Oak Park and River Forest police reports - Jan. 24-30

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Mutual acquaintance leads victim to car thief

A 19-year-old man, staying in Oak Park, was arrested on Jan. 23 for possession of a stolen motor vehicle after he took a Pontiac G6 that belonged to an acquaintance.

James Ussery allegedly stole a purse that belonged to a 46-year-old woman he used to stay with from her office in the 1000 block of Lake Street, Jan. 17. Police said he used keys inside the purse to remove the car. Police were able to trace Ussery to the 900 block of South Wesley Avenue, where he was staying with an acquaintance who told the woman he was there. Ussery was held for bond hearings.

Burglary/damage to motor vehicle

A 17-year-old from Chicago was arrested, Jan. 23, after he was observed exiting a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica in the 800 block of North Humphrey Avenue and walking away from the scene. The offender was in possession of a plastic bag containing $8.45, which had been removed from the vehicle.

Someone broke the driver's side rear window of a 1997 green Ford Expedition parked in the alley of the 1000 block of North Lombard Avenue, Jan. 23, and removed a car radio. Estimated loss is $350.

An unknown person removed the bumper, grill and front Illinois license plate from a 2001 Lincoln Continental that was parked in the 400 block of South Oak Park Avenue, Jan. 23. Estimated loss is $1,050.

Someone damaged the passenger side rear door lock to a 2005 white Chevy express van parked in an alley in the 200 block of South Maple Avenue, Jan. 24. Estimated damage is $150.

An unknown person used a pry-type tool to enter a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix parked in a lot in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard, Jan. 25. Once inside, the offender peeled the steering column and damaged ignition wires. Estimated damage is $1,000.

Someone entered an unlocked 2007 Honda Odyssey parked in the 900 block of Monroe Street, Jan. 22-23, and removed three portable DVD players. Estimated loss is $450.

An unknown person damaged the rear driver's side tire of a Ford Escape parked in the rear of the 400 block of North Marion Street, Jan. 26-27. Estimated damage is $166.

Someone removed a catalytic converter from underneath a red 2000 Jeep Cherokee parked in the rear of the 700 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, Jan. 28-29. Estimated loss is $300.

An unknown person broke the driver's side window of a 1994 Toyota Previa in the 300 block of North Elmwood Avenue, Jan. 28-29, and removed a gray and silver Dell laptop computer. Estimated loss is $1,250.

Theft/theft arrest

An unknown man exited the driver's side door of a maroon minivan, Jan. 23, and removed a red bike locked to a bike rack in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue. He placed the bike inside the minivan, got inside and drove away. Estimated loss is $100.

Someone cut a spiral cord lock and removed a silver and maroon men's 26-inch Power Climber bicycle locked to the bike rack in the first block of North Ridgeland Avenue, Jan. 25. Estimated loss is $115.

A black rain barrel was removed from the rear of the 1100 block of South Lombard Avenue, Jan. 24. Estimated loss is $60.

A 41-year-old Chicago man was arrested in the 700 block of Garfield Street, Jan. 25, while he was using a small cutting instrument to steal a bike locked to a rack. Once in custody, a search revealed Michael Fisher had Nyquil and multiple boxes of Advil and Aleve, police said. After reviewing surveillance video from CVS in the 6700 block of Roosevelt Road, officers discovered he had taken the items in his jacket and left without paying earlier the same day. Fisher was charged with felony retail theft for allegedly taking items from the CVS in the 300 block of Madison Street on Jan. 22.

Someone removed the air-conditioning condenser unit from the north side of a building in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue, Jan. 24-25. Estimated loss is $1,500.

An unknown person was seen on video surveillance removing a 42-inch television from Cash America in the 6300 block of North Avenue, Jan. 25. The man entered a 2000 white or silver Buick Regal and was last seen heading southbound on Ridgeland Avenue. Estimated loss is $550.

Someone removed 30 feet of copper tubing from a fountain head in the 6000 block of North Avenue, Jan. 23-25. Estimated loss is $150.

A student at Concordia University reported on Jan. 23 that an unknown person entered a locker at the Kretzman Music Building and removed a Paul Hart cello. Estimated loss is $20,000.

An unknown person removed a black Apple iPhone 4 from a desk at the Oak Park Public Library in the 800 block of Lake Street, Jan. 27. Estimated loss is $600.

Someone removed eighteen 4-foot-by-1-foot and twelve 4-foot-by-14-inch concrete forms from the backyard of a residence in the 1000 block of South Elmwood Avenue, Jan. 19-22. Estimated loss is $2,394.

An unknown person entered an unlocked locker at Fitness Formula Club in the 1100 block of Lake Street, Jan. 27, and removed a black LG Optima cellphone, a blue portable Nintendo DS and a video game. Estimated loss is $300.

An unknown person removed a UPS package with an AT&T U-Verse modem from the lobby of a building in the 300 block of South Maple Avenue on Jan. 26. A resident of the building saw a woman leaving the lobby with two boxes in her hands. Estimated loss is $100.


An unknown male offender grabbed a black Apple iPhone 3 from the hand of a Lincolnwood resident, Jan. 27, in the first block of Chicago Avenue before running east. Estimated loss is $600.

Criminal damage to property arrest

A 25-year-old Chicago woman was arrested Jan. 27 after she had a verbal altercation with a cashier at McDonald's in the 100 block of Madison Street. The woman was charged with criminal damage to property after she pushed a glass cookie display case to the floor and broke it. Estimated loss is $200.

Residential burglary

Someone entered an apartment in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue, Jan. 27, through an unlocked kitchen window and removed a gold ring with a ruby stone, a Visa gift card, a pink and black pocket knife, a red and blue hat and miscellaneous jewelry. Estimated loss is $660.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Jan. 24-30, 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.

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Violet Aura  

Posted: February 4th, 2012 2:03 PM

J.G. Morales: If the person is on the loose, any detail, even simply the color of skin is something to go on. I agree that it's still a needle in the haystack but I feel that as much info as possible can be vital. One example: sometimes criminals brag to other people about what they did (or give someone an item that was stolen) and even just the description of race, age, height, weight could clue in those who might suspect he was the perp.


Posted: February 3rd, 2012 11:47 PM

I used to believe you had a point about race not being mentioned. But, thinking about it now, what would be the point? If an article read that a white male in his mid-20s robbed the 7-11, would that bring the criminal to justice? Would it make community members more aware that they should be leery of all white males in their 20s? Without a photo or sketch, or something *more* than race to go by, it's rather pointless. I don't mean to be snarky, but I think I can see the value in the omission.

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 1st, 2012 2:14 PM

Irony alert: For the robbery, an "unknown male offender" (gee, the victim knew he was male but that's it for descriptors, eh?) grabbed a BLACK Apple iPhone 3 (why is the color of the frigging phone pertinent to the story and by the way, I didn't know they made BLACK iPhones!)! LMAO!

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