A Chicago woman was sitting at a stop light at 400 N. Austin Blvd. on the evening of Oct. 29 when she was assaulted by two men in what police termed an aggravated hijacking attempt. While one man grabbed the woman's pony tail and struck her "four or five times" with a bat-like metal object, his accomplice punched her in the stomach and back. When an unidentified driver pulled up and began yelling at the two thugs, they ran away. The woman was treated at the hospital and released.
Around that same time two men, also described as dressed in dark clothing, threw a woman to the ground near Austin Blvd. and the Eisenhower Expressway. The men kicked and punched the woman, then took $175 from her jacket, as well as three Halloween costumes from a bag she was carrying.
Around 4:30 a.m. Oct. 29, a pair of men forced open a service window and slipped into the Dunkin' Donuts, 6820 W. Roosevelt Rd. The two implied they had guns, and ordered the staff and customers onto the floor. After taking an undetermined amount of cash from two registers, the two also took a purse from a patron containing $300. Total loss was estimated at $1,065.
Three more Oak Park businesses were burglarized last week, bringing to 24 the number of such break ins attributed by police to a pry bar wielding thief since late August. In the latest incidents, burglars pried open rear doors of two North Avenue businesses. $650 was taken from a cash register at Sun Cleaners, 6811 W. North Ave. Just $75 was taken from a register at North Oak Cleaners, 6717 W. North Ave., but the business suffered over $1,100 in damage.
Sometime after 1 a.m. the rear door of the Convenience Mart, 910 S. Ridgeland Ave. was pried open and a total of $140 in cash stolen. Police say that the burglaries involve persistence more than sophistication, with the burglar utilizing the decidedly low tech pry bar approach.
Theft of auto
? A 1991 Lincoln Town Car was stolen from in front of 155 Ontario the afternoon of Oct. 26. The car was later found by 11th District police in Chicago in the 500 block of North Pulaski Ave., missing its license plates.
? A 2004 Ford 350 pick up truck became just the latest on a growing list of vehicles stolen in Oak Park or River Forest this year after being left unlocked and unattended. The $25,000 pickup was swiped the afternoon of Oct. 24 after it was left open with the key in the ignition in the 800 block of Columbian.
Burglary to garage, residence
? Someone broke a dining room window and entered a garden apartment in the 500 block of Clinton during the day Oct. 24. They stole a plasma television, two DVD players, speakers, 70 DVDs and miscellaneous jewelry, with a total value of $11,500.
? Someone forced open the rear door of a residence in the 1150 block of South Lombard the morning of Oct. 25 and stole numerous pieces of fine jewelry and several rolls of coins. Loss was $5,230.
? Someone broke a basement window of a home in the 700 block of South Taylor between Oct. 26 and Oct. 29. A TV, DVD player, stereo system, tool box and air conditioner valued in total at $4,150 were stolen.
? Thieves climbed over an 8-foot privacy fence, cut a mesh screen and slid open an unlocked window of a residence in the 100 block of South Austin Oct. 25. They stole a stereo system and gold earrings, valued at a total of $803.
? Someone entered a residence in the 600 block of North Lombard through an unlocked door during the day Oct. 27. They stole $385 cash, a cell phone, digital camera and five bottles of liquor with a total value of $860.
? An unlocked service door provided easy entrance for burglars to a garage in the 300 block of South East Ave. sometime between Oct. 22 and Oct. 25. The windows on a 1999 Saturn, 1995 Ford and 2004 Honda were all broken, and several items inside were stolen. Total loss was estimated to be $955.
Disobeying a police order, disorderly conduct, profanity
Courtney A. Tipton, 25, of 138 S. Austin, was allegedly yelling and screaming and generally acting extremely disruptive inside the BP Amoco station, 520 S. Austin Blvd. around 1:40 a.m. Oct. 25. After police got Tipton to go outside, he reportedly once again became very loud and profane. He was asked to quiet down and leave, didn't comply, and was arrested.
? DeShawn B. Bell, 23, was arrested for attempted retail theft after allegedly removing the security device from a video game at the Coconuts store, 7235 Lake St.
? A man took a portable video game out of Coconuts the afternoon of Oct. 27 and fled toward the elevated station. He was not apprehended.
? Victor L. Wilkins, 56, of 639 N. Hamlin, Chicago, was confronted by police while panhandling in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue the evening of Oct. 24. A name check revealed that Wilkins was wanted by River Forest police for failing to appear in court on a retail theft charge.
Two young Oak Park boys were confronted by over a dozen other juveniles in the 400 block of Lake Street the evening of Oct. 25. One of the boys was struck in the face by another boy, who then pulled off his hood as if preparing to fight. Four of the attackers cohorts stepped behind individual, though, and the victim fled along with his friend, who was also hit, to the Dominicks at 259 Lake St.
A $25,000 "Topcon" surveying instrument on a tripod was stolen from the site in the 800 block of South Maple where the instrument had been set up the afternoon of Oct. 24.
? These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Oct. 23 to Oct. 29. 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.
BB brained vandals strike again
Two weeks after four Oak Park males were arrested and charged with five counts of criminal damage to property, someone is out using a BB gun to inflict widespread and expensive damage to cars, residences and businesses in Oak Park. There were seven instances of BB vandalism in the village last week, with damage estimates ranging between $150 and $1,000. The most expensive damage involved businesses. Overnight on Oct. 27 two 11 foot by 10 foot windows at Great Harvest Bread, 736 Lake St., valued at $900 were hit. The next afternoon Salerno's Beauty Salon suffered $600 in damage to a front window, and 90 minutes later a window valued at $1,000 was shattered by a BB at the Subway Sandwich shop, 1000 Lake St.
Three cars in the 100 block of North Humphrey also had windows shot out by BBs around 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29.
?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer
Same party, guys?
Abraham M. Victoriano, 29, of Berwyn was arrested just before 3 a.m. Oct. 29 after being allegedly observed by police making U-turns in the middle of the intersection at Madison and Ridgeland, crossing and blocking traffic lanes, and hitting a curb. Victoriano, who police say had a strong odor of alcohol about him, was allegedly driving on a revoked license, illegally transporting alcohol, and had no valid insurance.
Ninety minutes later, Salvador Rodriguez, 24, of Chicago's South Side was allegedly observed by a citizen running a red light and nearly causing an accident, then weaving in and out of traffic until coming to a stop over a curb. Police, who say he had a strong odor of alcohol about him, also charged him with having no valid license and no valid insurance.