Oak Park detectives arrested a suspect in the armed robbery of O'Connor Cleaners, 1045 Chicago Ave. April 30. Andrew G. Jamerson, 34, allegedly asked the clerk to make change, then pulled out a "large handgun" and pointed it at the clerk's head. The robber reached into the cash drawer, took $85 and ran out of the store. Jamerson, who according to Illinois Department of Corrections records was released from prison on parole Dec. 9, 2004 for two armed robberies and a vehicular high jacking, was turned over to Forest Park police, who are investigating several armed robberies in that town.
? Oak Park police are investigating the claims of a Maywood man who said he was ordered to enter a vehicle at gunpoint the evening of May 9 at the Shell station, 1 W. Harrison St.. The man said he was robbed of $100 and then battered him about the face with hand guns. When the car started moving southbound on Austin Blvd., the man was able to jump out of the car and escape.
There were a rash of thefts in Oak Park and River Forest last week that ran the gamut of strategies from deception to simple purse snatching. A woman walking out of a building at Cuyler Avenue and Madison Street the afternoon of May 11 had her purse containing cell phone, $40 cash and credit cards yanked off her shoulder by a man who'd been standing on the corner when she exited.
? A quick change scheme cost the Lake Theater $218 the evening of May 14. A man described as 5-feet, 7-inches with a gap between decaying front teeth asked the concession stand cashier for change to various denominations. The man was able to short change the cashier $100, and an inventory determined a $218 shortage. The theater's security camera showed the suspect and another man whispering in the lobby prior to the incident.
? Thieves hit two businesses in the 7600 block of Lake Street the evening of May 14, both in the same manner. Purses were stolen from Charos Hair Design and Engrave It Limited by a man who asked to used the bathroom near where purses were left, while two other men distracted staff.
? A woman was questioned by another woman about salads in the Jewel, 7525 Lake St. the afternoon of May 13, during which time her wallet containing $60 and credit cards was lifted from her purse. Store surveillance photos may have captured the incident.
? Just before noon May 10 a man feigning a fall grabbed hold of another man who was on the platform of the CTA's Oak Park Avenue Blue Line station. The "falling" man then stepped back into the train car and departed. The other man then realized that his wallet, credit cards, $15 and IDs, was missing.
? A man went down to his building lobby the evening of May 12 to answer the door bell and spoke briefly with a man he did not know. As he returned to his apartment, he realized his wallet, containing cash, IDs and a Social Security card, was missing.
Anton T. Hale, 24, of Elgin was arrested after allegedly striking a woman in the 700 block of South East Avenue. Hale also allegedly hit the woman with a chair, placed his hands around her neck, and grabbed a telephone from her as she attempted to call 911.
? Mary L. McGinty, 40, allegedly kicked and punched a man and hit him with a telephone the night of May 14 in the 1100 block of Jackson Blvd.
Ebony J. Hardin, 26, of Berwyn was arrested May 10 after being positively identified as the person who drove away from police after being stopped for a traffic violation April 9. In the process of driving off she allegedly knocked a police officer to the ground with her car.
? John Ditzel, 40, of Oak Park was arrested for battery in the 1200 block of Rossell around 9 p.m. May 10 after he allegedly pushed a River Forest woman to the ground. The woman later asked River Forest police to maintain an ongoing watch on her home.
? Algeny K. Ward, 17, of Chicago, was stopped near Chicago Avenue and Austin Blvd. the evening of May 14 during a battery investigation and found to be wanted on a warrant out of Du Page County for aggravated robbery.
A man was observed standing outside the ReMax real estate office at 189 S. Oak Park Ave. around 4 a.m. May 14 after the witness heard glass breaking. The burglar used a large rock to break a window in the office, then stole a $3,000 laptop computer.
? The following afternoon a burglar used a large rock to smash a window of a business in the 6100 block of North Avenue. Once inside the thief took 14 baseball caps and ransacked a desk before leaving via the rear door.
? Tiree Gregory, 50, of La Grange was allegedly running out of a yard in the 700 block of Wisconsin the morning of May 13 with a power tool. A cop who had stopped because Gregory's car was blocking the alley stopped him and arrested him after Gregory was identified as the man who had stolen the tool.
Unlawful use of weapon
Gary L. Williams, 45, of Chicago was stopped for a traffic violation just after 3 a.m. May 10 near Madison and Lyman. Police allegedly found him in possession of a handgun.
Criminal damage to property
Someone damaged four windows at Holmes School, 508 N. Kenilworth Ave., overnight on May 3 with BB type projectiles.
? Someone among a crowd of eight juveniles is suspected of using a paint ball gun to damage a window in the 600 block of North Humphrey the evening of May 11.
A man reached over the sales counter of the 7-Eleven at 240 Chicago Ave. around 12:40 a.m. May 13 and took six packs of cigarettes without paying. The next night around 11:30 p.m. a man did virtually the same thing, making off with another six packs of smokes. Total loss was about $65.
Burglary to auto
There were eight vehicle burglaries in Oak Park and River Forest last week, including to a 2001 Mazda Protégé in the 100 block of Forest Avenue. Someone pulled the locks on the trunk and passenger door the afternoon of May 12 and stole an Apple laptop computer, a leather brief case, and wallet containing IDs, credit cards and cash. Loss was $3,110.
Theft of auto
A van owned by Kelty Lawn Care was stolen in River Forest the afternoon of May 13. The van, which had contained assorted equipment, was recovered from a Chicago Park District parking lot on the city's South Side two days later, without the equipment.
? A 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood was stolen from near LeMoyne Parkway and Austin Blvd. the night of May 14. The car was later recovered by Chicago Police 25th District officers following a pursuit and crash. The front side window had been smashed and the steering column "stripped" to start the car.
Theft from auto
A woman had her purse stolen from her unlocked car outside Annie's Beef, 7601 Lake St. the afternoon of May 14. Stolen was $240 cash, credit cards, Social Security card and gift cards.
Piotr Paprocki, 23, of Des Plaines was allegedly observed passed out behind the wheel of a Mercedes ML 500 that had been involved in a traffic accident the afternoon of May 9 near Oak Park Hospital. Paprocki was allegedly then found to be in possession of a foil wrapper containing a brown powder suspected of being heroin.
? The above reported incidents are gleaned from Oak Park and River Forest police department incident reports from May 9 through May 16. 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
Condiments resolve conflict
According to River Forest police, Louis G. Murillo, Nicole M. Simone and Shaun E. Sutter, all in their 20s, were engaged in a verbal argument around 4 a.m. in the River Forest Grill, 7225 W. North Ave. Apparently unable to settle it with words, the trio took to throwing mustard and ketchup at each other. No relish was reportedly involved.