Oak Park and River Forest police reports

Victim robbed on Blue Line platform

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By Jean Lotus

Contributing Reporter

A man approached a victim on the Blue Line el platform at the Austin stop at 2 p.m. on Sept. 27 and stated he had a gun and would use it if the victim did not turn over valuables. The offender took $300, an iPod Nano mp3 player and a black Galaxy Touch cell phone and fled out of the train station. Estimated loss is $650.

Texting harassment arrest

A male juvenile from Oak Park was arrested for harassment by electronic communications of two victims in the 600 block of S. Scoville and the 1100 block of S. Clarence on Sept. 27. He was turned over to his parents.

Parking meters lifted

Two parking meters, containing an estimated $700 in change, were stolen from the 100 block of N. Scoville sometime last week. Unknown person(s) removed the bolt securing the meters to their poles.

Thefts at schools

Oak Park police received reports of four thefts at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave. Three electronic devices were stolen when students left them unattended and unsecured. A wallet was also emptied of $170 when left unattended. The morning of Sept. 29, between 8 and 10:30 a.m., a black Apple iPhone worth $475, a black Zune mp3 player worth $335 were stolen. Sept. 30, an iPhone worth $200 was stolen in the mid morning. Cmdr. LaDon Reynolds said reporting thefts helps the police. "We've always shared back and forth with the high school, and I have noticed more reports [recently]. Reporting the crime helps in our ability to investigate these cases and to educate students about securing their property."

A juvenile at Percy Julian Middle School reported that someone had removed a white umbrella with polka dots and a practice chart from a locker during the school day on Sept. 28. Loss was estimated at $20.

An unsecured yellow Hummer boy's bicycle was removed from the bike rack during the school day in the 900 block of N. Kenilworth on Sept. 27.

Theft by deception

A man was invited into a 79-year-old woman's home in the 300 block of S. Wesley after telling the victim he was there to finish construction work being done on the building. "He mentioned the name of a contractor familiar to the victim and she let him in," said Cmdr. Reynolds. While the woman was distracted, another unknown offender entered the residence, went to the second floor and removed miscellaneous jewelry worth $5,000.

Retail theft

Video cameras caught a man in a shop in the 1100 block of Lake St. removing $500 in bank envelopes and $30 and a driver's license and credit cards from the shop-owner's bag around 8:11 a.m. on Sept. 28.

River Forest police arrested Terrylin Ware, 51, of Chicago after she allegedly removed $135 worth of bath products from the Dominick's in the 7500 block of North Ave at 3:17 p.m. on Sept. 28. "An officer on patrol observed the manager of Dominick's chasing after Ware in the parking lot," said River Forest Det. Michael Thornley. "The officer saw the manager standing in front of her vehicle and saw the offender accelerate toward him." Ware drove out of the parking lot over the parkway and fled eastbound on North Avenue. She was "corralled by traffic and boxed in" at Austin and North, said Thornley. Ware refused to exit her car, and officers "broke the windows and removed her from the vehicle," Thornley said. She was charged with felony retail theft, felony fleeing and eluding, DUI drugs, resisting arrest, assault, reckless driving and other violations.

A woman had her wallet stolen from a purse while standing at the coffee island at Panera Bread in the 7300 block of Lake St., River Forest on Sept. 29. Police reported her stolen credit cards were used at a Mobil station ($133) and twice at the North Riverside Jewel where the offender used the card to charge $2,100 worth of merchandise before it was declined. One hundred dollars in cash were also taken.


Lester E. Davidson, 65, of the 500 block of N. Lawler, Chicago, was arrested after an altercation in the 1000 block of Lake St. on Oct. 1 at 1:06 p.m. He was charged with battery and held in lieu of bond.

Cordero Barry, 19, of the 5400 block of W. Ferdinand, Chicago was arrested for battery and criminal trespass to property on Sept. 30 at 5:21 pm on the West Suburban Medical Center campus.

A man walking in the 900 block of S. Lombard at 6 p.m. on Oct. 2 was approached by seven to eight teens, one of whom struck the victim on the right side of the face with a hard object that appeared to be a bag of coins. The teens fled southbound.


