Thieves steal wheelchair-bound woman's groceries

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A woman in a wheelchair was the victim of robbery in Oak Park at 4:47 p.m. on Feb. 28, at Oak Park Discount Variety, 416 N. Austin Blvd.

Two individuals, a man and a woman pretended to assist the woman outside the store and then stole her groceries, a scarf, costume jewelry and personal documents, according to police. The estimated loss is $29.94.

The thieves were described as black and in their mid-30s. The man had a medium build and wore a black knit hat, a maroon and black jacket, dark gray sweatpants and white gym shoes. The woman had a heavy build and wore a black knit hat, a red jacket and black pants.

 

Burglary

  • Lindy Cleaners, 127 S. Oak Park Ave., was burglarized sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 and 6:10 a.m. on March 1. The burglar threw a brick through the front entrance to gain entry to the business and then stole the cash register from the front counter, which contained $10. The total loss was estimated at $710.
  • A residence in the 800 block of North Linden Avenue was burglarized sometime between 1:30 and 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 26. The offender entered the residence through an unlocked rear window and stole a Sony TV, an Xbox, a laptop computer and a carrying bag. The estimated loss was $880.

 

Theft

  • A red 2008 Ford Fusion reported stolen out of Oak Park was recovered near the intersection of Chicago and Laramie avenues in Chicago at 4 p.m. on March 1. No apprehensions were made.
  • A brown 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was reported stolen out of Oak Park on Aug. 24, 2016, was recovered by the Racine, Wisconsin, police Department at 4:21 p.m. on March 1. No apprehensions were made.
  • A $700 violin and bow were stolen from an individual at the Dollar Tree store, 922 Madison St., at about 3:45 p.m. on Feb. 27.

The victim left the violin in its case at the front of the store, and three juveniles entered the business. One of the juveniles, described as being between the ages of 10 and 12 years old took the violin and left the store with his friends.

The offender and his two accomplices were white. The offender who took the violin was described as between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-5, 100 pounds and with dark hair. He wore a gray hoodie, dark jeans, white gym shoes and had a red backpack.

One accomplice was described as 5-foot-5, thin and wearing a black and gray zip-up sweater, blue jeans, dark shoes and a dark backpack. The other offender was described as 5-foot-5, thin and wearing a dark T-shirt, blue jeans, a dark jacket and a black backpack.

They were last seen walking westbound on Madison Street.

  • A silver 2015 GMC Terrain was stolen from the 100 block of Adams Street sometime between 10 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 6:15 a.m. on Feb. 26. The estimated loss is $16,000.
  • A man between the ages of 50 and 60 stole an Acer Chromebook laptop from a victim's unattended backpack from the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., sometime between 4:15 and 4:50 p.m. on Feb. 26.

The offender was described as black, 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall and had a gray and black beard. He wore blue jeans, a black jacket and carried a backpack. The estimated loss is $300.

 

Criminal trespass to motor vehicle

Odis Camp, 28, of the 9500 block of South Commercial Ave. in Chicago, was arrested in the 6400 block of West Roosevelt Road, and charged with criminal trespass to motor vehicle.

A name check showed that Camp also had an active warrant in Rockford for aggravated domestic battery. He also was charged with driving with a suspended license.

 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Feb. 26-March 1, 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 Timothy Inklebarger

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