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North Riverside Police Department
Friday May 4th, 2012 :: 10:51 a.m. CDT


Alert Resident Helps North Riverside Police Apprehend Garage Burglary Suspect.

On Thursday May 3, 2012, at approximately 1:13 pm, an alert North Riverside resident reported that she had observed a subject take a ladder from inside of a garage in the 2200 block of Hainsworth. The resident also reported that the subject entered the garage through the open overhead door, which was broken. The male subject was seen putting the ladder into the back of a light blue station wagon and driving off north towards Cermak Rd.

A North Riverside police officer observed a vehicle matching the description and conducted a traffic stop on Cermak Rd. at Home Ave in Berwyn. The driver of the vehicle told officers that he was in the area searching the area for scrap metal and thought that the ladder was being thrown out in the garbage. The victim reported that the ladder was left inside of the garage and that he had not given anyone permission to enter the garage to remove the ladder. The witness identified the driver of the vehicle as the subject that had removed the ladder from the garage. He was placed under arrest and the victim’s aluminum ladder was recovered from inside of the vehicle.

The subject, 45 year old John P. Bozarth of Chicago, was subsequently charged with one felony count of Burglary, a misdemeanor count of Driving While License Suspended, and Operation of an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.

Chief Anthony Garvey stated “Thanks to the efforts of an alert resident, our officers were able to apprehend the offender, recover the victim’s property and file felony charges against the suspect in this case.” He also added “This is a great example of a neighbor looking out for another neighbor and helping to protect our community.”

North Riverside Police Department
2359 S. Des Plaines Ave
North Riverside, IL 60546

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 708-447-9191

Anthony Garvey
Chief of Police

2300 Hainsworth Ave
North Riverside, IL 60546

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