Someone stole an unattended bag and its contents from an unlocked room of a church in the 900 block of Lake St. between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sept. 28. The bag contained a black Nikon D90 camera, a 35 mm digital Nikon D35 camera lens, a red 500 GB Iomega external hard drive and an 8 GB Lexar memory card. Total estimated loss was $1,009.

Daniel R. Lawless, 30, of the 1300 block of S. Gunderson was taken into custody after witnesses saw him allegedly remove and place into his pickup truck a metal tree grate and 16 pieces of rebar from a construction area in the 6500 block of Roosevelt Rd. on Oct. 1 at 8:40 a.m. The witnesses prevented his escape and called police. He was charged with felony theft. Loss was estimated at $3,024.

Someone stole $420 from a victim's wallet from a locked locker in the 1100 block of Lake St. on Sept. 30 between 3:30 and 4:05 p.m.

Residential burglary

Someone entered a residence in the 200 block of N. Austin by cutting a window screen and climbing through an open window on Sept. 27 between 2:45 p.m. and midnight. Removed were: two computers, two monitors, a printer and three televisions. Loss was estimated at $3,750.

Someone entered an apartment via an unlocked front door in the 100 block of N. Grove Ave. and removed a black Sony Playstation 3 game system and a Grand Theft Auto 4 game at 3:25 p.m. on Sept. 28. Losses were estimated at $295.

Someone entered a residence in the 300 block of S. Austin by prying open the front door with a ¼-inch tool on Sept. 30 between 10 a.m. and 2:53 p.m. Once inside, the residence was ransacked and several items and cash were removed. Loss was estimated at $1,065.

Theft from motor vehicle

Someone stole the catalytic converter from a parked Toyota 4 Runner at a residence in the 7700 block of Washington Blvd. in River Forest between Sept. 18 and Sept. 26.

Someone used a brick to break the front driver's side door window of a car parked overnight in the 1100 block of S. Euclid on Sept. 28. Once inside, offender(s) ransacked the center console, but removed nothing. Damage was estimated at $200.

Police arrested Joseph Carroll, 20, of the 1900 block of N. Pulaski at 2 a.m. on Sept. 28 in the 800 block of S. Elmwood. Carroll was carrying a pink umbrella and three silver dollar coins which police tracked to a burglary to an auto that had taken place 20 minutes prior in the 1100 block of S. Elmwood.

A dual stereo was removed from the dashboard of a vehicle parked in a lot off the alley behind the 1000 block of Ontario between 6 p.m. Sept. 29 and 10:15 a.m. Oct. 1. Loss was valued at $100.

Via unlocked car doors, someone entered a vehicle parked between Sept. 23 and Sept. 26 in the alley behind the 1100 block of S. Humphrey and stole a black IBM think pad lap top, 4 thumb drives and development books. The estimated loss was $1,050.

Criminal damage to property

BB gun damage was discovered on the storm glass window of a home in the 700 block of Gunderson on Sept. 27 around 7:50 p.m. Damage was estimated at $250.

Someone threw a wooden window frame on top of a parked vehicle overnight in the 300 block of N. Taylor on Sept. 27, damaging the roof. Estimated damage was $200.

Someone cut the catalytic converter pipe on a Toyota 4-Runner parked in the 100 block of S. Austin between 8 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 29. Total estimated damage was $2,200.

Bike theft

A secured silver men's Schwinn bicycle was removed from the common area of a residence in the 300 block of Wisconsin sometime between Sept. 26 and 27. Estimated loss was $300.

An unlocked black Schwinn men's bicycle was removed from the front yard of a residence in the 100 block of Harrison between 11 and 11:15 a.m. on Sept. 28. Loss is estimated at $600.

A secured men's Silver Trek 4500 mountain bicycle was removed from a bike rack in the 700 block of South Blvd between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.

A 15-inch purple diamondback cobra bicycle was removed from the rear yard of a residence in the 1100 block of S. Lombard between 6 a.m. and 8:26 a.m. on Sept. 29.

A boy's red and black 26-inch Mongoose MGX 21-speed bicycle was removed from the 1100 block of North Blvd. after being left unlocked and unattended between 8 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. on Sept. 30.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 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.

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