A good walk spoiled in River Forest

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

A man walking near the northeast corner of Park and Greenfield in River Forest at 10:45 p.m. on Feb. 14 noticed he was being followed shortly before two masked assailants approached him, pushed the victim to the ground by force, and held an unidentified object to his head. The first offender was described as male, of medium build, and 6-feet-1. The second offender was also described as male, of medium build, and 5-feet-9.

Aggravated fleeing and eluding

Danielle A. Smart, 21, of the 1800 block of N. Merrimac, was arrested and charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding a peace officer and aggravated driving under the influence, following an incident that occurred on the 500 block of N. Ridgeland on Feb. 19.

Possession of firearm without F.O.I.D. card

Timmie Buford, 31, of the 6400 block of W. 18th St. in Berwyn, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm without the requisite Firearm Owner's Identification Card on Feb. 20. Buford was later released on bond.

Possession of stolen motor vehicle

Troy Taylor, 18, of the 100 block of N. Parkside in Chicago, was arrested at a location on the 600 block of S. 21st Ave. in Maywood on Feb. 18 and charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The vehicle had been stolen from 14 Madison in Oak Park on the same date.

Retail theft

Denise Dean, 53, of the 1100 block of N. Mason in Chicago, was arrested at Dominick's Finer Foods at 259 Lake on the afternoon on Feb. 15 and charged with retail theft for removing items from the shelves and leaving the store without paying.

Robert McGhee, 54, of the 100 block of N. Latrobe in Chicago, was arrested at the CVS Pharmacy at 345 Madison on Feb. 20 for retail theft. McGhee was later released on bond.

A woman was seen leaving the CVS Pharmacy at 345 Madison, concealing two Kiddie CO2 detectors and several packs of Duracell batteries that had not been paid for. The offender, described as a female in her 40s, 5-feet-4 and 160 pounds, entered a blue 1998 Saturn, driven by an unidentified male. The vehicle drove away from the scene in an unknown direction.

Theft

Efren Delgado, 36, of the 5800 block of W. 16th St. in Cicero, was arrested and charged with theft for an incident that occurred on the 100 block of Madison on the morning of Feb. 17.

An unknown offender removed an unattended Apple iPhone and cell phone case from the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake, on the evening of Feb. 16. Estimated loss is $700.

An unknown offender removed a wallet containing debit and credit cards, a driver's license, and miscellaneous identification from a victim's purse at the Prairie Bread Company, 103 N. Marion, on Feb. 16. Estimated loss is $20.

An unknown offender removed a Compaq HP laptop from a residence on the 1000 block of N. Austin on Feb. 18. A suspect left alone at the apartment during the time of the theft was described as a 26-year-old male, 5-feet-6 and 150 pounds.

An unknown offender removed $70 in cash and a pack of cigarettes from an unattended purse at a location on the 1000 block of Lake on Feb. 18. Estimated loss is $76.

Theft from motor vehicle

An unknown offender used a cutting tool to remove a catalytic converter, connecting pipes and an oxygen sensor from a 2001 Honda Accord, parked in the parking garage at 3 Erie Court sometime during the day on Feb. 11. Estimated loss is $1,244.

Someone smashed the window of a 2010 Toyota Corolla, parked at a location on the 1500 block of Harlem on Feb. 16, and removed a GPS unit. Estimated loss was $150.

An unknown offender shattered the window of a GMC Sierra, parked at a location on the 7200 block of Central on the afternoon of Feb. 20, and removed three Bose televisions, a Bose stereo, a rear camera system, and a TomTom GPS unit. Estimated loss was $1,050.

Someone removed a catalytic converter from a 2001 Toyota Tacoma, parked at a location on the 200 block of Madison on Feb. 18. Estimated loss is $1,000.

Someone broke the window of a 2008 Honda Civic parked at a location on the 1000 block of N. Marion sometime between the evening of Feb. 16 and the morning of Feb. 17 and removed a Mio C320 GPS unit. Estimated loss is $300.

An unknown offender broke the windows of four different vehicles parked at a location on the 1000 block of Erie sometime between the afternoon of Feb. 16 and the morning of Feb. 17 and removed loose change from the vehicles. Estimated loss due to theft and damage is $314.

Motor vehicle theft

An unknown offender removed a tan Toyota Sienna, parked in the garage of a residence on the 900 block of Park Ave. in River Forest sometime on Feb. 14.

Criminal damage to vehicle

An unknown offender cut the brake line in a vehicle parked at the River Forest lot at 7777 Lake sometime between Jan. 29 and Feb. 12.

Possession of a controlled substance

Katherine Holt Gassman, 26, of the 300 block of Duane St., was arrested at 11 N. Harlem on the afternoon of Feb. 16 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, aggravated assault, and obstruction of identification.

Deceptive practice

An unknown offender used a counterfeit $20 bill to purchase a two liter bottle of soda at the Jewel, 7525 Lake, on the morning of Feb. 18. The offender was described as being a male between 25 and 30 years old, between 175 and 195 pounds, with a goatee.

Robbery

Three unknown males, 14-20, approached a victim and demanded her Samsung cell phone at a location on the 500 block of S. Harvey. When the victim refused, the offenders struck her in the face, removed the phone and fled the scene. Estimated loss is $499.

Burglary

An unknown offender gained entry to the garage of a residence on the 900 block of Columbian and removed a Garmin GPS unit from the victim's unlocked vehicle sometime between Feb. 17 and 18. Estimated loss is $250.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Feb. 14-20. 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.

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