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Suburban Journals of Chicago Inc
June 17, 2013
On 06/11/13, River Forest Police Units responded to the area of the 500 block of River Oaks regarding a suspicious person. A witness reported that she saw a person walking through a yard while carrying a guitar before getting into a green Buick that was parked on Lake St. Armed with knowledge that a green Buick may have been involved in recent residential burglaries on the 300 block of Gale and the 300 block of Forest, detectives responded the area of 1300 W. Lake St. in Melrose Park where detectives suspected the offenders had been pawning stolen items. A neighboring jurisdiction also had similar intelligence about burglary activity.
Upon arrival in the area of 1300 W. Lake St. in Melrose Park, RFPD detectives observed a green Buick driving near 19th and Lake St. that was occupied by Jeremy Seaton, 20, of Lombard and Christopher Lukes, 22, of Bellwood. A large flat screen TV could also be seen in the rear of the car.
As police stopped the vehicle 20th and Warren in Maywood, Jeremy Seaton was detained, however, Christopher Lukes fled on foot. Lukes was caught several blocks away hiding under a residential porch area and arrested. In addition to RFPD units, officers from Forest Park PD, Maywood PD, Bellwood PD, and Broadview PD, also assisted in stopping the vehicle and locating Lukes after he fled the traffic stop.
RFPD officers who had initially responded to the area of the 500 block of River Oaks for the suspicious person subsequently located 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.
On 06/13/13, a representative of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved Residential Burglary charges against Seton and Lukes. Lukes was on parole at the time of this arrest. Both subjects will appear for a preliminary hearing on 06/20/13 at the Maybrook Courthouse.
Christopher Lukes, 22
Jeremy Seaton, 20
“This is another example of good old fashion police work. The interagency cooperation involved, from the initial bulletin of a possible suspect vehicle developed by Forest Park PD, to the assistance from neighboring departments in stopping and apprehending the two offenders and reclaiming stolen property, all the pieces fell into place. The resident’s of River Forest should be proud of the officers involved in this arrest.”
- Chief Gregory Weiss.
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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