Oak Park and River Forest police reports - March 13-19

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Theft/theft arrest

An unknown person removed a spare tire from underneath a 2010 Chevy Express van parked in a lot in the 500 block of Garfield Street, March 12-13. Estimated loss is $500.

Someone cut the chain lock on a red and black Raleigh mountain bike, March 14, and removed the bike from a rack in the 1100 block of South Boulevard. Estimated loss is $200.

A passerby reported, March 13, that an unknown person broke a window to the Verizon store in the 7200 block of Lake Street, River Forest, removed five 4G smart phones and fled in a waiting Dodge Intrepid. Estimated loss is unknown.

A woman told police, March 16, that someone took her wallet while she was standing at a bus stop at Harlem Avenue and Lake Street with her child. The woman said a man walked behind her while she bent down to pick up a toy the child had dropped and later realized the wallet was missing from her back pocket. It contained $30 in cash, credit cards and a social security card.

A 45-year-old patient at West Suburban Hospital in the first block of Erie Court was arrested, March 17, and charged with two counts of theft after she was found to be in possession of the wallets belonging to two hospital employees.

An unknown offender snatched an iPhone belonging to a man who was riding on a westbound Green line train, March 17. The man took the phone when the train doors opened in the first block of North Ridgeland Avenue before he exited and ran west on the platform. Estimated loss is $400.

Burglary

Someone entered an unlocked garage in the 1200 block of Columbian Avenue, March 12, and removed a red and black Toro snowblower and a grey cable lock. Estimated loss is $820.

An unknown person entered a garage in the 800 block of South Harvey Avenue, March 14, and removed a brown Vega men's bicycle with a black basket, water bottle and attached cable lock. Estimated loss is $800.

Someone entered a garage in the 100 block of South Taylor Avenue, March 15-16, and removed a black Schwinn 10-speed bicycle. Estimated loss is $75.

An unknown person entered an unlocked 2004 Honda Civic, March 15-17, in the 400 block of North Maple Avenue and removed an Insignia GPS unit. Estimated loss is $100.

Someone entered a garage in the 100 block of North Taylor Avenue, March 17-18, and removed a cream-colored women's Cruiser bicycle. Estimated loss is $100.

An unknown person entered Oak Park Temple in the 1200 block of North Harlem Avenue, March 18, and removed a blue Bosch cordless drill and a green plastic toolbox containing miscellaneous hand tools. Estimated loss is $490.

Someone entered an unlocked side service door of a garage in the 400 block of North Lombard Avenue, March 18. The offender ransacked a 2006 Nissan Titan and removed a black and grey TomTom GPS unit. Estimated loss is $120.

Drug possession/DUI

A 17-year-old Chicago girl was arrested, March 13, at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue for taking another girl's cellphone. The girl was also found to be in possession of 8.7 grams of marijuana.

A 28-year-old Glen Ellyn man, stopped for several traffic violations, was found to be in possession of a syringe and 1.8 grams of heroin when he was pulled over in the 200 block of Lake Street, March 14.

A 26-year-old Melrose Park man was arrested in the 7900 block of North Avenue, March 18, for driving under the influence. During a search of the car, police discovered a plastic bag with a white substance that tested positive for one gram of cocaine. The man was also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

A 22-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence, March 18, after he struck a parked car in the 100 block of South Austin Boulevard and his 1998 Honda Accord rolled over onto its roof. Officers detected a strong odor of alcohol and the driver failed a field sobriety test. His blood alcohol content was 0.106.

Motor vehicle theft

Someone removed a blue 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan from the rear apron of a residence in the 500 block of North Cuyler Avenue, March 14. Estimated loss is $5,000.

Battery

A 16-year-old Oak Park boy was arrested at Oak Park and River Forest High School for aggravated battery, March 15, after he began fighting with a dean at the school in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue. The dean said he was battered during an internal theft investigation involving the boy, who pushed him in the chest with his hands and grabbed his right arm. The dean had scratches on his upper and lower right arm and the right sleeve of his shirt ripped, police said.

Suicide

A 48-year-old Oak Park man was found dead in the Cook County Forest Preserve, March 12, after his roommate found a note at their apartment that the man was planning to kill himself. Police said he was found about 80 yards west of the 1100 block of Thatcher Avenue sitting in a canvas camping chair. A red suitcase was found nearby. Other items found at the scene indicated he tried to suffocate himself, police said.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, March 13-19, 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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