OP cops grab Chicago robbery suspects

Armed robberies continue despite arrests

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Oak Park and Chicago police continue to make arrests of armed robbery suspects as they contend with a wave of street, transit line and small business robberies in Chicago's 15th District and the village.

Oak Park officers, responding to a radio call of an attempted armed street robbery by two men in Austin, stopped a car on the 500 block of S. Austin shortly after 10 a.m., Jan. 15. Chicago police spokesman John Mirabelli said Darnell D. DeMary, 36, of Chicago and Tommy C. Brothers, 41, of Bellwood, were identified by the victim of an attempted armed robbery on the 5400 block of Washington. A black BB gun, replicating a semi-automatic pistol, was recovered from the car.

The arrests come as both departments work to address a rash of armed robberies. There were a total of 53 armed robberies with guns in Austin's 15th District between Dec. 12 and Jan. 10, including 38 armed street robberies. Six robberies occurred on the Green Line between 4800 West (Cicero Ave.) and 5800 West, Dec. 18-30, and another six robberies occurred on the Austin border or within a block of Oak Park.

"We're evaluating whether these guys are involved in any open Oak Park cases," Oak Park Detective Commander Clemet Harbour said of DeMary and Brothers.

Saturday night, Chicago tactical officers grabbed Rasaan Smith, 31, of the 5800 block of W. Lake, and Antonio Sercye, 35, of Riverside, after they allegedly robbed a store on the 5800 block of North Ave. The two men had been under surveillance for about two weeks. Harbour said Sercye, who goes by the nickname "Binky," stands 6-feet-5 and weighs 305 pounds, should be rather easy to identify.

Underscoring the challenge police face, just before 10 p.m. Jan. 18, a man described as mid-20s to mid-30s, 5-feet-7, with medium build, wearing a hoodie, walked up to a clerk in the 7-11 convenience store, 661 South Blvd., displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the money from the cash register. After the clerk turned over $180 from two registers, the man ran off eastbound on South Boulevard.

Theft from person

An Oak Park man walking down the exit ramp of a village parking garage at 938 Lake around 6:30 p.m., Jan. 18, was approached by two teenagers. One said, "What's up," as the other reached into the man's back pocket and pulled out his wallet. When the man pushed the second thief away from him, the two ran off with his $20.

Theft from person

Thomas, 54, was arrested after allegedly stealing deodorant and pain relievers from the Walgreen's, 7251 Lake, on Jan. 14.

Burglary

Oak Park detectives arrested Richard Marciss on Jan. 15 at his home on the 200 block of South Blvd. They charged Marciss, 35, with the Christmas night burglary of the Matter of Style Hair Salon, during which a large glass window was smashed and $1,400 in cash stolen from a register.

Around 3:45 a.m., Jan. 12, a woman who lives on the 400 block of South Taylor saw a man standing at the top of her stairway. She chased him down the stairs and out the unlocked rear sliding doors, past the 27-inch television he'd placed on the back porch. Her cellphone, two PDAs and her wallet were missing.

Overnight, Jan. 12, the front door of a residence on the 100 block of Washington was forced open, and electronics and jewelry, valued at $695, were stolen.

During the day, Jan. 13, the lobby door of an apartment building on the 300 block of Wisconsin was pried open as well as the door of one apartment. A wrist watch, various jewelry and antique coins, valued in total at $3,470, were stolen.

Overnight Jan. 13, the window of a car on the 500 block of N. Lombard was broken and a stereo, a pop-up video and a wallet were stolen.

Overnight Jan. 13, the rear door of a drycleaner on the 6400 block of North Ave. was pried open and $50 stolen from the register.

Overnight Jan. 14, a snowblower, valued at $350, was stolen from an open garage on the 800 block of Woodbine.

Jan. 11-13, a snowblower and battery charger, valued in total at $560, were stolen from an open garage on the 1150 block of Wenonah.

A snowblower was stolen from a garage on the 200 block of Gale, overnight Jan. 13.

The side door of a garage on the 1100 block of South Euclid was broken by brute force, overnight Jan. 11, and a $300 bike stolen.

A car parked in a lot on the 100 block of North Humphrey had its window broken and was ransacked overnight, Jan. 16. Another car on that same block also had a side window broken and various papers stolen.

Six packages of Italian beef, valued at $360, were stolen the morning of Jan. 15 from an unattended delivery truck outside the Jewel, 7036 Roosevelt.

Thieves entered a garage on the 900 block of Pleasant through an unlocked side door, the afternoon of Jan. 17, and stole electric tools valued at $225.

The afternoon of Jan. 14, a child's tote bag was stolen from a car parked in the Jewel, 7525 Lake.

Criminal damage to property

Charles E. Harris, 29, of Chicago was identified by a resident of the 1000 block of South Austin as the man who allegedly kicked in his rear door, the night of Jan. 12, then ran off.

Drug possession

Thomas R. Lawson, 28, who was paroled from prison, Dec. 15, on a drug conviction, was a passenger in a car stopped on the 5900 block of Washington, the afternoon of Jan. 15. Police say they found five baggies on Lawson containing a total of 1.5 grams of heroin.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19. Not all incidents are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

-Compiled by Bill Dwyer

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