Oak Park and River Forest police reports

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Another laptop stolen at Beye School

A black Dell Latitude E6500 laptop computer disappeared from a classroom at Beye School, 230 N. Cuyler Ave., between 3 p.m. Oct. 5 and 8 a.m. Oct. 6. Loss is estimated at $700. Over the summer, seven Apple Macbook laptops disappeared from the Beye School library.

Woman surprises would-be burglar

A woman re-entering her residence in the 700 block of Oak Park, after being gone for 20 minutes, surprised an intruder who had entered through an unlocked front door around 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 6. The man ran back out the front door and toward the alley. No loss was immediately reported.


An elderly landlady challenged two thieves posing as water repairmen who talked their way past the tenant into her building in the 1150 block of S. Kenilworth around 2:25 p.m. on Oct. 6. One man ransacked a tenant's bedroom and stole $200 from a purse. The landlady confronted the men, demanding to see ID and told them she would call police, at which point the men fled in a newer model, dark brown or black, extended-cab pickup truck.

Two Echo-Tanaka backpack leaf blowers worth $800 were stolen by a man who removed them from a landscaping trailer and place them in a blue auto at 8:50 a.m. on Oct. 3 in the 1000 block of N. Elmwood. The thief and an accomplice sped away.

Persons unknown cut electrical wiring and copper pipes and removed two Lenox 4-ton air-conditioning units from a gangway in the 6600 block of North Ave. between 4 p.m. Oct. 3 and 1:50 p.m. Oct. 4. The estimated loss was $4,000.

Someone stole an iron bench — which was chained to a cinder block — from a backyard in the 800 block of S. Kenilworth between 7:45 a.m. and 6:50 p.m. on Oct. 7.

An entire patio furniture set was removed by unknown means from a gated backyard in the 700 block of Harvey, Oct. 1-8. Loss was estimated at $500.

Thefts at OPRF High School

Police reported two thefts from locked lockers at the high school. On Sept. 23, a black Droid Bionic 4G cellphone, valued at $639, was stolen between 12:30 and 1:18 p.m. In the morning of Oct. 7, a wallet containing driver's license and $22, house keys and an orange iPod were removed. Loss was estimated at $152.

An unattended bag was removed from the high school on Oct. 3 between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Stolen were: a black Pontech Pursuit cellphone, a black Texas Instrument calculator and an iPod nano. The loss was estimated at $575.

A locked blue boy's Schwinn Sierra GST bicycle was stolen Oct. 7 from the OPRF bike racks by someone who cut the cable lock. The loss was estimated at $250.

Drug possession arrest

Matthew J. Meyers, 33, of the 100 block of N. Maple in Prospect Heights, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance at 2:35 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the 100 block of Madison.

Raymond E. Trotter, 57, of the 200 block of N. Leamington, Chicago, was pulled over at 2:54 p.m. in the 6000 block of North Ave. on Oct. 8 for an expired vehicle registration. During a safety pat-down, he was discovered to be in possession of six small baggies containing a white powdery substance which later tested positive for heroin. He was charged with driving with license suspended, no valid insurance, expired registration and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.


Someone tried, unsuccessfully, to break into a business in the 1100 block of Garfield overnight Oct. 4 by prying the door and attempting to break the glass. Both attempts were unsuccessful, but caused $600 worth of damage.

Burglary arrest

Gordon Cullin, 17, of the 400 block of E. 47th St., Chicago, and a male Chicago juvenile were stopped and arrested in the alley between the 700 blocks of S. Elmwood and Gunderson at 5:01 p.m. on Oct. 8. They were charged with burglaries that occurred previously in the 500 block of S. Ridgeland and the 200 block of S. Clinton. Cullin was held for bond and the second subject was released to a guardian.

Burglary to motor vehicle

Laura Mather, 31, of Oak Park Ave. was arrested on Oct. 3 for two burglaries to autos: one in the 400 block of S. Oak Park Ave. and one in Western Springs. She was charged again on Oct. 7 with a second Oak Park Ave. burglary to auto and held in lieu of bond.

Three male Chicago juveniles were arrested and charged with burglary to a motor vehicle in the 600 block of N. Harvey at 5:54 p.m. on Oct. 9. They were processed and released.

Someone ransacked an unlocked vehicle parked in the 600 block of S. Humphrey overnight on Oct. 3 and removed a Bible, a phone charger and miscellaneous papers. Loss was estimated at $20.

Someone removed a black, roof-mounted, Yakima triple bike rack from a car parked in the 600 block of S. Elmwood between noon Oct. 2 and 10 a.m. Oct. 6. Estimated loss is $1,300.

A Honda Civic parked in the alley behind the 6900 block of Roosevelt Rd. was broken into between 1 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 5 via a broken driver's side window. Stolen was a pink backpack containing school books, a T-mobile cellphone and a blue wallet with IDs and credit cards. Loss is estimated at $500.

Catalytic converter thefts

Someone removed the catalytic converter from a 2010 Honda parked in the 600 block of Harrison St. between 8 p.m. Sept. 16 and 2 p.m. Oct. 1. Loss was estimated at $2,600.

A 2003 Honda Element had its catalytic converter cut off by means of an unknown tool while parked in the 300 block of Harrison between 10 p.m. Sept. 30 and 8 a.m. Oct. 8. Loss was estimated at $2,000.

Bike thefts

An unattended, brown 16-inch diamondback BMX bicycle was stolen from a rack in the 700 block of Highland between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 4. Loss was estimated at $100.

An unsecured, 20-inch green and white Mongoose bicycle with silver rear pegs was removed from a backyard in the 1000 block of S. Scoville between 4 p.m. Oct 3 and 8 p.m. Oct. 5. Loss is estimated at $100.

A secured, red and white women's 26-inch bicycle was removed from the rear of a building in the 100 block of S. Kenilworth Ave. between 10:30 and 11:45 p.m. on Oct. 5.

Garage burglary

A gold 2001 Nisson Xterra was stolen from a garage in the 600 block of S. Lombard between 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 6:30 a.m. Oct. 4. A spare key was also missing.

Someone entered a garage in the 800 block of S. Euclid through unknown means overnight on Oct. 5 and ransacked an unlocked vehicle, stealing a blue iPod and a maroon Nintendo DS game system. Loss was estimated at $360.

Someone entered an unlocked garage in the 700 block of Lyman, overnight on Oct. 7, and pried open a vehicle parked inside, removing a GPS unit. Total loss was $290.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Oct. 4-10, 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.

—Compiled by Jean Lotus

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