By Jean Lotus
Barely concealed weapon used in strong-arm robbery
A woman told police she was robbed by an unknown man in his 20s with blonde-tipped dreadlocks in the 300 block of South Lombard Avenue around 5 p.m., March 14. Police said the man approached the victim and showed her the outline of a handgun underneath his shirt.
The man took the victim's black Coach purse, snatched a gold chain with a cross from around her neck and pried a 3-karat diamond ring from her finger by force. Total estimated loss was $1,475.
DNA evidence leads to arrest
Oak Park police used DNA evidence to arrest a man from the 600 block of South Humphrey Avenue, March 10, in connection with an August 2013 burglary. After the crime, officers tried to stop and question three men carrying duffle bags, but they fled west into Columbus Park in Chicago. Cops found the bags and proceeds from the burglaries ditched in the park. They also found a stocking cap worn by one of the alleged burglars. DNA samples from the hat were linked to Deonte D. Smith. Police took him into custody at his home and charged him with felony theft.
Woman arrested in scam
Police arrested a 43-year-old Chicago woman who allegedly falsely said she could help an Oak Park resident refinance her mortgage. The woman obtained cash, checks and money orders from the victim totaling $7,260 between November 2011 and July 2012. She was charged with theft by deception.
Woman pokes teen at bus stop
A River Forest juvenile told police a strange woman in her 40s approached and began an argument at a bus stop in the 400 block of North Harlem Avenue around 5:30 p.m., March 11. The incident ended when she extended her right index finger and forcefully poked the victim's head, then left the scene on a northbound Harlem Avenue bus.
Police tracked down and arrested a 37-year-old Chicago woman, March 10, after she was seen allegedly removing two 12-packs of beer, Feb. 24, and two solo cans from the Jewel Food store in the 500 block of Madison Street. Witnesses gave police a license plate number of her fleeing vehicle, which was traced back to the Chicago woman. She was identified in a lineup as the alleged shoplifter and charged with retail theft.
A would-be burglar was confronted inside a residence in the 100 block of South Marion Street when the resident arrived home about 4 p.m., March 13. The intruder, described as in his 40s, fled through the front door which had been pried open. No loss was reported.
Someone entered an apartment in the 900 block of North Boulevard during the day, March 13, by kicking open the front door and removing two televisions and $900 cash from a drawer. Loss was estimated at $2,000.
A case containing a black Canon 53D Marc3 camera and lens was discovered missing from a house in the 800 block of Fair Oaks Avenue, March 15. No value was reported.
Someone pried open the front door of a home in the 100 block of North Taylor Avenue, sometime March 9-15, and ransacked the house. Loss was not immediately available.
Someone broke three small back windows and a doorknob attempting to gain entry to a business in the 500 block of Madison Street, March 13-16. Damage was estimated at $300.
Someone entered an unlocked garage behind the 6100 block of Roosevelt Road, March 9-16, and smashed windows of a Chevy parked inside. Damage was estimated at $250.
A wallet was removed from a vehicle parked in an unlocked garage in the 100 block of South Cuyler Avenue, overnight March 10-11. Loss was estimated at $40.
An unknown man carrying a snow shovel entered a residence in the 1200 block of Rossell Street around 11 a.m., March 12, after ringing the doorbell numerous times. When confronted by the owner in the foyer, the man fled eastbound in the alley.
Video surveillance footage showed two unknown men leaving a residence in the 6400 block of Roosevelt Road carrying two televisions, the morning of March 11. Police said the residence was possibly entered with a key. A checkbook was also missing. Loss was estimated at $600.
St. Patrick's weekend arrests
A 33-year-old woman from Hoffman Estates was stopped around 4 a.m., March 15, in the 300 block of Washington Boulevard for driving without headlights. She failed field sobriety tests and was found to have a blood alcohol of content of .223, almost three times the legal limit of .08. She was charged with DUI.
A Chicago man was arrested in the 100 block of Harrison Street by Oak Park police around 5 a.m., March 16, after he was unable to pay his $30.65 cab fare. He was charged with theft of service.
A 49-year-old Riverside male driver was arrested around 3 a.m., March 16, after he left the scene of an accident in the 800 block of South Kenilworth Avenue. He was charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene.
River Forest police said they arrested one DUI driver and one driver with license suspended during a St. Patrick's weekend patrol crackdown. They also reported 12 seatbelt tickets, two tickets for use of cellular telephone citations, and three speeding violations.
A wallet and iPad mini were lifted from a purse slung over the back of a chair at a business in the 1000 block of Lake Street around lunchtime, March 16. Estimated loss was $675.
An iPhone 4 went missing shortly after an unknown woman and a 7-year-old child left the CVS employee break room in the 6700 block of Roosevelt Road around 2 p.m., March 8. Loss was estimated at $500.
A catalytic converter was removed with a cutting device from a Toyota Sequoia SUV parked in the 700 block of North East Avenue, the evening of March 12. Loss was estimated at $560.
Someone smashed in the rear windshield of a vehicle parked in the 200 block of North Marion Street, the morning of March 15. Estimated damage was $300.
Someone smashed windows of two vehicles parked behind the 100 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, overnight March 15-16, and ransacked the cars.
Someone removed a backpack from an unlocked GMC pickup truck, the morning of March 12, in the 400 block of North Harlem Avenue. Missing was a wallet, a driver's license, cash and an iPhone. Loss was estimated at $525.
A 1997 Honda Accord, reported stolen in Oak Park Feb. 13, was recovered by Chicago police in the 700 block of North Avers Avenue.
Two unlocked vehicles were ransacked in the 900 block of Wesley Avenue, overnight March 9-10.
A 24-year-old Chicago man was arrested by Oak Park police, March 11, and charged with criminal trespass for returning continuously after being asked to stay away from the Starbucks in the 700 block of Lake Street.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed March 10-16 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