River Forest arrests clear Oak Park, Elmwood Park burglaries
Kephren M. Ferguson, 23
Updated: August 20, 2012 10:58AM
RIVER FOREST — The arrest of two Chicago men in a string of burglaries has cleared vehicle burglary cases in Oak Park and Elmwood Park, River Forest police reported.
Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of William Avenue at 11:50 p.m. July 10 for a 911 call of two suspicious persons in the area. Two men fled when police showed up, but were caught in a yard on the 900 block of Clinton after a brief foot chase.
Koji D. Roberts, 21, of 5098 W. Monroe, and Kephren M. Ferguson, 23, of 5355 W. Henderson St., were arrested.
“A canvas of the area in which (Roberts and Ferguson) were first seen revealed a vehicle that had been burglarized,” said Sgt. Mke Thornley.
Additionally, Roberts dropped his brown leather wallet in the 900 block of Clinton during the chase. Police said it contained personal identifying information connected to the car burglary in the 800 block of William.
“In close proximity ... an Illinois State Identification Card belonging to Roberts was also located,” said Thornley.
Detectives and plain clothes patrol division officers started to piece together other similar burglaries.
“It was determined that both Roberts and Ferguson had been responsible for this and several burglaries to auto that had occurred within the last week in this same geographical area,” said Thornley.
River Forest police also searched both suspects’ homes and recovered GPS devices, according to police reports. One of the devices was tracked to a car burglary on the 200 block of Kenilworth Avenue in Oak Park. The other to an Elmwood Park vehicle burglary.
The victim in Elmwood Park reportedly declined to press charges. Oak Park police said Ferguson and Roberts “admitted to their involvement in the (200 N. Kenilworth burglary) after being arrested by River Forest on other charges.”
“They both gave statements and we were able to get charges approved,” said Oak Park Sgt. Mike Richardson.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office approved one count of Class 2 felony burglary charges against both Roberts and Ferguson in the River Forest burglary. Three other burglaries were tied to the men, but police did not seek charges.
Ferguson is being held without bond awaiting a court hearing on unrelated charges in the third judicial circuit in the northern suburbs. In August 2011, according to reports in Pioneer Press, he was arrested in Evanston and charged with auto theft.