One carjacking and one attempt in two days

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police are investigating an armed carjacking and a failed carjacking attempt that took place on April 14 and 15, respectively.

The armed carjacking took place at 12:06 p.m. in the 900 block of South Elmwood Avenue. A white 2015 Acura, occupied by four young men, rear-ended the victim's gray 2013 Acura TSX.

Two of the offenders, both about 18 years old, exited their vehicle and approached the victim and ordered her out of her car. She complied and they pushed her to the ground and grabbed her purse, which contained credit cards, checks, a driver's license, an iPhone X and keys.

They then entered her vehicle, and both vehicles fled northbound on Elmwood toward Garfield. The estimated loss is $31,100.

Two people believed to be suspects in the vehicular hijacking in Oak Park and a second in Cicero the following day were apprehended on April 16 following a high-speed chase that began at the North Riverside Park Mall and ended on Chicago's West Side.

A North Riverside police officer on patrol at the mall, 7501 Cermak Road, around 4:30 p.m. attempted to make a traffic stop on a dark-colored Acura exiting the lower-level parking deck. 

A computer check of the license plate indicated that it was the same vehicle that had been stolen in the April 14 bump-and-run incident.

The Acura sped away from police and then north on Harlem Avenue to the I-290 expressway, where it headed east. The pursuit ended when the Acura crashed in the vicinity of Gladys and Kilpatrick avenues in Chicago.

Four people exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Police apprehended two of them and recovered the vehicle. Both the suspects and the vehicle were turned over to Oak Park police.

In the April 15 incident, a man was parking his vehicle in his garage in the 1100 block of North Lombard at 9:20 p.m., when three to four men wearing dark clothing approached him and demanded his keys.

The man shouted and the offenders struck him twice and then fled in an unknown direction. No loss was reported in the incident.

 

Burglary

A vehicle was burglarized in the 200 block of Flournoy Street sometime between 10 p.m. on April 13 and 12:28 p.m. on April 14. The burglar entered through unknown means and ransacked the vehicle, stealing a navy blue book bag containing a Chromebook laptop, a red and white Julian Middle School Jayhawks uniform and a pair of Nikes. The estimated loss is $500.

A residence was burglarized in the 300 block of South Maple Avenue sometime between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on April 12. The burglar entered through an unlocked patio door and stole a black men's 24-speed Trek bicycle. The estimated loss is $400.

A vehicle was burglarized in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue sometime between 7 and 7:33 p.m. on April 10. The burglar gained entry through an unlocked door and stole a women's black leather wallet with ID, credit cards, cash and a checkbook. The estimated loss is $120. 

 

Theft

A silver 2016 Nissan Rogue, which was stolen at 8:52 a.m. in Chicago on April 3, was recovered by Oak Park police in the 6900 block of West Roosevelt Road at 7:23 a.m. on April 14.

A woman at Trader Joe's, 483 N. Harlem Ave., was the victim of theft sometime between 2:45 and 3:35 p.m. on April 13. A well-dressed man in his 40s, about 6-feet tall, removed the woman's wallet from her purse, while his female accomplice — described as about 5-foot-5 and heavyset — distracted the woman. The wallet contained IDs, credit cards, and cash. The estimated loss is $107.  

A gray 2006 Nissan Altima, left running, unattended and unlocked with the keys in the ignition, was stolen from the 100 block of Madison Street at 9:02 a.m. on April 12. 

A man between the ages of 20 and 30 stole a bottle of Bulleit brand bourbon from Carnival grocery store, 824 S. Oak Park Ave., at 10:59 a.m. on April 12. The man was described as having a medium build and red beard and wearing a multi-colored knit hat, a black jacket and light blue jeans. He placed the bottle of liquor in a messenger bag. The estimated loss is $35.52.

A silver 2016 Nissan Sentra 4-door, which was stolen on March 28, was recovered by Chicago police in the 5500 block of West Division Street at 5:22 a.m. on April 12. No apprehensions were made.

One more of the 13 vehicles stolen from Hertz rental car on March 29 was recovered in Chicago at 1:40 p.m. on April 10. That puts the total number of recovered vehicles at 12. Police reported on April 2 that 11 of the vehicles had been recovered in and around Chicago. The most recently recovered vehicle is a silver 2017 Hyundai Elantra, which was in the 100 block of North Menard Avenue. No apprehensions were made.

A Hertz rental car, a silver 2016 Dodge Dart, which was left unlocked and running, was stolen in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue sometime between 9:26 and 9:56 p.m. on April 9. The thief was in his late 40s and wore a black jacket, white shirt, black pants and dark shoes. The vehicle contained a Samsung Galaxy Edge 7 smartphone and a wallet with credit cards, a driver's license and cash. The estimated loss is $20,000.

 

Criminal damage

Someone threw an empty Modelo beer bottle at a vehicle, damaging the rear window, in the 900 block of South Lombard Avenue sometime between noon and 1:12 p.m. on April 14. The estimated loss is $500.

Battery

Dominick Wellington, 30, of the 900 block of North Boulevard, was arrested for aggravated battery in the 200 block of Lake Street at 3:20 p.m. on April 14.

Levell Sutton, 40, of the 200 block of Washington Boulevard, was arrested at the same location at 11:44 a.m. on April 11 and charged with aggravated domestic battery.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, April 9-15, 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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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: April 18th, 2018 4:03 PM

@ Ramoma Lopez: What a surprise. I offer an invitation to you to drive my 67 Fastback Mustang, 289, dual exhaust, 4bbl carb,4 speed, no smog devices no power steering. the car has 2 60 air conditioning. 2 windows down, 60 MPH. Real cars have more than two foot pedals.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: April 18th, 2018 9:20 AM

Please take note that most if not all of these carjacking victims are women. If someone rear ends your car...do NOT STOP!!! Just drive to the police station to sort it out. If they ever take my car I'll be standing on the sidewalk laughing while they try to figure out how to get into first great.

Alex Garcia  

Posted: April 17th, 2018 5:13 PM

Hey Oak Parkers: How's your hands off approach to violent crime working out for you?

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