Oak Park and River Forest police reports-Feb. 24-March 2

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Weekend begins badly at T.G.I.Fridays 

Employees of the TGIF restaurant called police after four rowdy, leggings-clad female patrons with facial piercings pepper-sprayed the manager and several employees as they were being kicked out of the restaurant around 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28. The women, who were asked to leave after being loud and disorderly, the manager said, were described as age 19-21. They fled the parking lot in a tan Chevy Impala. All parties on the scene declined medical attention.


Burglars entered a house in the 800 block of South Humphrey Avenue via a forced-in basement window, the afternoon of Feb. 25. A bottle of prescription medicine was removed from a bathroom cabinet. Loss was estimated at $45.

Someone attempted to kick in the front door of a house in the 1000 block of North Humphrey Avenue, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Feb. 25, but failed. The lock, door frame and drywall inside the house were damaged. 

Someone broke into a house in the 200 block of Iowa Street, the afternoon of Feb. 24, by unknown means and removed a black Apple laptop and iPad. Estimated loss was $1,400.

Someone entered a house in the 400 block of South Taylor Avenue during the day, Feb. 27, by breaking the glass of a kitchen window. Two televisions, miscellaneous pieces of jewelry and a black pillow were removed. Estimated loss was $4,698.

An Apple MacBook pro laptop was removed from an apartment in the 1000 block of Pleasant Street, the afternoon of Feb. 27. Police said the front door may have been forced open. Loss was estimated at $2,000. 


Oak Park police arrested two men, one age 18 from Berwyn and one age 31 from Oak Park, in the 6100 block of Roosevelt Road around 2 p.m., Feb. 27, after they were caught allegedly burglarizing a vacant commercial storefront in the 6200 block of Roosevelt Road. They were charged with two counts of burglary and theft.  

A man called police around 6 p.m. from inside the business in the 6800 block of Roosevelt Road after he looked out the window and observed a man entering his unlocked 2008 Nissan parked on the street. The victim came out to confront the man, 23, who was ransacking the front console and then fled on foot. Police stopped a man matching his description in the 6700 block of Roosevelt Road and arrested him. He was charged with burglary. 

A 51-year-old Chicago man was arrested and charged with retail theft, battery and resisting arrest after employees reportedly observed him removing three hats and a pair of gloves worth $20.99 from CVS in the 6700 block of Roosevelt Road. When he was confronted by a CVS employee, the man allegedly shoved him and resisted arrest by responding police in the parking lot. He was eventually taken into custody.  


A package containing $50 worth of mouthwash was removed from the common area of an apartment building in the 300 block of South Austin Boulevard, the afternoon of Feb. 24.

A catalytic converter was removed from a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire parked overnight, Feb. 24-25, in the 400 block of South Wisconsin Avenue. Estimated damage was $600.

A package containing a Microsoft Surface computer was removed from an unsecured apartment building vestibule overnight, Feb. 24-25, in the 300 block of South Wisconsin Avenue. Loss was $450. 

Someone lifted a UPS package containing plastic hair rollers from a front porch in the 1220 block of North Oak Park Avenue during the day, Feb. 27. Estimated loss was $20.

A green 1994 Mercury van was removed from the 1100 block of Clinton Avenue, overnight Feb. 27-28. Estimated loss was $1,000.

DUI arrest after accident

Oak Park police arrested a 29-year-old Cicero woman around 4 a.m., Feb. 25, in the 200 block of South Austin Boulevard and charged her with DUI and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Feb. 24-March 2 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

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Oh, no, you don't!  

Posted: March 17th, 2014 5:01 PM

WJ is withholding the color of the leggings, since there were some pulls and the skin color may have shown through. The car is described as tan, like the skin of a racist white guy.

Enquiring Minds from Oak Park  

Posted: March 17th, 2014 3:44 PM

What color were the leggings?

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 16th, 2014 3:51 PM

I stopped going to TGIF's soon after they opened. They are expensive and when I was there they seemed to forget about us. Our waiter went home without putting in our order. Wasn't aware who was frequenting the place now but have no need to go somewhere which is a trouble spot. The problem is the behavior not the race unless of course someone else wants to make it a race issue.

Violet Aura from Undisclosed location;)  

Posted: March 16th, 2014 2:36 PM

@Real List: I have seen this, too, but I am confused. I mean, where is the OP kumbaya crowd? The ones that love to mingle with people of color and come on here to wax poetic of their longings for us all to just get along? Why do OP liberal Whites abandon certain joints all of a sudden and then they are predominantly frequented by "the Blacks?" I have noticed this at Five Guys. At first there was a diverse crowd eating there and now? Not so much. Diversity doesn't mean just Black and Hispanic!

Marc from Oak Park  

Posted: March 14th, 2014 11:50 AM

Just the facts Deez. It is what it is.

OP rez  

Posted: March 6th, 2014 2:35 PM

DEEZ, I walk past the "lowlifes" on da streetz and laugh on a daily basis. I wonder if I've every walk past you.

Real List  

Posted: March 6th, 2014 12:42 PM

I wonder if there has been any analysis regarding white flight from commercial restaurants such as Fridays,Chilis,Red Lobster,Chuck E Cheese. They seem to follow the same principal...new chain opens, everyone flocks there, then a perceived "ghetto" element becomes more prominent, white folks stop going or find a different location. I've seen it happening for decades. I'm not saying it's right, I'm just saying it's the reality. Once that tipping point hits, it's hard to recover, piercings or not.

OP Transplant  

Posted: March 6th, 2014 11:27 AM

The WJ would do well to adopt a policy of not publishing descriptions. Describing everything except race just makes them look ridiculous. The color of the car is tan. The color of the people in the car is a closely guarded secret. Funny, though!


Posted: March 6th, 2014 9:33 AM

I actually like that TGI FRIDAYs, yeah the clientel can be shady and its always loud in there but my wife and I like stopping in for appetizers and cheap drinks to start the night. For the past year or so they have had an armed security guard in the bar are on weekend nights, I wonder if he was working at the time

Agree with done  

Posted: March 6th, 2014 8:48 AM

I can believe that place hasn't received any health code violations. disgusting.

Done from Oak Pak  

Posted: March 6th, 2014 8:43 AM

I wouldn't go into that TGIF if it was "buy one, get the rest free for the rest of your life".

DEEZ from Oak Park  

Posted: March 6th, 2014 12:31 AM

OP rez, don't you have a rock to crawl back under? I'm pretty sure you're the type that would lock your car doors around a group of questionable "lowlifes", yet you're huffing and puffing through your keyboard

OP rez  

Posted: March 5th, 2014 10:06 PM

Ok, I'll just look for people driving a tan car, with facial piercings and leggings. That is of course they decide to wear leggings, put in their facial piercings and get into their friend tan car. We don't need to know their ethnicity, cause you know, that doesn't change and could be a little too descriptive... So I'll be looking out for all the white people, Latino people, Chinese people, black people, middle eastern people, Indian people etc...

What more do you need?  

Posted: March 5th, 2014 9:13 AM

Come on, OP rez, you know the four young adults were wearing leggings, had facial piercings and got away in a tan car! Why would you need any more of a description?

OP rez  

Posted: March 5th, 2014 12:42 AM

After going to TGIF, and seeing some of the "clientele" that frequent the establishment, I'm not surprised that an incident like this happened. I hope they catch these 4 low lives, and send the message that such behavior isn't tolerated in Oak Park. Hopefully TGIF have cameras that have recorded their appearances, but how come there's no description of the perps in the article beyond their sex and general age?

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