Fourteen vehicles were burglarized in Oak Park last week and another three in River Forest, the majority via the low tech method of smashing a window, along with prying open door locks. At least one other vehicle was damaged in a likely attempt to enter. Overnight on March 13, someone managed to get into a secured parking garage at 930 North Blvd. Once inside, six cars were entered, four forcefully. Spare change and other small items left inside the vehicles were taken.
Three vehicles were burglarized in River Forest. Windows were broken and stereos removed from two cars parked at Concordia University, and another car parked at Dominican University had its window smashed and a radar detector stolen. Thieves also:
? Broke a window on a 1995 Jeep March 10 and stole a duffel bag containing mock jewelry and 50 CDs valued at $270.
? Broke the rear window of a 1995 Chevy Prism in the 100 block of South Kenilworth overnight, March 9, and stole a stereo CD player worth $200.
? Pried the door lock of a Chevy Cavalier in the 400 block of South Kenilworth Avenue sometime between March 5 and 9 and ripped an AM/FM/CD stereo out of the dashboard.
? Entered an unlocked Nissan Xterra parked in the 100 block of South Home Avenue the evening of March 7 and stole a laptop computer, two purses and $6 in change.
A man described as heavy and around 6 feet tall forced his way into a residence at 100 Forest Place. The man reportedly rang the man's bell, asked if a certain person lived there, then said to the resident, "Let me show you this address." When the resident opened his door, the man shoved hard and pushed his way inside. After wrestling with the resident, the man took his wallet containing $50 and fled after the man yelled.
A teenage male approached another male in the 400 block of South Home the morning of March 13 and displayed a knife. When the teen demanded money, his victim turned over $25, at which point the teen punched the other man in the head with his fist and fled.
Nathan Reed, 25, of Chicago was arrested in connection with an alleged home burglary in the 1100 block of Lyman the night of March 11.
Someone entered two homes in the 300 block of Chicago Ave. Mar. 12. In one, they entered by breaking a kitchen window, and stole two pair of shoes and 100 DVDs valued at $344. In the other they entered an unlocked bathroom window and stole 40 DVDs valued at $600.
? Someone smashed a 6' by 8' window at a business in the 1000 block of South Blvd. after midnight on March 12. They stole a computer monitor and a keyboard valued at $800.
A woman had her wallet stolen while shopping in the Dominick's food store, 7501 North Ave. the afternoon of Mar. 9. One of the woman's credit cards was then used by a woman later that evening in an attempt to purchase a $1,400 LCD television at Tweeters, 7201 Lake St., the third time in less than a month thieves have attempted to use stolen credit cards at that business. Tweeter staff stalled the woman and she eventually left without the television. A video surveillance tape
of the woman was turned over to River Forest police.
? An Oak Park woman was approached by a man inside the Jewel store, 7036 Roosevelt Road, the afternoon of March 9. The man asked the woman about cat food, then reached past her to the shelf. As he was walking away, the woman noticed her wallet had been taken from her pocket, and she yelled for help. A witness chased the man, but he fled the store and jumped into a car containing three other men. Loss was $55.
? A man entered the Rocking Horse Boutique 119 N. Marion the afternoon of March 8 and removed a wallet containing $35, credit cards and IDs belonging to an Oak Park woman.
? A wallet containing credit cards, IDs and $35 cash was stolen from an unattended purse in a shopping cart at Whole Foods Market, 7245 Lake St., the morning of March 11.
? The sanitary napkin dispenser in the Oak Park Library's women's restroom was broken into twice last week. Thieves stole over 100 sanitary napkins, as well as $30 in coins.
Manuel Tamay, 20, of Chicago was stopped for a traffic violation in the 100 block of South Grove the afternoon of March 7. After police allegedly noticed a "strong odor of alcohol" on Tamay, he reportedly couldn't produce a valid driver's license or proof of insurance. A name check turned up an active Chicago warrant for prostitution, and a blood test allegedly showed Tamay had a .175 blood alcohol level.
A female Oak Park juvenile was arrested March 8 in connection with a house fire in the 900 block of South Elmwood. The girl, who spread a quantity of gasoline in the house and ignited it, was turned over to Cook County Juvenile authorities.
Criminal damage to property
A locked 1996 Cadillac parked in the 400 block of Wesley Avenue was entered by unknown means sometime between March 3 and 9 and the steering column was severely damaged.
Keith Graham, 22, a parolee from the Menard Correctional Center, living in River Forest, was arrested March 8 near Elmwood Avenue and Erie Street in Oak Park. He was wanted on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for failure to report/change of address.
? The above reported incidents are gleaned from Oak Park and River Forest Police department incident reports from March 6 through March 12. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.
?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer
Thieves entered an unsecured demolition site at 6440 W. Roosevelt Rd. overnight on March 7 and stole a pallet of antique bricks, along with an aluminum door frame and some copper scrap. They also broke the rear window of a backhoe parked there. Loss was estimated at $1,760.