A man reportedly attempted to lure a 12-year-old Oak Park girl into his car on Harrison Avenue near Austin Boulevard the afternoon of March 1. The man, described as in his late 20s, 5-feet-4 and 130-140 pounds, was driving a tan, older "round bodied" auto. He attempted to entice the girl into his car, saying "Can you help me get money for my car? It's out of gas."
The man then exited his car and walked behind the girl, continuing to ask her to get in his vehicle and help him find some money. The girl then turned north onto Humphrey Avenue, and last saw the man walking west on Harrison.
Aggravated or armed robbery
Deangelow Baker, 17, of 1135 Leamington, Chicago, was arrested the night of March 1 in the 500 block of Washington Boulevard. Baker earlier had allegedly implied he had a knife and pushed a woman to the ground and threatened her with harm if she didn't turn over her headphones and iPod.
? Two men approached a car stopped at the intersection of South Boulevard and Kenilworth Avenue just before midnight March 4. One of them opened the unlocked driver's door and stuck a sharp object against the back of the driver's head and demanded his wallet and watch. The man gave the thief $500 cash and both suspects ran off.
Unlawful use of weapon
Isaac L. Spillers, 27, of Chicago was stopped for traffic around 2 a.m., March 5 near Austin Boulevard and Adams. Spillers' license was allegedly expired, and police also reportedly discovered a handgun that had been reported stolen out of Chicago. In addition, Spillers was wanted by the Cook County Sheriff for probation violation, as well as on a Chicago police warrant.
Edward Pawloski, 53, was allegedly intoxicated and struggled with police attempting to arrest him for a reported Domestic Battery in the 1100 block of South Ridgeland the evening of March 2. Pawloski, say police, pushed against the officer and clenched his fists against his chest before finally being hand-cuffed.
? Kezia J. Bell, 25, of 1118 Randolph St., was arrested after a verbal dispute escalated, and Bell allegedly struck a man on the head using a book, cordless phone, and umbrella.
Jose J. Gravales, 33, of Chicago, was stopped for alleged reckless driving just before 7 p.m. on March 1. According to the responding officer, Gravales smelled strongly of alcohol, and was "unable to walk." Gravales was also cited for alleged improper lane useage, driving with a suspended license, and driving an uninsured vehicle.
Possession of drug paraphernalia
James M. Austin, 50, of Chicago, allegedly became "loud and hostile" when an officer attempted to speak with him to check on his welfare outside the BP Amoco station sometime before 2 a.m., March 2. He also reportedly was in possession of a pipe commonly used to ingest drugs.
Tampering with auto
Juan L. Macias, 19, and Luis M. Burciaga, 17, both of Cicero, were arrested after allegedly pulling the door lock on a car parked near Ridgeland Avenue and Roosevelt Road around 1 a.m., March 1.
Criminal trespass to property
Franklin T. Westen, 19, of Bolingbrook, was arrested the afternoon of March 1 for entering Oak Park River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville, after being warned last Nov. 3 not to return to the school.
A female Chicago juvenile was arrested at her home Feb. 27 for the theft of 15 DVDs valued at $338 from Borders Books, 1144 Lake St.
Alphonso Turner, Jr., 41, of Chicago was observed pushing a lawnmower down the street the morning of Feb. 28. Further investigation determined it had been stolen from a garage in the 900 block of Fair Oaks. A custodial search of Turner then reportedly turned up a glass pipe with copper mesh commonly used to ingest drugs.
An open 1996 Ford E-250 pickup truck with keys laying on the front seat was stolen from outside OPRF High School the afternoon of March 4. The truck contained numerous power and hand tools. It was recovered by police on Chicago's South Side March 6.
? A 2001 Ford Explorer valued at $18,650 was stolen from the 400 block of North Harvey the night of March 6.
? A Toyota Camry valued at $6,000 was stolen from the 200 block of South Marion the afternoon of March 2.
Still preying on the unaware
People continue to loss wallets and purses to pickpockets and sneak thieves. Shoppers in the Oak Park Jewel at 7036 Roosevelt Rd. lost wallets on consecutive days. An Oak Park woman lost identification and credit cards after a man asked for her assistance March 4, and a Forest Park woman lost $240 as well as IDs and credit cards after a man reached across her cart.
? Someone stole a River Forest woman's palm pilot case, containing a palm pilot, credit cards and IDs from the back of her chair at The Ale House, 825 S. Oak Park Ave. March 3.
? A man shopping in Villager Foods, 1135 Chicago Ave. on March 2 discovered his wallet, containing $80 and several credit cards, missing after he was bumped into by another man.
? A River Forest woman discovered her wallet containing $55 and various credit cards was missing after she returned from shopping March 4 at the Jewel store at 7525 Lake St.
? A woman who allowed a man who identified himself as a gas company employee into her home in the 1100 block of South Ridgeland the afternoon of March 3 had $100 cash stolen off her kitchen table.
? Someone took a wallet and $70 from the pocket of a coat hanging on the back of a chair in a classroom in Percy Julian Middle School, 416 Ridgeland, March 1 or March 2.
? These items were taken from the Oak Park and River Forest police department incident reports, Feb. 28 through March 6. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.
?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer
There were three instances of Criminal Damage to Property on Feb. 28, with juveniles arrested in two of the incidents.
? A Chicago teenager broke a 10-inch-by-32-inch pane in a front door in the 100 block of North Kenilworth around 7:30 p.m.
? A Broadview juvenile was arrested around 6 p.m. in the 300 block of Wesley after being positively identified as the person who smashed the windshield of a Broadview woman's car and dented the hood.
? Someone threw a rock through a 4 ½-by-3 ½-foot window in the 1100 block of Superior. Loss was $1,500.
? And, in River Forest, a man allegedly broke the rear window of his 1986 Crown Victoria and stuck an axe in the hood. The young man's father said he's been trying to get his son into anger management classes.