Oak Park and River Forest police reports - April 1-7

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Traffic trouble in River Forest

River Forest police reported that a driver, pulled over for a traffic stop around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, drove away as the officer was exited the squad car to speak to the driver. The officer was brushed by the silver Taurus as it fled eastbound into Oak Park. Police from River Forest gave chase and assisting Oak Park police also followed the vehicle. According to reports, the Taurus crashed into a tree in the 200 block of Forest around 3:40 a.m., and all three occupants of the car fled on foot. Two were apprehended and arrested.


River Forest police arrested an 18-year-old Oak Park man for DUI around 1 a.m. on April 7 after his vehicle was observed speeding on the 1400 block of North Harlem Avenue. The driver reportedly failed field sobriety tests. A search of the driver and vehicle uncovered a replica Beretta semi-automatic BB gun, duct tape, and a hammer. Further investigation revealed possible proceeds from an unreported Retail Theft from Jewel Foods in River Forest. Jewel declined to prosecute and the driver was charged with DUI and traffic violations.


Three male Chicago juveniles, age 11, 12 and 13, were arrested on April 7 after witnesses observed them allegedly damaging village parking signs by bending them in the 1100 block of North Avenue. The juveniles were turned over to a guardian.

Someone broke the front plate-glass window of a business in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue in the early morning of April 7. Damage was estimated at $500.

Someone set fire to a Dumpster in the 800 block of North Boulevard around 8 p.m. on April 6.

Persons unknown threw an 8-foot piece of conduit through a glass window pane at Oak Park and River Forest High School sometime between 4 p.m., April 6 and 7:30 a.m., April 7. Damage is estimated at $350.

Stealing from the safe

A man with a prior armed-robbery conviction was arrested around 9 a.m. on April 7 at Marion Street Cheese Market, 100 S. Marion St., after he was observed on a security video removing $400 from the shop's safe. Julio Angel Davila, 39, of the 3800 block of North Oak Park Avenue in Chicago was charged with felony theft.

Theft interrupted

A catalytic converter theft was interrupted in progress around 1 p.m. in the 900 block of Randolph Avenue on April 6. Witnesses said they observed two men crouching near a parked 2004 Cadillac, from which flames and smoke began to emerge underneath. The two men fled on bicycles.

Residential burglaries

Someone ransacked two cars and removed a black and white Scott bicycle from a garage in the 1100 block of S. Grove Avenue, overnight April 6-7.

Golf clubs were removed from an open garage in the 500 block of Thatcher Avenue in River Forest, April 4.

A bicycle was reported stolen from an unlocked River Forest garage in the 1300 block of Monroe Avenue, April 4.

A girl's bicycle, left unattended in a front yard, was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of S. Humphrey Avenue around 6 p.m. on April 7.

Jewelry and a video system were reported stolen from a house in the 800 block of Keystone Avenue, overnight April 5-6.

Clothing and electronics were reported stolen from a secured locker in a Concordia University men's locker room April 5.

Three Chicago juveniles were arrested and charged with burglary to a vehicle, which occurred in the 300 block of South Boulevard on April 5. They were released to parents and referred to court.

Fifteen feet of copper downspout was stolen from a residence in the 600 block of Highland Avenue between March 27 and April 2.


A 19-year-old Chicago woman was arrested and charged with retail theft after she was observed allegedly stuffing $421 worth of clothing and shoes into a cloth bag at the Old Navy Store in the 400 block of N. Harlem Avenue. Shantell T.D. Lumpkins was charged with felony retail theft.

A 44-year-old Country Club Hills man was observed by security officers at Dominick's in the 200 block of Lake Street, April 6, allegedly removing items from a store shelf, receiving a refund for the items and then using the money to make other purchases. He was charged with felony theft for previous retail theft convictions.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed April 1-7 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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Pathetic OP  

Posted: April 16th, 2013 1:08 AM

I understand and completely agree that prison (aka "college") often has the opposite effect it's suppose to, and there in lays the parents responsibility to do everything they can to turn their child around. Yes, friends have a huge influence, but parents need to recognize when their child is hanging with the wrong crowd do something about it... moving away even if they have to.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 15th, 2013 10:52 PM

Once a child is in his teen years, parental influence takes a back seat to the influence of friends. Depending on the seriousness of the crime, previous criminal history, and family support are all weighed in sentencing. To believe that teens are rehabilitated in prison is erroneous, they become lost causes and very potentially more serious criminals on their release. The decisions of our judges is not easy.

Pathetic OP  

Posted: April 15th, 2013 10:01 PM

Speedway, it may not mean no consequences, but a lot of the time the consequences are equal to that of a scolding, if that. You think these kids would be getting up to such havoc if they were faced with something serious from their parents? Part of the reason kids do this kind of thing is because parents have allowed such behavior to slide in the past.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 13th, 2013 8:05 AM

I'm pretty sure that these kids are handed over to their parents because of their ages and the seriousness of the offense. This does not mean that the kids don't have a court date. For felonious behavior kids can be locked up. But, handing them over to their parents does not mean no consequences.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: April 13th, 2013 7:37 AM

This may make me sound cruel and insensitive but a good solution may be to tack fines for such behavior onto the parent's water bill, vehicle registration, or LINK card. This way folks are not getting out of paying for the fines. I'd imagine that a deal could be worked out between the municipality and the state to share the costs of record keeping.

Pathetic OP  

Posted: April 10th, 2013 10:57 PM

Yes, more "Juveniles" from Chicago arrested for theft and vandalism, only to be handed over to parents, most probably with few to no consequences. It's a know fact that gangs get underaged kids and teens to go places to rob, steal and cause havoc, because all that will happen is that they get handed over to their parents. What if the system grows "a pair" and makes these kids and their parents accountable, like community service or fining them? This is just pathetic.

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