River Forest police link man to bike thefts
Erik L. Ingram
Updated: September 3, 2012 9:24AM
Police say they’ve connected a Streamwood man with 10 area bike thefts during the past summer.
River Forest police arrested Erik L. Ingram, 29, of 112 Woodcrest Circle, Streamwood, at 1:56 p.m. Aug. 22 at Thomas and Keystone avenues. Police allege Ingram had stolen a bike from a bike rack in front of the Performing Arts building on the campus of Dominican University.
Police said Ingram was also found with eight small plastic bags of suspected heroin.
During their investigation, police said they linked Ingram to about 10 bike thefts that had taken place at local schools since June. Efforts to recover the bikes, which police allege Ingram had already sold, are ongoing.
On Aug. 23, 2012, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved Class 4 felony theft charges against Ingram, police said. A felony possession of a controlled substance charge was also filed against him.
The West Suburban Enhanced Gang and Drug Task Force assisted River Forest police in conducting surveillance of the area after police noticed a pattern of stolen bicycles from the schools.
Police urge residents to register their bikes at the River Forest Police Department or through their schools, if possible.