Oak Park cars smashed up, including police squad

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

An Oak Park police car often parked on the 1000 block of Lexington Street in Oak Park got a beating overnight between Oct. 2 and Oct. 3. The car's side view mirrors were broken off, the roof was dented, the passenger side windshield wiper was bent, and the roof and trunk antennae were also bent.

The same night, several windshield wiper blades were broken off cars parked overnight nearby. "Numerous" cars on the 900 blocks of South Home Avenue, South Wenonah Avenue and South Clinton Avenue were damaged, and two nights later, the radio antenna of a car parked on the 1000 block of Wenonah Avenue overnight between Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 was bent while parked in the rear carport.

Armed robbery

Two 18- to 21-year-old men walked up to a man on the 300 block of N. Austin Blvd. in Oak Park the night of Oct. 4 and asked him for money. When the victim refused, one of the suspects showed a three-inch pocket knife while the other suspect took a white Apple iPhone and a black wallet containing cash, credit cards, and ID. The offenders then fled eastbound from the scene.

A 15- to 16-year-old boy with a thin build and black braided hair approached a man on the afternoon of Oct. 7 as he was stepping out of his car behind his home on the 400 block of North Austin Blvd. in Oak Park. The offender displayed a handgun and demanded everything from the victim's pockets. He complied, handing over an HTC Hero smartphone and $270 in cash. The offender then fled northbound down the alley.

Theft

An unlocked blue Trek bike was stolen from the 500 block of Jackson Avenue in River Forest overnight between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

A three-foot rectangular copper planter bolted to the front of the Buzz Café, 909 S. Lombard Ave. in Oak Park, was stolen sometime between Oct. 3 and Oct. 4.

A yellow and red Pacific Mountain bike was stolen from an unlocked garage on the 1500 block of Ashland Avenue in River Forest on the afternoon of Oct. 7.

Retail theft

A 20- to 30-year-old man with a thin build entered CVS at 345 Madison St. in Oak Park the evening of Oct. 3, entered the store and asked for a carton of cigarettes. When the clerk put the cigarettes on the counter, the offender grabbed them and ran out of the store without paying.

Michael Matthews of Chicago, 41, was arrested the afternoon of Oct. 4 at Dominick's, 259 Lake St. in Oak Park, where he was charged with retail theft.

Bobby Davis, 23, was arrested the night of Oct. 7 at the intersection of North Avenue and Harlem Avenue, where he was charged with stealing $59 worth of food from Whole Foods, 7245 Lake St. in River Forest.

Burglary

An HP laptop was stolen the night of Sept. 30 from the back seat of an unlocked car parked near the intersection of Greenfield Street and Franklin Avenue in River Forest.

Two bikes were stolen the morning of Oct. 2 from an unlocked garage on the 1100 block of West Miller Avenue in Oak Park.

Two men wearing dark clothing forced open the rear door of Dunkin Donuts, 217 Madison St. in Oak Park, early the morning of Oct. 5. The two men stole $1,500 in cash from the business' office area and then fled down Madison on foot.

Four bottles of alcohol were stolen from La Majada Restaurant, 226 Harrison St. in Oak Park, sometime the morning of Oct. 6. The restaurant had been broken into via its rooftop skylight.

DUI

Raymundo Mendino of Chicago, 53, was stopped and arrested by Oak Park police early the morning of Oct. 2 at the intersection of North Avenue and Austin Blvd., where he was arrested for DUI.

Waldemar J. Rozborski, 41, was arrested the early the morning of Oct. 3 on the 1100 block of Harlem Avenue in River Forest, where he was charged with DUI.

Larry Dixon of Chicago, 36, was stopped and arrested early the morning of Oct. 2 on the 100 block of North Harlem Avenue in Oak Park, where he was charged with DUI, no valid insurance, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Drugs

Vincent Carter, 42, was arrested the night of Oct. 5 on the 200 block of Ashland Avenue in River Forest, where he was charged with possession of cannabis, obstructing a police officer and not having a bike light. He also had an active warrant from Bellwood for possession of cannabis, and was turned over to their police department after being written local ordinance tickets by River Forest.

Cortez Brown of Maywood, 24, was arrested by River Forest police the morning of Oct. 7 at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Orchard Avenue in Maywood, where he was taken into custody on a Cook County warrant for possession of a controlled substance. The warrant was for possession of 15 to 100 grams of cocaine.

Michael Battista of River Forest, 19, was arrested early the morning of Oct. 8 on the 8100 block of Lake Street in River Forest, where he was charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. He allegedly had 2.3 grams of marijuana and a pipe.

JaJuan Phillips of Oak Park, 20, was arrested the morning of Oct. 9 on the 200 block of Flournoy Street in Oak Park, where he was taken into custody on an active warrant for unlawful possession of cannabis.

Battery

Carolyn D. Evans of Oak Park, 38, was arrested the evening of Oct. 2 on the 6800 block of Roosevelt Road in Oak Park, where she was charged with battery. She allegedly spat on a victim on a Pace bus.

Damage to village property

Markece C. Avery of Chicago, 36, was arrested the night of Oct. 2 on the first block of North Austin Blvd. in Oak Park, where he was charged with driving without a valid license or insurance, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident to police and damage to village property.

Criminal trespass to motor vehicle

Eric L. Thompson of Chicago, 21, was arrested the night of Oct. 6 on the 1000 block of Washington Blvd. in Oak Park, where he was charged with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle.

Car theft

A burgundy 2003 Chevy Impala parked in the rear driveway of a home on the 1000 block of North Lombard Avenue in Oak Park was stolen early the morning of Oct. 7.

A red 2002 Dodge Intrepid was stolen the evening of Oct. 8 from the first block of Washington Blvd. in Oak Park, possibly by means of a key.

A white 2005 Ford Explorer was stolen the night of Oct. 8 from the 100 block of Forest Place in Oak Park, possibly by means of a spare set of keys left inside the car. The victim watched her vehicle drive away eastbound from the scene.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Oct. 1 to Oct. 8. 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.

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Floazzy  

Posted: June 19th, 2014 3:10 PM

Wow Vince Carter was in our town?! How did I not know about this?

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