Rash of street robberies hits Oak Park

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Five robberies or attempted robberies occurred in Oak Park last week. Around 7 p.m., Oct. 25, two older teenagers approached a motorist on the 600 block of Lake Street. One pulled a handgun and said, "Give me the car." The other teen punched the man in the face twice. He then pulled him out of the driver's seat, continuing to punch him. When the man yelled "Police," the robbers ran off.

The afternoon of Oct. 23 Antoine Bouie, 18, of 132 S. Austin Blvd., allegedly attempted to yank a purse off a woman's shoulder as she walked in the 900 block of North Austin Boulevard. When he was unsuccessful, Bouie allegedly punched her in the face, bloodying her nose. Bouie reportedly ran off when she screamed. Police captured him on the Oak Park Avenue Green Line platform. Bouie, who's being held in Cook County Jail on $20,000 bond, has a Nov. 8 court date in Maywood.

The afternoon of Oct. 24, three boys ran up behind a woman walking on the 700 block of Ontario Street, grabbed her purse and pushed her to the ground. She lost $45, her driver's license and credit cards.

Three teenage girls piled out of a car the night of Oct. 23 and grabbed a tote bag carried by a woman on the 100 block of South Boulevard. The woman striggled but lost her cellphone and a textbook.

Around 6:30 a.m., Oct. 27, a Chicago woman, walking on the 1100 block of North Austin Boulevard was pushed to the ground and had her purse stolen.

Theft

Police are studying a store video camera that captured the image of the person who walked off with the purse containing $18 left on a bench by a 14-year-old girl while shopping in Old Navy, 417 N. Harlem.

A woman in Starbucks, 7201 Lake St., had her wallet stolen from her purse the evening of Oct. 27.

A woman shopping in a store on the 6400 block of North Avenue had her purse, containing $190, stolen from her shopping cart the afternoon of Oct. 28.

Burglary

Someone broke the glass front door of a home on the 1150 block of South Lombard Ave, the afternoon of Oct. 22, and ransacked a bedroom.

Overnight Oct. 23, someone cut four screens at a home on the 1200 block of North Kenilworth Avenue and ransacked a bedroom.

There were numerous garage burglaries in Oak Park and River Forest last week, including unlocked garages on the 200 block of Park Avenue and 700 block of Ashland Avenue in River Forest. Items were stolen from another garage on the 1000 block of Ashland. A man was observed punching out the lock on the door of a cargo van near Lake and Thatcher, the morning of Oct. 28, but fled in a waiting car after cutting his hand.

In Oak Park, two bikes and accessories valued at $1,170 were stolen from an unlocked garage on the 1000 block of South Kenilworth Avenue the night of Oct. 25. That same night the window of a car in an unlocked garage on the 1100 block of Lyman Avenue was smashed and the vehicle ransacked. Over on the 1150 block of South Kenilworth, a car was ransacked and an in-dash stereo stolen.

Someone broke the window of a car on the 100 block of South Euclid Avenue, the night of Oct. 26, and stole an I-Pass, iPod Nano, wallet, and a set of keys.

DUI

Emanuel Wills, 40, of the 400 block of Marengo, Forest Park, was pulled over on the 1100 block of Madison Street shortly before 5 a.m., Oct. 27, for alleged improper lane usage. Police say his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit of .08. Wills also allegedly refused to hand over his cellphone to a watch commander who objected to Wills recording their conversation without his permisssion.

Andrew G. Simmons, 22, of Carol Stream, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 900 block of Chicago Avenue just before 2 a.m., Oct. 26. Police say he showed signs of drunkenness, failed a field sobriety test, and had no valid driver's license.

Harvey Jolly, 56, of the 600 block of North Lorel Avenue, Chicago, was stopped near Madison Street and Harlem Avenue, the morning of Oct. 28, for alleged improper lane usage. Police say he smelled strongly of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test.

Drug, paraphernalia possession

Anatasia A. Ortolandi, 20, of Aurora, was reportedly found slumped over the steering wheel of a car in the 200 block of Lake Street the afternoon of Oct. 24. Police say they recovered four clear plastic baggies and three foil packets from the car containing a total of 1.7 grams of heroin.

Joseph D. Moran, 24, of Orland Park, was allegedly observed sitting in a car in the McDonald's parking lot, 111 Madison St., the afternoon of Oct. 23, with three needles and three foil packets that reportedly contained 1.4 grams of heroin.

Cordell Harvey, 51, was stopped by police in the rear of a home on the 800 block of South Humphrey Avenue the night of Oct. 26. He reportedly possessed a glass pipe.

Retail theft

Four people were charged with felonies related to four incidents of retail theft last week. Brian J. Petty, 40, of the 5700 block of Grace Street, Chicago, was also charged with battery after punching an employee in the face after attempting to leave the Certifiedland Grocery, 911 Lake St., with allegedly stolen merchandise the afternoon of Oct. 23.

That same afternoon Michael J. Burks, 44, of 145 S. Austin Blvd., Chicago was also charged with battery after he allegedly pushed an employee while attempting to leave the Radio Shack, 914 Madison St., with a walkman radio.

Earlier that morning, Denice Easton, 43, of 1100 N. Parkside Ave., allegedly attempted to leave the Dominick's, 259 Lake St., with several boxes of antacid product without paying.

The afternoon of Oct. 24, Clemon Webb, 40, of the 600 block of North Parkside Avenue, Chicago, allegedly attempted to leave the Jewel Food store, 7036 Roosevelt Road, with eight boxes of antacid product without paying. He was also charged with criminal damage to property after running into a plate glass window and shattering it.

River Forest police arrested Ronald Richardson, 46, after he allegedly stole two DVDs from For Your Entertainment, 7235 Lake St., the afternoon of Oct. 23. Richardson was also reportedly wanted on a warrant for another retail theft.

Criminal damage to property

Six tires on three cars parked on a driveway in the 7700 block of Washington Boulevard, River Forest, were slashed overnight Oct. 24. That same night, two tires on another car parked nearby in the 200 block of Franklin Avenue were also slashed. The following night a tire was slashed and windshield smashed on a car in the first block of Keystone Avenue.

Battery

Ralph S. Blake, of the first block of Washington Boulevard, allegedly punched a woman several times and broke a phone she was attempting to use the night of Oct. 22.

Clavin Bester, 22, of the 5000 block of West Jackson Boulevard, was arrested around 3 a.m., Oct. 24, in a gas station at Austin and Harrison after matching the description of a man who committed a domestic battery in the 600 block of South Austin Boulevard.

Avery L. Irby, 32, of the 1100 block of North LeClaire Avenue, was stopped by River Forest police in the 7200 block of Lake Street the night of Oct. 25 and turned over to Oak Park police on a signed complaint for a domestic battery allegedly committed last January.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Oct. 21 to 28. 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.

-Compiled by Bill Dwyer

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