Oak Park and River Forest police reports - Dec. 13-19

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Short ride on Green Line costs cellphone and smokes

An unknown offender removed a grey Sprint LG Optimus cell phone, $20 in cash and two packs of cigarettes Dec. 15 from another man who had boarded a CTA train at the same time at Harlem Avenue. The victim had seen two offenders on the train platform who made him feel uncomfortable, police said.

After the victim and the two offenders boarded, one offender approached the victim and displayed a chrome handgun and demanded the victim stand up. The second offender searched and took items from the victim, who exited the train at Oak Park Avenue. The offenders remained on the eastbound train toward Austin Boulevard.

Theft

An unknown person removed two gingerbread men and two candy cane decorations from the 1000 block of North Boulevard Dec. 9-12. Estimated loss is $150.

An unknown person removed a dark blue men's bicycle and a purple girl's Schwinn bicycle from a rear yard in the 500 block of South Lyman Avenue Dec. 12. Estimated loss is $330.

An unknown person entered a 2001 green Ford Escape Dec. 16 in the 6000 block of Roosevelt Road and removed a Stihl concrete saw from the rear cargo area. Estimated loss is $2,100.

An unknown person removed four hubcaps from a Toyota 4 Runner parked in the rear of the 1000 block of South Oak Park Avenue Dec. 14-15. Estimated loss is $200.

An unknown person removed a copper Roycroft mailbox from the side of a residence in the 600 block of Gunderson Avenue Dec. 15-16. Estimated loss is $500.

An unknown man was seen carrying a central air condenser unit through a rear year in the 700 block of block of South Harvey Avenue Dec. 18. The offender then fled southbound in the alley. Estimated loss is $3,000.

A Concordia University student reported Dec. 16 that an unknown person removed stereo equipment from his 2000 Ford SUV parked in a garage at the university, 7400 Augusta Street. Estimated loss is over $500. The incident is believed to be related to another theft reported Dec. 15. Another student reported an unknown person entered his 1999 GMC Savana and removed a 12-inch Infinity subwoofer and an Infinity car stereo amplifier valued at $280.

A Concordia University student reported an unknown person entered his blue 1999 Ford Explorer parked in a campus parking garage and removed a 13-inch Apple Macbook laptop computer. Estimated loss is $1,300.

Burglary

An unknown person entered a home in the 1100 block of South Elmwood Avenue Dec. 12 and removed a 32-inch Samsung LCD HDTV. Estimated loss is $650.

An unknown person entered an apartment in the 800 block of South Humphrey Avenue Dec. 12 and removed a Macbook laptop computer and a black nylon bag, for an estimated loss of $2,150. Another apartment in the same building was ransacked Dec. 1-12 and cash was removed, for an estimated loss of $305.

An unknown person entered a residence in the 1000 block of South Cuyler Avenue Dec. 13 and removed a white Wii game console, a white Nook e-reader, a black Panasonic digital camera, cash and 12 Wii games. Estimated loss is $1,310.

An unknown offender entered the basement of Circle Property Management in the 400 block of South Oak Park Avenue Dec. 13 and removed a black Coleman power tool set, a black Black and Decker Sawzall and a blue Makita Sawzall. Estimated loss is $540.

A witness reported seeing an unknown offender exiting a residence in the 900 block of South Humphrey Avenue Dec. 16 with a TV and computer bag. The witness followed the offender, who fled northbound on Humphrey Avenue, eastbound on Harrison Street and northbound on Austin Boulevard in a green Mercury van that was reported stolen. The victim reported a 40-inch Vision TV, a 42-inch TV, black Hewlett Packard and Dell laptop computers and an Xbox game system missing. Estimated loss is $2,750

An unknown person entered a residence in the 1100 block of Wenonah Avenue and removed a grey and black Dell laptop computer, a Nikon camera, two Nikon lenses and two gold pocket watches Dec. 16. Estimated loss is $2,650.

Robbery

A 17-year-old victim was approached by three men in the 200 block of South Euclid Avenue Dec. 13. One man demanded to see what was in the victim's pockets and took a black touch screen HTC cell phone before the men fled southbound on Euclid Avenue. Estimated loss is $200.

An 18-year-old Schaumberg man was arrested for armed robbery Dec. 16 when he turned himself into police at the station, 123 Madison St. The man had allegedly taken Toshiba and Macbook Pro laptop computers from the 300 block of Wesley Avenue.

Driving under the influence

A 50-year-old Chicago man was arrested for aggravated driving under the influence Dec. 13 in the 7100 block of West North Avenue after he struck a vehicle near Division Street and Harlem Avenue. The man fled northbound on Harlem Avenue before he was stopped in a private lot and officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol and an empty, uncapped 40-ounce bottle laying between the front seats of his car.

A 27-year-old Oak Park woman was arrested for aggravated driving under the influence Dec. 14 after a witness observed her vehicle hit several parked vehicles and drive away. She was stopped by Forest Park police in the 400 block of Des Plaines Avenue.

