Thieves strike twice at Longfellow School

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? The following contains incidents reported to the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Dec. 6 to Dec. 12. 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.

Longfellow school was the site of two thefts last week. On the afternoon of Dec. 6, someone stole a saxophone valued at $1,410 from a hallway at Longfellow. Then on Dec. 9 between 1:30 and 5 p.m., someone stole an unattended leather purse containing $150 in cash, leather gloves and assorted IDs and credit cards from the school auditorium.

Sometime during the first two weeks of December, someone broke into an apartment in the 8200 block of Lake Street in River Forest and made off with $4,000 in jewelry.

A man approached a woman in the 200 block of North Oak Park Avenue around 6 p.m., Dec. 6 and asked to talk with her. When the woman refused and walked away, the man allegedly approached her, grabbed her buttocks and said, "I thought you were kind of cute." The woman screamed at the offender, and he walked away southbound on Oak Park Avenue.

Theft of motor vehicle
Sometime between Dec. 6 and Dec. 8, someone stole a 2005 Chevy Malibu from a garage in the 600 block of South Cuyler by means of a key. The car reportedly contained 300 CDs, assorted clothing and a lock box. Loss was estimated at $21,650.

? A 2003 Toyota Corolla was removed from a parking lot at 255 S. Maple overnight on Dec. 9. Loss was $11,000.

Jeremiah Newcombe, 23, was arrested around 3:42 a.m. on Dec. 11 in front of a Forest Park tavern in the 7400 block of Madison on a warrant for failure to appear in court for a River Forest charge of driving on a revoked license. River Forest police were called to pick him up, but a disturbance subsequently broke out in front of the same tavern. Newcombe allegedly took advantage of the distraction to exit the squad car and run off, still in handcuffs. He was captured in the 100 block of Rockford, hiding under a trailer, and charged by Forest Park police with Escape.

Residential burglary
Someone gained entry to a garage in the 500 block of North Harvey Avenue by unknown means between Dec. 2 and Dec. 5. Stolen were a slide projector, cell phone, and a portable display case. Loss was $3,050.

? Someone entered an apartment in the 1000 block of North Austin Boulevard by unknown means between 7 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 7. The intruder stole a cell phone, a laptop computer, a digital camera and a DVD player. Loss was $1,600.

? A pry bar was used to defeat deadbolt locks on two apartments in the 100 block of South Harvey Avenue. Loss is unknown, but damage was estimated at $400.

? Burglars removed a window pane next to the front entry door of a building on Westgate Terrace overnight on Dec. 4. They entered and ransacked three offices, stealing $80 and a pad of prescription blanks from one. Losses at the other two offices are unknown.

? Sometime overnight on Dec. 4, burglars cut six screens and entered Percy Julian Junior High through a window. They stole $60 in cash, candles, earrings, a necklace and various food items. They also urinated on an electric keyboard, damaging it.

Burglary to Auto
Sometime during the day on Dec. 7, someone broke the rear window and entered a Honda Odyssey, parked in the West Suburban Hospital garage, stealing $25 in coins, a jacket, gloves, CDs, and various tools. Loss was $500.

? A purse containing $160 was stolen from an unattended, unlocked car at the Shell station at Austin Blvd. and Harrison St. the afternoon of Dec. 10.

Felony Retail Theft
Kenneth Williamson, 41, of 109 S. Elmwood Ave., removed four pairs of gloves from Camille Et Famille, Dec. 10, and left without paying. He was arrested in the 800 block of Ontario. Williamson, who has 10 previous convictions over the past 10 years, including nine for theft or retail theft, is currently on parole for a 2004 retail theft conviction.

Retail Theft
Robert Bolls, 25, was reportedly seen running from
Famous Footwear, 7231 W. Lake St. on Dec. 10 around
6 p.m. Bolls,
who scaled a fence as he ran off, was found later behind a building in the 500 block of Monroe. Merchandise allegedly from the
retail theft was found nearby.

Just passing through
Around 2 a.m., Dec. 8, officers from Chicago's 25th District in Austin pusued a stolen car across Austin Boulevard and through Oak Park. The chase crossed Harlem and continued through Forest Park and into Maywood, where the car crashed. Oak Park police were not involved.

? Crime plus
He just isn't getting it
Jose E. Orozco, 68, of 543 Lyman Ave., was arrested on Dec. 1 for violating a bail bond for a previous battery against a police officer. Orozco posted bail and was released. On Dec. 9 he was arrested again for allegedly making a harassing phone call to a woman who had obtained an order of protection.

?Calling all cars
Upset over the upset
Several fans of the 13th-ranked Hinsdale Central girls basketball team had to be escorted to their cars by River Forest police last Friday night. Seems they were irate over what they felt was unfair officiating in Trinity's 52-40 win over the Red Devils.

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