By Jean Lotus
Altercation rumbles off into Columbus Park
Witnesses called police to report a midnight fight of roughly 20 young males in the parking lot of the Shell gas station, 1 Harrison St., on April 25. One man was observed throwing a garbage can. Police were called, but when they arrived, the station attendant told them the group had dispersed into Columbus Park across Austin Boulevard in Chicago.
Oak Park police observed an 18-year-old man acting suspiciously around a green Dodge Caravan, parked in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue about 11:50 p.m., April 25. A check of the van's registration revealed it had been reported stolen in Chicago earlier in the day. The officer curbed the car when the man entered and began to drive away. The Chicago man was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and obstruction of identification.
Someone drove away in a 1995 Ford Escort removed from the driveway of a house in the 600 block of North Cuyler Avenue, overnight April 22-23. Estimated loss was $1,000.
A 2004 Honda Pilot, reported stolen from Oak Park on April 10, turned up in Evanston in the 1800 block of Hogland Court, April 24. Evanston police made no arrests.
A white Mercedes C30 with dealer plates, reported stolen from Palos Heights on April 24, turned up in Oak Park in the 900 block of South Boulevard the next day. Oak Park police notified the owner. No arrests were made.
The victim of an auto burglary observed two women in his unlocked car parked in the 1100 block of South Wesley Avenue around 3:30 p.m., April 21. The victim confronted the sisters, age 22 and 20, from the 900 block of North Karlov Avenue in Chicago. They exited his car and jumped into a silver vehicle. The victim gave chase in his car while calling police. The women exited their car in the 400 block of South Oak Park Avenue and tried to flee on foot. They were apprehended by police and charged with burglary to auto.
A Chevy Express 2500 van was burglarized around 11 a.m., April 21. Someone broke the rear driver's-side door lock. Removed were $4,700 worth of tools, including a red Rothenberger threading machine, a gray Bosch hammer drill, a Milwaukee right angle drill, a black Makita hand drill, a gray Milwaukee Sawzall, a gray Bosch bulldog drill, and a blue Makita circular saw.
Someone lifted an unsecured truck box from a flatbed tow truck parked in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue, the evening of April 22. Inside were miscellaneous hand and air tools. Estimated loss was $604.
Someone tried to enter a residence in the 1000 block of Pleasant Street around 8:40 a.m., April 21, by trying to kick in the front door. The attempt was unsuccessful but caused $400 worth of damage.
A male around 50 and a woman around 20 were observed in the 200 block of South Marion Street, the afternoon of April 22, using a pry tool to defeat a lock on the interior door of a building. Once inside, they removed a blue mountain bike. Estimated loss was $100.
Someone entered and ransacked a house in the 1000 block of Lyman Avenue during the day, April 22, and removed an Apple Macbook Pro, two Playstation game consoles and a controller, two pairs of gym shoes, $50 cash and a duffle bag. Estimated loss was $1,655.
Someone broke a window pane on the rear door of a residence in the 1000 block of Ontario during the day, April 23, then reached inside and unlocked the door to gain entry, police said. Once inside, offenders removed a blue case containing a silver Sony PSC-H90 digital camera, a black 15-inch Dell laptop computer, a Chase checkbook, a clock radio, and another digital camera. Estimated loss was $1,260.
An apartment in the 200 block of Washington was burglarized, April 25, when someone removed a window screen and pushed open an unlocked window. Victims found the unit ransacked. Missing was a black Sony laptop, a brown HP laptop, a Playstation 3, a white Apple television, and an iPad. Estimated total loss was $2,300.
A brown leather wallet was lifted from an unattended purse in a grocery cart at Trader Joe's in the 400 block of North Harlem Avenue around noon, April19. Identification and $150 cash were missing.
A Nokia cellphone was removed from the common area of an apartment building in the 400 block of South Lombard, the morning of April 23. Estimated loss was $657.
An unattended blue rolling cooler containing six pharmaceutical pens was removed from the 700 block of South Maple Avenue around 2 p.m., April 22. Estimated loss was $550.
Aluminum lawn furniture was removed from the rear yard of a building in the 400 block of Washington Boulevard sometime between April 21 and 23. Estimated loss was $600.
Someone removed a FedEx package from the porch of a residence in the 800 block of South Lombard Avenue, overnight April 23-24. The package contained one pound of Advocare Energy Powder. Estimated loss was $50.
A stainless steel Kenmore 4-burner gas grill with two propane tanks was removed from a rear yard in the 1150 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, overnight April 25-26. Loss was estimated at $560.
An iPad belonging to a gun safety group, visiting from Iowa, was lifted from the 1100 block of Pleasant Street around lunchtime, April 26. Loss was estimated at $650.
A Nokia cellphone disappeared from a business in the 800 block of Lake Street around dinner time, April 23. Loss was estimated at $85.
Police arrested a 22-year-old Oak Park resident at his home in the 1100 block of South Lombard Avenue and charged him with a theft that occurred Jan. 3 in the 900 block of Linden Avenue.
Garage burglary roundup
Unlocked garages were burglarized in the 800 block of Highland Avenue, overnight April 18-19, and in the 1000 block of Wisconsin, overnight April 25-26.
A locked garage was entered by prying open the side service door in the 1000 block of South Oak Park Avenue sometime between April 16 and 21. Removed were a Red Giant bicycle, a Makita hammer drill, a rigid miter saw and a Dewalt power drill. Estimated loss was $2,050.
Six bottles of wine were removed from a garage in the 100 block of South Maple Avenue, overnight April 21-22.
Bike theft roundup
Locked bikes were removed from the 800 block of Lake Street around lunchtime, April 21; from the 900 block of South East Avenue, April 18-19; and from the 400 block of South Ridgeland Avenue during the day, April 22. Someone took the seat, seat post and fender from a Trek bike locked in the 100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, April 17. A locked bike was removed from the 400 block of Lake Street during the day, April 25. An unlocked bicycle was removed from the 800 block of Carpenter, overnight April 23-24.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed April 22-27 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.