Thieves use fake identity to 'buy' Porsche

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A man and woman purchased a black 2012 Porsche Panamera from The Autobarn Volvo Cars of Oak Park, 1140 Garfield St., by means of fraudulently opening a line of credit in the name of a person who is deceased, at 10 a.m. on Dec. 5, according to police. 

The male offender was described as black, 30 years old, 5-foot-4, 165 pounds, with short black hair with a small ponytail. He wore a fedora, walked slowly and was a heavy breather, according to police. 

There was no description for his accomplice. The car was valued at $46,304.23.

 

Unlawful use of a weapon/assault

A juvenile from Oak Park was arrested by Oak Park police at 12:35 p.m. on Dec. 12, in the 7200 block of West Jackson Boulevard and charged with unlawful use of a weapon and assault.

 

Theft

A Chicago resident was the victim of theft in the 200 block of South Cuyler Avenue at 7:09 a.m. on Dec. 13. The victim was approached by a male between the ages of 17 and 21, who asked for change. Meanwhile, an accomplice reached into the open trunk of the victim's vehicle and took a Lenovo computer bag containing a Lenovo laptop, a wireless mouse and a wireless internet router. 

Both then fled westbound on Randolph Street on foot. The person who first approached the victim was described as black, between 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11 with a thin build and short dreads. He wore a skullcap, dark jacket and blue jeans. The second offender was described as being black, the same age, height and build, and wore a plaid jacket and blue jeans.

A package was stolen from a porch in the 500 block of South East Avenue sometime between 10:25 a.m. on Dec. 12 and 3:07 p.m. the next day. A man was observed removing the UPS package and then entering a large SUV, possibly a GMC Yukon. The offender is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-5, with a thin build, teardrop tattoos near his left eye and on his left hand and wearing a black jacket with an intricate design on the back, a black hooded jacket, a white hat, dark jeans and dark shoes. 

An office in the 1100 block of Lake Street was the target of theft sometime between 6 and 9:05 p.m. on Dec. 13. The offender used a key to enter the office and stole a Mossimo wallet, which contained $18, multiple credit cards, an Illinois driver's license and identification and insurance cards. The estimated loss is $38.

 

Auto theft

A 2016 Gray Honda Pilot that was reported stolen on Dec. 9 was recovered in the 500 block of North Humphrey Avenue at 9:03 p.m. on Dec. 9. 

A vehicle was the target of an attempted theft in the 400 block of South Cuyler Avenue sometime between 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 12:02 p.m. on Dec. 12. The offender separated the driver's side door window trim and unlocked the door to gain entry to the vehicle. 

The offender then used a pry tool to pull off the steering column but was unsuccessful in getting the vehicle started. The estimated damage is $200.

 

Vehicle, garage break-ins

A garage was burglarized in the 200 block of South Lombard sometime between 10 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 6:45 a.m. the following day. The offender gained entry to the garage by means of an unlocked side service door and stole a blue 262 cruiser bicycle with a tan seat and handlebars. The estimated loss is $400.

A vehicle was burglarized in the 200 block of South East Avenue sometime between 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 10:30 a.m. the next day. The burglar entered through an unlocked door, ransacked the interior of the vehicle and took a larger red-and-black suitcase, miscellaneous women's clothing, three USB connector cords and food items. The estimated loss is $920.

A vehicle in the 900 block of Lake Street was the target of an attempted burglary sometime between 6:15 and 9 p.m. on Dec. 11. The offender did approximately $1,000 worth of damage trying to pry open the driver's side door.

A vehicle was burglarized in the 300 block of South Elmwood Avenue sometime between 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 12. The burglar shattered the rear passenger side window to gain entry to the vehicle, ransacked the interior and took a Garmin Nuvi GPS unit, two iPods, a Bose Bluetooth speaker, a box of miscellaneous art books and supplies and a bag with Dewalt hand tools. 

A garage was burglarized in the 700 block of South Maple Avenue sometime between 9 a.m. and noon on Dec. 11. The burglar gained entry by an open overhead door and took a black Takara Sugiyama bicycle and an orange Stihl Echo leaf blower. The estimated loss is $370.

 

Residential burglary

A residence in the 900 block of Lyman Avenue was burglarized sometime between 7:25 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Dec. 13. The offender used brute force to open the rear basement door, unlocked an interior door and exited through the rear residence door, leaving it ajar. The estimated loss is unknown.

A residence was burglarized in the 500 block of North Humphrey Avenue sometime between 11 p.m. on Dec. 13 and 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 14. The offender broke a small glass window pane on the front door and reached in to unlock the door to gain entry to the enclosed front porch. 

The offender ransacked the interior, breaking an electronic piggy bank and taking a bottle of sparkling wine. The offender then entered an unsecured common area in the building and crawled through a small window to enter the locked basement. Once inside the basement, the burglar ransacked the area, drank several cans of pop and took a half-gallon container of ice cream.

A residence was burglarized in the 1000 block of Linden Avenue sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 2:26 p.m. on Dec. 12. The offender broke a window to unlock the front doorknob from the inside, ransacked several rooms and took an iPhone 6, an Acer laptop, a Nintendo Switch console and three games, an iPad 2, a diamond bracelet, a string of pearls, Cool Water brand cologne, Jordan shoes and two wallets with cash. The estimated loss is $5,500.

 

Controlled substance

Victor D. Gordon, 31, of the 4100 block of West 15th Street in Chicago, was arrested for manufacturing and delivery of heroin, possession of a controlled substance and resisting a peace officer at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 in the 1000 block of South Taylor Avenue.

 

DUI arrest

A 31-year-old man from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in the 1100 block of Randolph Street at 1:29 a.m. on Dec. 14. The man had struck several parked cars in the 900 block of Washington Boulevard, police reported.

A 21-year-old Elmwood Park man was arrested in the 200 block of North Kenilworth at 11:13 p.m. on Dec. 15, and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after leaving the scene of an accident in the 800 block of Lake Street, according to police.

 

Criminal trespassing

A 20-year-old Chicago man on Dec. 12 was charged with a criminal trespass to motor vehicle that occurred in the 100 block of Iowa Street on Feb. 13.

 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Dec. 9-15, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger

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