Downspouts removed from garages in Northeast Oak Park

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Two 9-foot pieces of downspout were removed from a garage in the 700 block of North Lombard Avenue between the morning and night of Nov. 28. Estimated loss is $50. That same evening on the block, an unknown man was observed by a neighbor yanking aluminum downspout from a different garage and leaving the area in a van. Estimated loss is $100. Two more pieces of aluminum downspout were removed from a garage in the 900 block of Mapleton Avenue, overnight Nov. 28. Estimated loss is $320. Overnight Nov. 29, two more sections of downspout were removed from a garage in the 1100 block of North Lombard Avenue. Estimated loss is $30.

Theft

An unknown person removed a running, black 2009 Saturn from a rear lot in the 200 block of Pleasant Street, the morning of Nov. 27. Estimated loss is $10,000.

A jewelry box containing a silver Tiffany ring, three yellow metal rings, a silver metal locket and a yellow metal locket was removed from a bedroom in the 1100 block of South Euclid Avenue between the morning of Nov. 10 and evening of Nov. 22. Estimated loss is $17,900.

An air-conditioning unit was removed from a building in the 500 block of South Scoville Avenue, the afternoon of Nov. 19, by cutting the wires from the wall. Estimated loss is $3,000.

Someone used a key card to enter the switchboard room of a building in the 700 block of Lake Street, between the morning of Nov. 19 and evening of Nov. 26, and removed 500 pounds of copper wire. Estimated loss is $1,500.

Three pieces of iron outdoor patio furniture were removed from a yard in the 400 block of Wisconsin Avenue, the morning of Nov. 28. Estimated loss is $210.

Someone entered the rear yard of a residence in the 1100 block of South Humphrey Avenue, overnight Nov. 28, via an unlocked gate. Once inside, the victim's locked beige 2002 Audi was removed. Estimated loss is $3,360.

An unknown man removed a My Touch cellphone from a counter inside a business in the 100 block of South Marion Street, the afternoon of Nov. 30. Estimated loss is $400.

Someone removed a bronze and black 26-inch women's Raleigh bicycle from a locked rear yard in the 800 block of Lyman Avenue, overnight Nov. 29. Estimated loss is $150.

A pink 2012 Nirve bicycle and bike rack were removed from a rear patio area in the 100 block of Francisco Terrace between the morning of Nov. 27 and night of Dec. 1. Estimated loss is $550.

A wallet containing miscellaneous credit cards and identification was removed from inside a building in the 100 block of North Oak Park Avenue, the night of Nov. 30. Estimated loss is $60.

An unknown person attempted to remove the car battery from a 2012 Ford Fusion in the 100 block of Lake Street, overnight Nov. 29. Estimated loss is $50.

Burglary

Someone entered a residence in the 100 block of South Austin Boulevard, overnight Nov. 26, and removed a metal radiator, an iron vanity and a water meter. Estimated loss is $525.

A Nintendo Wii game system, three video games and a white laundry bag were removed from a residence in the 800 block of Wesley Avenue between the morning and evening of Nov. 27. A bedroom was also ransacked. Estimated loss is $500. On the same block, between the afternoon and evening of Nov. 27, someone entered an unlocked residence and removed silverware, alcohol, a radio, speakers and a suitcase. Estimated loss is $435.

An unknown person used a brick to break a rear kitchen window to gain entry to a residence in the 200 block of South Taylor Avenue between the morning and afternoon of Nov. 29. Once inside, a 15-inch Toshiba laptop computer was removed. Estimated loss is $2,000.

An unlocked vehicle was entered between the early morning and afternoon of Dec. 2 in the 300 block of South Maple Avenue and two bags containing clothing were removed from the trunk. Estimated loss is $351.

Someone entered an unlocked vehicle inside an open garage in the 1000 block of South Home Avenue, the early morning of Dec. 1, and removed an Apple laptop computer, an iPad tablet, a Garmin GPS unit, a pair of Maui glasses and Dynax headphones. Estimated loss is $2,900.

A resident of the 600 block of Thatcher Avenue told police, the night of Nov. 30, that someone entered an unlocked vehicle in the driveway and removed an Apple iPhone from the center console. Estimated loss is $549.

Criminal damage to property

A lock on the rear passenger's side door of a Chevrolet Express van was damaged, overnight Nov. 26, in the 1000 block of South Grove Street. Estimated damage is $250.

Someone broke the windshield on a 2001 Kia Sephia, overnight Nov. 30, in the 400 block of South Taylor Avenue and dented a passenger-side door. Loss is undetermined.

An unknown offender used a piece of concrete to break out two panes of glass from a residence in the 900 block of Home Avenue, the night of Nov. 30. Estimated loss is $400.

Former River Forest lawyer disbarred for falsifying financial aid

A former River Forest attorney was disbarred last month for submitting false information to his daughter's private school in an effort to obtain financial aid, according to online records of the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission.

Bruce Golden, who was licensed in 1969, was disbarred by the state Supreme Court Nov. 19. According to ARDC records, Golden falsified applications from 2001 to 2003 in an attempt to obtain $22,830 in aid from Francis Parker School in Chicago. He would not have been entitled to the money if he had truthfully represented his income.

In each of the financial statements Golden filled out as part of the aid application, he significantly underreported his income during the preceding year, the record says. The tax returns he submitted to the school were also altered.

The Administrator of the ARDC's Hearing Board charged Golden with four counts of misconduct in connection with the applications—one for each of the three years he submitted false information for and one for failing to respond to a lawful demand for information from a disciplinary authority.

He was effectively disbarred Nov. 19, and no end date has been scheduled. The discipline will continue until further order of the Court, according to the ARDC. Golden testified at a 2011 hearing that he had not practiced law in four or five years, had no clients and had not paid his registration fee.

A message to Golden Monday was not returned.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Nov. 27-Dec. 3 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.

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Paul Kersy  

Posted: December 5th, 2012 1:37 AM

Another colourful report on Oak Park crime. Bricks going through windows, burglaries in the morning and afternoon... Seems like we could use police on every corner in the village. A police state is not sounding all the bad at this point in time.

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