? The following contains incidents reported to the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Jan. 9 through Jan. 16. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.
A teenager in a grey hooded sweatshirt approached a man in the parking lot of the Quikmart, 622 W. Madison, around 7:20 p.m. Jan. 13 and displayed a small black hand gun. He demanded money and took $10 off the man. The offender then entered the cab of a nearby semi-tractor trailer truck and demanded money from its driver. The driver turned over two Nextel cell phones, house keys and a gas card. The teenager then ran to a teal blue Ford Thunderbird parked in the 400 block of Wesley and drove off with two other men.
Police are considering if another armed robbery may have been committed by the suspect sought in a Dec. 2 robbery of Talbots clothing in River Forest. A man described as in his late 30's or early 40's walked into Claire's Accessories, 407 N. Harlem just after 6 p.m. on Jan 11. After browsing a bit, he took some items to the counter, then pulled a hand gun and told the clerk "Leave." The clerk did, and the man removed some $200 from the cash drawer and fled on foot.
"There's a lot of things that match up (between the two incidents)," Oak Park Deputy Police Chief Robert Scianna said Monday. Among the similarities are the description and comp[osite]sketch of the suspect.
Burglars were busy in Oak Park last week, hitting homes, a business and several cars, with losses in some instances in the thousands of dollars. Burglars broke a 16-inch x16-inch window on a rear door in the 800 block of South Humphrey during the daylight hours on Jan. 10. After unlocking the deadbolt, the thieves then ransacked the house and stole a VCR/DVD player, a computer with a 17-inch flat screen, a printer, fax scanner, miscellaneous jewelry, and a passport. As they left with some $13,830, they left the rear door open.
? The rear door jamb of Zephyr Cleaners, 130 Chicago Ave., was broken with a pry tool overnight on Jan. 12. Stolen were 2 floor length "mink-like" coats, a silver fox coat, a knee length coat, and two other coats. The loss is undetermined as yet.
? On Jan. 11 sometime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., burglars cut the phone lines, then pried open a rear door in the 400 block of North Elmwood. They ransacked the upstairs bedroom and took a jewelry box, miscellaneous coins, savings bonds, credit cards and a check book. Loss was estimated at $6,750.
? Someone pried open the front door of a home in the 200 block of South Oak Park Ave. the afternoon of Jan. 12. They stole a computer, monitor, 38 CDs, a DVD player, a modem, speakers, and a digital camera. Loss was $2,395.
? Someone broke the rear door lock of a home in the 1100 block of Lyman during the day Jan. 11. They stole a gold ring and $80 cash.
Burglary to vehicles
Someone entered an unlocked 1996 Mercury Sable parked in the 800 block of Fair Oaks overnight Jan. 10-11. Once inside they stole a card containing a $10,000 check. A stop payment was put on the check.
? Someone entered an unlocked Dodge Durango parked in the 900 block of Lake St., the morning of Jan. 12 and stole a computer and carrying case, palm pilot, radar detector, and other accessories. Loss was $5,000.
Persons unknown removed a coin operated auto tire air pump from its base at the Amoco station, 520 S. Austin Blvd., overnight on Jan. 9-10.
Three male Chicago juveniles were arrested around 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 after they allegedly struck a man in the face with a shoe in the Szechwan Beijing, 1107 South Blvd. They also refused to leave after being asked.
Domestic battery arrest
Jorge Sanchez, 22, of 6026 Roosevelt Rd., was arrested around 12:45 a.m. Jan. 13 after allegedly using both hands to choke a woman, then punching her in the arm
Fire fighters responded to a burning 2000 Dodge mini-van in the 1150 block of South Harvey just after 8 p.m. on Jan. 14. Several witnesses observed the van being driven to the Harvey address by an unidentified male and female prior to the fire. Fire personnel categorized the fire as arson, since the fire started in the rear of the vehicle and not near the engine. Fully intact when stolen, the van was missing it's rear hatch back when recovered.The vehicle, which was reported stolen by its owner in Willowbrook earlier that night, was valued at $10,000.
A man took an unknown number of CDs and DVDs from Borders Books, 1144 Lake St., late on Jan. 10.
Jose Arroyo, 33, of Chicago was allegedly observed driving in the parking lane multiple times, then crossing into oncoming traffic the night of Jan. 12. He was pulled over near Division and Oak Park Ave. An investigation reportedly determined he was driving under the influence.
Marian J. Jovanovic, 46, of 1951 S. Euclid, Berwyn, was stopped for "numerous traffic violations" around 6 a.m. on Jan. 10. Besides reportedly having an outstanding Cook County warrant for Violation of Conditions, she was allegedly driving with a suspended license, and while her registration was suspended for non-insurance.
Chicago cops bust three OP/RF residents
Three local people were among the 40 individuals arrested in a Double Play, or reverse sting operation in the Austin neighborhood on Saturday, Jan. 8. Norman Axelrod, 46, of Oak Park was charged with attempted purchase of a controlled substance, as was Sylvia LaCarz 25, of River Forest. The two allegedly attempted to buy drugs in the 900 block of North Lawlor.
Also arrested by 15th District tactical officers in the sting was Anthony Coral, 29, a parolee living in River Forest. Coral, who has two Retail Theft convictions, was paroled from the Shawnee Correctional Center in October after serving less than six months of a two year sentence.