'Tis the season: 4 busted for retail theft at Old Navy

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? The following contains incidents reported to the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Dec. 13 to Dec 19. 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.

Four individuals were arrested on shoplifting charges at the Old Navy store at 417 N. Harlem last week. Danyell D. Dunning, 20, of Chicago was arrested after allegedly walking out of Old Navy with $220 worth of clothing around 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Ten minutes later, Catrice Kimbrough, 23, also of Chicago, was arrested after she allegedly left Old Navy with $107 worth of merchandise.

The next evening Patrick D. Gentry, 33, of Bolingbrook allegedly removed an undisclosed amount of merchandise from Old Navy. And Friday a Chicago juvenile became the fourth person arrested at Old Navy (after a brief foot chase) when he exited the store without paying for a pair of jeans.

? River Forest police arrested Lonell Thomas, 29, after he allegedly left Famous Footware, 7231 Lake St., without paying for a pair of shoes on Dec. 14. Thomas, who reportedly had two outstanding warrants for retail theft, was charged with felony retail theft.

? Sometime between 4 p.m. Dec. 12 and 4 p.m. Dec. 13, someone took $1,039  worth of cell phones from a display case in the Wolf Camera store on Oak Park Avenue.

Juveniles and young adults continue to be a headache for the police. There were three incidents of battery involving juveniles reported last week. Maurice Henderson of 255 S. Marion, and Broadview resident Devin D. Grisby-Gary, both 18, were arrested Dec. 17 for their involvement in an assault and battery around 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 15, in which three male teens approached an Oak Park man in the 1400 block of North Austin, pulled his shirt over his head, and struck him in the head and stomach with fists holding a padlock for "about five minutes.

The next afternoon a male teenager struck an Oak Park juvenile in the face several times in the 00 block of Chicago Avenue and ran off.

? One juvenile was arrested the evening of Dec. 16 after resisting an officer's attempt to pat him down near Highland Avenue and Flournoy Street.

? In other battery news, Celynthia Smith, 25, was arrested Dec. 13 for the battery of an Oak Park woman in the 1400 block of North Avenue on Dec. 8. And?

? Norman Brown, 48, of 914 N. Austin, was arrested after allegedly striking an Oak Park juvenile several times in the face with his fist the night of Dec. 17.

Aggravated assault
A 25 year old Berwyn man was stopped at Ridgeland Avenue and Roosevelt Road when he was approached by two men around 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 19. One man said "Get out of your vehicle. I got something to show you." The other man then pointed a chrome revolver at him, and the victim drove off.

Theft of motor vehicle
An Oak Park woman reportedly left her 2004 Toyota Solara unlocked with the engine running in the 1100 block of South Lombard around 5:40 p.m. Dec. 16. The car, valued at $16,000, was last scene being driven eastbound on Harvard.

ames Howard, 40, of 255 S. Marion, was arrested by police the afternoon of Dec. 18 on a signed complaint from the Westchester police for Domestic Battery.

? An Oak Park juvenile turned himself in to police Dec. 16 for a violation of parole on a residential burglary conviction.

Residential burglary
Ahmad Morgan, 42, of 5959 W. Superior in Chicago, was charged with residential burglary Dec. 10 in relation to a July 21 burglary in the 400 block of North Austin. Morgan, who was implicated by fingerprints recovered from the crime scene by the Illinois State Police Forensic Lab, was already in Cook County Jail on $30,000 bond awaiting a court date on another charge.

? Someone used a pry tool to defeat the rear door lock of a residence in the 200 block of North Austin during the day Dec. 13. They ransacked the place, taking a laptop computer, a DVD player, 3 DVDs, miscellaneous jewelry, and a watch. Loss was estimated at $2,790.

? Burglars pried open the doors of four apartments at a building in the 800 block of South Euclid between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 13. Items valued at a total of $2,885 were missing from three apartments.

Criminal trespass
Traval Vender, 25, of Chicago, was arrested after being observed entering the basement window of a River Forest residence in the 7700 block of Washington.

?Jerrell Walker, 20, of 324 N. Menard, Chicago, was arrested after allegedly being observed leaning into a Subaru wagon around 9:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Further investigation revealed that the car's rear window had been smashed by a rock.


? Calling all cars
Ongoing investigation
Oak Park police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an alleged vehicular hijacking that was reported around 2 p.m. on Dec. 16. A Glen Ellyn man told police that he was accosted in an alley behind the 00 block of Chicago Avenue by a pair of teenagers, one carrying a rifle. The two allegedly took the man's car keys and wallet  and drove off in his 1993 Dodge Intrepid. The car was found eight hours later two blocks away in the 5800 block of West Erie in Chicago, wrecked and undriveable.

? Crime plus
No heart
An elderly woman living in the 6600 block of Roosevelt Road reported $1,800 in cash was taken from a safe in her residence sometime between Dec. 9 and 14. Several days later, she reported that several expensive rings and other pieces of jewelry, valued at $11,747 were also missing.

? Police say three armed  robberies may be connected. One suspect currently being held.


Oak Park police were kept busy the night of Monday, Dec. 13 dealing with five robberies, four of them armed, and one attempted armed robbery. Robert P. Amerson, 17, was arrested by police after being positively identified as the person who allegedly ran up to an Oak Park man around 7 p.m. in the 100 block of Wesley, pulled a hand gun, and took $200 from him. Amerson has an active Department of Corrections warrant for parole violation, and is being held without bond.

As of Monday, police are continuing to look for three men believed to be responsible for three armed robberies between 9:40 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. that night. In each case, one of the robbers displayed a semi-automatic hand gun, then demanded money. In the first incident in the 800 block of Lexington Avenue, an Oak Park man was robbed of his Nokia cell phone. Roughly 30 minutes later in the 200 block of North Austin, an Oak Park woman was confronted and robbed of a silver ring and $7 cash. Several minutes after that, two men approached an Oak Park man near Scoville Avenue and Harrison Street and demanded money. When he said he had no money, the men fled north bound on Scoville.

Oak Park detectives are investigating the robberies. There were no new developments as of Monday.

"It's an ongoing investigation," Commander Anthony Ambrose said Monday.

In what police believe was an unrelated armed robbery, two men confronted an Oak Park woman the evening of Dec. 13 as she rounded a corner, pointed a gun at her, and demanded money. She at first denied she had any cash, then turned over $6.

The only unarmed robbery occurred just after 9 p.m. that night in the 6200 block of Roosevelt Road. There a woman was approached from behind by a man who demanded money and took 15 CTA transit cards and assorted checks. The loss was estimated at $429.

There were no additional armed robberies the rest of the week. That was due largely, police said, to an increased police deployment in the area in response to Monday's incidents.
CONTACT: bdwyer@wjinc.com

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