Armed robberies continue in Oak Park

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There were two more armed robberies in Oak Park last week. An Oak Park man returning home in the 200 block of South Austin Boulevard the afternoon of Nov. 28 was accosted by a man who had been sitting on his front steps. The man announced "This is a stick up," and walked the victim over to the building's gangway, where he displayed the butt of a blue or black hand gun and took $35.

The night of Dec. 1 an Oak Park woman walking in the 800 block of Erie Street was approached by a Cicero juvenile. The boy displayed what appeared to be a hand gun, and demanded money. He took the woman's cell phone and a purse containing $22, a checkbook, and various credit cards. He then ran off with a second Cicero juvenile who had been acting as a lookout. The two boys were subsequently found hiding under a parked car. The weapon used in the robbery, which was recovered nearby, turned out to be a pellet gun, the fourth such weapon recovered after being used in a street robbery in the past two weeks.

Battery, robbery

Two males in hooded sweatshirts were observed punching an Elgin man in the head and body as he lay on the ground in the 900 block of South Humphrey Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Nov. 28. The men reportedly took an undisclosed amount of cash from the man, who, oddly, declined to either sign a complaint or seek medical attention. Police declined to speculate why the man was in Oak Park.

Battery

A man was approached by three other men in the BP Amoco station, 6119 W. North Ave. the evening of Nov. 28. One of the men struck the lone man in the eye, and all three then fled into a waiting car.

Possession

Calvin E. Mitchell, 53, of 946 N. Latrobe, Chicago, was stopped for a minor traffic offense just before 2 a.m. Nov. 28. Unfortunately for Mitchell, police determined that while Mitchell didn't possess a valid driver's license?#34;his was suspended, he did allegedly possess bags of white powder that field tested positive for heroin.

Burglary to auto

Someone pried open a storage box in the bed of a 2002 Ford Ranger in the 1100 block of Erie Street overnight Dec. 1. Assorted power tools valued at $1,440 were stolen.

Deceptive practice, forgery

Latoya K. Powell was charged with three counts of forgery Nov. 30 after River Forest police say she passed a $100 VISA gift certificate at Coconuts, 7235 Lake St., for a $25 store certificate and $75 change. An alleged accomplice escaped. Powell allegedly also did the same thing at Linens 'n Things, and reportedly admitted doing so at stores in Broadview and Niles.

Assault, outside warrant arrests

? Walter L. Woodward, 18, of 5919 W. Rice Ave. in Chicago was arrested by Oak Park police at Oak Park and River Forest High School the afternoon of Nov. 30. Woodward, who had entered onto high school property without permission, was found to be wanted on a warrant for battery by Calumet City police. Jermaine A. Jones, 18, of 618 S. Austin Blvd. was also arrested, for assault and obstructing a police officer after ignoring the officer's order to leave the area during Woodward's arrest. Police say that Jones became verbally aggressive and profane, and threatened to harm the officer.

? In other news out of the high school, two juveniles sought in the battery of another OPRF student turned themselves in to police Nov. 29.

Residential burglary

? Anthony Carter, 45, of Chicago, was stopped by police after being observed urinating in an alley in the 1200 block of North Ridgeland Avenue just before 1 a.m. Dec. 1. He was also allegedly holding several bags filled with other people's belongings, a woman's coat, and a purse containing $230 in cash and a woman's driver's license. He was charged with residential burglary, possession of burglar tools, and disorderly conduct. Carter, who has previous convictions for aggravated arson and drug possession, was paroled Sept. 26 on a prior burglary conviction.

? Someone entered a home in the 1100 block of North Taylor Avenue through an unlocked front door during the day on Nov. 29. Missing were several gold watches and gold earrings, as well as a gold bracelet and ring with a total value of $3,150.

? Someone pried a door lock, then kicked open an inside door of a home in the 300 block of South Euclid Avenue sometime during the day Nov. 19. Electronic items valued at $300 were stolen.

Theft

? Anthony T. Johnson, 44, of 5063 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago was stopped as a suspicious person Nov. 29. Johnson, who was paroled from prison Sept. 2, was allegedly found in possession of mail belonging to a resident of the 700 block of Carpenter Avenue.

? Someone removed $468 from a purse stored in a closet in an unlocked room in the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. sometime during the morning of Nov. 28.

Retail theft

? A man described as 6-foot, 3-inches, 250 pounds was chased from the Coconuts on Lake Street after "stuffing his overalls" with merchandise the morning of Nov. 30. The man was pursued by store security to the Harlem Avenue el station, where he was stopped and held for police.

? Daniel S. Bunker, 20, was charged with retail theft after allegedly stealing two bottles of gin from the Dominick's, 7501 W. North Ave. the afternoon of Nov. 28.

Criminal damage to auto

Two cars had their back windows smashed the night of Dec. 2 in River Forest, one in the 7700 block of Vine Street, and one in the 1500 block of Park Avenue.

Theft of auto

For the eleventh time in six weeks, an unlocked, unattended vehicle was stolen. A 1992 Ford Explorer valued at $3,000 that was parked with the motor running at the Lake Street Firestone Service Center was driven off the evening of Dec. 3.

Criminal damage to property

Store windows were shattered Nov. 30 in the 800 and 900 blocks of Garfield Street. A 7-foot by 3-foot window valued at $300 was shattered at Njia Wireless, 809 Garfield St. Smart Cleaners, 901 Garfield St., suffered three broken glass blocks and a 6-foot by 4-foot storefront window. Total loss was $1,000.

? These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Oct. Nov 28 to Dec. 5. 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.

?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer

It doesn't always pay to advertise

Police investigating a suspicious car in the 900 block of South Taylor Avenue the night of Dec. 3 were told by the car's occupants that they intended to attend a "Juke House Kegger" at the house where they were parked. Police, though, were aware that the home was currently vacant, and when contacted, the owner agreed to press charges against the five adults and one juvenile found inside the house.

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