Suspect in multiple armed robberies arrested

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Laura Osterlund and Jean Lotus

Berwyn police on Monday arrested a 34-year-old man suspected in a string of armed robberies in neighboring municipalities, including Oak Park.

Oak Park police said Jeremy R. Seeman, of the 1300 block of Harvey in Berwyn, allegedly followed a 47-year-old Cicero woman into the ATM lobby at the Chase bank at Austin Blvd. and Roosevelt Road around 2 p.m. on March 9. Seeman allegedly displayed a black-handled, silver-barreled handgun and said, "Give it to me," before snatching two $20 bills. The woman grabbed the bills back, tearing one of them and Seeman fled on Roosevelt, according to Oak Park police. When he was taken into custody Monday morning, he reportedly had in his possession a torn $20 bill, the tear pattern and serial numbers of which matched the woman's bill.

Strong-arm robberies

An 18-year-old Oak Park man told police he was walking northbound on the 1100 block of N. Ridgeland Ave. around 4 p.m. on March 10 when he was approached by three males about his age. One allegedly asked, "Do I know you?" and punched the victim in the head. The three reportedly struck the victim around the face and body and demanded his wallet. The victim complied and the attackers fled on Ridgeland. Loss was $155.

A male offender approached a female victim in the 100 block of N. Harlem Ave. on March 4. As the victim was walking in the parking lot, the offender allegedly pushed her from the rear, then removed the victim's purple wallet containing miscellaneous IDs and credit cards from her right hand. Estimated loss is $22.

Traffic stop turns up illegal handgun

An 18-year-old Oak Park man, curbed by River Forest police in his 1999 Buick Park Avenue for a traffic stop the morning of March 9, was found to have a loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun under the driver's side floor board mat. The silver-colored gun had six live rounds. The man was arrested and charged with unlawful use of a weapon, failing to possess a valid FOID card and carrying a weapon in a car under age 21.

"I believe the officers may have saved a life or prevented a serious crime from being committed," said Deputy Chief James O'Shea. "Another illegal gun off the streets," he added.

Theft

A male offender grabbed 28 cartons of cigarettes from an unattended van in the 500 block of S. Austin Blvd. on March 9. He was seen wearing a gray jacket and blue pants. The offender entered the passenger side of a green Chevy Astro van and fled the scene in an unknown direction. Estimaed loss is $2,491.42.

Someone defeated a gym locker lock in the 1000 block of Erie on March 7. An Apple iPhone was among the items removed. Estimated loss is $540.

Theft of motor vehicle

A male offender was observed entering a black 2011 Subaru Impreza in the 6100 block of North Avenue on March 6. The offender was wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans, and white shoes. He was last seen eastbound on North Ave. Total estimated loss is $19,000.

Theft from motor vehicle

An unknown person used a cutting device to remove the catalytic converter from a 2003 Toyota Sequoia in the 200 block of N. Grove on March 4. Estimated loss is $260.

Residential burglary

An unknown person entered a residence in the 800 block of N. Marion St. on March 6 through a closed but unlocked kitchen window. Once inside, they removed numerous electronic items from the home. A neighborhood canvass revealed that witnesses had seen a man wearing a black knit hat carrying what appeared to be a small box from the residence to a small dark compact car parked in the residence driveway. Total estimated loss is $8,670.

On March 8, someone entered a residence in the 1000 block of Washington by brute force. Once inside, they ransacked the dresser drawer of the second-floor master bedroom, removing miscellaneous jewelry. A Toshiba laptop computer was also removed from the living room. Estimated loss is $3,530.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed March 5-10 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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