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By Jean Lotus
Three businesses were burglarized in Oak Park, overnight Feb. 1, by unknown persons who smashed windows or pried open business doors. At Thom's Turkey in the 6400 block of North Ave., someone broke the front door glass, gained entrance and removed the cash register containing $150. Loss was valued at $1,450.
At the BP gas station in the 300 block of Lake St., thieves pried open the service door, cut phone lines and turned security cameras away from points of entry. Stolen were a safe, an undetermined number of lottery tickets and $500 in cash. Loss was estimated at $10,000. At Snow White Cleaners in the first block of Chicago Ave., persons unknown hurled a rock through the front window and emptied two cash drawers containing $250 each and stole a computer printer. Loss was valued at $1,220.
OPRF H.S. incidents
Two male juveniles from Oak Park were arrested for a theft that occurred at Oak Park and River Forest High School on Dec. 14, 2012. Both subjects were issued a formal statement adjustment and released to a guardian.
An Apple iPhone was stolen from a locker on the afternoon of Jan. 30. Estimated loss is $600.
An unknown person removed a red, white, and blue Fuji Nevada bicycle, along with a bike helmet and bike lock, on Jan. 30. The bike was taken from the rack in the 100 block of N. Scoville. Estimated loss is $650.
Someone removed an unattended T-Mobile G2X cellular phone, the afternoon of Jan. 30, from the YMCA in the 200 block of South Marion. The phone was in a black case on top of a locker in the men's locker room. Estimated loss is $250.
Someone removed the brass mailbox from the front porch of a residence in the 700 block of South Grove, Jan. 29-30. Estimated loss is $50.
A resident in the 800 block of Bonnie Brae, River Forest, reported the theft of copper downspouts overnight on Jan. 28. Approximately 60 feet of copper downspouts were removed. Estimated loss is $2,000.
Someone entered a residence in the 1300 block of Jackson, River Forest, on the evening of Jan. 29 via a damaged a rear door and removed a watch valued at $70.
Putting out fires
A man from Glencoe observed a fire burning in the stairwell of a building in the 1100 block of South Oak Park Avenue around 7:15 a.m. on Jan. 31. The man said an unknown subject between 30 and 40, wearing a grey hoodie and blue jeans, emerged from the stairwell and fled southbound on Oak Park Avenue. The witness put out the fire and called police.
Someone defeated a door lock on a black Dodge charger parked in the 1000 block of North Boulevard, overnight on Jan. 31, and removed a cellphone charger.
Someone removed a Tomtom GPS unit and a UPS box containing a woman's garment from a parked, unlocked Toyota in the 800 block of Washington Boulevard between Feb. 1 and 3.
Stolen car eludes police
A black Ford 500 sedan, reported stolen from Melrose Park on Jan. 25, was observed by a River Forest police officer, the morning of Feb. 2 around 11 a.m. The officer attempted to curb the vehicle at Augusta and Harlem, but the driver eluded police by driving up onto the curb, striking the push bars of the squad car before fleeing into Oak Park and disappearing. The driver was described as a male around 25 years old.
Bad check attempt goes bad
A 52-year-old Chicago man who attempted to pass a bad check at Dominick's, 7501 W. North Ave., River Forest, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after yelling at employees and customers around 2:40 p.m. on Jan. 31. The subject allegedly refused to be handcuffed at first, and officers had to wrestle him to the ground.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Jan. 29- Feb. 4 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.