By Devin Rose
Craigslist buyer gives fake bills, displays gun to seller
A 29-year-old man from Villa Park was the victim of an armed robbery, March 21, after he tried to sell his iPhone on Craigslist.
The man made arrangements to meet a potential buyer in the parking lot of Wendy's in the first block of North Harlem Avenue. When the man approached the passenger window of the buyer's gold minivan and handed over his iPhone, the buyer gave him $580 in counterfeit bills.
The man complained about the fake bills, and a passenger in the van displayed a handgun and told the man to back away. The van was last seen heading southbound on Harlem Avenue. Estimated loss is $500.
Someone removed a black Canon Rebel digital camera from a partially locked closet in a classroom at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue, March 16-19. Estimated loss is $749.
An unknown person removed a black and yellow Magna mountain bike that was locked to a bike rack in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue, March 15. Estimated loss is $130.
Someone removed $80 from a woman's purse in an open office at Grace Episcopal Church in the 900 block of Lake Street, March 21-22.
A 46-year-old Chicago man was arrested, March 22, after he was observed removing a green and silver Magna bicycle locked to a fence in the 900 block of South Lombard Avenue.
Someone removed a spare tire from a vehicle parked in the 7300 block of Garden Court, River Forest, on March 21. About an hour later, police responded to the 400 block of Clinton Place, where someone removed another spare tire from a vehicle the same day. Estimated loss is $750 for each of the two incidents.
An unknown person removed two six-inch sections of aluminum downspout from a garage in the 800 block of North Taylor Avenue, March 16-23. Estimated loss is $100.
Someone removed a black bag containing two watches from under a desk in a common area at Longfellow Center in the 600 block of Ridgeland Avenue, March 22. Estimated loss is $215.
A 26-year-old Oak Park man was arrested for theft, March 23, after he was found to be in possession of a wallet that was lost or stolen in Chicago two years ago. The man was pulled over for a traffic stop in the 700 block of South Boulevard.
An unknown person removed a black leather wallet containing $60, identification and credit cards from the backpack of a woman exiting the train station in the 1100 block of South Boulevard, March 23. Estimated loss is $85.
Someone approached the passenger side of a woman's car that was parked in the lot at Jewel in the 7500 block of Lake Street after she bought groceries March 24. The unknown man broke the window, reached into the car and removed a bag of groceries and the woman's purse from the front seat. The man then fled to a waiting silver car which drove toward Lake Street. The loss included $80 in cash, an iPhone, credit cards, a driver's license, miscellaneous identification and makeup.
Criminal trespass arrest
A 14-year-old Oak Park boy was arrested, March 20, in the 800 block of Lake Street for criminal trespass to state-supported land after police determined he was with a group that stole 15 Netbook computers from Hatch Elementary School on Feb. 6. The boy told police he didn't take any of the computers, but employees saw him running from the school with others.
Someone removed seven guitars, an Xbox 360 game console and two wooden jewelry boxes containing costume jewelry from the basement of a residence in the 700 block of South Harvey Avenue, Feb. 14-March 20. Estimated loss is $6,600.
An unknown person broke a passenger side front window of a black 2007 Saturn in the 1100 block of South Kenilworth Avenue and removed a black Motorola GPS unit. Estimated loss is $400.
Someone entered an apartment in the 100 block of Forest Place, March 24, and removed two Hewlett Packard laptop computers, a wallet containing $500 and credit cards, and a set of keys. Estimated loss is $2,600.
A 30-year-old Melrose Park man was charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence and other charges, March 25, after he was stopped for speeding in the 6400 block of West North Avenue. The man had two previous DUIs and a blood alcohol level of 0.123.
A 49-year-old Elmwood Park woman was charged with driving under the influence after police said she rear-ended another car she was following too closely in the 7900 block of Division Street, March 20. The woman's blood alcohol content was 0.234, almost three times the legal limit of .08.
A 16-year-old Melrose Park boy was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after officers observed his running Jeep stopped in the 6700 block of West North Avenue, March 25. The boy was breathing but unresponsive, and officers detected the odor of alcohol and saw a metal pipe while searching the vehicle. The boy was taken to West Suburban Hospital.
A man walking from a Green Line train station, March 22, in the first block of Harlem Avenue in Forest Park told police he was followed by another man who touched his neck, demanded his iPhone and threatened to shoot him if he didn't comply. The man handed over the phone and the offender was last seen running eastbound. Estimated loss is $300.
These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, March 20-26, 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.