Oak Park and River Forest police reports- Jan. 26-Feb.9

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Wigged carjacker and hat-wearing sidekick 

A Maywood woman told police a man and woman entered her vehicle as she was parked in the 1000 block of Garfield Street around 3 p.m., Feb. 3. The man was described as wearing a hat and plaid shirt with burgundy vest. 

The woman was described as wearing a light purple coat and a black wig over red hair. The pair asked the woman to take them to the bank on Roosevelt Road to withdraw money. As she drove them, the pair allegedly removed $160 from her wallet. When they got to the bank, the offenders demanded another $60, which the victim gave to them. The two exited the vehicle and left in an unknown direction. Loss was estimated at $220.

Aggravated robbery

A juvenile River Forest resident told police he was robbed around 4:40 p.m. near the intersection of Oak Street and Bonnie Brae by a man wearing a ski mask. The boy said the offender pushed him down and removed $20 from him. A subject fitting the description was located a few blocks away and identified by the victim. Because the suspect wore a mask, he was taken to the station to be interviewed. After a thorough questioning, police determined the suspect was not involved in the incident and was released without charge. The investigation continues. 

Tablet snatching

An unknown man in his 20s, wearing a Chicago Bull's hat, approached a victim from behind in the 300 block of North Ridgeland Avenue around 6:30 a.m. and grabbed a Polaroid digital tablet from under the victim's arm. Estimated loss was $150.

Failed coat grab

A victim told police an unknown man with a salt-and-pepper beard approached on the 100 block of Harrison Street around 1 p.m., Feb. 8, and implied he had a gun. He attempted to remove the victim's jacket but was unsuccessful. He was last seen fleeing southbound on Austin Boulevard in an unknown blue vehicle. 


Someone forced open the side window of a residence in the 1500 block of Ashland in River Forest during the evening, Jan. 31, and removed an unspecified amount of jewelry, River Forest police said. 

Someone attempted, but failed, to pry open the door bolt of the front door of a condo main entryway in the 400 block of Home Avenue sometime during the day, Feb. 4. Estimated damage was $100.

Someone damaged a door and door frame with a pry tool in the 200 block of North Harlem Avenue, overnight Feb. 4-5. Estimated damage was $50.

Someone entered the closed but unsecured basement door of an apartment in the 700 block of Belleforte Street sometime during the day, Feb. 5. Removed were an HP laptop computer, an Xbox 1 game system, and Xbox 360 game system, seven Xbox games and a pair of Nike gym shoes. Estimated loss was $1,915.


A package containing a Dell laptop computer was removed from the front of a building in the 400 block of South Elmwood Avenue, Feb. 1-3. Loss was estimated at $487.

Someone removed $200 in cash from the top of a desk inside the Wendy's manager's unlocked office in the 100 block of North Harlem Avenue, the night of Jan 29. 

An iPhone was removed from the 800 block of Lake Street, the morning of Feb. 3. Loss was estimated at $500.

An Oak Park male juvenile was arrested for theft in the 400 block of South Taylor Avenue around 6:30 p.m., Feb. 3. He was given a talking-to and turned over to his grandmother. 

Someone broke the window pane of the exterior vestibule door of a building in the 900 block of Lake Street during the day, Feb. 4, and removed a package containing computer parts. Loss was estimated at $185. 

Vehicle crimes

Witnesses saw a woman break the front passenger side window of a parked 2004 Nissan Murano in the 1200 block of North Grove Avenue around 1:40 p.m., Feb. 3. The woman allegedly reached inside the window and removed a red leather Coach purse containing a Louis Vitton wallet, makeup bag, credit cards and $60 in cash. The suspect was seen fleeing the scene in an older Ford Taurus with an unknown man. Loss was estimated at $1,160.

Someone peeled the registration sticker off a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Washington Boulevard, Jan. 21-Feb. 3. Loss was estimated at $121.

Someone removed an Apple laptop computer and iPod from a parked car in the 900 block of Lake Street, the afternoon of Feb. 2. Also taken was $40 in coins. Estimated loss was $1,440.

Someone broke the rear passenger window of a parked Jeep in the 700 block of Lake Street during the day, Feb. 7. Once inside, offenders removed the Pioneer radio system from the dashboard. Also taken was a TomTom GPS and a pair of speakers. Estimated loss was $350.

Someone used a coat hanger to defeat the lock of a Jeep parked overnight, Feb. 6-7, in the 900 block of Highland Avenue. Once inside, offenders removed an envelope containing $200.


Someone shot four BB projectiles into the rear window of a house in the 500 block of North Harvey Avenue, Jan. 21-Feb. 4. Estimated loss was $150.  

DUI in the cold

River Forest police observed a driver committing traffic violations around the area of North and Harlem avenues around midnight, Jan. 26, and curbed the male driver. Due to harsh weather conditions, police brought the 23-year-old Wheaton man to the police department, where he failed sobriety tests and blew a .249 percent blood alcohol content on the Breathalyzer test, more than three times the legal limit of .08 percent. He was charged with DUI, reckless driving and other violations. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Jan. 26-Feb. 9 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


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