Spray-paint vandalism in the Wright district

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Oak Park police reported several incidents of spray-painted vandalism on cars, property and garages in the 100 and 200 blocks of Forest Avenue, overnight March 29-30.

A bronze bust of Frank Lloyd Wright in Austin Gardens was also spray-painted with derogatory words, according to Oak Park police.

Neighbors reported that spray-painted vulgar words appeared on a garage door, a brick door, a front door and a decorative brick wall of historic mansions in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District. A side mirror was also snapped off a car parked behind one of the houses.

"We're investigating all those incidents," said Detective Sergeant Michael Richardson. "All resident beat and patrol officers are aware of the patterns in the past week." Richardson said the graffiti was not thought to be gang-related.

Last week, eight properties in the alley between the 700 block of Linden and Columbian were vandalized overnight, with gold and black spray-painted graffiti on overhead garage doors, vehicles and wooden fences. Estimated damage in that incident was $3,800.

Stolen Mercedes recovered

A Mercedes 350E, stolen from the parking lot of the Oak Park Tennis & Fitness Club, was recovered by Chicago police. It was parked in the 8000 block of S. Drexel Avenue, Chicago, on March 29.

Theft

A wallet was stolen from a tote bag in an unlocked locker at a business in the 300 block of Madison Street around 7:45 a.m., March 25.

Attempted strong-arm robbery

A woman told police she was pushed from behind as she walked southbound on the first block of Oak Park Avenue, March 25 around 8 p.m., and fell to the ground. She said a male in his 20s attempted to snatch the cellphone from her hands but did not succeed, and he fled northbound on Oak Park Avenue.

Burglaries

Garages were burglarized in the 1000 block of Mapleton Street, March 25, and the 1100 block of S. Humphrey Avenue, March 30.

Evidence of a burglary attempt was discovered March 30 at a residence in the 1000 block of Woodbine. Persons unknown used a blade to cut the outer screen of a TV room window. They then removed a storm window and shattered a window. Nothing was taken.

Phony repair scam results in jewelry burglary

River Forest police reported a "ruse" burglary, March 25, in the 800 block of Park Avenue. The owner of the residence said a male wearing a utility tool belt and construction clothing convinced him to follow the man to the backyard to check an electrical problem. While the front door was unlocked, police said, another man entered the home and a neighbor saw him walking through the house. The homeowner confronted the second man inside the house who quickly left and the two drove off in a white pickup truck. Jewelry was later discovered missing.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed March 25-31 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.

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