Oak Park and River Forest police reports-Nov. 23- Dec. 1

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Crime doesn't pay in $3 holdup

A man told police he was approached in the alley in the 400 block of North Lombard Avenue around 10:30 a.m., Nov. 26, by two men wearing dark face masks. One man displayed a handgun and demanded the victim's money and struck him. The victim removed his wallet and gave the robbers $3. The second offender then allegedly tried to seize a salt-spreader device from the victim's hands, causing it to break. After a struggle, both men fled southbound in the alley on foot. Loss was estimated at $83.

Robberies

A man was approached by an unknown man and woman in the first block of Madison Street around 11:30 a.m., Nov. 26. The man pushed a hard object against the victim's back and announced a robbery, implying it was a weapon, police said. The couple made the victim walk to Humphrey Avenue and Madison Street then northbound on Humphrey. They removed $460 from the victim's rear pocket and fled northbound on Humphrey.

Police arrested a 28-year-old Chicago man near the Austin Blue Line station after he allegedly snatched a cellphone from a victim's hand around 4:30 p.m., Nov. 25, and fled westbound on the CTA platform. He was taken into custody and found to be in possession of a crack pipe. He was held without bond. 

A female victim was relieved of her purse by an unknown male, 18-20 years old, who snatched it while she walked near Oak Park and River Forest High School around 6:30 p.m., Nov. 27. Loss was estimated at $610.  

Thefts

A cellphone was removed from an unlocked gym locker, the morning of Nov. 25, at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Loss is estimated at $100.

Someone lifted an unattended brown "Juicy Couture" purse from the dining area of a restaurant in the 1000 block of Lake Street around 4:30 p.m., Nov. 26. Loss was estimated at $263.

Someone removed an iPhone from the bag of a Plainfield resident waiting in the triage area of the emergency room at West Suburban Hospital between 9 and 10:45 p.m. Nov. 27. Loss was estimated at $300.

A woman told police jewelry and credit cards had disappeared from her apartment in the first block of Superior Street sometime Nov. 16-20 while her niece was staying at her apartment with friends. Loss was estimated at $3,300. 

An unattended iPhone was removed from the bathroom of the Denny's restaurant in the 700 block of North Harlem Avenue around 1 a.m., Nov. 30.  

Shut up!

Someone vandalized a 2005 grey Honda Accord parked in the 100 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, Nov. 24-25. A note left on the car suggested the vehicle been damaged because the alarm had been sounding for hours. Estimated damage was $100. 

Party in the basement

Neighbors called police around midnight to a building in the 1100 block of Pleasant where they believed a burglary was taking place. Police found 10 male subjects in the basement who were invited to socialize by two 21-year-old brothers who lived in the building. A 20-year-old man from Park Ridge was found to be in possession of cannabis and arrested. 

Burglaries

Oak Park police said three men arrested by Forest Park cops in the midst of an auto and house burglary spree, Nov. 24, also admitted to a burglary-to-auto in Oak Park in the 800 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, Nov. 21. Antonio Goode, 19, Rodney A. Martin, 21, and a 17-year old male were charged with felony burglary. 

"We have reason to believe this crew may be connected to several more [recent] Oak Park burglaries," said Oak Park Commander LaDon Reynolds.

Police arrested a 19-year-old Oak Park man, Nov. 25, after a witness identified him as the person she had seen climbing into her apartment window, Oct. 17. He was held without bond and issued a court date. 

Someone tried to pry open the front door of Oak Park Apartments in the first block of Chicago Avenue, overnight Nov. 25-26. No entry was gained, but damage amounted to $300.

Using a key, someone entered a house in the 100 block of Forest Avenue sometime between Nov. 28 and 29 and removed two iPads, numerous leather coats, five shirts, gold jewelry and $5,000. Loss was estimated at $10,000. 

A resident at home in the 800 block of Wesley around 1:30 p.m., Nov. 27, encountered an unknown man wearing sunglasses in the house who entered through an unlocked front door. He fled when confronted by the victim. 

Someone entered a house in the 1000 block of South Euclid Avenue by kicking open the rear door, the afternoon of Nov. 27. The residence was ransacked and bank papers removed. Loss was estimated at $250. 

