River Forest police charge Chicago man with theft
Updated: December 2, 2012 6:11AM
RIVER FOREST — A Chicago man has been charged with theft and possession of a controlled substance by River Forest police.
Robert Gardner, 19, of 5432 West Congress Parkway was arrested on Wednesday and charged with theft and possession of a controlled substance. Police said he also had an outstanding residential burglary warrant from the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.
According to a River Forest press release, at 3 p.m. Oct. 23, a back pack and its contents were reported stolen from the Concordia University weight room. The victim said he left his back pack in the weight room overnight and reported it stolen the next morning.
Police said they identified Gardner as a suspect through their investigation. There is video surveillance all over Concordia’s campus, River Forest Deputy Police Chief Craig Rutz said.
“Concordia security did a great job on this and were assisted by the WEDGE Task Force,” Rutz said Thursday. “Once they identified Gardner, the officers knew him by sight and were able to spot him on the street.”
Police said they identified Gardner as a suspect through their investigation, and on Oct. 24, an officer spotted him walking on Lake Street near the Oak Park Public Library. The officer approached, Gardner reportedly ran, and a brief foot chase occurred.
Gardner was taken into custody on the 200 block of North Kenilworth in Oak Park. An Oct. 25 bond hearing at the Maybrook Courthouse is scheduled.