Mercedes 350E stolen from Oak Park tennis club

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

An unknown person stole a white 2010 Mercedes Benz 350E from the parking lot at the Tennis and Fitness Center, 301 Lake St., after removing car keys, an iPhone and $90 from an unattended gym bag, the morning of March 18. Loss was estimated at $54,390.

Other car crimes

A white 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan was taken overnight, March 18-19, from a parking spot in the 1000 block of Lyman. Loss was estimated at $5,000.

Someone entered a 2007 Toyota 4Runner, left unlocked at the parking garage in the 900 block of Lake St., and removed a Garmin GPS, a pair of Frogskin sunglasses and a Social Security card between March 15 and 18.

A turn signal lens cover was pried off a Toyota 4Runner parked in the 100 block of Washington overnight, March 19-20. Estimated loss is $250.

Someone broke the driver's side window of a 2001 VW Beetle parked in the 100 block of Lake St., the morning of March 24, and removed a Garmin GPS and used the garage door opener to open the residence garage. No loss from the garage was reported. Damage was estimated at $375.

Graffiti blitz

Eight residences in the alley between the 700 block of Linden and Columbian were vandalized overnight, March 24-25, with gold and black spray-painted graffiti on overhead garage doors, vehicles and wooden fences. Police said the graffiti was not gang-related. Damage was estimated at $3,850.

Residential burglary

A witness observed a man enter a residence in the 1200 block of Harlem Ave. around 6:30 a.m. on March 19 through an unlocked window. Loss was $145.

A witness interrupted a potential burglary in progress when a 20-year-old man was observed opening the front porch window of a residence in the 1000 block of Austin Blvd. around 8:30 a.m. on March 21. The victim exited the residence via the back door. A DVD was stolen.

A witness observed a man use a pry tool to defeat the front door of a residence in the 1100 block of South Boulevard. Once inside, he removed a laptop computer. Estimated loss was $2,500.

Garage burglary

A red Toro snowblower was stolen from a garage in the 1100 block of Lyman overnight, March 19-20. Offenders pried open the side service door.

A garage in the 800 block of Humphrey was burglarized via a pried-open side service door overnight, March 20-21. Two vehicles parked inside were ransacked and a wallet and tools were stolen. Loss was estimated at $980.

Someone entered a garage in the 500 block of S. Cuyler Ave. overnight, March 22-23, via an unlocked service door and broke the window of the vehicle parked inside. Damage was $300.


Someone removed an Apple iPhone and approximately $60 from a locked locker at the Fitness Formula Club in the 1100 block of Lake Street around 10 a.m. on March 20.

An Apple iPhone was stolen from an unlocked gym locker at OPRF High School, the afternoon of March 20. Loss is estimated at $100.

Someone stole a green HTC/Vivid cellphone from a secured locker at OPRF High School, the morning of March 22. Loss was estimated at $215.

A wallet was lifted from a purse hung over a chair at a restaurant in the 1100 block of Lake Street around 8 p.m. on March 20. Stolen was $160, credit cards and a driver's license. Loss was estimated at $180.

Twenty-two pounds of jalapenos were removed from a UPS package in the secured vestibule of a building in the 200 block of S. Maple Avenue, the afternoon of March 20.

A wallet was reported stolen from an unsecured locker in Power Hall at Dominican University in River Forest around 1 p.m. on March 20.

Retail theft

A 19-year-old Bellwood man was arrested, March 22, after allegedly taking a 750 ml bottle of Smirnoff vodka from Dominick's, 259 W. Lake St.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed March 18-24 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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joe from south oak park  

Posted: March 26th, 2013 10:16 PM

I'd love to have seen the reaction from the thief that stole 22 lbs of jalapenos when he opened that UPS box. That is just so random. If he gets caught maybe the punishment could be amended to eating the jalapenos and buying the owner a new box.

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