Five young men got out of a four door car in the 400 block of North Humphrey just after 6 p.m. April 20 and proceeded to punch and kick a man. One attacker also hit the man with a steel auto security device ("The Club"). The man told police that one of his attackers had shot him in Chicago near Division Street and Pine Avenue back in 2003.
An Oak Park woman walking south bound in the 500 block of Highland was approached from behind by a man around 9 p.m. on April 20 and dragged to the ground when he grabbed her purse. Loss was $30.
A Chicago juvenile being arrested the morning of April 22 for violating school curfew had charges of aggravated battery and resisting arrest added after he struck an officer in the head with his hands while handcuffed in the 800 block of Ontario.
Cynthia M. Covarrubias and Michael J. Libaris, both 21 year old Maywood residents, were observed by an off-duty Oak Park cop entering the men's room at Caribou Coffee, 423 N. Harlem. Upon questioning, the two allegedly admitted using heroin, but were not in possession of any drugs or paraphernalia.
? Brian Mueller, 21, who had been previously banned from the River Forest Town Center, was observed acting suspiciously near the Tweeter store and stopped by police. He reportedly had hypodermic needles in his possession, but no drugs, and was sent on his way.
Darren Ollison, 18, of Chicago was arrested and charged with retail theft the afternoon of April 24 after allegedly concealing a bottle of champagne under his coat and leaving the Dominicks, 259 Lake St., without paying.
? And?on the afternoon of April 29, Nathaniel McCullars, Jr., was arrested after allegedly walking out of the Jewel store at 7525 Lake St. with $223.84 worth of lobster and king crab legs. There were no reports of any garlic butter being missing.
? Angel Burt, 33, allegedly pushed a shopping cart loaded with merchandise out of the CVS Pharmacy, 7923 North Ave. without paying for it the morning of April 20. She reportedly entered an SUV driven by Yvette Smith, also 33.
? Larry Porter, 46, allegedly took three Radio Flyer products from the Red Wagon Toy Store the afternoon of April 20.
Criminal damage to property
A 4 foot by 3 foot window at Beye School, 230 N. Cuyler, was damaged by an unknown type of projectile overnight April 18. Damage was $1,000.
? The front bay window of a home in the 500 block of South Elmwood was damaged by a BB-type projectile the night of April 23. Cost was $100.
On April 19, someone stole two 15-foot sections of copper gutter from the River Forest Commons Condominiums, One Gale St. That was the third incident that week. The following night, someone called police after they observed a man taking down more copper gutter. The police stopped an individual who matched the witness's description. However, police, who had no physical evidence of any crime, say the witness refused to cooperate. The man was released without charges, and the gutters were recovered at the scene.
? Four green aluminum patio chairs were stolen from a back yard deck in 800 block of South Elmwood April 21. The theft was the latest in a spate of such thefts.
? An Oak Park woman's wallet was stolen off a service counter at the McDonalds at 111 Madison around 8 a.m. April 21. The wallet contained credit cards, IDs and $60 cash.
? A woman had her wallet stolen from an office at Concordia University the evening of April 19.
Someone threw a cement block through the glass front door of Edward Jones Investments in the 500 block of South Oak Park Ave. the night of April 22, then stole a computer monitor valued at $500.
? Two males were seen running out the rear basement door of a residence in the 700 block of Gunderson the evening of April 22. They had apparently entered by removing the putty from a Plexiglas window. Stolen were a scanner, printer and a DVD player.
Burglary to auto
Someone broke windows on two cars overnight, April 2, one in the 300 block of South Grove and another in the 800 block of North Blvd. Nothing was taken, but damage was between $150 and $250.
A Chicago juvenile was arrested at the Seven-11 store, 240 Chicago Ave., the afternoon of April 21. He had been warned as recently as the previous day not to return to the store. After a name check revealed two outstanding Oak Park warrants for criminal trespass to property, the juvenile was taken to the Audy Home for detention.
Bikes stolen in the last week include:
? A $1,200 Fisher 26" mountain bike taken off a rear porch in the 100 block of South Euclid overnight on April 19.
? The morning of April 24 a boy's bike valued at $100 was stolen from a garage in the 1150 block of South Cuyler, thanks to an open overhead door.
? Later that afternoon three bikes valued at a total of $400 were stolen from under an unattended front porch in the 200 block of South Elmwood.
? The above reported incidents are gleaned from Oak Park and River Forest Police department incident reports from April 17 through April 24. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.
?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer
Or, rather, calling a cab
River Forest police report that John P. Cole, of Brookfield, wrote down the license plate of a responding squad car and told the officer that he wanted him to leave the lot at North Avenue and Harlem Avenue last week. Cole then decided that he wanted someone to call him a cab, which arrived some 15 minutes later.