Watch those bikes, folks

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Bike thefts are popular again, with a total of nine thefts or attempted thefts over four days. A total of six Chicago juveniles were arrested for bike theft on May 23. Four were arrested after taking two bikes from a back yard in the 500 block of South Harvey. Two more juveniles were caught stealing a bike from a yard in the 500 block of South East.

? Eddie Wotten, 46, of 901 N. Austin was identified as the person who allegedly took two mountain bikes from an open garage in that same block May 24.

? Sometime between May 20 and May 23, someone removed two unlocked Trek bikes from a back yard in the 200 block of South Kenilworth.

? Around 9:30 a.m. on May 24, two men in a white Ford van took a lawn mower and two bikes from a garage in the 1000 block of North East Ave. Loss was $1,100.

Retail theft

Calvin L. Jones, 36, on parole from Vandalia since December on a two-year Retail Theft conviction, was arrested the afternoon of May 23 for allegedly concealing several boxes of an antihistamine in his coat and leaving the Dominick's on Lake Street without paying the afternoon of May 23.

? The following evening Dino E. Monita, 47, allegedly took 19 DVDs from the Dominick's and left without paying.

? Vincent T. Fines, 42, of Country Club Hills, was arrested near Lake Street and Ridgelend Avenue the evening of May 25 after he allegedly left Borders Books, 1144 Lake St., with 4 DVDs without paying.

? William L. Falkowski, 42, was arrested the afternoon of May 25 after allegedly taking two hair trimmers from the Jewel, 7525 Lake St., without paying.

Criminal damage to property

Someone used a sharp object to scratch a derogatory word into the hood of a 2001 Volkswagon parked in a village lot at 36 South Blvd. the evening of May 26.

? Two tires on a River Forest woman's 2003 Toyota Corolla were slashed the afternoon of May 26 in the 200 block of Lathrop. Later that night the tires of a Jeep and a van were also slashed in that same block.


Two residences in the same building in the 300 block of North Marion were burglarized the afternoon of May 25. After entering through an unlocked rear window, thieves took $90 and an $800 watch in the first residence. They broke the rear pantry window in the other residence, but don't appear to have taken anything.

? The afternoon of May 26 someone pried open the rear door of a home in the 1100 block of Miller St. They also cut the phone lines and took the alarm box out of the kitchen. Loss was $750.

? Someone entered a garage in the 100 block of South Euclid overnight on May 26 and took two sets of golf clubs and a weed wacker. Loss was $560.

? Someone entered a garage in the 300 block of North Taylor overnight on May 25 and stole a lawn mower valued at $300.


An Oak Park juvenile was arrested May 26 after admitting he set fire to a waste receptical on the second floor of Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School. He was turned over to his parents.

Hit and run

A car registered to a Wisconsin owner rear-ended another vehicle as it left the Corus Bank parking lot, 7727 Lake St. the afternoon of May 24. The car's bumper fell off, and River Forest police recovered the front license plate. Police continue to seek the owner, who is listed as having a DUI and suspended license.


Two teenagers described as 15-18 years old approached another juvenile from behind in Stevenson Park, 49 Lake St. the evening of May 23 and struck him about the face and head.


Two teenagers approached an Oak Park juvenile in the 1000 block of South Taylor around 4 p.m. on May 29. After striking the youth in the face, they took his wallet containing $46 and identification.

? A male juvenile was brought in to the Oak Park police station late on May 26 after he was positively identified as the person who pushed another juvenile to the ground and took his cell phone in the 200 block of Lake Street May 25.

? Three Chicago juveniles were charged with robbery and aggravated battery May 25 after they pushed another juvenile to the ground and took his cell phone in Stevenson Park, 49 Lake St.


Nathan McCarthy, 31, of Chicago, was stopped by police just before midnight May 24 near Superior Avenue and Austin Blvd. McCarthy, who was pushing a lawn mower with a tool box balanced on it, was first found to be wanted by Chicago police on an Unlawful Use of Weapon warrant. Later it was determined that he had allegedly taken the mower and tools, and he was charged with two counts of felony theft.

? Someone removed a leaf blower and a hedge trimmer from the open truck bed of a Ford F250 pick up in the 1000 block of North Elmwood May 23. Loss was $1,000.

? Ira G. Gill, 24, of Chicago was arrested for Theft after he was identified as the person who took a wheel chair from West Suburban Hospital May 22. While processing Gill, police determined he was also wanted by the DuPage County Sheriff for missing a court date there.

? A tradesman had a box of tools stolen from his unlocked vehicle while parked in the 1500 block of Park Avenue the afternoon of May 25.

? Thomas Zaleski of Stickney was arrested following a disturbance call at the CVS Pharmacy, 345 Madison St., the afternoon of May 26 after police determined he had allegedly taken items from a person he was arguing with.

Possession of controlled substance

Jan Bobak 46, of Chicago was stopped for a traffic violation around 1 a.m. May 27. Police allegedly found 5 foil packets of suspected cocaine and a foil packet of suspected heroin. Bobak was also allegedly in possession of a glass pipe with copper mesh in it.

? Spencer Robinson, 35, of 1234 N. Kenilworth was reportedly discovered asleep at the wheel of his vehicle by police in a gas station parking lot just after 2 a.m. May 24. Police say they found a glass pipe with wire mesh in Robinson's hand, and white powder and a silver container holding other white powder. The substances allegedly tested positive for heroin and cocaine.

Indecent behavior

A man described as heavy and bald was observed by passersby masturbating as he sat in a car in the 600 block of Edgewood the morning of May 24.

? The above reported incidents are gleaned from Oak Park and River Forest Police department incident reports from May 22 through May 26. 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

Traveling from far away to get into trouble

Jonathon L. Walters, 27, of Yorkville, was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation just before midnight May 25. A name check revealed he was wanted in Kendall County on two Sheriff's warrants.

And after George T. Lindeman, Jr., 24, of Batavia crashed his Chevy Camaro in the 1000 block of North Marion the afternoon of May 24, he was reportedly unable to show police a valid driver's license or valid insurance.

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