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19-year-old Robert Gardner
Concordia University has nearly 100 high definition cameras capable of night recordings installed throughout the campus. The person stealing the back pack from the University was recorded and given to the police department. The thefts at both universities in River Forest have been solved, the one at
Dominican involved a series of bicycle thefts which were being done by two white people from the western suburbs.
The arrest of Robert Gardner was made when River Forest police noticed him on the street, and with the backpack that was stolen over a day before.
RIVER FOREST POLICE DEPARTMENT
RFPD Case #12-8243
For Immediate Release October 25, 2012
On October 23, 2012 at approximately 3 PM the River Forest Police Department was made aware of the theft of a back pack and its contents from the Concordia University weight room. The victim, a Concordia University student, reported that during the evening on October 22 he had left his Concordia University Track and Field back pack in the university weight room, and when he returned to retrieve the bag he discovered that it had been stolen.
As a result of the initial investigation and examination of available evidence regarding this incident, the suspect responsible for the theft was identified by police as 19-year-old Robert Gardner of 5432 W. Congress Parkway in Chicago.
On October 24, 2012, officers spotted Gardner walking near the Oak Park Library on Lake Street. Upon being approached by the officer, Gardner ran. After a brief foot chase he was taken into custody in the 200 block of North Kenilworth in Oak Park. Gardner was subsequently transported to the station, processed and charged with Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and for an outstanding Residential Burglary warrant from the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. Gardner will appear for a bond hearing at the Maybrook Courthouse on October 25, 2012.
The public is reminded that a signed complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
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