By Jean Lotus
Internet date morphs into armed robbery
A woman told police she met a man via an internet dating site and invited him to her residence in the 400 block of South Ridgeland Avenue the afternoon of April 2. When he arrived, he displayed a silver semi-automatic handgun and demanded the victim lie on her stomach while he removed her black Boost Mobile Sequent cell phone, a Toshiba laptop and $800. He then fled in an unknown direction. Loss was estimated at $1,080.
An unknown man jumped out of a four-door beige Oldsmobile in the 900 block of South Maple Avenue around 8 a.m. March 29 and grabbed and shook a pedestrian, demanding money. He removed $322 from the victim's jacket and then reentered the Olds and fled the scene with another man driving.
Gun stolen from car trunk
Someone removed a loaded black semi-automatic hi-point .40 caliber pistol from the trunk of an unlocked 2003 Lincoln parked in the 700 block of North Austin Boulevard the evening of April 5. The victim told police thieves got access to the trunk release button. Estimated loss was $220.
Kids cuts — at a discount
Oak Park police reported a woman racked up $135 in haircut costs for her three children at Maysa Hair salon in the 300 block of Madison Street March 31. She told the stylist she only had $50 and was going to get more cash, but never returned. Mom and kids drove off in a grey 2013 GMC.
Employees at Pan's Food store in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue told police a man around age 20 removed and concealed an entire rotisserie roasted chicken then fled the store without paying. He was last seen boarding a westbound Blue Line train around 5:40 p.m. Total loss was $6.53.
ATM card abuse
A woman told police she left her debit card in the machine in the ATM at the US Bank at Austin Blvd. and Madison around 11 a.m. March 27. Surveillance cameras showed an unknown man used the card to withdraw $300 from her account.
Catalytic converter thefts
Police reported a string of catalytic converter thefts in Oak Park over the past two weeks. Chevy Cavaliers and Pontiac Sunfires were the vehicles-of-choice for converter thieves. Parked Chevy Cavaliers in the 100 block of South Humphrey Avenue, 1000 block of Randolph, 800 block of South Euclid, the 700 block of Garfield Street and the 400 block of South Grove Avenue were hit between March 29- April 2.
Pontiac Sunfires were hit parked in the 400 block of South East Avenue, the 100 block of North Kenilworth Avenue, the 100 block of North Kenilworth, the 1000 block of Washington Boulevard and the 300 block of South Maple Avenue.
Also on March 29, a converter was cut from a 2005 Buick Rendezvous in the 800 block of North Austin Boulevard.
A car-owner observed two men cutting a catalytic converter from his 2004 Chevy Venture parked in the side driveway of a house in the 500 block of North Humphrey Avenue around 5 p.m. March 29. The two fled in a small white vehicle.
Garage burglary roundup
Unlocked garages were burglarized overnight in the 400 block of South Humphrey Avenue between March 25-26; the 1100 block of South Harvey Avenue and 100 block of Garfield Street April 3-4; overnight in the 600 block of North Oak Park Avenue March 1-2; and in the 700 block of South Lyman Avenue overnight April 1-2. A locked garage was burglarized in the 1000 block of Wenonah sometime between March 21-31.
A laptop computer was removed from a house in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue during the day April 1. Burglars entered by breaking a back window, reaching through and opening the rear door. Loss was estimated at $579.
Police arrested a 23-year-old Chicago man around midnight April 1 and charged him with burglarizing Rose's Boutique in the first block of Lake Street. Matthew Bonds of the 1000 block of North Lawler was also charged with robbery and aggravated battery for an incident that took place the same day in the 100 block of South Boulevard. He was held for bond hearings.
A construction site in the 400 block of West Lake Street was burglarized overnight April 2 -03. Burglars using a cutting tool cut the lock and chain securing the gate and made off with numerous power tools and electrical equipment valued at $5,924.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed March 29-April 3 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 Jean Lotus
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