A laptop serial number entered into a database by employees at Cash America pawn shop, 6303 W. North Ave., helped Oak Park police trace the computer to a Sept. 3 burglary in the 1300 block of North Harlem Avenue, police said.
Hammer-wielding man threatens dog: Two boys, age 12 and 13, walking a dog in the 700 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, the evening of Aug. 22, were approached by a 34-year-old man who pulled a hammer from his waistband and allegedly told them he would kill their dog.
A customer at the BP gas station at Harrison Street and Austin Boulevard was pumping gas, around 6 p.m. Aug. 10, when a man with a tattoo on his neck reached through the open window and displayed a kitchen knife. The victim told police the man snatched a $100 bill from the driver's hand and fled eastbound into Columbus Park.
He was an ambitious shopkeeper who parlayed his understanding of women's shopping trends into a fortune, and she was a former teen customer, 20 years his junior, daughter of a real estate tycoon. The scene was 1870 Chicago, the beginning of the "Gilded Age."