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                  RFPD Case #13-868

February 5, 2013                             

On February 5, 2013 at approximately 1015 AM the River Forest Department responded to a call of a subject removing copper downspouts from a home on the 800 block of Bonnie Brae. The caller, who was also the victim, provided police with a detailed description of both the offender and the vehicle he was driving. Officers already providing additional patrols in the area, due to similar incidents, immediately located the offending vehicle and stopped it at Chicago Ave. and Harlem. Several large sections of copper downspouts were visible in the offender’s vehicle. The auto, offender, and a 9’ section of a copper downspout belonging to the victim were positively identified at the scene. 

The subject was taken into custody and transported to the station. The offender provided voluntary statements implicating himself in five (5) separate theft of copper downspout incidents on the 800 block of Bonnie Brae between January 20th and today’s date.

The offender has been identified as 36-year old Stanley Mark Rozkocha of 7420 W. Belmont in Chicago. Rozkocha has been charged with one (1) count of Theft and has a court date pending at the Maybrook Courthouse on March 1st 2013. Additional charges may be forthcoming and detectives believe Rozkocha’s arrest may assist other agencies with similar ongoing investigations into these types of incidents.

“Our residents need to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or illegal activity immediately. We would like to thank our residents for having the courage to become involved in the criminal justice process.  We partner with them in maintaining a safe community, and in helping make our policing efforts successful.”----Deputy Chief James O’Shea                        

The one copper gutter taken and recovered on this day was worth about $500.00.  These thefts are expensive.

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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