By Ben Meyerson
Twice last week, the Subway sandwich shop at 208 Lake in Oak Park was the victim of armed robbers — though only once did the robbers get anything.
In the first — attempted — robbery two men, 20-25 years old, tried to rob Subway at gunpoint on the night of Nov. 16. Approaching the counter, they demanded money from the register, pointing a semi-automatic handgun at a Subway employee.
When the employee refused, however, the two men ran away northbound from the shop.
In the second, successful robbery, a lone man in his 20s robbed Subway on the night of Nov. 17. He allegedly showed a Subway employee a black semi-automatic handgun and entered the door to the store's work area. He ordered the employee to open the cash register, then stuffed roughly $200 in cash into the front of his pants.
He repeatedly said, "Don't do anything stupid," police reported, then left the shop and walked away eastbound.
Berwyn police are investigating a similar robbery at a Subway on Roosevelt Road.
A man was robbed of his backpack by three 19- to 23-year-olds, the evening of Nov. 15, on the 1100 block of South Oak Park Avenue. The three perpetrators approached the victim as he was walking and demanded the backpack, then grabbed it and pushed him to the ground. The bag contained prescription medication, textbooks and a tool kit.
DeAngelo O. Riley of Chicago, 22, was stopped and arrested, the morning of Nov. 18 on the 300 block of South Hamlin in Chicago, and charged with retail theft from Radio Shack, 914 Madison in Oak Park. He was allegedly involved in the theft of a Samsung T369 slide phone, stolen from Radio Shack just after noon on Nov. 15.
In that incident, one man allegedly distracted one of the store's employees while another put the phone under his jacket and left the store without paying. They reportedly left in a green 1994 Chrysler sedan.
Two men stole an unknown number of camcorders and iPods from Cash America, 6303 North Avenue in Oak Park, on the evening of Nov. 17. They punched through a display case's glass to get the goods.
Rodrick J. Harris of Oak Park, 22, was stopped and arrested, the night of Nov. 16 on the 300 block of Lake Street in Oak Park, and charged with a theft that occurred at Dominick's, 259 Lake.
A catalytic converter was cut off a Honda Element, parked on the 1100 block of North Blvd. in Oak Park during the day on Nov. 17.
A 22-year-old man snatched a white Blackberry cellphone from a victim's hand, the morning of Nov. 18 on the 800 block of South Oak Park Ave., then ran away through the parking lot of Pan's Foods.
A catalytic converter was cut off a 1997 Toyota 4Runner, parked on the first block of Madison Street in Oak Park during the day on Nov. 16.
A TV, a Wii, video games, a circular saw and a pillowcase were stolen during the day, Nov. 15, from a home on the 900 block of South Maple Ave. in Oak Park. The home's locked front door had been broken down.
Someone broke into a home on the 700 block of North Oak Park Avenue, the afternoon of Nov. 16, by throwing a number 5 pool ball through the front window. Once inside, the offender ransacked the master bedroom, stealing jewelry and $300 in cash.
Two LCD TVs, two computers and jewelry were stolen during the day, Nov. 16, from a home on the 1100 block of South Home Avenue in Oak Park. The home's front and back doors both showed evidence of a prying tool.
A Toshiba laptop, two HP laptops, a Kindle, an external hard drive and a black laptop bag were stolen, Nov. 16, from a home on the 100 block of North Harvey Avenue in Oak Park. The screen on the home's kitchen window had been cut open, and the suspect then likely climbed in through the unlocked window.
Brian E. Schankle of Aurora, 30, was arrested, the morning of Nov. 15 on the 200 block of Ontario Street in Oak Park, and charged with possession of a controlled substance. He allegedly had six packages of heroin, two syringes, a metal spoon and a small cotton ball.
Michael P. Laffey, of Chicago, and Ian W. Kaliski, of Chicago, were arrested at Whole Foods, 7245 W. Lake in River Forest the afternoon of Nov. 17, and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. They allegedly had 36 hypodermic needles and a 4-inch glass crack pipe.
Clemente King of Chicago, 18, was stopped and arrested the night of Nov. 16 on the 5800 block of Iowa Street in Chicago, and charged with battery.
Romando R. Jackson of Chicago, 51, was stopped and arrested, the night of Nov. 17 on the 6100 block of North Avenue in Oak Park, and charged with aggravated assault to a police officer.
Keith Logan of Hillside, 35, was arrested, the night of Nov. 17 on the 400 block of South Scoville Avenue in Oak Park, and charged with reckless driving, possession of cannabis, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving with a suspended license.
Christopher Bing of Oak Park, 53, was stopped and arrested just after midnight on the 300 block of South Ridgeland Avenue in Oak Park and charged with DUI.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Nov. 15 to Nov. 19. 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.