By Ben Meyerson
Oak Park police finally nabbed a retail thief last week — 16 years after his crime.
Ireneo S. Rivera of Phoenix, Ariz., 44, was arrested by Oak Park police early on the morning of Nov. 28 on the 800 block of Sheridan Road in Winthrop Harbor after he was turned over to Oak Park police on a 1994 warrant for retail theft.
He allegedly stole cosmetics and hair care products sometime in 1994. Though the incident occurred 16 years earlier, when Rivera was pulled over in Winthrop Harbor, his arrest warrant was still active. He was released on $5,000 bond and given a Dec. 27 court date.
Felon with a gun
Regimond Maxwell of Oak Park, 20, was arrested at 2 a.m., Nov. 27 at his home on the 1100 block of Wisconsin in Oak Park, where he was charged with aggravated unauthorized use of a weapon by a felon.
Maxwell, who was given six-year sentence for felony aggravated robbery earlier this year, was on parole already, and the Illinois Department of Corrections issued a warrant for parole violation.
Police responded to a call of a disturbance on the 1100 block of Wisconsin where one of the callers reported a suspect saying they were going to get a gun.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the home's front door open and walked in. They reportedly found Maxwell holding a rifle. Police ordered him to drop the gun, which he did, then ran. Police caught him, and arrested him near the back of the home.
Busted parking meters
Eleven parking meters on the 100 block of North Marion Street in Oak Park were damaged sometime between Nov. 10 and Nov. 19 when paper clips were inserted into the meters' coin slots.
A Dell Inspiron laptop, a computer monitor and keyboard, and a white iPod were stolen sometime between Nov. 18 and 19 from an apartment on the 300 block of Harrison Street in Oak Park via a closed but unlocked window.
A Citi ATM card and $200 in cash were stolen from a purse inside a closed but unlocked car parked at a home on the 400 block of North Kenilworth Avenue in Oak Park, overnight between Nov. 12 and 13. A boys' 21-speed bicycle was also stolen from the home's backyard.
A Gateway desktop computer, along with its monitor and keyboard, were stolen from an apartment on the 1000 block of Pleasant Street in Oak Park sometime between Nov. 16 and 20.
A boy's 10-speed black bike was stolen from a home on the 900 block of North Kenilworth, the night of Nov. 23, after someone used a 5-foot-long piece of metal to shatter a glass sliding door.
A black Dell Latitude laptop and its case were stolen from a car parked on the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue in Oak Park, overnight between Nov. 23 and 24, after the driver's-side window was broken.
Nearly $1,500 worth of hair tools and beauty supplies were stolen from the back of a locked car parked on the first block of Washington Blvd. in Oak Park, overnight between Nov. 23 and 24.
A Garmin Nuvi GPS was stolen from a locked car parked on the 200 block of South Harvey, overnight between Nov. 23 and 24. Someone smashed the car's window, then unlocked the car's door.
A Garmin GPS unit, a black briefcase and a pair of handcuffs were stolen, the evening of Nov. 26, from a car parked on the 1100 block of South Highland Avenue in Oak Park.
Two Stihl chainsaws, CDs and $100 in cash were stolen, sometime between Nov. 24 and 26, from a home on the 900 block of North Euclid Avenue in Oak Park via the open overhead door of a garage attached to a home.
An Apple laptop and a brown vinyl case were stolen, the afternoon of Nov. 23, from a car parked in the lot in front of Petco, 7265 W. Lake St., in River Forest. The car's front passenger-side window had been shattered.
David Thomas of Chicago, 48, was arrested, the night of Nov. 19, at Dominick's, 259 Lake St., in Oak Park, and charged with felony retail theft. He allegedly took several tubes of toothpaste, valued at about $45. He had a prior conviction.
A 30- to 40-year-old woman stole an Ace arm bandage, the afternoon of Nov. 28, from Walgreens, 811 Madison St., in Oak Park.
John T. Culhane of Elmwood Park, 31, was arrested, the afternoon of Nov. 20 at Dominick's, 7501 North Ave. in River Forest, and charged with retail theft. He allegedly stole roughly $60 worth of vodka.
A 3-ton air conditioning compressor was stolen from a yard on the 400 block of South Taylor Avenue in Oak Park, sometime between Nov. 8 and 18.
Copper coils, valued at $10,000, were stolen from an air compressor on the side of a building on the 200 block of Lake Street in Oak Park, sometime between Nov. 23 and 24.
A woman had $100 in cash stolen from her wallet, left sitting unsecured in a nightstand drawer at West Suburban Hospital, 3 Erie Court in Oak Park, overnight between Nov. 27 and 28.
Criminal damage to property
Someone threw a can of vegetables through the rear driver's side window of a car parked on the 1000 block of South Humphrey Avenue in Oak Park, overnight between Nov. 26 and 27.
A 26-inch by 70-inch door window was shattered overnight between Nov. 20 and 21 at Euclid Methodist Church, 405 S. Euclid Ave. in Oak Park, when someone threw a piece of concrete through it.
The same thing happened just a few blocks away the same night when a 20-inch by 72-inch door window was shattered at Vineyard Church, 705 Jackson Blvd. in Oak Park, also with a piece of concrete.
A window was damaged sometime between Nov. 20 and 21 on the south side of the Oak Park Library, 834 Lake St. in Oak Park, when someone threw a bottle at it.
A knife-wielding man in his 20s approached a man on the 500 block of North Humphrey Avenue in Oak Park, the night of Nov. 20, and demanded the victim's cell phone and cash. The victim gave him his Blackberry Curve and $20 in cash, and the offender ran away eastbound through homes' yards.
Milton E. Hudson of Chicago, 55, was arrested, the night of Nov. 26, on the 300 block of Harrison Street in Oak Park, and charged with aggravated DUI, driving with a revoked license and driving an uninsured vehicle.
Candace A. Thomas of Chicago, 23, was arrested by River Forest police early on the morning of Nov. 25, on the 6600 block of North Avenue in Oak Park and charged with DUI.
Lucio Viezca of River Forest, 24, was arrested early on the morning of Nov. 27 on the 7800 block of North Avenue in River Forest and charged with DUI.
Jarvael J. Tuck of Broadview, 21, was arrested early on the morning of Nov. 21 at the intersection of Chicago and Harlem avenues in River Forest and charged with DUI. He was allegedly asleep at the wheel, stopped at the intersection, and law enforcement had to pound on his car window to wake him up.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Nov. 19-29. 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.