By Devin Rose
River Forest police are advising residents about a pattern of thefts occurring in businesses along the Lake Street corridor.
Within the last several months, there has been an increased effort to steal women's purses left unattended in shopping carts or at tables in local restaurants, according to a statement from the River Forest Police Department. In some cases, these thefts have occurred while the victim is seated in a restaurant and the purse is on the floor or hanging on the back of a chair. Police have received several vague suspect descriptions but nothing specific can be disseminated.
Police are urging residents to keep personal belongings on their bodies at all times and to never leave belongings unattended.
Someone entered an open garage in the 500 block of South Highland Avenue, the morning of Nov. 12, and removed a grey girl's Giant bicycle. Estimated loss is $400.
Two men in a maroon Cadillac approached a woman at an ATM in the 6000 block of West North Avenue, the afternoon of Nov. 12, and asked if she was interested in buying a laptop computer. The woman had them follow her to the 1400 block of North Austin Boulevard, where she inspected the laptop and decided not to buy it. One offender then grabbed $350 from her hand, got back into the vehicle and fled northbound on Austin to North. Loss is $350.
Someone removed an unattended Apple iPhone and case from a basketball court in the 1100 block of Lake Street, the evening of Nov. 13. Estimated loss is $220.
An unattended Apple iPhone was removed from the washroom sink at McDonald's in the 100 block of Madison Street, the morning of Nov. 14. Estimated loss is $300.
An iPhone with a purple case was removed from a classroom at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue between the morning and afternoon of Nov. 13. Estimated loss is $584.
A catalytic converter was removed from a beige Lexus RX330 in the 7000 block of West Roosevelt Road, the afternoon of Nov. 14. Estimated loss is $950.
Someone removed scrap copper metal from the fourth floor of the AT&T building in the 700 block of Lake Street, overnight Nov. 14. Estimated loss is $270.
A 2012 Mazda 2, parked in the south lot of the first block of Erie Court, was removed during the night of Nov. 17. Estimated loss is $14,000.
An unattended purse containing a Verizon phone, $10 in cash and maroon glasses was removed from a church in the first block of Washington Boulevard while the victim cleaned the church, the morning of Nov. 17. Estimated loss is $690.
An unlocked 26-inch blue Raleigh women's bicycle and a 26-inch blue Jamis Dakar men's bicycle were removed from the common area of an apartment in the first block of South Boulevard, overnight Nov. 16. Estimated loss is $1,550.
Someone removed a wallet from inside a purse hanging over the back of a chair at Panera Bread in the 7300 block of Lake Street, the afternoon of Nov. 12. The loss included a $1,600 wallet, $450 in cash, credit cards, a driver's license and personal identification. The credit cards were used to make purchases of more than $1,000 before the loss was discovered.
A maroon and silver girl's Uptown bicycle and a blue men's Magna bicycle were removed from a garage in the 500 block of South East Avenue, the afternoon of Nov. 12. The maroon and silver bike was recovered in the 600 block of Madison Street. Estimated loss is $150.
An unknown person entered a green Jeep Wrangler in the 500 block of Lake Street between the morning and afternoon of Nov. 12 and removed an Alpine car stereo, $5 in cash and a spare tire from the rear of the vehicle. Estimated loss is $555. During the same time period, someone entered a black Jeep Wrangler and removed a car stereo and $5 in cash. Estimated loss is $405.
Someone broke the driver's side window of a silver 2011 Chevy Malibu parked inside a garage in the 1100 block of Lyman Avenue, the night of Nov. 12, and removed a brown leather wallet containing $300 in cash. Estimated loss and damage is $605.
A vehicle inside a garage in the 700 block of Lyman Avenue was entered using a pry-type tool, overnight Nov. 12. The vehicle was ransacked and various items were removed. Estimated loss and damage is $366.
An unknown person entered an unattended work truck parked in the 300 block of North Euclid Street, the morning of Nov. 14, and removed several power tools. Estimated loss is $1,865.
Someone gained entry to an apartment in the 800 block of West Erie Street between the morning and evening of Nov. 14 and removed a Sony television, jewelry box, earrings and shopping bags. Estimated loss is $2,080.
An unknown person gained entry to a locked Nissan Altima in the 200 block of South Oak Park Avenue between the mornings of Nov. 8 and Nov. 15, ransacked the interior and removed $2 in cash. On the same block overnight Nov. 14, someone entered a black Acura Integra, ransacked the interior and removed an iPod and $5.
A 34-year-old Chicago man was arrested for burglary after he was seen removing multiple cellphones from a UPS truck in the 1100 block of Lake Street the morning of Nov. 16.
Someone entered the front porch of a residence in the 600 block of South Harvey Avenue between the afternoon and evening of Nov. 16 and removed a 26-inch men's Rhino bicycle. Estimated loss is $600.
A 2002 Nissan Altima was entered between the night of Nov. 4 and afternoon of Nov. 17 and the ignition and dashboard were damaged when the offender attempted to remove the car stereo. Estimated loss is $450.
A resident of the 8200 block of Lake Street told police someone entered his unlocked garage and removed a Gibson Explorer guitar and a Hartke speaker cabinet. Estimated loss is $500.
Criminal damage to property
Someone damaged two metal bars on the fence in the 200 block of Home Avenue between the morning of Nov. 1 and evening of Nov. 13 by bending them. Estimated damage is $200.
A man in the rear of the 1100 block of South Elmwood Avenue grabbed a woman's arm and removed her purse containing $310 in cash and credit cards from her shoulder. The offender then fled northbound on Elmwood and eastbound on Fillmore. Estimated loss is $480.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Nov. 13-19 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 arrest.