Cops make drug bust in North Riverside

Two North Riverside residents face felony drug charges after Forest Park police raided their residence in the 2300 block of 2nd Avenue on March 14 at 6:45 a.m., reportedly seizing 75 grams of cannabis, $1,000 in cash.

According to the police report, a Cook County judge issued a search warrant on March 13 after police conducted a lengthy investigation regarding drug sales out of the home. When police executed the search warrant the two suspects, Anna Galindo and Eric Guteknecht, were at home and arrested.

Police recovered most of the cash, including bills marked by police and used in controlled buys by law enforcement, inside a safe. In addition to seizing the cash and drugs, police seized  Gutknecht’s 2010 Dodge Charger and Galindo’s 2011 Nissan Rogue.

The two posted bond and are free awaiting an April 2 court date. 


A 21-year-old Chicago man was arrested at 12 p.m. on March 9 at Desplaines Avenue and I-290 for assault after he allegedly threatened to harm a 20-year-old classmate and his family. 

Officers were on the scene after they received a call about a man trying door handles to homes in the vicinity of Van Buren Street and Grove Lane. 

They initially stopped and talked to man at the CTA terminal at 711 Desplaines Ave., The man admitted he was in the area but denied any wrongdoing.

A short time after police released the man, a 20-year-old approached the officers and told them he knew the man from school, and that the man has been threatening to harm him and his family.

The victim told officers he wanted to file an assault charge against the man, who had gotten on a Pace bus. 

Officers found and detained the alleged offender near the area of Desplaines Avenue and I-290.

The alleged offender was given an April 7 court date and was released after his girlfriend posted $120 cash bond.

Burglary from motor vehicle

A wallet with an Illinois driver’s license, state ID and Chase Visa debit card was stolen from a man’s vehicle between 3 p.m. on March 9 and 6:30 a.m. on March 10. The 69-year-old owner of the reported the burglary to his 2002 Pontiac Bonneville at 8:18 a.m. March 10.

He told officers he drove to the Jewel food store in River Forest and that when he came back to his vehicle, he noticed a large Alcatel cell phone on the driver’s seat and his CDs thrown in the back seat. 

Forest Park police contacted River Forest police to check the exterior surveillance cameras from Jewel, 7525 Lake St., but no one approached the man’s car at Jewel, prompting the River Forest officer to tell the victim to make a report with Forest Park police.

The victim told Forest Park police that his red canvas men’s wallet was missing, but that it contained no cash because he always keeps his money in his pocket.

He cancelled his debit card. The Alcatel cell phone was placed into evidence.

Motor vehicle theft

A 2007 Mazda RX7 was stolen between 1:10 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. March 12 after the owner, who had just washed his car, left his keys inside the vehicle and went to put the garden hose away.

When officers arrived at the scene in the 100 block of Circle Avenue, the 41-year-old victim told them while he was rolling up the garden hose, he heard screeching tires, turned around and saw his vehicle speeding away.

The owner said he didn’t see who had stolen the vehicle and that he had left his Galaxy 5 cellphone in the car. 

The vehicle was last seen traveling westbound on Franklin Avenue from Circle Avenue.

Officers checked the area with negative results.


A 63-year-old man contacted Forest Park police on March 9 at about 3:40 p.m. to report that someone had sawed off the catalytic converter from his 1999 Chevy sedan, which had been parked in the village-owned lot at Madison Street and Circle Avenue since the evening of March 4.

A 38-year-old man contacted police on March 12 to report that his son’s bicycle had been stolen from the front lawn of their residence in the 600 block of South Hannah Avenue between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

According to the police report, the boy left his blue, white and black 20-inch Diamondback Cobra mountain bike with a front LED light on the front lawn. When he returned an hour later, the bike was gone.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, from March 8 to March 15, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

 Compiled by Nicholas Samuel