Man sets up sale, is robbed at gunpoint

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A Chicago resident was the victim of armed robbery while attempting to sell a Playstation 4 game system in the 1000 block of South Austin Boulevard at 2:18 p.m. on March 3. 

The victim arranged to meet at the aforementioned location, but when he arrived, three men, all in their early to mid-20s and brandishing semi-automatic handguns, entered the vehicle and demanded the victim's property. 

The victim complied and handed over money to the three men, who fled on foot westbound on Fillmore Street. When victim began yelling at the offenders, one of the armed men picked up a rock and threw it through the rear windshield of the victim's green 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander. 

This caused the victim to crash the vehicle into a light pole. The estimated loss was $450. 

The first offender was described as a black male, age 23, 6-feet tall, with black hair and brown eyes and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The second offender was described as a black male between 20 and 25, 6-feet to 6-foot 2, between 200 and 300 pounds and wearing a black jacket. The third offender was described as a black male between 20 and 25 with a thin build and wearing a blue jacket.

 

Lexus stolen at gunpoint recovered in North Lawndale 

A man had parked his silver 2015 Lexus RX350 in his driveway in the 600 block of South Maple Avenue at 8:17 p.m. on March 3, when he was approached by two men who displayed handguns and demanded his keys. 

The man handed over the keys and the two men entered the vehicle and left eastbound on Adams Street. The loss was an estimated $35,000. 

The car was recovered by the Chicago Police Department the next day at 6:13 p.m. in the 3900 block of West Flournoy Street in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. 

 

Theft

A backpack was reported stolen from the front porch of a residence in the 700 block of South Highland Avenue sometime between 6:50 and 7 p.m. on Feb. 28. The backpack contained miscellaneous books and an iPad. The loss was an estimated $360. 

A Berwyn resident was the victim of theft at the BP gas station, 7140 W. Roosevelt Rd., sometime between 3:30 and 4 p.m. on March 3. The offender stole the victim's unattended black leather wallet, which contained miscellaneous credit cards, an Illinois driver's license, a Social Security card and cash. The estimated loss was $157.

Two packages containing black slippers and a pair of brown men's Dockers shoes were stolen from the front porch of a residence in the 1100 block of South Lyman Avenue sometime between 3:36 and 10 p.m. on March 2. The estimated loss was $185.

The front license plate was stolen from a green 2004 Nissan Sentra in the 1000 block of Chicago Avenue sometime between 8 p.m. on March 3 and 4:30 p.m. on March 4. 

An unattended black Apple iPad, black leather case and charger were stolen from the bag of a female Chicago resident at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., sometime between 2:20 and 5 p.m. on March 4. The estimated loss was $400.

 

Criminal damage to property

The protective cover of an electric baseboard heater was removed causing damage to the heating coils at New Spirit Community Church, 542 S. Scoville Ave., sometime between 9 p.m. on March 1 and 6:55 p.m. on March 2. The estimated loss due to damage was $100.

Aggravated battery arrest

A, 37-year-old Chicago man was arrested and charged with aggravated battery at West Suburban Hospital, 3 Erie St., at 12:15 p.m. on March 3. A name check also revealed the man had an active warrant out of DuPage County for driving with a revoked license. The man was transported to the police station and held in lieu of bond.

 

Stolen auto recovered

A red 2017 Chrysler 300C 4DR, which was reported stolen from a Hertz on Feb 17, 2017 from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was recovered in the 800 block of Wisconsin Avenue at 7:59 p.m. on March 3.

A gray 2009 Mitsubishi Galant 4DR, which was reported stolen in Chicago on Feb. 27 at 11:03 p.m., was recovered at I-290 and South Laramie Avenue at 8:25 p.m. on March 3.

 

Catalytic converter stolen

A thief used a cutting tool to remove 30 inches of exhaust pipe with an attached catalytic converter from a 1997 Toyota Carryall while parked in the 1100 block of South Grove Avenue sometime between 6 p.m. on March 3 and 4:22 p.m. on March 4. The estimated loss was $265.

 

Burglary to motor vehicle

A burglar used a pry tool to break through the rear driver's side window to gain entry to a gray 2004 Toyota Camry in the 800 block of South Euclid Avenue sometime between 2:30 and 7:25 a.m. on March 5. Once inside, the offender ransacked the interior and stole cash. The estimated loss was $200.

A black 2004 Cadillac de Ville was burglarized in the 700 block of South East Avenue sometime between 7 p.m. on March 4 and 10 a.m. on March 5. The offender entered through an unlocked door and stole an estimated $2.

A white and beige 2016 Cadillac was burglarized in the 800 block of South Gunderson Avenue sometime between 11 p.m. on March 4 and 4:30 p.m. on March 5. The burglar gained entry through an unlocked front driver's side door, ransacked the interior and stole a pair of gray and brown Lulu Guinness prescription sunglasses and cash. The estimated loss was $1,003.

A silver 2009 Volkswagen Jetta was burglarized in the first block of Washington Boulevard sometime between 6:30 and 7:26 p.m. on March 5. The burglar entered through an unlocked door and then ransacked the interior, stealing a Garmin GPS unit, a black leather Merone wallet containing various gift cards and two multicolored wallets. The loss was an estimated $400.

 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, March 3-6, 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

Contact:
Email: tim@oakpark.com

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