Gunman robs O'Connor's Cleaners

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A man described as short and in his 30's walked into O'Connor's Cleaners, 1045 Chicago Ave., the afternoon of April 30, asked 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.

? An Oak Park woman was followed into an alley behind the 100 block of South Harvey April 26 by a man who tried to rob her. The man grabbed the woman from behind, covered her mouth and showed her a kitchen knife. He demanded money and threatened to stab her, but fled after she broke free and alerted neighbors.


An Oak Park juvenile working in the Jewel Foods parking lot, 438 Madison St., the afternoon of April 27, was beaten by six described as in their late teens. The men got out of a Ford F-150 extended cab pick up truck and approached the teen, then started striking him all over his body. They then got back in the truck and drove off.

? Erik A. Wilbourn, 25, of 516 Washington Blvd. was stopped around 2:30 a.m. on April 29 after he allegedly matched the description of a reported suspicious person. Wilbourn reportedly refused to talk with police, then battered an officer as he fled.

Retail theft:

A man took a DVD player and remote off the counter at Cash America just after noon on April 28 and fled. Loss is $680.

Criminal damage to property

Someone shot out the windshield and damaged the roof, hood and fender of a Chevy pick up with BBs overnight April 29. The car was parked in the driveway of Bump City, 32 Lake St. Damage was estimated at $4,000.

? BBs, pellets or a sling shot was used to shatter the rear window of a Toyota Corolla parked in the 7200 block of LeMoyne April 30.

? Two windows and three doors at Whittier School, 715 N. Harvey, where damaged by unknown means overnight April 28. Estimated loss was $2,000.

? Someone damaged the windshield, side window and hood of a Volkswagon Jetta parked in the 400 block of South Kenilworth overnight on April 30. Damage was $850.

? Someone broke, by undetermined means, five fluorescent lights valued at $500 at 100 Forest Place over night on April 30.


An Oak Park and River Forest High School student was arrested for forgery after attempting to purchase a pizza puff in the school cafeteria April 25 with what police said was a phony $20 bill. The bill was reportedly made on a home computer.

DUI, etc.

Elizabeth Burns-Martin was stopped in the 800 block of North Austin Blvd. just after 3 a.m. April 28. She allegedly blew a blood alcohol reading of .353, over four times the legal limit, and also reportedly had no valid driver's license or insurance.

Unlawful possession, etc.

Daniel S. Bruntz, 27, of Glendale Heights, was stopped for traffic in the 6400 block of Roosevelt Rd. around 8 p.m. April 26. He was allegedly in possession of three small packets suspected of being heroin, a small container of a green leafy substance suspected of being cannibis, and 22 hypodermic needles, as well as a small pipe.

? Angela N. Romano, 26, of Cary was reportedly found by Oak Park police sitting on the floor of a van in the CVS parking lot, 345 Madison, next to an unconscious male. A name check determined that Romano was wanted on a warrant from the McHenry County Sheriff for retail theft. A custodial search of Romano allegedly turned up a small foil packet of suspected heroin.

? Heather S. Voelke, 29, of Des Plaines, was an occupant of a car parked in the McDonald's parking lot at 111 Madison late on the afternoon of April 25. When police checked the auto on suspicion, they allegedly spotted a folded foil packet of white powder suspected of being heroin, and a search reportedly uncovered three more foil packets containing white powder that tested positive for the drug.

? Police pulled over Hillside resident Gloria Brown, 54, for an alleged traffic violation the evening of April 29 near Washington Blvd. and Humphrey. After Brown was allegedly found to have a suspended driver's license and no proof of insurance, a search reportedly found her and passenger Monique Christopher, 34, of Chicago, both in possession of heroin.

? A 26 year old man was taken to Oak Park Hospital the evening of April 29 after overdosing on heroin at Pronto Roma, 7219 Lake St.

Disorderly conduct

Derrence W. Winfield, 22, was arrested in the 500 block of Marion Street. He had allegedly hassled a clerk at the Mobil Mini Mart, 754 Harlem Ave. in River Forest, then torn a pay phone from the wall when the clerk attempted to call 911.

Auto theft

Sometime during the afternoon of April 26 someone drove off in a 1999 GMC Sierra valued at $7,000 and owned by a Joliet roofing company working at Oak Park and River Forest High School. The unattended vehicle was unlocked, with the key in the ignition.

Auto burglary

Thieves entered an unlocked Nissan Murano in the 1000 block of North Taylor the morning of April 30 and stole $450 worth of items, including a cellphone, a purse, $40, credit cards, IDs and assorted keys.

Bike thefts

A young Oak Park resident was approached by a 12-year old Chicago resident near Stevenson Park the afternoon of April 25 and physically knocked off his bike. The thief then rode off on the bike, leaving behind a small scooter. The next afternoon, two Chicago juveniles were arrested near North Ave. and Elmwood Ave. after being found in possession of that bike.

? These incidents are taken from Oak Park and River Forest Police department incident reports from April 25 through May 2. 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

If at first you don't succeed?

Louis E. Porter, 42, of Wheaton allegedly yelled at River Forest cops near Lake St. and Harlem Ave. just before 10 a.m. May 1, reportedly about them harassing homeless people in the community. Around 1:30 that afternoon, Porter was arrested by Oak Park police for an alleged Criminal trespass and battery committed at Calvary Church, 931 Lake St.

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