Auto burglaries becoming automatic

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Oak Park police reported a series of auto burglaries overnight April 13-14.

A bag containing a breast pump kit and gym bag with clothes and women's shoes was removed from an unlocked Hyundai parked in the 200 block of Elmwood Avenue.

Someone removed $3,150 worth of electronic items and baseball supplies from a 2006 VW Passat parked in the 600 block of North Boulevard. Missing were a Toshiba laptop, Apple iPod, Apple iTouch, Garmin GPS unit, two Apple device chargers and two duffle bags full of baseball equipment.

A parked car in the 200 block of S. Marion Street was ransacked.

A grey bicycle, garage door opener and $2 were removed from an unlocked vehicle parked in the alley behind the 300 block of N. Ridgeland Avenue. Estimated loss was $652.

An unlocked vehicle parked in the 100 block of N. Elmwood Avenue was reportedly ransacked, but only $3.50 was reported missing.

'Stolen' SUV actually repo'ed

A 2005 white Nissan Murano SUV, reported stolen from the 6800 block of Roosevelt Road around 4:20 p.m. on April 15, was actually repossessed by the lien holder, Oak Park police reported.

Theft and battery

A woman told police her friend stole her wallet containing $200 while climbing into her vehicle to "recover some items" in the 1500 block of Clinton in River Forest around 11 a.m., April 20. When the victim confronted the friend, a brief struggle ensued and the alleged thief fled on foot, police said.

Copper copped

Copper downspouts were removed from a residence in the 900 block of Bonnie Brae in River Forest. The incident occurred sometime between Jan. 5 and April 13, according to River Forest police. No loss estimate was given.

A copper address sign, estimated to be worth $200, was removed from a residence in the 1300 block of Franklin Avenue in River Forest sometime between March 26 and April 15.

Someone stole an unattended, unsecured red 24-speed specialized mountain bike from a closed but unlocked Dumpster storage structure in the 700 block of Lake Street, the morning of April 15. Estimated loss was $100.

An unattended jacket containing a wallet and various pieces of identification was stolen from a restaurant in the 100 block of Madison Street around 2:30 p.m., April 13.

Jewelry worth $2,900 was reportedly removed from the dresser drawer of a residence in the 1100 block of Ontario sometime between March 14 and April 11.

Two males, who appeared to be juveniles, were observed entering a maintenance storage room of an apartment complex in the 400 block of N. Harlem Avenue and removing a black Tamron 35 mm camera around 5 p.m., April 18. Estimated loss was $3,700.

Garage burglaries

Someone entered an unsecured garage in the 600 block of S. Lyman Avenue, then climbed into a parked Mercedes and removed a black Kenwood CD stereo from the dashboard and a black golf bag with clubs plus miscellaneous bottles of liquor. Estimated loss was $1,300.

Numerous power tools and Schwinn and Trek bicycles were reportedly removed from a garage in the 1000 block of Lyman Avenue overnight, April 15-16.

Follow that van

A 1996 Dodge Caravan, reported stolen on April 16 by Forest Park police, was observed later that day by an Oak Park officer, who curbed the vehicle in the 500 block of Lathrop in River Forest. Three male juveniles from Chicago, age 17, 15 and 15, were arrested and charged with criminal trespass to vehicle, processed and turned over to their parents.

Tip jar snatched

An unknown man grabbed the tip jar sitting on the counter of Prairie Bread Kitchen in the 100 block of S. Marion Street and fled around 3 p.m. on April 18. Estimated loss was $30.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed April 14-21 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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