Door-kicker crashes allegedly stolen car, then hoofs it

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Things weren't going Ervin L. Moore's way early Sunday morning. Moore, 49, was allegedly seen leaving the rear area of a building on the 7900 block of Lake Street in River Forest around 3:20 a.m. A building resident, who had heard a loud noise like a door being kicked, said he observed Moore then get into a vehicle while the resident called police. As a responding squad pulled up, Moore reportedly took off and drove southbound on Thatcher. He almost immediately crashed into a viaduct at Hawthorne and Thatcher. He then fled on foot, but was captured a short distance away in the 300 block of Gale Street.

Six of Moore's eight previous criminal convictions were for burglary, and he was paroled from his latest conviction last June. He wasn't charged with burglary this time, but was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, criminal damage to property, reckless driving, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Battery, resisting arrest, driving while license revoked, traffic arrest

Wayne R. Artis, 44, of 4136 W. Gladys, Chicago, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation in the 800 block of South Kenilworth the evening of Nov. 4. When he was unable to produce a valid license or proof of insurance, he reportedly became uncooperative, pushed a police officer, and fled on foot. After he was apprehended, a name check determined he was wanted by the Cook County Sheriff for a parole violation.


A woman was accosted by a man as she opened her front door on the 600 block of North Humphrey around 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2. The man grabbed her purse forcefully causing her to tumble down the steps. He fled, chased by the victim's son. The thief was last seen in the 5800 block of West Iowa. The woman was treated and released for minor injuries.

Burglary to residence, garage, auto

 Someone broke through the basement door of a home in the 500 block of William the afternoon of Nov. 2 and stole assorted expensive rings and jewelry, as well as $25 in change.

 An open overhead door allowed someone to enter a garage on the 100 block of South Humphrey overnight on Nov. 1. A window of a 2004 Honda Pilot was smashed and headphones and a DVD player were stolen.

 Thieves entered a garage in the 200 block of South Kenilworth via an unsecured side door between Nov. 1 and Nov. 3. They broke a side window of a Land Rover and stole $24 in cash. Loss was $1,334.

 Thieves entered a garage on the 100 block of North Elmwood Avenue via an unlocked side door Nov. 5. They smashed several windows on two cars and stole a number of items. Total loss was $1,923.


 An unsecured, unattended 20-inch diamond blade masonry saw, valued at $20,000 with a 16 horsepower motor was stolen from a construction site at 6440 Roosevelt Rd. overnight on Nov. 4.

 Sometime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 a Front Loader backhoe valued at $26,100 was stolen from the lot of the LaSalle Talman Bank, 6720 Roosevelt Rd.

 Michael W. Servant, 46, of 1935 Natoma, Chicago was arrested and charged with Felony Theft after being observed walking down an alley behind the 400 block of South Humphrey Nov. 1 with a battery charger and jumper cables. The items had been reported stolen from two separate garages.

 Someone broke a window to enter a garage in the 100 block of South Taylor overnight on Oct. 31. Stolen were a leaf blower, hedge trimmer and weed whacker.

Public Indecency

An Oak Park girl was riding her bike in the alley behind the 200 block of South Scoville Avenue the afternoon of Nov. 1. A man drove up from behind, and as he passed, the girl noticed he was fondling his exposed genitals. He then drove off.

Retail Theft

Terrance C. Freeman, 37, was arrested in the 5900 block of Chicago Avenue around 1 a.m., Nov 3. Freeman, who was on parole from a retail theft conviction and had previous drug convictions, was positively identified as the person who allegedly stole four 33-ounce boxes of laundry detergent from the Marathon Gas Station, 100 Chicago. He was also reportedly found in possession of a 5-inch metal pipe with steel wool at one end.

Outside Arrest

Walter L. McLaurin, 23, of 5458 W. Thomas, Chicago was allegedly stopped in the rear of a residence in the 1200 block of Columbian around 2:30 a.m., Nov. 1. A name check revealed he was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear at a court date in Carol Stream.

Drug Possession

 Gerard A. Austin, 32, of 1144 N. Menard, Chicago was stopped on suspicion by police on the 600 block of North Humphrey just after noon Oct. 31. A search allegedly determined he was in possession of a white powder determined to be heroin.

 Michael A. Strauss, 25, of Lisle was stopped at the McDonald's, 111 Madison St., the early evening of Nov. 1. A search allegedly turned up a substance in his jacket pocket that tested positive for heroin.

 Eric C. Watkins, 18, of 1043 N. Humphrey Ave., was arrested for possession of a controlled substance Nov. 2. A teacher at OPRF reportedly told a dean that Watkins had allegedly offered to sell marijuana to another student. A search reportedly turned up a plastic bag of suspected pot.

Theft of motor vehicle

 Darius D. Foster, 17, and Sharnetha D. Craig, 19, both of 1929 S. Grove, Berwyn, were occupants in a 1991 Honda stopped in the 7200 block of Roosevelt Rd. around 10 p.m., Nov. 1 for driving without headlights on. An investigation determined the car had been reported stolen earlier in Berwyn. Foster was arrested for possession of a stolen motor vehicle and driving with an invalid license, and Craig for criminal trespass to a motor vehicle.

 A 2005 Toyota Scion, parked in the rear of a residence on the 500 block of Fair Oaks, was stolen overnight on Oct. 30. Chicago 11th District police recovered the car and arrested two Chicago juveniles around Nov. 1. The $16,740 car was extensively damaged.

 A 2005 Ford Escape, valued at $20,000, was stolen off the street in the 100 block on North Humphrey overnight on Oct. 29.

 An open overhead garage door in the 100 block of North Ridgeland and keys left inside a 2001 Saab made it easy to steal the $20,000 car the night of Nov. 5

 A 2003 Yamaha motorcycle was stolen from a parking lot in the 1000 block of Ontario Street sometime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Oct. Oct 31 to Nov. 6. 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.

?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer

Nothing better to do

Eleven automobiles were vandalized in River Forest overnight on Nov. 4 or the morning of Nov. 5. The criminal damage to property, which involved smashing one or more car windows with an unknown object, was centered in the 600 through 800 blocks of streets in the western end of the village, with five incidents on Monroe. Deputy Chief of Police Kendra Sullivan said Monday that shift officers are aware of the problems and are paying particular attention to the area.

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