Forest Park K-9 unit helps bag robber in garbage can

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

A 34-year-old man walking on Oak Park Avenue near Pleasant Street, the evening of Oct. 22, was approached by two unknown men who grabbed the iPhone out of his hand, police said. They struck him in the right shoulder as they pushed him away and ran from the scene.

The 18-year-old offender was stopped about a block away and arrested. Police brought in a canine from Forest Park to find the other offender, who is 16. He was located and arrested about 20 minutes after the incident, hiding in a garbage can in the 100 block of South Wesley Avenue.


Someone removed a silver 2008 Toyota Corolla from a garage in the 700 block of North Taylor Avenue, overnight Oct. 22, possibly by use of a key located under the driver's seat. Estimated loss is $11,000.

The glass window on the front door of Subway in the 200 block of Lake Street was broken, overnight Oct. 24, and $100 was removed from the cash register. Estimated damage and loss is $1,100.

Someone entered a garage in the 500 block of Highland Avenue, overnight Oct. 25, ransacked the glove compartment of a vehicle parked inside, and removed a stereo-CD player from the dashboard. Estimated loss is $150.

A 19-year-old Chicago man was arrested, Oct. 26, and charged with burglary to business while on probation for breaking into Family Cleaners, Subway and King Chop Suey in the 300 block of Lake Street in June. This time, the man was arrested for burglarizing J.J. Fish and Subway in Forest Park earlier this month.

Someone removed an Apple iPad and charger, a Garmin GPS unit, $5 in coins, clothing, tubes of toothpaste and a cellphone from a locked vehicle in a garage in the 600 block of South Humphrey Avenue, overnight Oct. 25. Estimated loss is $567.

A Homelite electric chainsaw and a 100-foot extension cord were removed from an unlocked garage in the 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue between the afternoon of Oct. 21 and morning of Oct. 26. Estimated loss is $144.

A gray men's and gray women's Trek bicycle were removed from a garage with an open overheard door in the early morning of Oct. 27. Estimated loss is $2,360.

A gray 21-speed Specialized bicycle was removed from an open garage in the 800 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, the morning of Oct. 27. Estimated loss is $200.

An Oak Park resident saw a man kicking open the side service door to his garage while another man looked on during the afternoon of Oct. 27 in the 1100 block of North Austin Boulevard. When the victim yelled out, both offenders fled on foot. Estimated damage is $600.

A flat-screen television and miscellaneous jewelry were removed from a residence in the 100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue between the morning and night of Oct. 27. Estimated loss is $17,400.

Between the evenings of Oct. 25 and 26, someone entered a garage in the 1000 block of Highland Avenue through an unlocked service door and removed an unlocked purple Specialized Rock Hopper bicycle and an unlocked blue Schwinn Midi-Sprite bicycle. Estimated loss is $540.

The glove compartment and trunk of a vehicle in the 600 block of Highland Avenue were ransacked, overnight Oct. 27, and the dashboard radio was removed. Estimated loss is $170.


An unknown man approached an Oak Park resident in the 600 block of Washington Boulevard, the afternoon of Oct. 23, and snatched a red and black Samsung cellphone from the victim's hand. A brief struggle ensued, and the offender pushed the victim to the ground before fleeing the scene south on Wesley Avenue. Estimated loss is $200.

A man who grabbed a woman's cellphone from her hand while they were on an eastbound Blue Line CTA train, the afternoon of Oct. 22, was charged with robbery. After the theft at the Austin Boulevard stop, the woman chased the man as he exited the train and fled on foot along the train tracks. A witness called police, and when the got up onto the platform at the Oak Park Avenue stop he was taken into custody.

An unknown man approached an Oak Park juvenile in the 800 block of South East Avenue, the night of Oct. 20, grabbed him and pointed a gun at his stomach. The offender searched the victim's pockets and removed his HTC cellphone before he and another man fled the scene. Estimated loss is $235.

A man approached an Oak Park juvenile, the afternoon of Oct. 27, and told him he would sell him a pair of shoes for $2. When the victim and offender got to the 100 block of Adams Street, the offender pushed the victim, grabbed his Samsung cellphone and fled the scene on foot. Estimated loss is $400.

Criminal damage to property

Numerous window screens and a pane of glass on a residence in the 1000 block of Gunderson Avenue were damaged between the night of Oct. 18 and morning of Oct. 24. Estimated damage is $300.


Someone removed an Apple iPhone from a backpack in an unlocked gym locker at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue between the morning and afternoon of Oct. 24. Estimated loss is $420.

An unknown person entered the common basement area of a residence in the 500 block of South Ridgeland Avenue between the afternoon of Oct. 14 and night of Oct. 22 and removed a purple Schwinn girl's bicycle. Estimated loss is $350.

A 19-year-old Oak Park man was arrested, the evening of Oct. 25, in the 100 block of South Kenilworth Avenue after he took a calculator from a backpack belonging to another teenager. Officers responded to a disturbance on the street that day, and the offender removed the calculator and dropped the backpack while running from the scene.

Someone entered a fenced-in yard in the 900 block of South Maple Avenue, overnight Oct. 25, and damaged the soda machine by prying it open and removing cash. Estimated damage is $1,020.

An iPhone left unattended on a table in the 1100 block of Lake Street, the night of Oct. 26, was removed. Estimated loss is $700.

A 19-year-old Chicago man was arrested in the 200 block of Kenilworth Avenue, the afternoon of Oct. 24, for removing a Concordia track-and-field backpack from the weight room in a school gymnasium the previous evening.

A customer at Starbucks told police her Apple Macbook Pro was taken from her purse, the evening of Oct. 26. The woman had engaged in a conversation with an unknown woman and asked the woman to watch her purse when she went to the bathroom. The woman returned the purse to her, but she realized the computer was missing. Estimated loss is $2,400.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Oct. 23-29 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. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an apprehension.

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Posted: October 31st, 2012 8:26 PM

Joe, thank you for pointing the details out. I would not have known that there was a 2ND criminal, nor the descriptions of the individuals, from the information reported here. Maybe someone who was around the area and time of the crime will be able to place the criminals based on this important information, and help the police catch these armed and dangerous criminals.


Posted: October 31st, 2012 8:21 PM

I was thinking the same thing... "hiding in a garbage can in the 100 block of South Wesley Avenue." Seems like our robbery found the appropriate place to hide.


Posted: October 31st, 2012 11:53 AM

Hey Devin I think you need to make a correction to the first article. The offender that they found in the trash wasn't hiding he was in his right place.That's where trash belongs he was simple relaxing in his known elements TRASH!! HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH

joe from South oak park  

Posted: October 31st, 2012 6:32 AM

From The Patch regarding the armed robbery at 800 S East on 10/20. It occurred at about 9:20pm and the robber was described as a man about 16-20 years old, black, wearing a red hat and black track jacket. He approached and grabbed the victim and pointed a small semi-automatic handgun at their stomach. A second offender kept watch, described as a man about 16-20 years old, black, thin and wearing a du-rag and tank top. (hmm serious crime, suspect at large, police released a detailed description)

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