Oak Park and River Forest police reports - Jan. 31-Feb. 6

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Oak Park teen charged with animal cruelty

A 17-year-old Oak Park boy was arrested and charged, Feb. 4, with criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct and cruelty to animals after he allegedly shot a squirrel with a pellet gun.

A neighbor called police around 12:45 a.m. after he heard a noise and noticed a small hole in the front window of his residence in the 1100 block of Lyman Avenue, police said. The neighbor looked out the window and saw people on the second floor of a residence across the street shooting a pellet gun. He also saw a dead squirrel in a pool of blood on the walkway in front of the house across from his.

The 17-year-old was processed and released to his parents on non-secure detention.


An unknown person removed a green, men's Trek 7200 bicycle and black Kryptonite lock from a common garage in the 100 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, Jan. 16-29. Estimated loss is $870.

Someone removed a dark grey, 10-speed Planet bicycle that was locked to a rack in the 1100 block of South Boulevard, Jan. 27-30. Estimated loss is $150.

An unknown person removed a blue, girl's 10-inch Huffy bicycle that was unlocked in the backyard of a residence in the 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue, Feb. 1-3. Estimated loss is $90.

Someone removed a blue, men's Specialized Allez bicycle from an open garage in the 900 block of North Harvey Avenue Feb. 2-3. Estimated loss is $250.

A 22-year-old Chicago man was arrested, Jan. 29, for taking an iPhone from Radio Shack in the 900 block of Madison Street, Jan. 8. The man was arrested at T-Mobile in the 1700 block of North Harlem Avenue.

A 15-year-old Chicago boy was arrested, Jan. 31, for taking a book bag containing books and an iPod from a 16-year-old girl. The two were with one other person in the 600 block of North Oak Park Avenue when the boy asked the girl if he could carry her bag. The boy then ran away with the bag and the girl called police, who arrested the boy in the 5900 block of Chicago Avenue in Chicago.

Someone cut and removed a 3-inch stainless steel exhaust pipe from underneath a white Lincoln MKZ parked in the Holly Court garage in the 1100 block of Ontario Street, Feb. 1. Estimated loss is $523.

A 47-year-old Chicago man was arrested, Feb. 2, after security personnel saw him leave the Dominick's in the 200 block of Lake Street without paying for four packages of condoms, eight packages of various cuts of beef and 88 packages of Kool-Aid drink mix, valued at $199.

Campus security from Concordia University told police, Feb. 1, that someone removed an Epson computer projector from an unlocked classroom in Addison Hall. Estimated loss is $900.

Residential/motor vehicle burglaries

Someone entered an apartment in the 1000 block of Pleasant Place Jan. 19-26 and removed a silver Hewlett-Packard laptop computer. Estimated loss is $1,000.

An unknown person climbed on top of a garage attached to a residence in the 1100 block of Greenfield Street, broke a window to the residence and reached inside to unlock a second floor door Feb. 2. Once inside, the offender removed jewelry and a lockbox containing various mementos and coins.

Someone entered a purple 2004 Nissan Murano in the 700 block of North Taylor Avenue through an unlocked door Feb. 1-2. The offender ransacked the interior, but no loss was reported.

Someone entered a garage in the 800 block of Clinton Street Feb. 3-4 through an unlocked door and broke a window to unlock the door of a vehicle inside. The offender removed a large red purse and a small black purse which contained identification, credit cards and money. Estimated loss is $235.

A resident of the 800 block of William Street told police Feb. 3 that an unknown person entered two unlocked vehicles outside their home between the evening of Feb. 2 and early morning of Feb. 3 and removed containers with a small amount of change.

Shortly after that incident was reported, a resident of the 600 block of William Street told police that someone had entered his parked vehicle during the same time frame and removed about $5 in coins from the center console of his car.

Later that day, a third resident told police that an unknown person entered her unlocked car parked outside her home near Iowa and Clinton streets. There was no loss, but the offender had rummaged through the contents of her car.

