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Riverside Police Department
Saturday February 27th, 2016 :: 10:37 a.m. CST


RPD-Community Advisory.

Riverside residents,

I wanted to make you aware that late Thursday night (February 25th) the Riverside Police Department made an arrest of a 17-year-old male juvenile who resides in Forest View. He was charged with one count of residential burglary. This juvenile entered a home on the 100 block of Kimbark at approximately 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning while burglarizing the residence; he walked into the bedroom where a 17-year-old female was sleeping. She woke up and discovered the hooded male juvenile in her bedroom, screamed and he ran away with the proceeds.

Police were not notified of this incident until 6:42 a.m. as the victim was panic stricken and did not report it until she felt safe. Riverside Police launched an immediate investigation and within 13 hours the suspect was identified and arrested.

The 17-year-old female victim and the 17-year-old offender do not know one another and had never met.

There was no physical confrontation between the victim and the offender in the home. The 17 year female victim was staying at home with another female adult as the parents were temporarily out of town during the incident.

There was no forced use in the burglary and proceeds from the burglary were recovered.

Riverside investigators were able to develop leads quickly due to the aggressive police work that had taken place later in the evening when a patrol officer stopped a suspicious person on the 100 block of Forest. This later led to the arrest of the burglary suspect. RPD personnel worked this case nonstop for 13 hours straight making the arrest at 8 PM Thursday night.

Police were also assisted in this case by a resident who also stopped an officer on patrol to report the same suspicious activity that the officer had observed himself.

While this night time burglary is a very unusual occurrence, I would like to remind residents to always lock their doors and windows. While Riverside is a very safe community, we are not immune from criminal elements from time to time.

The victim sustained no injuries and she was fully cooperative in the investigation and picked out the offender in a lineup.

As Chief of Police, I am encouraging all residents to call the police department if they observe any suspicious activity, people or vehicles in their neighborhoods that they are not familiar with. This will then allow us to respond and investigate as well as to conduct a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the suspicious activity report.

Thomas Weitzel
Chief of Police

Riverside Police Department
31 Riverside Road
Riverside, IL 60546

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 708-447-2127

Thomas Weitzel

Forest Ave & Kimbark Rd
Riverside, IL 60546

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