By Devin Rose
Year ends badly for local autos in south Oak Park
Police are investigating several incidents involving broken car windows and windshields from Dec. 28-30 in South Oak Park.
Someone broke the rear windshields on a 2001 Toyota Echo and a 2003 Chevy Cavalier parked in the 1100 block of Highland Avenue and the 1100 block of South Taylor Avenue, Dec. 29-30.
The front windshield was broken on a 2003 Honda CRV, parked in the rear of the 1000 block of South Elmwood Avenue Dec. 29-30. A passenger-side window was broken on a 1998 Subaru Legacy, parked in an alley in the 1100 block of Gunderson Avenue Dec. 28-30, and the rear driver-side window was broken on a 2001 Honda CRV parked in the 1000 block of South Cuyler Avenue, Dec. 29-30.
Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds said there is "absolutely" a possibility that the incidents are related because they occurred in the same area.
An unknown person entered a garage in the 600 block of South Clinton Street, Dec. 25-26, and removed a blue and yellow Cannondale bicycle. Estimated loss is $200.
Someone entered a garage in the 600 block of Iowa Street, Dec. 27, and removed a blue men's Cannondale bicycle. Estimated loss is $599.
An unknown person removed a leopard print purse from a pew at St. Giles Church in the 1000 block of Columbian Avenue, Dec. 24. The purse contained a red and gold wallet with a debit card, make-up and a HTC Sensation cellphone. Estimated loss is $600.
Someone removed a Fed Ex package from the common area of a building in the 800 block of North Austin Boulevard, Dec. 28. The package contained five Blackberry Torch cellphones. Estimated loss is $2,245.
An unknown person removed the air-conditioning unit from the rear of Monique Nicole Salon in the first block of Chicago Avenue, Dec. 28-29. Estimated loss is $5,000.
Someone removed the baby lamb from the life-size nativity scene on a front lawn in the 1000 block of Chicago Avenue, Dec. 28-29. Estimated loss is $500.
An unknown person removed a black Apple iPhone 4S from the shoulder bag of a woman at a dentist's office in the 100 block of North Oak Park Avenue, Dec. 29. Estimated loss is $500.
An unknown person entered a residence in the 700 block of Columbian Avenue, Dec. 26-27, by pushing an air-conditioner unit through a window and removed a laptop computer, a TV and another computer. Estimated loss is undetermined.
Someone entered an apartment in the 500 block of Wesley Avenue, Dec. 27-29, and removed a silver Macbook Pro computer. Estimated loss is $1,200.
An unknown person removed a red Nintendo Wii, six Wii games, a Wii charger, and two jars of coins and cash from a residence in the 1100 block of South Grove Street, Dec. 30. Estimated loss is $1,050.
Someone removed a Macbook computer, an Apple iPad, an Acer tablet, a gold ring and an Apple iTouch from a residence in the 1100 block of South Humphrey Avenue, Jan. 1. Estimated loss is $5,000.
An unknown person broke into a residence hall at Concordia University, 7400 Augusta Avenue, Dec. 19-27, and removed a 37-inch Dynex flat screen TV. Estimated loss is $175.
Motor vehicle theft
An unknown person removed an unlocked, maroon 1997 Dodge Caravan, parked in the rear of the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue, Dec. 27. Estimated loss is unknown.
Burglary to motor vehicle
Someone broke the front passenger-side window of a 2003 Chevy Tahoe in the 200 block of South Marion Street, Dec. 27, and removed the JVC in-dash radio/CD player and three wrapped gifts.
An unknown person entered an unlocked 1996 Honda Civic, parked in the 1000 block of South Lombard Avenue, Dec. 25, and removed two bags containing DVDs and Pilates rings, which were recovered in the rear yard of a residence in the 200 block of Harvard Street, Dec. 28.
Someone entered a vehicle in the 700 block of South Humphrey Avenue, Dec. 29, and removed a black Nike bag containing a silver Nikon digital camera and a pair of black running gloves. Estimated loss is $270.
An unknown person removed a jacket from an unlocked 2001 Chevrolet Impala in the 100 block of Madison Street, Dec. 29. Estimated loss is $960.
A 19-year-old Oak Park resident was walking northbound in the 800 block of Clarence Avenue, Dec. 28, when a silver vehicle pulled up beside him and the driver asked him where he could get sex tapes. The driver then pulled down his pants and revealed his genitals before fleeing northbound from the scene. Police said the two men didn't know each other.
A man walking west in the first block of Harrison Street, Dec. 29, was approached by another man who asked him for a light. As the victim turned around, he was punched in the right side of his face by one of the four offenders. The victim attempted to run but fell to the ground. The offenders took the victim's black backpack, a Toshiba laptop computer, a U.S. passport and a black wallet containing ID and debit cards. The offenders got into a dark blue or black minivan that fled eastbound on Harrison Street. Estimated loss is $995.
An unknown offender approached from behind an employee of Suds 2000 in the 6000 block of North Avenue, Dec. 31, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The offender then removed $50 in cash from the victim's apron.
Driving under the influence
A 26-year-old Chicago man was arrested in the 500 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, Dec. 31, after his car hit a tree in the parkway. Vincent Liceaga, of the 7100 block of South Mozart Street, had fallen asleep at the wheel and officers were unable to wake him when they arrived at the scene. He refused a breathalyzer test.
A 21-year-old Melrose Park man was arrested, Dec. 28, for driving under the influence after his vehicle crashed into a tree in the 300 block of Lathrop Avenue. Angel Rivera Jr., of the 100 block of North 12th Avenue, had a blood alcohol level of 0.237, nearly three times the legal limit of .08.
A 26-year-old Chicago woman was arrested Dec. 24 by Forest Park police in the 900 block of North Harlem Avenue for driving under the influence and endangering the life of a child. Shakira Campbell had a blood alcohol level of 0.154 after she was stopped for speeding and the officer smelled alcohol on her breath. A three-month-old baby was inside the vehicle.
These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Dec. 27-Jan. 2, 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.