By Jean Lotus
Grocery store gunman takes drink, cash
Oak Park police said a man, 20-35 years old, placed a drink on the counter of Austin/Lake Food Mart around 2:30 p.m., April 13. Instead of pulling out a wallet, he removed a chrome-plated revolver from his waist and pointed it at the store clerk while demanding "all the money." The clerk handed him $200 and he fled northbound on Austin on foot, then westbound into the North Boulevard alley. Police are still investigating.
Two men were observed on video surveillance removing 30 cartons of cigarettes from the shelves of the Shell gas station in the 400 block of Madison Street around 9 p.m., April 5, and exiting without paying. Estimated loss was $2,802.50.
Someone took a package from a porch in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard between March 27 and April 10. Two men's watches worth $500 were reported missing.
A package containing a Lenovo laptop computer was removed from the front vestibule common area of a building in the 1100 block of Lake Street, Feb. 24-March 14. Estimated loss was $700.
A 2004 blue Honda Pilot SUV was removed from a parking spot behind the 800 block of Clinton Avenue, overnight April 10-11. Estimated loss was $10,600.
A silver 2002 Oldsmobile Alero disappeared from the 100 block of North Scoville Avenue during the afternoon of April 11. Estimated loss was $2,500.
Someone broke the window of a Dodge pickup parked in the 100 block of Francisco Terrace, April 8-10, and removed a toolbox containing hand tools and a power drill. Loss was $620.
More tools were stolen from a Ford pickup truck parked in the 100 block of South Harvey Avenue, overnight April 9-10. Burglars entered by prying up the truck bed cover and removed hand tools, a vacuum cleaner, leaf blower and safety glasses. Estimated loss was $965.
An unlocked van parked in the 100 block of North Harlem Avenue was relieved of a black vinyl purse containing cellphone, cash and credit cards, April 10.
A catalytic converter was removed from a parked Honda Element in the 600 block of Randolph Street, overnight April 8.
An unlocked 1994 Ford Escort, parked in the 1000 block of Pleasant Place, was ransacked, April 4-6.
A briefcase containing a Dell laptop and work documents worth $1,100 was removed from an unlocked 1998 Honda parked in the 1100 block of Ontario Street, the evening of April 7.
A student's black iPhone was removed from an open locker inside the girls locker room at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School on April 9. Loss was estimated at $600.
Fake debit card arrest
A Chicago woman was arrested for using a counterfeit debit card at a Bank of America ATM in the 400 block of Park Street in River Forest, April 11.
Bike theft season warms up
Witnesses observed two young women, age 15-20, removing a pink Huffy and purple specialized Rockhopper from Taylor Park in the 900 block of North Ridgeland Avenue around 4:30 p.m., April 11. Estimated loss was $100.
A locked men's 26-inch Schwinn bicycle was removed from the bike rack near Rehm Park in the 900 block of south East Avenue during the day, April 11.
An unlocked garage was burglarized in the 1100 bock of South Ridgeland Avenue, April 11-12. Offenders shattered the window of a Honda parked in an unlocked garage in the 100 block of South Harvey Avenue, overnight April 3-4, and removed a briefcase containing a laptop computer. Loss was estimated at $1,530.
River Forest Police said a house in the 900 block of Thatcher was burglarized, the afternoon of April 9. The front door was forced open and several pieces of jewelry were removed. The police are still investigating the incident.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed April 4-14 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