Oak Park police reports-Jan. 13-19

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Pizza deliveryman robbed at gun point

A pizza delivery employee was held up at gunpoint around 10 p.m., Jan. 13, while making a delivery in the 500 block of North Humphrey Avenue. The victim told police an unknown male, approximately 15 years old, emerged from behind a building and displayed a handgun, demanding everything the victim had. The delivery man dropped his cellphone to the ground, which the robber snatched up. The offender then removed $90 in cash from the victim's pocket and fled on foot behind a building. 

Armed robbery

Police said a man was robbed in the 800 block of North Humphrey Avenue about 7:20 p.m., Jan 15, when a stranger asked to borrow his cellphone. The offender displayed a handgun and told the victim to empty his pockets. The man stole the victim's wallet, $20 and an iPhone. The offender then entered a large gray or brown vehicle with tinted windows, which drove northbound on Austin Boulevard. Total estimated loss was $470.

Theft

A woman's black leather wallet was removed from her purse, the evening of Jan. 11, in the 1100 block of Lake Street. The wallet contained U.S. and Canadian currency, a debit card and miscellaneous IDs. Estimated loss was $400.

Wallets and a watch were removed from lockers in the 1000 block of Lake Street on Jan. 9, 11 and 12. 

An unattended purse was removed from a Laundromat in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue while its owner was taking care of laundry around 11:30 p.m., Jan. 17. Two men were observed by a witness rifling through a purse in the rear lot of the business shortly thereafter. The purse was recovered in the lot minus $3, some credit cards and a CTA card.

An iPhone was reportedly removed from the pocket of an unattended coat at the Berkshire Nursing Rehabilitation Center in the 6900 block of North Avenue, the morning of Jan. 19. Loss was estimated at $520.

An iPhone 5C was removed from an unattended gym bag in the pool area at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue, the evening of Jan. 16. 

A juvenile was observed in a surveillance video removing the tip jar from the counter of Cold Stone Creamery in the 100 block of Marion Street around 8:30 p.m., Jan 19. Loss was estimated at $25. 

Mischief

A 29-year-old man turned himself in to Oak Park police, Jan. 17, after he was identified as the person who threw a rock at the doorway of a neighbor's residence in the 500 block of South Harvey Avenue around 3 a.m., Jan. 11, damaging the door. He was charged with criminal damage to property.

A 31-year-old driver from Bensenville was arrested in the 1100 block of Lake Street around midnight, Jan. 12, after leaving the scene of an accident. He was charged with DUI, failure to give aid, and vehicle violations. 

A juvenile at Oak Park and River Forest High School was arrested, Jan. 17, and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis. He was processed, referred to juvenile court and released to his legal guardian.

Burglary 

Someone entered a house in the 1000 block of Hayes Avenue through an unlocked basement door, the morning of Jan. 10. Removed were two iPads, an iPod, a 37-inch Vizio TV and 2 Apple Mac laptops. Loss was estimated at $7,000.

Someone kicked in the front door of a house in the 800 block of South Taylor Avenue, the morning of Jan. 10. All three levels of the house were ransacked, but residents initially reported only a social security card missing.

Person(s) unknown entered a residence in the 900 block of North Boulevard, Jan. 15-17, by unknown means. The home was ransacked and a gold and diamond bracelet, a watch and cash were removed. Total estimated loss was $10,400.  

Burglars removed wooden slats separating two basement storage units in the 1000 block of North Harlem Avenue to gain access to a unit sometime between Dec. 14 and Jan. 19. Removed were a 27-inch black television, a Kenmore window unit air conditioner, a comforter and a suitcase. Loss was estimated at $350.

A resident in the 100 block of South Harvey Avenue was alerted to the presence of a burglar in his home around 1 p.m., Jan 16, after hearing someone kick in the back door while the victim was in the basement. The victim confronted the unknown man, who fled out the front door. Damage to the door was estimated at $100.

An unsecured bike was removed from the basement common area of an apartment building in the 1000 block of Augusta sometime between Jan. 7 and 15.  

Garage burglaries

Garages in the 800 block of Wenonah Avenue, the 800 and 700 blocks of Home Avenue, and the 800 blocks of Kenilworth and Clinton avenues were burglarized after someone kicked in the side service doors and broke windows overnight, Jan. 16-17.  

Vehicle crimes

An unlocked Toyota Celica parked in the 1100 block of South Lyman Avenue, overnight Jan. 12, was ransacked. 

The catalytic converter was removed from a parked 2002 Chevy Cavalier in the 900 block of South Lombard Avenue by means of a cutting device, Jan. 12-13. Estimated loss was $1,100. 

Another catalytic converter was removed from a 1999 Chevy Malibu, overnight Jan 16-17, in the lot in the 200 block of North Austin Boulevard. 

Another Cavalier lost its catalytic converter during the day, Jan. 14, in the first block of North Boulevard.

Chicago police recovered a white 1996 Oldsmobile, Jan. 19, in the 4700 block of West Washington Boulevard and made three arrests. The car had been reported stolen from the village parking lot in the 500 block of South Boulevard on Jan. 16.

A Nissan Xterra, reported stolen from Oak Park on Dec. 28, was actually towed by S&S Towing in Melrose Park. Oak Park police removed the car from the stolen auto registry.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Jan. 13-19 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

Reader Comments

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joe from south oak park  

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 5:58 PM

OP- i cannot agree more. however, technically wouldn't that be the age card being that we are talking about an old lady? :)

OP guy  

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 12:53 PM

Joe, it is sad that niceness has to be withdrawn to protect one self from the possibility of falling victim. Profiling is also an unfortunate necessity... and before someone pulls the race card, I'll say this; If an old lady walks up to me and asks to use my phone, I'd be happy to oblige, but if it's a couple of men that are acting suspicious, I'm obviously not going to stop. Unfortunately people worry more about coming across as rude than the are about their own safety.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 11:15 AM

A few months back, I was just west of the wrigleyville neighborhood trying to find out of a seminar that i was planning to attend was moved or rescheduled. (was more than a little surprised to walk into a sword fighting class at the address on the registration) While looking for a payphone, a lady offered to let me use her cell phone, I declined. Surprisingly the 'niceness' of the midwest still wins out even in the big city. Sadly it's this same sentiment that makes folks easy targets.

Real List  

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 10:16 AM

The armed robbery is another example of why you can't stop and engage strangers anymore on our streets. The poor soul who is indeed lost and in need of only directions is blown off. Why chance the conversation? They ask to "borrow" your phone, only to see if it's worth stealing. Or to hit you up for money, then harass you when you don't give them any. Of course, you could "profile" and use common logic and statistics and engage accordingly, but that would be wrong. Or would it?

Paul Kersey  

Posted: January 21st, 2014 10:52 PM

Pizza dudes get held up at gun point, armed robberies in the early evening, kids getting strangled and robbed in back alleys... and it's not even warm outside yet. I'm so glad I moved to Oak Park, because I really like the Mad Max movies, and I'm looking forward to being able to experience it first hand right here.

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