By Jean Lotus
Caught with the vodka on New Year's Eve
River Forest police arrested a 25-year-old Lombard man in the parking lot of Jewel, 7525 Lake St. Store security observed him allegedly hiding three bottles of vodka totaling $116 and leaving the store around 4 p.m., Dec. 31. Since he had a prior retail theft conviction, he was charged with felony theft.
River Forest police responded to the Verizon wireless shop at 7261 Lake St. around 7 p.m., Jan. 2, after an unknown man asked to look at a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 tablet and then fled the store with it. The loss was valued at more than $800.
River Forest police said a resident in the first block of Franklin Avenue reported $700 was removed from the house sometime between October-January. The victim suspected the money was removed by a cleaning crew. Police will continue to investigate.
A woman reported that someone removed her black leather purse from a business in the 400 block of Chicago Avenue between 4 and 5 p.m., Jan. 9. The purse contained a green wallet, identification, credit cards and house keys. The loss was estimated at $117.
A woman said an unknown man lifted her black leather "hobo" trifold wallet from her purse around 1 p.m., Jan. 4, in the 900 block of Lake Street and fled. The wallet contained cash, a driver's license, credit cards, blank checks and miscellaneous papers. Loss was estimated at $180.
A purple leather wallet was removed from a woman's purse as it hung on that back of her chair in an establishment in the 1100 block of Lake Street between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., Jan. 5. The wallet contained credit cards, driver's license and cash. Loss was estimated at $190.
Someone removed a black and silver iPhone from a student backpack at Oak Park and River Forest High School around 1:30 p.m., Jan 9. Loss was reported as $150.
A black 2004 Lincoln LS was removed from the 400 block of Home Avenue, Jan. 3-5. Total loss was estimated at $6,000.
A Blue Cab driver told police a woman in her 20s got out of the cab she took from Lyons to the 200 block of Washington Boulevard around 5 p.m. and ran inside without paying the $21.85 fare.
Oak Park police said a house in the 1100 block of Wenonah Avenue was burglarized sometime between Dec. 29 and Jan. 3. Removed were a laptop, an iPod and some power tools. Loss was reported at $584.
Someone broke into a residence in the 600 block of Washington Boulevard by using a pry tool to break the front door lock between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Dec. 31. Once inside, thieves removed five watches, a speaker, video games and accessories, game console, laptop, tablet and digital camera. They also damaged a gun cabinet. Loss was estimated at $8,650.
Approximately 40 feet of copper piping was removed from the basement ceiling of a vacant apartment in the 200 block of Iowa Street sometime between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3. Estimated loss was reported at $60.
A house in the 700 block of South Taylor Avenue was entered during the evening of Jan. 3 by breaking a rear basement window and forcing it open. Missing were Nikon D7000 camera, various camera accessories, a jewelry box containing bracelets, necklaces, a passport, 10 pairs of earrings and a class ring. Total estimated loss is $4,230.
Someone gained entrance to a house in the 900 block of Wenonah Avenue, overnight Jan. 3-4, through a closed but unlocked rear window. Once inside, offenders ransacked several rooms and removed a black laptop, two iPads, an antique watch and cash. The total loss was estimated at $3,725.
An unlocked garage in the 400 block of North Cuyler Avenue was burglarized sometime between Dec. 29 and Jan. 3. Burglars ransacked an unlocked red Fiat and removed a TomTom GPS unit. Loss was estimated at $300. A bike was removed from an unlocked garage in the 600 block of North Lombard Avenue during the day Jan. 4. A locked garage in the 100 block of Ridgeland was broken into by unknown means during the morning of Jan. 6. Removed were a snowblower and chainsaw. Estimated loss was $350.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Dec. 31-Jan. 4 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.
—Compiled by Jean Lotus
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