Oak Park police said a man wearing a full mask and dark clothing failed to crack the safe at a payday loan store in the 6400 block of North Avenue after cutting a hole in the wall of the vacant storefront next door.
River Forest's new 105-foot "quint" fire truck/engine was damaged Thanksgiving morning around 9 a.m. A driver en route to get fuel miscalculated the height of a viaduct at Central and Keystone and smashed into the bridge.
An Oak Park man was approached in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard around 11:30 p.m., Nov. 20, by five men. One asked him if he had any weed for sale. When the victim responded no, one offender punched him in the face and the victim dropped his iPhone and fled. Total estimated loss was $250.
An unknown man, roughly 18 years old, approached a 40-year-old man around 3 p.m. in the first block of Pleasant Avenue, Nov. 10, displayed a black handgun and said, "What's good?" The victim struck the offender who fled.
Oak Park police warned residents Nov. 13 to secure window and door locks after a series of overnight burglaries that took place during the early morning hours in single family homes in the 800 blocks of South Kenilworth and Clinton Avenues and in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Elmwood and Scoville Avenues.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97 is still working with Oak Park police to investigate the summertime theft of 47 brand new iPad mini tablets from the D97 administration building, said Director of Policy, Planning and Communications Chris Jasculca.
River Forest police arrested Brian Johnson, 28, of Chicago, whom they said was involved in three residential burglaries over the summer. The burglaries took place July 23 in the 700 block of Forest Avenue, Aug. 2 in the 1000 block of Franklin Avenue, and Aug. 2 in the 1000 block of Thatcher Avenue. Police said they are still seeking a second offender in connection with the burglaries.
A 15-year-old Oak Park juvenile was arrested at Oak Park and River Forest High School by Oak Park police Nov. 4 after allegedly striking another male student, age 15, with an open hand on the ear during a morning hallway passing period.