By Jean Lotus
Tooling around town on a stolen bike
An unlocked garage in the 700 block of South Cuyler Avenue was burglarized via the unlocked side service door, March 21-24. Two bicycles were missing. Police found one of the bikes when they stopped a 50-year-old Melrose Park man riding on the sidewalk in the 900 block of Lyman Avenue the next day. The bike was traced back to the burglarized garage. The cyclist was charged with possession of stolen property.
Two apartments in the 300 block of South Oak Park Avenue were discovered burglarized, March 24. Both were entered by prying open the front doors. One apartment was ransacked and jewelry removed. Loss is unknown. In the second unit, two black wigs and a key to the apartment were taken. Loss was estimate at $80.
A VW Passat, parked in the 7200 block of Division Street, was burglarized on the afternoon of March 24. Police said someone smashed the passenger-side window and removed a Garmin GPS device worth $200.
Witnesses confronted a man removing two tool boxes from a work van around 12:30 p.m., March 24, in the 100 block of South Scoville Avenue, police said. He dropped the boxes and fled in a red/brown Buick.
Employees at an architectural firm in the 800 block of North Boulevard told police someone removed the alarm system employee ID card reader from the rear door of their office between Mar 21 and 24. Estimated loss was $500.
River Forest police said a wallet was discovered missing from a victim shopping at the Whole Foods grocery store in the River Forest Town Center around 7 p.m., March 22. Missing were credit cards, cash and identification. Police said the credit cards were used in Forest Park shortly after the theft. Rolexes and pills worth $23,000 stolen
Police said someone unknown used a spare house key left outside to enter a home in the 400 block of South Cuyler between March 22-26. Missing from the house were 10 Precision Oyster Rolex watches and 10 325 mg Hydrocdone Acetaminophen pills. The total estimated loss was $23,000.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed March 21-24 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