By Devin Rose
Garage doors, vehicles damaged with spray paint
Police are investigating several criminal damage to property incidents last weekend involving red spray paint. Police believe the incidents may be connected.
Unknown offenders used red spray paint to deface an overhead garage door in the 100 block of North Taylor Avenue Feb. 17-18. Damage is estimated at $100. During the same time period, another overhead garage door was defaced with red spray paint in the100 block of Wesley Avenue, causing the same amount of damage.
A third incident during the same time occurred in the 400 block of South Elmwood Avenue. Three vehicles were damaged using red spray paint, causing $3,000 in damage.
Driving under the influence/drug arrests
A 24-year-old Bolingbrook man was arrested Feb. 13 after police discovered 3.7 grams of heroin and a glass pipe with marijuana inside during a search of his car. A police officer stopped the car in the 6400 block of Roosevelt Road and noticed a strong odor of marijuana and a syringe with a yellow liquid on the floorboard.
A 32-year-old Oak Park man was arrested for driving under the influence Feb. 19 after his 2002 Honda Civic crashed into a light pole in the 1100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue.
An unknown person removed a black double-headed parking meter and the mounting pipe from the 900 block of South Lombard Avenue Feb. 15-16. Estimated loss is $890.
Someone took an iPad with a case and power cord and a Dell Latitude E6500 laptop computer with a power cord from a room at Holmes Elementary School in the 500 block of North Kenilworth Avenue Feb. 13-14. Estimated loss is $2,200.
An unknown person used a cutting tool to remove a catalytic converter from underneath a 2004 Lexus RX300 in a parking garage at West Suburban Hospital on Austin Blvd. Feb. 15-16. Estimated loss is $200.
Someone entered the vestibule of a building in the 300 block of South Oak Park Avenue Feb. 14 and removed a package containing a white dresser. Estimated loss is $240.
A 16-year-old Chicago boy was arrested Feb. 16 in the 5800 block of West Superior Street for taking an Apple iPhone 3 from the hand of a Lincolnwood resident Jan. 27 in the first block of Chicago Avenue.
Someone removed a blue 24-inch Nirve men's bike locked to a rack in the first block of North Ridgeland Avenue Feb. 7-8. Estimated loss is $280.
An unknown person removed a baseball bag left on a bench in the first block of Chicago Avenue Feb. 18 that contained three bats, batting gloves and a helmet. Estimated loss is $570.
Someone removed a green Apple iPod Nano from the break room at Denny's in the 700 block of North Harlem Avenue Feb. 19. Estimated loss is $200.
Residential/motor vehicle/garage burglary
An unknown person entered a garage in the 700 block of Woodbine Avenue Feb. 13-14 and used a golf club to break the front driver's side window of a 1999 Toyota Camry. Once inside, the offender removed a silver Nikon Coolpix digital camera. Estimated loss is $300.
Someone entered a garage in the 600 block of North Grove Street Feb. 13-14 and removed a red Trek Cruiser bicycle. Estimated loss is $300.
Using a pry-type tool to defeat the lock on the side service door, an unknown person entered a garage in the 1100 block of South Oak Park Avenue Feb. 13-14 and removed a black Magellan GPS and a box of Lancome perfume from an unlocked 2007 Audi A4. Estimated loss is $160.
An unknown person entered a garage in the 900 block of South Lombard Avenue Feb. 13-14 through an unlocked service door. Once inside, the offender took an Apple iPhone charger from an unlocked vehicle. Estimated loss is $25.
Someone removed a white iPod charger, a white iPhone charger, jumper cables, miscellaneous CDs and DVDs, a black bag and a cigarette lighter charger from an unlocked 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser in the 1000 block of North Austin Boulevard Feb. 15-16. Estimated loss is $385.
Someone entered a vehicle in the 700 block of North Harlem Avenue Feb. 17 and removed a Jansport backpack containing miscellaneous clothing. Estimated loss is $265.
An unknown person broke the rear basement window and unlocked the door of a residence in the 1200 block of North Grove Street Feb. 17-18. The offender removed liquor and foreign coins for a loss of $85.
Burglary to business
An unknown person entered Nail Spa 2 in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue Feb. 13-14 and removed about $1,400 in cash, a 20-inch VinTech monitor and a VinTech computer. Estimated loss is $2,200.
A citizen told police Feb. 15 that someone broke the front window of Frank's Deli in the 7900 block of Lake Street using large rocks and removed a cash register, cash and a tip jar. Estimated loss is more than $5,000.
Two men pushed a 43-year-old Berwyn woman off her bike in the 1100 block of South Oak Park Avenue Feb. 15 and took her khaki-colored purse containing $70 in cash, identification and credit cards. The offenders fled southbound on foot in the Oak Park Avenue alley. Estimated loss is $100.
An unknown person approached a man in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue Feb. 19, displayed a semi-automatic handgun and directed him under the viaduct at Humphrey Avenue and North Boulevard. The offender placed the man in a headlock and asked "what you got?" before striking him in the back of the head with the handgun. The man gave the offender his Apple iPod, and the offender fled southbound on foot. A second offender stood on the other side of the street and appeared to be acting as a lookout.
Criminal damage to property
Someone broke the front window of a vehicle parked in the 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue Feb. 15-16. Estimated loss is $500.
An unknown person threw a piece of concrete through a 2-foot by 3-foot glass window of a residence in the 100 block of Wesley Avenue Feb. 18. Estimated damage is $150.
Someone used a piece of concrete to break the window of a vehicle in the 100 block of North Taylor Avenue Feb. 18. Estimated damage is $600.
A witness observed someone throw a piece of concrete through the rear window of a 2007 silver Audi in the 100 block of Wesley Avenue Feb. 18. Estimated loss is $300.
These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Feb. 14-20, 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.