By Jean Lotus
Juvenile burglar charged in six incidents
Oak Park police stopped a 17-year-old Chicago male juvenile, Jan. 27, in the 200 block of South Austin Boulevard and found him in possession of electronics and mail addressed to a residence in the 600 block of South Lombard Avenue. The residence was found to have been burglarized earlier.
The juvenile was also in possession of a Kindle and iPod which had been taken in a residential burglary in the 700 block of Lyman Avenue, Jan. 25.
After investigation, the teen was charged with a total of six counts of burglary for incidents in the 600 block of South Lombard Avenue, the first block of Augusta, the 800 block of South Lombard Avenue, the 800 block of South Taylor Avenue, the 700 block of Lyman Avenue, and the 100 block of North Elmwood Avenue and was also wanted on an active warrant from Chicago police for burglary. He was processed and transported to the juvenile detention center.
Police track Trailblazer after burglary
A resident of the 600 block of Carpenter Avenue told police two men appeared at her front door around 2 p.m., Jan. 24, knocked loudly, and then began to bang on her rear kitchen door. One man was seen carrying a crowbar. When she yelled at the men, they hopped into a gold Chevy Trailblazer. A neighbor witnessed the incident and recorded the license plate number, which was registered to a 24-year-old Chicago man in the 3900 block of South Talman Avenue. Oak Park police went to the address and when the matching Trailblazer pulled up around 4 p.m., they arrested the driver and found him in possession of a crowbar, five hydrocodone pills and one diazepam pill. The driver was not identified by witnesses to the burglary attempt in a lineup but was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Couple charged with financial exploitation
A bank teller alerted police to suspicious behavior after male and female Chicago residents allegedly tried to dupe a 92-year-old acquaintance into withdrawing money from the bank for a fictitious medical procedure. The female offender, 48, of the 400 block of North Lawler Avenue allegedly told the elderly man she had recently suffered a head injury and needed surgery. She asked the man to write a check for $562 to pay for a doctor. A male resident of the same Chicago location, age 26, impersonated a doctor. All three went to the victim's bank to cash the check. A teller at Chase in the 1000 block of Lake Street alerted police.
Parking with active warrant
A 26-year-old Chicago man with an active warrant for robbery from the Illinois Department of Corrections was arrested by Oak Park police while he sat in a parked car in the 300 block of South Taylor Avenue around midnight, Jan. 26.
An Apple iPhone and wallet were removed from an unlocked locker at the YMCA in the 200 block of Marion Street, the morning of Jan. 26. A Samsung Galaxy cellphone was removed from an unsecured locker, the morning of Jan. 31.
A black Weber charcoal grill was removed from the common area of an apartment building in the 200 block of Washington Boulevard sometime between Jan. 27-31. Loss was estimated at $300.
An Apple iPhone was removed from an unattended gym bag near the Fenwick High School swimming pool, the morning of Jan. 25. Loss was estimated at $200.
Someone smashed a window pane on the front door of a residence in the 800 block of South Scoville Avenue during the day, Jan. 31. Damage was estimated at $75.
Someone removed a board from the side picket fence of a house in the 900 block of Forest Avenue and shattered the glass of a rear window and door, the evening of Jan. 31. Estimated damage was $575.
A 36-year-old homeless man was arrested in the 600 block of Jackson Boulevard, Jan. 25, for criminal trespass to the vehicle of an Oak Park resident from the 1000 block of South Ridgeland Avenue.
Someone fired a BB pellet into the window of a Volvo parked in the 200 block of Forest Avenue, overnight Jan 24-25. Damage was estimated at $300.
A pellet fired from a BB gun shattered the outside rear French doors and dented the aluminum door frame of a residence in the 900 block of Mapleton Avenue around midnight, Jan. 30. Damage was estimated at $750.
On the 800 block of Mapleton Avenue, a passenger rear window of a parked 2012 Jeep was shattered by unknown means, overnight Jan. 24-25. Estimated damage was $500.
The windows of a 2001 Dodge van were shattered while it was parked in the 300 block of Wisconsin Avenue, Jan 25-26. Total estimated damage was $300.
Someone tried to break into an apartment in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue, Jan. 24, by attempting to remove the outer cylinder of the front door lock. Burglars were unsuccessful, but damage was reported to be $250.
Persons unknown gained entry to a house in the 800 block of Hayes Avenue by unknown means sometime between Jan. 15 and 21. Owners found the house ransacked. Missing was a MacBook Pro laptop, an XBox 360 gaming system and $30 in coins. Estimated loss was $1,330.
Someone pried open the front door of a residence in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue during the afternoon of Jan. 24. The house was ransacked. Removed were an iPad, a case and jewelry. The total loss was estimated at $2,230.
Electronics worth $1,350 were removed from a house in the 700 block of South Lyman Avenue, the morning of Jan. 25. Police later arrested a Chicago juvenile in possession of a Kindle and an iPod identified as taken from the residence.
Someone entered a house in the 900 block of North Harvey Avenue by breaking a rear window sometime between Jan. 28 and 31. Residents found two glass jars containing $600 in coins missing.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Jan. 22-Feb. 1 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