Oak Park police responding to a slew of calls reporting BB related damage Sunday night arrested three Oak Park teenagers and two juveniles on charges of criminal damage to property. Last weekend alone saw some 20 incidents of criminal damage to motor vehicles, as well as other property, the majority of them involving BBs. Related damage in the attacks was estimated at anywhere from $75 to $750 per incident.
"There were like five or six of us on one side of the street cleaning up glass," said a vandalism victim who lives in the 700 block of Clarence and who asked not to be identified. "It's just the stupidity of it," she added.
Cars weren't the only targets, however. On Friday afternoon two Oak Park residents reported that a black gloved hand holding a black Uzi semi-automatic BB gun reached out the rear driver's side window of an older model four door Toyota with tinted windows as it drove west bound on Lake Street near East Avenue. One of the victims was then struck in the bicep and the other on the hip, and the car fled west bound on Lake.
Throughout the remainder of the weekend, police contended with numerous other reports of BBs vandalism to both cars and residences. Sunday night five South Oak Park residences were shot at within 10 minutes, and police soon after stopped a Toyota for a traffic offense that matched the description of the one allegedly involved in the Friday drive-by shooting.
A search of the car turned up two BB guns stored under the front seat, as well as a plastic bottle of BBs. Police arrested Brian C. Maxwell, 19, of 508 S. Cuyler; Randy C. Welch, 19, of 26 Madison; and Alexander Perez-Felix of 1142 S. Maple, as well as an Oak Park and Chicago juvenile.
A clearly perturbed and frustrated Deputy Chief of Police Bob Scianna said Monday that it was up to the Oak Park public and others communities to take action on the sale of BB guns.
"Until we decide enough is enough, and decide to ban these things, this is going to happen again and again," he said.
? Alfred Phillips, 19, of Chicago was stopped in the 100 block of South Oak Park Ave. the night of Oct. 4 and allegedly found in possession of objects reported stolen earlier from a residence in the 100 block of South Kenilworth.
? Sometime during the day Oct. 3 someone broke a basement window of a house in the 900 block of North Humphrey. They stole two digital cameras and assorted jewelry with a total estimated value of $3,500.
Christopher C. Meyer, 53, of 1135 Erie was arrested the afternoon of Oct. 4 after being positively identified as the man who had allegedly been "brushing up against" female customers in a store in the 700 block of Lake Street, and allegedly looking down their shirts. The investigating officer subsequently determined that Meyer was in possession of a camcorder, which he allegedly intentionally placed under the women's skirts without their authority.
Five youths between 13 and 16 years of age knocked an Oak Park youth off his bike in the 600 block of North Taylor Ave. around 7 p.m. Oct. 7. They also punched and kicked the youth in the head before running off with his bike, valued at $150.
Burglary to motor vehicle
? Thieves broke the side window of a 1998 Ford Cargo van parked in the 800 block of North Austin Blvd. overnight on Oct. 4. They stole a metal box said to contain $1,500 and six bottles of liquor. Total loss was estimated at $1,945.
? Taking advantage of an unlocked door, someone entered a 2002 Toyota Sienna in the 300 block of Madison the evening of Oct. 5. Stolen was a purse containing a Palm Pilot and several computer accessories, with a total value of $1,140.
? In addition, there were five reports of criminal damage to vehicles, all on Oct. 7, that likely were attempted break ins. All involved broken windows that caused between $75 and $250 in loss. The incidents took place on the following blocks: 600 Highland, 700 S. East, first hundred of Washington Blvd., 600 Garfield, and 1100 S. Wesley.
? A man described as in his 30's and around five-foot, three-inches approached a woman in the driveway of a home in the 900 block of Belleforte the afternoon of Oct. 5 and asked for money. When the woman refused, he spit on her and walked away. He later returned with a stick and proceeded to strike the side view mirror on her 1993 Lexus GS 300, causing some $650 in damage.
? Two 14 year males walking with a dozen other teens on Harvard Street the evening of Oct. 4 each asked a pedestrian passing the other direction for money and were refused. After the second boy was refused, he punched the person in the eye, and the group fled.
Criminal trespass to property
Michael L. Johnson, 33, of Aurora was positively identified as the person who allegedly entered a residence in the 400 block of South Taylor the night of Oct. 4 and refused to leave. He also reportedly put the occupant in a choke hold.
Michael A. Clarke, 21, of DeKalb was arrested the evening of Oct. 4 after he allegedly drove his vehicle into a bike being ridden by an Oak Park man. Clarke had reportedly threatened to do just that to the man earlier.
Possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia, etc.
? Calvin E. Mitchell, 53, of 1444 N. Monitor, Chicago is being held without bond after he was stopped near the rear of a building near Washington Blvd. and Austin Blvd. the evening of Oct. 4. A name check determined he was sought on a warrant from the Cook County Sheriff, and a custody search allegedly turned up two small bags of foil packets, containing suspected heroin.
? Steven L. Jackson, 34, of 5670 W. Lake St., Chicago was observed by police sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle in the 100 block of Flournoy the night of Oct. 4. Officers allegedly spotted a five-inch glass pipe on the seat by him, as well as a copper mesh glove and an 'antenna' device used to push drugs into a pipe.
? Michael J. Jazwiec, 45, of 5141 W. Barry in Chicago, was a passenger in a car stopped for a traffic offense around 3:20 a.m. Oct. 3. He was allegedly found to be in possession of two clear plastic baggies containing a white powder suspected of being cocaine.
Felony driving while license revoked
Charlie L. Baker, 58, of Chicago was stopped in the 100 block of North Austin the morning of Oct. 7 for not wearing a seat belt. A check revealed that his license was revoked, and he had no proof of insurance.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Oct. 2 to Oct. 9. 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.
?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer