Now that's chutzpah: Teens steal bikes from the cops

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Bike thefts continue at a high rate in Oak Park, with a total of at least 30 bikes having been stolen or, attempted to be stolen in the past three weeks. Following the arrest of six Chicago juveniles in two incidents May 23, a man was apprehended the next day riding a stolen bike. Last week six more individuals were arrested for bike theft.

Four or five teenagers are being sought after stealing an undisclosed number of inventoried bikes from an unlocked underground storage facility at the Oak Park police station around 12:30 a.m. June 11.

"When we get an overflow of inventoried bikes, they get moved to that open storage space," said Oak Park Deputy Chief Robert Scianna. He described the bikes as the type of rides that young thieves would pedal into the village looking for better ones to steal, and said that his department had been making arrangements to move the excess bikes to another location earlier that day.

Four teens were arrested the night of June 12 after being found in possession of four stolen bikes, and a Chicago juvenile riding a stolen bike was arrested near Harrison Street and Austin Blvd. the afternoon of June 11. Alphonso Mack, 40, of the 5000 block of West Congress Parkway in Chicago was arrested June 6 after being stopped in the 100 block of Madison allegedly riding a bike that was reported stolen June 2 in Oak Park. Others thefts:

? Two bikes valued at $125 were stolen in the 100 block of Wesley overnight June 10.

? Three unsecured bikes in the 100 block of North Taylor the afternoon of June 12, courtesy of an open overhead garage door

? June 8 a River Forest woman reported her $300 mountain bike stolen.

? The afternoon of June 10 an unsecured $150 bike was taken in the 200 block of Pleasant.

? A $350 26-inch mountain bike taken in the 1100 block of South Scoville the afternoon of June 7.

? A locked 26-inch eight speed bike valued at $300 from 100 Forest Place the afternoon of June 2.

? An unattended and unsecured bike valued at $200 stolen June 3 from outside Oak Park and River Forest High School.

? An unsecured "mini-mouse" bike stolen in the 100 block of South Taylor between June 9 and June 12.

Possession of a controlled substance

Raymond Gore, 23, of Chicago was stopped for traffic in the 600 block of South Austin Blvd. around 10 p.m. June 11 and arrested for reportedly having no proof of a driver's license or insurance. A search allegedly turned up three baggies containing various quantities of what tested positive for cocaine and cannabis, and he was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

? Willie L. Welch, 35, of the 1100 block of South Austin Blvd. was allegedly found in possession of a white powder after being stopped on suspicion just before midnight, June 9 near Garfield and Austin Boulevards. The powder subsequently tested positive for heroin.

? Teri A. Hobart, 42, of Schaumburg, and David D. Eggert, 48, of Elgin, were stopped as suspicious persons around 4 a.m. June 6 near Lexington and Maple avenues. Hobart was allegedly found to be in possession of a powdery, rock-like substance that tested positive for cocaine. Eggert was allegedly in possession of a glass pipe commonly used to ingest drugs.

Outside warrant arrests

Christopher R. Fields, 26, was stopped for traffic in the 400 block of South Austin Blvd. the evening of June 8. A name check revealed he was wanted for failing to appear for a court date in La Salle County.

? Catheryn Koritz, 34, of the 900 block of Lyman was arrested on three Cook County Sheriff bond forfeiture warrants for theft.

? Stacey M. Allison, 20, of Maywood, and Chantal L. Davis, 20, of Chicago were both found to be sought on bond forfeiture warrants in Melrose Park following their being stopped for an alleged traffic violation around 4:30 a.m. June 10.

Domestic battery

Larry T. Verpil, 32, of the 900 block of North Austin Blvd. was arrested for Domestic Battery the night of June 10 after he allegedly struck his wife in the face and kicked her in the face and ribs.

? Nicholas Goebel, 18, of the 1100 block of Harlem Avenue, River Forest was arrested after allegedly striking his mother in the back of the head the night of June 8.

Deception was used to relieve three people of substantial sums of cash last week. One man distracted a woman near Madison Street and Austin Boulevard the evening of June 8. Meanwhile an accomplice bumped into her and lifted her wallet, containing $1,800.

? On June 2 a man had his wallet, containing $887, lifted from his pocket while he was in the Emergency Room at Oak Park Hospital, 520 South Maple.

? A Chicago woman placing groceries into her car at the North Avenue Fresh Market, 6209 W. North Ave. the evening of June 9 had her wallet and $375 stolen from the shopping cart.

? Approximately $660 was removed from a locked desk in the office of Oak Park Cleaners the evening of June 12.

? Someone cut a chain holding an equipment bucket in place at the construction site at Barrie Park, 1011 S. Lombard. A Wacker WP 1550 Compactor valued at $2,800 was stolen.

? Four tires valued at $1,300 were stolen off a Honda Civic parked on the street in the 800 block of Erie overnight on June 8.

? An open overhead garage door and an unlocked door made it easy for thieves to take a wallet and a cell phone/PDA from a 2006 Lexus parked in the 200 block of South Euclid the evening of June 11.

Auto theft

Someone broke into a 1995 Jeep Cherokee parked in the 1100 block of North Ridgeland June 7 and drove off with it. The vehicle was recovered by 25th District police in Chicago the following night.


An air conditioner and assorted hand and yard tools valued at $1,410 were stolen during the day on June 9 from a garage in the 500 block of South Ridgeland.

? Someone entered a residence in the first hundred block of South Boulevard the afternoon of June 10?#34;possibly through an open window, and stole assorted jewelry valued at $375.

? Someone pried the door on a residence in the 1500 block of North Austin Boulevard during the day on June 8. A witness observed a man carry a personal safe and a DVD player to a beige Cadillac.

? Someone entered a residence in the 100 block of South Home the afternoon of June 9 and stole an assortment of jewelry. No estimate on the loss at this time.

Assault, public indecency

A 12 year old River Forest girl was walking near Keystone and Washington the afternoon of June 9 when a man described as Hispanic, stocky and in his 30's groped her buttock. When the man walked away, the girl went to a friend's house.

? Christopher C. Marrero, 27, of Chicago was arrested the afternoon of June 8 after a woman positively identified him as the man who allegedly exposed his genitalia.

Retail theft

A man entered the employees only area of the Walgreens, at Roosevelt Road and Ridgeland the afternoon of June 6. He took 12 packages of nicotine gum valued at $621 and ran out of the store without paying. He was observed entering a newer model vehicle that Chicago police said was reported stolen earlier.

? The above reported incidents are gleaned from Oak Park and River Forest Police department incident reports from June 6 through June 13. 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

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