By Jean Lotus
Xbox transaction morphs into robbery
A Maywood woman met two men in the 900 block of South Maple Avenue around 11 p.m., Dec. 20, because she thought she would be purchasing from them an Xbox video game controller. Instead, the two displayed a dark-colored handgun and demanded the victim's money. The victim handed over $500 and the offenders fled, driving northbound on Harlem Avenue in a Dodge Magnum station wagon.
A woman walking in the 1400 block of North Austin Boulevard around 4:45 a.m., Dec. 23, was robbed by a man described as 18-20 years old. According to police, the man approached her from behind and ordered her to walk into the gangway between two buildings. He then displayed a silver handgun and demanded her money. The victim handed over $15 and the offender fled in an unknown direction.
An Oak Park juvenile was arrested by Oak Park police in the 400 block of Wesley Avenue, Dec. 16, and turned over to Chicago police on an outstanding warrant for burglary. He was transported to the Chicago juvenile detention facility.
A woman told police a man and woman distracted her in the 1100 block of Garfield Avenue around 10 a.m., Dec. 17, and allegedly removed her wallet. Loss was $31.70.
Oak Park man arrested for child solicitation
Ramone Siciliano, 25, of the 200 block of Lake Street, was arrested around 2 p.m., Dec. 19, for solicitation to meet a child in the 700 block of South Lombard Avenue. He was held for bond hearings.
A Maywood man told police three juveniles confronted him on the sidewalk in the 800 block of Lake Street, and one of them struck him in the face with an open hand around 4:15 p.m., Dec. 19.
A combination lock on a gym locker at the West Cook Y in the 200 block of South Marion Street was broken during the afternoon, Dec. 26. Removed were a black wool jacket, a black iPhone, a gym bag and a wallet. Loss was estimated at $1,210.
Someone broke into a pickup truck bed of an unlocked vehicle parked in the 400 block of South Cuyler Avenue, overnight Dec. 25-26, and removed personal documents.
Copper piping was removed from the air-conditioning system of a building in the 400 block of Clinton in River Forest, Dec. 13-14.
Lobby and porch thievery
Two packages containing Batman related toys and a fruit gift box were removed from the porch of a house in the 1000 block of North Kenilworth Avenue during the afternoon Dec. 19. Estimated loss was $115. A package containing new boots was removed from the lobby of a building in the 600 block of Harrison Street, overnight Dec. 19-20. Loss was $142. A package containing tools and accessories worth $900 was removed from the lobby of an apartment building in the 500 block of South Cuyler Avenue, Dec. 20. A UPS package with a Barbie calendar and a toy robot was removed from a porch in the 500 block of Belleforte Avenue, the afternoon of Dec. 23. Two unattended toy Nerf guns were swiped from a front yard in the 200 block of South Humphrey Avenue during the day, Dec. 16.
Someone entered a house in the 1100 block of South Ridgeland Avenue during the day, Dec. 19, by prying off the window screen and entering a bedroom window. The bedroom was ransacked and jewelry was missing. Loss was estimated at $7,500.
Someone broke the front door lock of a residence in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard, overnight Dec. 21-22, and removed an Apple iPad mini. Estimated loss was $550.
A house in the 1100 block of South Lombard Avenue was burglarized, Dec. 24, during the late afternoon. Removed were three cameras, a wide-angle camera lens, an Apple iMac computer, an Apple iPad, laptop, jewelry and a bedspread. Loss was estimated at $9,300.
An offender forced in the rear door of a house in the 1100 block of Wenonah Avenue during the afternoon, Dec. 25, and ransacked a bedroom. Missing was a laptop and jewelry. Estimated loss was $1,700.
Someone attempted to kick in the rear door of a residence in the 100 block of Ontario Street around midnight, Dec. 24. The door frame was damaged, but no entrance was gained.
Someone entered a residence in the 900 block of North Boulevard, Dec. 24, during the afternoon via the unlocked first-floor balcony window, and removed a men's diamond bracelet worth $6,500.
Two bedrooms and a home office were ransacked in the 500 block of Wesley Avenue after someone entered a closed-but-unlocked basement door during the day, Dec. 20. Nothing was missing.
Nothing was missing at a house in the 800 block of South Taylor Avenue after residents found someone had entered a basement by breaking a window and then prying open a back door that had been nailed shut sometime between Dec. 17 and 23.
A garage was burglarized via a broken window in the 900 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, Dec. 17-21. Someone broke into a garage by prying open the side service door in the 1000 block of Clinton Avenue, overnight Dec. 21 – 22. Nothing was reported stolen.
Burglary to auto
Someone broke the car window of a vehicle parked in the 1200 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, overnight Dec. 26. Removed were a backpack and GPS unit. Loss was estimated at $270.
Someone entered a black 2008 Volvo parked at the dealership in the 1000 block of Garfield, Dec. 6-20, and damaged the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Loss was estimated at $11,000.
Using a cutting device, someone removed the catalytic convertor from a Jeep Cherokee parked in the 1200 block of North Lombard, the morning of Dec. 26. Another catalytic converter was cut from a Mitsubishi Endeavor in the 400 block of South Harvey, overnight Dec. 17.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Dec. 17-26 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