Oak Park and River Forest police reports - Feb. 18-24

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Someone removed 55 feet of copper downspouts from a River Forest home in the 1500 block of Franklin, overnight on Feb. 18. Meanwhile, a 25-foot section of copper downspout was removed from a house in the 900 block of N. Marion, Feb. 23-24.


Someone broke into an apartment in the 300 block of Washington Blvd., the morning of Feb. 18, by breaking a rear door window, reaching through and opening the locked door from the inside. The apartment was ransacked and missing were a silver Lenovo laptop, a black DVD player and a black iPad. Loss was estimated at $1,400.

A house in the 600 block of Park Ave. in River Forest was entered by someone who kicked in the front door during the day on Feb. 19. The owner reported the house had been ransacked but could not identify any stolen items.

A garage in the 1100 block of S. Euclid was burglarized, the evening of Feb. 20, by someone who used a pry tool to defeat the locked side service door.

Car burglaries

A 57-year-old Chicago man was arrested after Oak Park plainclothes officers observed him entering two minivans parked behind the 200 block of Lake St., around 2:40 p.m. on Feb. 18. He was charged with two counts of burglary.

Someone gained entry to an unlocked vehicle parked in the 7000 block of Roosevelt Road, Feb. 19, between 3 and 3:10 p.m., and stole prescription medication.

A purse and cellphone were stolen from an unlocked Toyota Prius parked in the 700 block of Ashland in River Forest around 7 p.m., Feb. 22. Loss was estimated at $400.


A student's white apple iPhone 5 was removed from her unattended backpack, the afternoon of Feb. 8, at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Loss was estimated at $500.

A Dominican University student had her cellphone stolen from a window ledge in a public area of campus, the evening of Feb. 21.

Someone stole an unattended UPS package containing a Samsung cellphone from a porch in the 800 block of N. Elmwood, the afternoon of Feb. 22.

A woman told River Forest police her Coach wallet was lifted from a grocery cart in the Walgreens at 7251 W. Lake around 10 p.m. on Feb. 22. Investigators determined her credit cards were used at two gas stations in Forest Park shortly thereafter.

Broken window theory

A storefront window in the 900 block of Garfield was shattered between Feb. 16 and 18, possibly with a construction barricade found at the scene. Damage was estimated at $700.

Someone shot BB projectiles through four laundry room windows of an apartment building in the 1000 block of S. Austin between Feb. 15-18. Estimated damage was $700.

BBs were shot through two window panes in a house in the 700 block of Lyman, overnight on Feb. 19. Loss is $200.

Someone threw a 1-inch rock through a 4 x 2 foot window of a residence in the 1200 block of N. Humphrey, Feb. 23. Damage was estimated at $300.

Retail theft arrests

A 47-year-old Westchester woman was arrested around 2 p.m. on Feb. 22 for allegedly removing $177 worth of cosmetics and food items from Whole Foods Market, 7245 W. Lake St. in River Forest.

A 52-year-old man from Glendale Heights was arrested and charged with retail theft after allegedly shoplifting a basket full of items from the Dominick's in the 200 block of Lake St. around 4 p.m. on Feb. 23.

A Chicago woman was arrested after being identified as the offender in a shoplifting incident at Circle K gas station in the 400 block of Madison Feb. 13. The 34-year-old was seen on security video allegedly removing ten 12-packs of Red Bull energy drinks. She was charged with retail theft.

Drywall punching

Criminal damage to property charges were filed against a 24-year-old man from Chicago after he allegedly punched a fist though the drywall of his employer's restaurant in the 500 block of Madison St., the evening of Feb. 24.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Feb. 18-24 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.

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Claude Cooper from Cleveland  

Posted: February 28th, 2013 11:28 PM

The Clean Copper Clappers Capper.

Matt Nordquist from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: February 27th, 2013 8:13 AM

under news tab, and then clicking the crime tab, you get the gaskill supboena trial and next article heading stating "more copper thefts" making the unfamiliar online wednesday journal reader assume the copper theft article would be just that and not followed by the crimes of the week. heading should state "police blotter for the prior week so as to not give the impression it is only copper theft subject. anyone else ever thought that out there??

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