Oak Park and River Forest police reports - Nov. 15-21

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Theft/burglary

A 23-year-old 7-11 employee was arrested for theft, Nov. 14, after she made six transactions on her credit card but did not put money in the register at the store, 661 South Blvd. She took about $605 in items, Nov. 7-11.

An unknown person entered an apartment in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard, Nov. 15, through an unlocked rear window and removed a grey Toshiba laptop computer, a white Nintendo Wii game system and three video games. Estimated loss is $900.

Two days later, someone entered a residence in the same block and removed a 42-inch Samsung flat-screen TV, a black Hewlett Packard laptop computer, a purple Nikon Coolpix digital camera and a white Nintendo Wii game console. Loss is estimated at $2,220.

Someone approached a victim from behind in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard, Nov. 15, and took her black Apple iPod and ear plugs from her hands before fleeing on foot. Estimated loss is $211.

An unknown person removed a red Modis EEMS-300 automotive diagnostic scanner from Suburban Automotive in the 800 block of North Boulevard, Nov. 10. Estimated loss is $8,000.

Someone gained entry to a location in the first block of Garfield Street and removed a white stove and refrigerator. Estimated loss is $800.

An unknown person entered a locked locker in the 1100 block of Lake Street, Nov. 14, and removed the victim's Citibank debit card. Purchases totaling $548 were charged on the stolen card.

An unknown person removed an unattended yellow and white gold wedding band from the checkout counter the victim was working at in the 400 block of North Harlem Ave., Nov. 18. Estimated loss is $2,000.

A 50-year-old woman was arrested, Nov. 16, and charged with retail theft after she took up to $600 of Gucci and Rayban sunglasses from Kirk Eye Center in the 7400 block of Lake Street.

Thefts at OPRF

A 17-year-old student at Oak Park and River Forest High School was arrested for theft, Nov. 18, after he stole an iPod belonging to a staff member from a desk inside a classroom.

Someone removed a black and blue LG slide cellphone from an unsecured locker in the boy's locker room of Oak Park and River Forest High School. Estimated loss is $80.

Vehicle/garage theft

An unknown person gained entry to a vehicle in the 500 block of Madison Street, Nov. 2-3, and removed a black Apple iPad. Estimated loss is $699.

An unknown person broke a window to a 2010 Ford Mustang parked in the 1100 block of North Kenilworth Avenue, Nov. 18-19, and removed a black Garmin GPS unit. Estimated loss is $250.

An unknown person removed a brown leather briefcase and purse from an unlocked 2008 Honda, Nov. 19-20. Estimated loss is $1,050.

An unknown person removed the catalytic converter from underneath a 2003 Honda Element, Nov. 15-16, while parked in a lot in the first block of Chicago Avenue. Estimated loss is $200.

During the same time, an unknown person removed the catalytic converter from underneath a 2007 Honda Element parked in the rear of a residence in the 500 block of North Taylor Street. Loss is estimated at $200. Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds said converters could be a target because some contain platinum, a precious metal. Reynolds said police are aware of the pattern and are addressing it by identifying potential targets.

An unknown person entered a garage in the 700 block of South East Avenue, Nov. 18, and removed a blue Ryobi power drill and two chargers. A witness then saw the offender enter a black Lincoln Continental parked behind the garage and drive away. Estimated loss is $210.

Driving under the influence

A 74-year-old Villa Park man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, Nov. 19, in the 100 block of North Harlem Ave. He was released after posting bond.

Unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle

A 37-year-old Gary, Ind. woman was arrested, Nov. 19, and charged with unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle after a police officer saw her trying to flush the needle and two plastic bags containing a white powdery substance down the toilet at Wendy's in the first block of North Harlem Ave. The needle was recovered, police said, while the bags were flushed.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Nov. 15-21, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

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