Just a day after being released from Danville Correctional Center for a 1999 burglary in Stickney, former Berwyn resident Jason C. Chapman, 30, was arrested by Riverside police for residential burglary.

A resident who was in the basement of her home in the 300 block of North Delaplaine Road phoned police just before 10 a.m. on Nov. 8, saying someone was in her house. Several officers responded, finding Chapman inside the home and taking him into custody at gunpoint.

During a patdown, an officer allegedly found in Chapman’s underwear an envelope containing what was described as a “large amount of cash and checks” from a local church fundraiser. The envelope was allegedly taken from an office inside the house.

After his arrest, Chapman gave police a full statement in which he reportedly told police that he had been released from prison on Nov. 7 and hopped a Greyhound to Chicago, where he failed to report to a halfway house.

He reportedly spent the night in the garage of his grandmother’s house in Berwyn and wandered into Riverside, where he picked his victim’s house at random. After ringing the doorbell and receiving no answer, he allegedly entered through an unlocked back door, not knowing the victim was in the house.

As of Monday, Chapman was being held on $100,000 bond at Cook County Jail.


-Brookfield police charged Chicago resident Debra A. Ginn, 51, with a felony count of forgery in connection with an incident where Ginn, who had been fired in August from her bookkeeping job at a Brookfield business, allegedly forged her boss’ signature on a $731.25 payroll check on Aug. 19.

On that day, Ginn’s boss had cut a $731.25 check for her, but had not authorized a second check that was dated Aug. 20 and which was allegedly cashed Aug. 19 in Chicago. Ginn’s replacement found out about the existence of the second check on Sept. 22.

On Nov. 9 in a statement to Brookfield police, Ginn said the second check was a severance check that she thought her boss had signed. She noticed it wasn’t signed when she was at the bank and allegedly forged his signature at that time.

Reckless driving

-Riverside police charged Oak Forest resident Robert H. Shong, 21, with reckless driving and other offenses after an officer clocked Shong driving southbound on First Avenue near Parkview Avenue just after 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 at 95 mph. During a search of Shong’s vehicle, police reported finding a baggy containing between 2.5 and 10 grams of cannabis and a glass pipe. He was also cited for unlawful possession of cannabis and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia in addition to speeding 60 miles over the posted limit.


-North Riverside Police reported that three men entered the Treasures jewelry store in the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 W. Cermak Road, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5 and made off with three pieces of white gold jewelry?”an 18-inch necklace, a ring and a pendant?”valued at $14,000.

– Riverside resident Raymond A. Nosal, 34, was charged with one count of felony theft and two counts of misdemeanor theft after allegedly stealing two credit cards from his mother on Nov. 11 and charging $95.96 at the Citgo station in Riverside. Other charges are pending in Berwyn and Naperville, police said.

– Countryside resident Sean M. Dowhen, 17, was charged with theft on Nov. 10 after allegedly stealing $85 from the wallet of a 17-year-old Brookfield woman while at a house in the 9000 block of Shields Avenue, Brookfield.

Attempted robbery

– A 54-year-old Chicago woman reported to North Riverside police that on Nov. 5 at 12:21 p.m., she was exiting her vehicle in the lot at Jedi’s Garden, 2250 Harlem Ave., when a man approached her from behind, knocked her to the ground and attempted to steal her purse. His robbery was unsuccessful, and the man was last seen fleeing southbound through the parking lot.

Vehicle theft recovery

– A Chicago man was reunited with his 1986 Chevy Caprice in a needle-in-a-haystack story that played out on Oct. 29 in the parking lot of Sears at the North Riverside Park Mall. At 4 p.m., the victim’s daughter recognized her father’s car, which was stolen in Chicago on Aug. 21, parked in the mall lot.

She called North Riverside police, who reported that the Vehicle ID number (VIN) and plates did not correspond to a stolen vehicle. The daughter insisted it was her father’s car and the owner was brought to the scene. His keys opened the trunk and car door, but the steering column had been changed. He confirmed that the vehicle appeared to be his.

North Riverside Police called in the Illinois State Police Northeast Metro Auto Theft Task Force, who confirmed the car was the victim’s. No one returned to claim the vehicle by 8:30 p.m. and it was towed from the scene. The state police are continuing their investigation.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Oct. 29 through Nov. 13 and which represents a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.

?”compiled by Bob Uphues