Someone tried to break into a house in the 1000 block of South Ridgeland Avenue by prying the back door and cracking the door frame. They then tried to cut two window screens to gain entry. Damage was not available.

A black semi-automatic handgun and 12 rounds of ammunition as well as a flashlight and a Yamaha keyboard were removed from a house in the 600 block of South Humphrey Avenue at 7 p.m., Nov. 17. The burglar alarm was set off and the bedroom ransacked. Loss was estimated at $1,800. 

Witnesses saw an unknown man fleeing from an apartment in the first block of LeMoyne Avenue and called police around 12:30 a.m., Nov. 28. Police found the front door to the unit had been pried open.

Someone entered a house in the 1000 block of Woodbine during the evening, Nov. 30, by removing a screen and pushing open an unlocked kitchen window. Once inside, offenders ransacked the house and removed a bicycle, three MacBook laptops, Xbox and Playstation 3 gaming systems, headphones, a Rolex watch, $200 and a credit card. Loss was estimated at $7,900.

Police responded to an alarm at Ebert Photography, in the 200 block of North Marion around 11 p.m., Nov. 30, and found a ladder leading to an open window. No loss was reported.

Garage burglaries

Unlocked garages were burglarized in the 1100 block of South Harvey Avenue, overnight Nov. 25-26, and the 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue, overnight Nov. 29-30. An unlocked shed was burglarized in the 300 block of North Taylor Avenue late at night, Dec. 1. Someone removed a power washer and a chainsaw.  

Vehicle crime

Chicago police arrested a 27-year-old Chicago man and recovered a 2008 Saab 97 in the 3200 block of West Washington Boulevard, Nov. 28. The Saab was reported stolen from the 1100 block of North Grove Avenue, Nov. 22. 

Catalytic converters were cut from vehicles parked in the 600 block of Madison Street, overnight Nov. 28-29, and in the 1100 block of North Harlem Avenue during the day, Nov. 30.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Nov. 23-Dec. 1 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 Jean Lotus

Reader Comments

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rez  

Posted: December 8th, 2013 10:26 PM

Rusty, It's sad that living in Oak Park has developed that mindset in you. I can see why it would happen, but for a place that labels it as one of the most desirable areas around Chicago with some of the highest taxes, one would expect more. I am also developing a attitude that it isn't a matter of if a robbery will happen, but when... However, I am of the mindset that I will take the robbery on and not give into his demands.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: December 8th, 2013 12:07 AM

interesting article from the sun times, oak park man punches and blinds taxi driver in road rage incident - http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/24233794-418/prosecutors-oak-park-man-punched-blinded-taxi-driver-in-road-rage-incident.html

Rusty from Oak Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2013 10:07 AM

And to the guy who got $3 dollars stolen, haha just imagine how salty those delinquents felt after. I don't understand how anyone can walk around with an iphone knowing their propensity to be stolen at gun point. If someone ever robs me of my $15 flip-phone, I will snap it in half in front of their eyes.

Rusty from Oak Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2013 10:04 AM

While I have sympathy for anyone who is robbed, common sense would entail not carrying hundreds of dollars or hundreds of dollars worth of valuables around. Having grown up in Oak Park, I have developed the mind set that when I go out I will be robbed. As such I carry the minimum in valuables in cash. I think this is a good mentality to have albeit kinda sad.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: December 5th, 2013 1:36 PM

phun - I see them know. close to 18k worth of damages... hopefully folks have home owners insurance. OP - nope not Beirut. we live next to the west side of Chicago... which might just be more dangerous.

OP Taxpayer   

Posted: December 5th, 2013 12:48 PM

Masked gun men and armed couples robbing people in mid morning, and a gun being stolen from a home (so comforting to know that that gun for home protection is now in the hands of a violent criminal)... Here do we live, Beirut?

Phun with Reading Comprehension  

Posted: December 4th, 2013 9:56 AM

@Joe: They're both there! Wow, just wow...

joe from south oak park  

Posted: December 4th, 2013 9:47 AM

anything about the burglaries at 100 block of forest and 1000 block of woodbine on the 28th and 29th?

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