Oak Park and River Forest police reports-Feb. 17-23

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Attempted child-luring reported in Oak Park

Oak Park police reported an incident of attempted child luring Feb. 19 around 9:45 a.m. A female Percy Julian Middle School student told police she was walking in the 100 block of Madison Street when an unknown adult male unsuccessfully tried to lure her into his dark blue minivan.

"The student immediately ran to school and reported the incident to the building staff," said a press release from the high school.

Police described the offender as a white male in his mid-20s. No other description was given. Police continue to investigate the incident.

Oak Park police reported a male juvenile was approached the same morning in the 200 block of North Elmwood around 8:20 a.m. The victim told police he was offered a ride by a white male in his 40s with a grey beard standing next to a white minivan. The victim did not reply and continued to walk southbound as the minivan left.

River Forest police announced Feb. 24 that a child luring incident reported over three days Feb. 11, 12 and 13 by a male Roosevelt Middle School student was "falsely reported and did not occur." The report was declared "unfounded," said a statement from Deputy Chief James O'Shea. No further investigation is taking place, police said.

Unlawful use of weapon by felon

Police arrested Adisa Bowling, a convicted felon, 26, of the 1700 block of North Moody Avenue in Chicago after they found him in unlawful possession of a weapon and illegal possession of ammunition without a FOID card around 3 a.m. Feb. 20 in the 100 block of Ontario. He was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.  

Garage burglaries

Someone entered a garage between Feb. 14-17 in the 900 block of South East Avenue by placing a plastic lawn chair under the window and then cutting a screen and forcing open a sliding door. Removed from the garage was a cordless DeWalt drill. Estimated loss was $200.

Tools and copper pipe with a value totaling $3,000 were removed from a garage in the 900 block of South Humphrey Avenue during the day Feb.18. 

Someone entered a garage through the unlocked side service door in the 100 block of South Lombard Avenue overnight Feb. 21-22 and broke a rear passenger glass window of the locked Hyundai parked within. Loss was estimated at $500. 

Stolen box truck found in Oak Park

A 1999 Mitsubishi box truck removed from Y&H Foods in Chicago Feb. 11 turned up in the 1000 block of Garfield Street in Oak Park around 1:20 am. Feb. 18. No arrests were made. 


Eight cases of Girl Scout cookies were taken from an unlocked Silver 2004 Honda Odyssey in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue the afternoon of Feb. 17. Estimated loss was $384.

Witnesses at West Suburban Hospital Medical Center in the 100 block of Erie saw a man dressed in winter clothing remove a bag of rock salt from the loading dock around 9:30 a.m. Feb. 18 and carry it away. He drove off in a dark-colored Pontiac Bonneville. Estimated loss was $12.50.

A Samsung cell phone and $20 were reported removed from an unattended purse in a women's bathroom in the 700 block of Lake Street around 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Estimated loss was $420.

An unattended coin purse containing cash, house keys and credit cards was removed from a business in the 800 block of Lake Street the afternoon of Feb. 22. Estimated loss was $25.

A purse was removed from an unsecured work locker in the 600 block of Madison Street during the evening of Feb. 23. The purse contained $65, miscellaneous credit cards and a cell phone. Loss was estimated at $115. 


Someone entered a residence in the 600 block of South Maple Avenue sometime between Feb. 16-20 and removed an 18-inch gold chain, a gold and diamond wedding ring and another gold ring from a bedroom dresser. Entrance was gained either by use of a key or a malfunctioning locked front door, police said. Estimated loss was $1,900.

Two half-inch thick steel covers were removed from a business in the 7100 block of North Avenue sometime overnight Feb. 20-21. Estimated loss was not provided

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Feb. 17-23 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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