A 22-year-old Chicago man is in prison after he was accused of burglarizing a River Forest home while he was on parole, and a second man thought to be involved in the burglary is in jail, law enforcement sources said.
Christopher Lukes, 22, of the 4100 block of Harrison Street, in Chicago, was transferred from the Cook County Jail to the Illinois Department of Corrections. River Forest police arrested Lukes on June 11 in relation to a residential burglary on the 500 block of River Oaks Drive, police said. He was on parole for having possessed a stolen firearm, authorities said.
Lukes, along with Jeremy Seaton, 20, of the 2200 block of South Stewart Street, in Lombard, were arrested in Melrose Park while driving a green Buick, police said. A handful of recent burglary reports involving the vehicle — and a large, flat-screen TV visible inside of it — led police to stop the two men, according to detectives. Lukes fled on foot but was found several blocks away hiding under a residential porch. Seaton was detained, according to police.
Both men were charged with felony residential burglary in Cook County Court on June 14. Their next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.
River Forest police initially responded to the 500 block of River Oaks about a report of a man walking through a yard while carrying a guitar before getting into a green Buick parked on Lake Street.
Because a green Buick may have been involved in recent residential burglaries on the 300 block of Gale Avenue and the 300 block of Forest Avenue, detectives responded to the area of 1300 W. Lake St. in Melrose Park, where detectives suspected the offenders had been pawning stolen items, police said.
Arriving in Melrose Park, detectives saw a green Buick driving near 19th Avenue and Lake Street that was occupied by Seaton and Lukes. They stopped the vehicle at 20th Avenue and Warren Street in Maywood.
Officers from Forest Park, Maywood, Bellwood and Broadview also assisted in stopping the vehicle and locating Lukes after he fled the traffic stop, police said.
River Forest officers who had responded to the 500 block of River Oaks for the suspicious person then found a home that had just been broken into. Several of the items that were missing from the home on River Oaks were found in the Buick that was stopped in Maywood, police said.
Gregory Weiss, River Forest police chief, in a statement said, "This is another example of good old-fashioned police work."
Tribune reporter Wes Venteicher contributed.