Oak Park and River Forest police reports - Feb. 14-20

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Three arrested in connection with TV theft

Two Chicago residents were arrested for robbery, Feb. 22, after they removed a TV set from a residence in the 1000 block of North Austin Boulevard. A 35-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man entered the residence of a person they knew. The woman attacked the victim while the man took the TV and put it into the woman's blue vehicle. The man was arrested in the 1200 block of Hayes Avenue and identified by a witness. An officer saw the woman standing next to her car, which had a TV in the backseat, in the 5800 block of West Chicago Avenue. A third person involved, a 28-year-old Chicago woman, turned herself into Oak Park police at the station on Feb. 25.

Criminal damage to property

Someone used an unknown object to scratch and dent a green 1997 Honda Civic parked in the rear of the 1000 block of Chicago Avenue, Feb. 18-19. Estimated damage is $1,000.

An unknown person used a rock to break the rear window of a 2012 Volkswagen in the rear of the 300 block of Chicago Avenue, Feb. 20. Estimated damage is $750.

Someone broke the front passenger's side window of a Chevy pick-up truck parked in the rear of a residence in the 1100 block of South Euclid Avenue, Feb. 17-21. Estimated damage is $150.

An unknown person used red and green spray paint to deface a property in the 600 block of Madison Street, Feb. 18-19. Estimated damage is $75. Police said there are indications the incidents may be connected to several others involving spray paint on garage doors, Feb. 17-18. Some of the markings include gang insignias, police said.

Someone broke the bedroom window of a residence in the 1200 block of Fair Oaks Avenue, Feb. 25, by throwing a tennis ball through it. Estimated loss is $100.

An unknown person broke the front passenger side window of a red Dodge Grand Caravan in the 200 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, Feb. 26, and ransacked the interior. Estimated damage is $250.

Someone entered a garage in the 200 block of South Scoville Avenue, Feb. 25-26, and broke the rear window of a vehicle parked inside. Estimated damage is $75.

Residential burglary

Someone entered a residence in the 400 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, Feb. 21, through a back door and removed a Nintendo Wii game console with remotes and a sensor bar, a VCR, a Sony Vaio laptop computer, a Kodak digital camera, an Apple iTouch and green case, a flat screen computer monitor, an iHome clock radio and a portable propane camping stove with two cooking pots. Estimated loss is $2,150.

An unknown person entered a residence in the first block of Iowa Street, Feb. 23, by climbing through an unlocked open window. Once inside, an Xbox game system and a video game were removed. Estimated loss is $360.

Burglary to motor vehicle

Someone broke the front driver's side window of a vehicle in the 1100 block of North Harlem Avenue, Feb. 21, and reached inside to pull the trunk lever. Once inside the trunk, the offender removed a black purse and contents. Estimated loss is $670.

An unknown person broke a rear passenger side window to a 2006 Cadillac Escalade parked in the 700 block of North Harlem Avenue, Feb. 21, and removed a Dell laptop computer, a laptop case and a Garmin GPS unit. Estimated loss is $1,172.

Someone entered a 1996 Ford Explorer parked in the rear of the 200 block of South Cuyler Avenue Feb. 21-22, ransacked the interior and removed a Maglight flashlight, a gym bag and cash. Estimated loss is $48.

An unknown person entered a vehicle parked in the 800 block of South Scoville Avenue, Feb. 22, and removed an Apple iPod. Estimated loss is $200.

Someone entered an unlocked 2005 Chevy Cobalt parked in the rear of the 1100 block of South Clinton Avenue, Feb. 21-22, and removed a cellphone charger, a Bluetooth device and a vehicle car charger from the glove compartment. Estimated loss is $229.

Someone entered a vehicle parked in the rear of a residence in the 200 block of South Cuyler Avenue, Feb. 21-23, ransacked the interior and removed CDs, $2 in coins and the in-dash stereo system. Estimated loss is $352.

An unknown person entered a Chevy Silverado in a garage in the 200 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, Feb. 25-26, ransacked the interior and removed cash. Estimated loss is $280.

A resident of the 900 block of Thatcher Avenue reported on Feb. 20 that an unknown person entered an unlocked car in the driveway and used a garage door opener to get into the garage. Once inside, the offender entered two more vehicles and removed about $10 in change, a charger and a pair of sunglasses. Estimated loss is $240.

Motor vehicle theft

An unknown person removed a locked silver 2002 Dodge Intrepid parked in a rear carport in the 400 block of North Cuyler Avenue, Feb. 21-22. Estimated loss is $2,500.

Theft

Someone removed a secured pink 26-inch women's Schwinn Ranger bicycle from the first block of Adams Street, Feb. 17-21. Estimated loss is $180.

An unknown person entered a locker at Fitness Formula in the 1100 block of Lake Street, Feb. 16-17, and removed an Apple iPhone. Estimated loss is $649.

Someone removed a 13-foot section of copper gutter from a garage in the 1200 block of Forest Avenue, Feb. 23-24. Estimated loss is $100.

An unknown person removed a Plan B skateboard from the common area of a residence in the 200 block of Harrison Street, Feb. 23-24. Estimated loss is $150.

Someone removed about 10 feet of an aluminum downspout from the rear of a residence in the 900 block of North Taylor Avenue, Feb. 22-25. Estimated loss is $100.

An unknown person removed a secured grey 24-speed Trek bicycle from a parking garage in the 100 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, Feb. 22. Estimated loss is $700.

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.

Reader Comments

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Eilene McCullagh Heckman from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: March 6th, 2012 4:21 PM

@concerned Yeah. Change your view. They're keeping junk out of our municipal landfill... and saving us tax money. Complain if they make a mess... but otherwise they should be applauded.

Violet Aura  

Posted: March 5th, 2012 8:22 PM

This is new to OP? Where I came from, it was old hat. Apart from being woken up at dawn, I don't have much of a problem with it because the junk is being recycled. The middle poster mentioned "strangers entering (the) town." I didn't know OP was a gated community! Or do you not like Hispanics? As for the story about the character shooting into Dominican, I cannot fathom why someone would just shoot into a college building from the street. Is it insanity or what? And why did WJ lock comments?!

Another concerned  

Posted: March 5th, 2012 1:29 AM

Concerned, this is easy. If you see someone you don't recognize in your alley, going through trash, looking like they shouldn't be there... call the police! If those people truly are up to no good, then the police will handle it. If enough police get called on people that shouldn't be there, these people will get the idea... It is sad and desperate when someone has to look through trash, but it's another thing when they start looking into your garage window for goodies.

Concerned & Had Enough from Oak Park  

Posted: March 3rd, 2012 8:21 AM

Is anything going to be done about the trucks that now cruise our alleys salvaging anything that they could make a dollar. All too often I drive up my alley only to find a car parked with a driver inside and an accomplice outside ripping through garbage containers. This is new to the village and if it continues to be accepted we will continue to have strangers entering our town for the wrong reasons. Look out soon they will be taking aprt and removing more than just garbage.

Rez  

Posted: February 29th, 2012 10:23 PM

What's the penalty for gang graffiti? I would hope it is more than a slap on the wrist, and more than non-gang graffiti... as gang graffiti shows ideological support for groups that terrorize innocent people, and is a form of intimidation in and of itself. The law needs to start acknowledging gang activity as a form of national terrorism, and start taking more drastic measures (even for the smallest crimes). More people in Chicago are worried about gang than Al-qaeda! Gangs ARE terrorists!

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