Oak Park cops arrest man in camera theft

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

Oak Park police have arrested a Bellwood man in the case of a $500 digital camera snatched from behind the counter of an Oak Park shop.

James Kemp of Bellwood, 45, was arrested the afternoon of Nov. 2 in Countryside, where he was charged with retail theft and felony aggravated battery.

He was allegedly involved in a retail theft on Sept. 30 from Holiday Camera, 1047 Lake St. in Oak Park, where a man stole a Nikon D3000 camera. In that case, a man allegedly went behind the counter, snatched the camera from a shelf and ran out of the store. He allegedly entered a 1993 tan Lincoln four-door car which drove eastbound on Lake.

Stolen license plate

A front license plate was stolen from a car parked on the 300 block of Madison in Oak Park sometime between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1.

A license plate was stolen from a car parked in a lot behind an apartment building on the 700 block of North Austin Blvd. the night of Nov. 4.

Retail theft

King S. Johnson of Chicago, 41, was arrested by Oak Park police the morning of Nov. 5 on the 5900 block of West Division Street in Chicago, where he was charged with retail theft from Deals, 6405 North Ave. in Oak Park. He also had an active DuPage County warrant for larceny.

Theft

A seeder, a sod cutter, a leaf blower, a tree cutter and a yellow shovel were stolen from an unlocked truck parked on the 200 block of North Cuyler Avenue in Oak Park the afternoon of Nov. 2. The loss was estimated at $6,328.

A red and orange Diamondback bike was stolen the afternoon of Nov. 3 from in front of the River Forest Library, 735 Lathrop Ave.

A red and white Schwinn Legacy bike, which was locked to a rack on the 800 block of South Euclid Avenue in Oak Park, was stolen the afternoon of Nov. 5 after its lock was cut.

A small black leather purse containing credit cards and $100 in cash was stolen the afternoon of Nov. 6 from an unattended shopping cart at Salvation Army, 6536 Roosevelt Rd. in Oak Park.

A catalytic converter was stolen sometime between Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 from a car parked in an open garage on the 900 block of Pleasant in Oak Park.

A painting was stolen off the wall of the Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University the afternoon of Nov. 5. The painting, from an exhibition by artist George C. Clark, was valued at $150.

Burglary

An Apple laptop, an iPod, Sony headphones and $20 cash were stolen sometime between Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 from an unlocked car parked in the driveway of a home on the 1000 block of Park Avenue in River Forest.

Someone stole a red Honda lawnmower from a garage on the 1000 block of Belleforte in Oak Park the afternoon of Nov. 2. The garage's locked side door had been forced open.

Someone broke into a home on the 600 block of South Humphrey sometime between Nov. 1 and Nov. 3 and stole 35 feet of copper piping.

Cameron Drake of River Forest, 18, was arrested just after 3 a.m. on Nov. 4 at St. Luke School, 519 Ashland Ave. in River Forest, and charged with burglary.

A wallet and a makeup case were stolen the morning of Nov. 7 from an unlocked car parked on Dominican University's Priory Campus, 7200 Division St. in River Forest.

Warrant arrest

Terrell L. Rogers of Chicago, 27, was arrested the afternoon of Nov. 2 on the first block of Madison Street in Oak Park on a Bridgeview warrant for deceptive practices. He also had a Waukegan warrant for battery.

Alfonso X. Cobix of Bloomington was arrested the night of Nov. 3 on the 1100 block of Madison Street in Oak Park for a McLean County DUI warrant.

Robbery

Michael Herd of Oak Park, 29, was arrested the afternoon of Nov. 2 on the 100 block of South Humphrey Ave. in Oak Park and charged with aggravated robbery, theft from person and battery. He had allegedly robbed a woman of her cell phone on Oct. 1, implying in the process that he had a gun.

Criminal damage to property

Rakeem Scatton of Oak Park, 20, was stopped and arrested just after midnight Nov. 4 on the 800 block of Adams Street in Oak Park, where he was charged with criminal damage to property. He allegedly broke a window.

Someone knocked over two stop signs and two parking signs the evening of Nov. 5 on the 1100 block of Lexington Street, the 1000 block of South Wenonah, the 1000 block of South Home Avenue, and the 1100 block of South Kenilworth Avenue in Oak Park. A dark-colored full-size pickup truck was seen driving away eastbound from the scene.

DUI

Jakub Koleda of Chicago, 35, was stopped and arrested by River Forest police the morning of Nov. 1 at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Lake Street and charged with DUI after he allegedly rear-ended another car.

Ra Aaron of Decatur, 39, was stopped and arrested by Oak Park police early the morning of Nov. 5 on the 5000 block of West Kinzie Street in Chicago and charged with aggravated DUI.

John Fencik of Oak Park, 18, was stopped and arrested the night of Nov. 6 on the 7900 block of Central Avenue in River Forest, where he was charged with DUI. He was allegedly going the wrong way down the street.

Stolen car

A green 2002 Ford Explorer truck was stolen from the 1100 block of Randolph Street in Oak Park the night of Nov. 6. The key had been left in the truck's ignition.

Drugs

Benjamin R. Gutirrez of West Chicago, 22, was arrested the afternoon of Nov. 7 on the 100 block of South Marion in Oak Park, where he was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He allegedly had .03 grams of heroin.

Robbery

An 18- to 20-year-old black man approached someone on the 7100 block of Roosevelt Road in Oak Park the afternoon of Nov. 7, showed a knife and demanded the man's wallet. After the victim gave the offender his wallet, the offender ran away northbound on Harlem Avenue. The suspect was described as being roughly 5-feet, 9-inches and weighing 170 lbs., clean shaven with short black hair, and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Battery

Ieisha A. McIntosh and Arthur Johnson II, both of Oak Park, were arrested on the 200 block of Washington Boulevard in Oak Park the night of Nov. 7 and charged with battery. Johnson was also charged with criminal damage to property. They allegedly got in a fight with a woman from Lyons whose car they had damaged.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8. 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.

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