A 31-year-old Franklin Park man was arrested Dec. 15 for aggravated driving under the influence after it was reported his eastbound Toyota Corolla drove onto the sidewalk and struck a parked vehicle in the 800 block of Lake Street. Marijuana and PCP were also found in his system.

An unknown person punctured three tires on a Nissan Quest minivan parked in the 300 block of South Austin Boulevard Dec. 13-14. Estimated damage is $250.

Motor vehicle theft

An unknown person removed a beige 1991 Fleetwood Cadillac from the 1000 block of Garfield Street Oct. 5-11. Estimated loss is $2,500.

An unknown person removed a vehicle immobilization device from a white 1990 Caprice Classic in the 1100 block of South Taylor Avenue Dec. 6-12 and drove the car away. Estimated loss is $542.

An unknown person removed a 2006 black Buick Lucerne that was left running with the keys in the ignition in the 6100 block of North Avenue Dec. 16. Estimated loss is $15,000.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Dec. 13-19, 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.

Reader Comments

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Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 29th, 2011 2:47 PM

Violet Aura, it is not a set policy by the W.J.. It's a policy of the reporter not to bother adding to things that readers may be interested in. She has a lot of work to get done and has no time to do any reporting. Copy and paste works just as well.

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 29th, 2011 2:29 PM

WJ used to do this. It's glaringly obvious that they have changed their policy. Why? Is it too much of a turnoff for potential buyers and/or renters to find out that people are getting mugged at High Noon or at least broad daylight?

Jg Morales  

Posted: December 28th, 2011 6:11 PM

Mmm, yeah, I actually agree with Violet. I've been wondering the same things about times. It's kinda valuable information, you know.

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 26th, 2011 3:16 PM

@Q: ??? Well that was really an odd question! I doubt if I would be the only one concerned, but should I only ask questions which affect the majority? It is instructive to know whether the bulk of OP crimes are happening after midnight or if it's utterly random; yes. It puts things in perspective, just like knowing WHERE things happen does. By the way, I have read way too many blotter blurbs to understand that it can happen ANYWHERE in OP. This is helpful. Sheesh...

Les  

Posted: December 25th, 2011 12:27 AM

The spelling and grammar errors in this are atrocious.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 24th, 2011 1:12 PM

Agree with you joe from south oak park Newspapers should ask questions, but it's a lot less work when you don't.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: December 24th, 2011 12:01 PM

Q - it's just good reporting.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 21st, 2011 2:57 PM

Violet Aura, would it be more of a relief to the people who travel late at night or just you.

Death Wish VI  

Posted: December 21st, 2011 12:42 PM

I do.

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 21st, 2011 12:14 PM

To WJ's Devin Rose: Could you please, please, pretty please go back to telling TIME of crime? It would be nice to see if the Green Line armed robbery (!) occurred at 1 am or 9 am. Not to say that it's ever acceptable but if most of the serious crimes occur late at night, it would be more of a relief. I can't figure out whose decision it was to eliminate times.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: December 21st, 2011 11:48 AM

And the actual line is "Do I feel lucky?"

Death Wish V  

Posted: December 21st, 2011 11:18 AM

As long as we are being trivial, John Milius also wrote the first screenplay for "Apocalypse Now". I only hope the Oak Park police aren't watching either of them on their iPhones.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: December 21st, 2011 11:07 AM

That line was written by John Milius who was the inspiration for the character Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) in the Coen brothers' movie, "The Big Lebowski".

Death Wish IV  

Posted: December 21st, 2011 10:49 AM

Sending the wife and kids away over the holidays. In the words of Dirty Harry, "Do you feel lucky, punk?"

Death Wish III  

Posted: December 21st, 2011 10:46 AM

From Dec 13-19 An unknown person entered a home in the 1100 block of South Elmwood Avenue Dec. 12 and removed a 32-inch Samsung LCD HDTV. Estimated loss is $650. An unknown person entered a residence in the 1000 block of South Cuyler Avenue Dec. 13 and removed a white Wii game console, a white Nook e-reader, a black Panasonic digital camera, cash and 12 Wii games. Estimated loss is $1,310.

Death Wish II  

Posted: December 21st, 2011 10:46 AM

From Dec 6-12 An unknown person entered a residence in the 1100 block of Highland Avenue Dec. 8 and removed a black Apple iPad 2, an Apple iPod Touch with an orange case, a silver Toshiba laptop computer and a black Toshiba convertible laptop computer. Estimated loss is $6,800.

Death Wish  

Posted: December 21st, 2011 10:45 AM

From Nov 29-Dec 5 A Dell laptop and Toshiba laptop were removed from a residence in the 1100 block of South Taylor Avenue Nov. 30. Estimated loss is $1,375. Someone entered a residence in the 1100 block of Highland Avenue, Dec. 2, and removed jewelry, a Nintendo Wii game system, an X-Box game system, games and controllers, two Apple laptop computers and an Apple iPod. Estimated loss is $5,350.

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