wide open. He told police he threw a cup of water on the man and yelled at him to get out of his house, whereupon the man climbed out the rear kitchen widow, leaving a black scuff mark and damaging the blinds on the way out. The homeowner called police and showed them a khaki-colored winter coat and winter hat left on the rear porch. A silver bottle-opener key chain was left on the back porch. Responding River Forest police observed a man who fit the victim’s description on the street near the residence and took the 38-year-old Forest Park man into custody. He was charged with criminal trespass to residence.
These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Nov. 9-19, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in the report has only been charged with a crime.
-Compiled by Jean Lotus