By Devin Rose
Scammers plumb bedroom instead of sinks
A man claiming to be a plumber distracted a woman while in her apartment in the 1300 block of North Harlem, Oct. 18. He told the woman he needed to check the water supply and turned on the water in the bathroom and kitchen sinks before he left. A second subject was apparently involved, as the victim discovered jewelry had been removed from her bedroom. The loss is estimated at $2,950.
A River Forest boy was arrested, Oct. 17, at Oak Park and River Forest High School after he admitted to stealing an iPod from another student's book bag during class. The boy was released to legal guardians.
An unknown person removed an unlocked blue Giant Cypress bike from the rear porch of the victim's residence in the 600 block of North East Avenue. The incident occurred Sept. 25-27. Loss is estimated at $290.
Someone entered the backyard of a residence in the 500 block of Clarence Avenue, Oct. 18-19, and removed a 32-foot aluminum extension ladder. Loss is estimated at $250.
A catalytic converter was taken from a gold Oldsmobile Silhouette parked in a lot in the 7600 block of Madison Street at Pete's Auto, Oct. 21. Estimated loss is $600.
An unknown person forced open the door of an apartment in the 900 block of North Boulevard, Oct. 17, and took about $225 from underneath the victim's mattress.
Someone entered an apartment in the 900 block of North Boulevard sometime between the night of Oct. 17 and noon on Oct. 18, using a pry-type tool on the front door, and removed $60 from a dresser drawer in the victim's living room.
An unknown person used a pry-type tool to enter the rear door of an apartment in the 300 block of South Boulevard, Oct. 19. Once inside, the offender removed two 32-inch flat-screen TVs, a pink and grey Nintendo Wii, a black Sony Playstation, a black HP notebook computer and a Kenneth Cole watch with a black strap. Loss is estimated at $1,950.
Two teenage boys were seen running eastbound on Lake Street, Oct. 17, after one struck an Oak Park boy in the head from behind and the other picked up the boy's iPod Nano. The victim was in the 100 block of North Scoville Avenue when he was struck and his cellphone was knocked out of his hand. He picked it up but was then knocked to the ground, which caused the iPod to fall out of his pocket.
A man grabbed a Kindle out of the hands of an Oak Park resident who was seated on a Blue Line train, Oct. 20. The man got on the train at the Oak Park Avenue station, grabbed the Kindle and left the train. The loss is estimated at $170.
A River Forest boy was approached from behind, Oct. 21, in the 100 block of South Grove Street and pushed against a car. An offender searched his pockets before leaving the scene west of South Boulevard.
An unknown person entered a garage in the 1100 block of Wesley sometime between the night of Oct. 17 and morning of Oct. 18 and removed a wallet from an unlocked silver 2005 Subaru Forrester 4 door. The wallet contained two IDs and credit cards. The loss was estimated at $10.
Someone entered a locked 2009 blue Honda Civic by unknown means, Oct. 19-20, in the 300 block of South Taylor Street. The offenders took a silver Apple iPod from the center console and a white charger cord. Loss is estimated at $170.
An unknown person entered the garage of a residence in the 1100 block of Lyman Avenue, Oct. 19, and removed lawn equipment, black rollerblades, a blue bicycle and a silver bookshelf unit still in a box. Loss is estimated at $810.
Someone gained entry to an unlocked garage in the 100 block of Wesley Avenue, Oct. 14-20. A red 27-inch Miyata boy's bike was removed. Loss is estimated at $100.
An unknown person forced open a side service door on a garage in the 700 block of South Lombard Avenue, Oct. 20-21, and removed a red Hilte chipping hammer, an Echo leafblower and a red gas can. Loss is estimated at $1,050.
An unknown person entered the garage of a residence in the 500 block of South Harvey Avenue, Oct. 21, and removed a silver Schwinn Sporterra women's mountain bike and a silver helmet. Loss is estimated at $554.
Vehicle theft/stolen vehicle
Someone removed a white 1998 Chrysler Town and Country minivan parked in front of a garage in the 600 block of South Scoville Avenue, Oct. 19. Loss is estimated at $5,000.
A 24-year-old man was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle in the 7200 block of Lake Street. Scott R. Morinec was observed entering a white 1996 Ford E-350 van that was reported stolen, Oct. 21, in Chicago. The owner was notified and Morinec was taken to a bond hearing.
Driving under the influence
A 42-year-old Forest Park woman was arrested, Oct. 23, and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia. Shannon T. Redmond was arrested in the 200 block of Madison Street and held in lieu of bond.
Criminal damage to vehicle
A 52-year-old man told police four tires were slashed on his daughter's white Cadillac SRX parked in a driveway at 930 Park Avenue, Oct. 17
These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Oct. 18-24, 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.