Armed robbery

An unknown offender walked up to the register at Segreti Pharmacy in the 6100 block of Roosevelt Road, Jan. 31, placed a semi-automatic handgun on the counter and demanded prescription drugs from an employee. The employee gave him three bottles of Oxycodone and Hydrocodone and he walked out the door and westbound on Roosevelt Road. A light blue or grey sedan was seen traveling north at a high rate of speed in the Lombard/Harvey alley.

Driving under the influence

A 22-year-old Wilmette man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident after his vehicle sideswiped another vehicle in the 700 block of Columbian Avenue, Jan. 31. He was driving south on the street when the driver of a northbound vehicle pulled to the right to let him pass. He sideswiped the vehicle and left his vehicle in the 600 block of North Euclid Avenue. Police found him on foot a short distance away. A search of the vehicle turned up an empty bottle of Bacardi rum.

Police arrested a 35-year-old Joliet man stopped improperly in the southbound curb lane in the 700 block of Harlem Avenue for aggravated driving under the influence, Jan. 29.
Criminal damage to vehicle

Someone damaged a black 2003 BMW that was parked in a lot in the 600 block of South Boulevard, Feb. 2. Police said there were dents on two doors and the side mirror was hanging. Estimated damage is $1,400.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 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.

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epic lulz  

Posted: February 14th, 2012 10:12 AM

I'd pay good money to find just one addlebrained rightwing lunatic who actually comprehended the concepts of free speech and private property rights, or any part of the US Constitution for that matter. Hint: the right to free speech prevents the government (ie, the loser George W. Bush) from suppressing dissent; it does not prevent a privately owned newspaper from exercising editorial control over it own property.


Posted: February 13th, 2012 10:37 PM

Isn't this Oak Park, where the majority claim the evil George bush and the republicans were trashing our civil liberties and infringing on our constitutional rights to things like free speech? Funny how the WJ stands up for free speech by selectively editing the right to post comments and disabling those THEY find offensive or disagreeable. Apparently, they don't understand the word hypocrisy, especially when they had no problem printing a Trainor column calling Bush a loser

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 13th, 2012 5:40 PM

Hmmm! 88 packages of Kool Aid(mutiple flavors assumed) and four condoms could be used for very colorful water balloons!

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 13th, 2012 5:37 PM

Violet - Patricia. I was WJ Comments when the RF Molester and saw the post pop up on the sidebar (Have no idea what the message was) and immediately opened the file. The "No Posting" message was there. I wonder if the WJ might have had to have one message posted before they could shut down what was obviously was going to be an invasive and nasty stream. If so, Way to Go WJ.

Read this  

Posted: February 13th, 2012 5:19 PM

No mention of al roberts stealing $500,000.00 dollars form the tax payers?

John Doe from Oak Park  

Posted: February 13th, 2012 4:58 PM

Regarding Kool-Aid Man: Really a bummer you got nabbed, sure it was going to be a heck of a night!!

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: February 10th, 2012 11:35 AM

@ Violet, I didn't see the comments, but I did see the first couple of words (they stay in the "recent comments" even after they are shut off until they are pushed off) and they didn't seem so nice. I also think it's a pretty easy conclusion even if I hadn't seen anything. There's a record of that sort of thing here and on any newspaper comment area on stories such as this.


Posted: February 10th, 2012 1:48 AM

I'm shocked that Violet is ignoring WJ's refusal to identify the race of the DUI from Wilmette.


Posted: February 10th, 2012 12:01 AM

Can't help but roll my eyes about the girl whose backpack was stolen, I can't believe Oak Park kids are still so naive. I'm cracking up at the guy who stole 88 packets of Kool-Aid. Whoever he planned to use those four packs of condoms with should be pretty embarrassed of who they're dating.

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 9th, 2012 7:18 PM

@Patricia--I see that two comments on the latest article are no longer visible. Are you certain that people were saying bad things or just assuming so?

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: February 9th, 2012 7:04 PM

People are being ridiculously nasty which is really insensitive to the family perhaps?

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 9th, 2012 6:13 PM

Is there some reason why WJ has disallowed comments on both articles regarding the foster dad from RF? Pray tell, what could possibly be the reason?

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