Poltergeist? Strange sounds, but no intruder
A homeowner in the 1400 block of Harlem called River Forest police to report a burglary in progress June 15 at 10:56 p.m. The homeowner told them he had gone to the 7-11 at Harlem and Division and returned minutes later to lights that he had not left on, as well as loud stomping noises coming from inside the house. There was no sign of forced entry. Police checked the house and found no intruder and no items disturbed.
In the 600 block of South Ridgeland, around 2:35 p.m., June 13, a man reportedly tried to lure a child into his van. The boy fled the scene on his bicycle. The offender, described as a man in his 30s with black dreadlocks, a beard but no mustache, and wearing a white T-shirt and brown cargo pants, was last scene driving away northbound on Ridgeland in a white Chevy van.
On June 10 around 9:45 p.m. in the 500 block of North Humphrey, a man accosted a woman. After a struggle, the robber pushed her to the ground, stole her purse and fled southbound. The purse was later recovered in the alley of the same block, minus an iPhone and a wallet, for a total estimated loss of $400.
A car parked overnight in a driveway in the 1300 block of Jackson in River Forest — unlocked because of mechanism failure — was found ransacked on the morning of June 9. Missing were $5 in change and a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses.
During the night of June 7-8, someone entered a Honda, parked unlocked in the 400 block of Garfield, and ransacked it, stealing two pairs of prescription Ray-Ban sunglasses, plus $10 cash, for a total estimated loss of $910.
The unlocked screened window in the rear of a residence in the 300 block of Washington permitted someone to enter the place, ransack the bedroom and living room, and make off with a black $500 iPad. This occurred June 9.
In the 400 block of South Euclid, someone defeated the door lock on a Honda Civic and stole a black Timex Iron Man watch and a costume necklace, between midnight and 8 a.m. on June 10.
An unknown offender entered a Chevy van by unknown means and stole $890 worth of power tools, while the van was parked in the 8500 block of West Lake between 1 and 5:15 p.m. on June 10.
Someone in the 800 block of South Euclid pried open the front door of a residence and stole $1,000 worth of items, including a laptop, iPhone and iPad chargers, cash and a debit card.
In the 1100 block of South Grove, between May 24 and June 6, someone entered through the unlocked rear door and stole a Mac laptop and a Sony camera, for a loss of $2,900.
June 13 at 11:10 a.m., in the 600 block of North Harvey, a male teen entered a resident's garage through the open overhead door, grabbed a red bike and might have gotten away with it had not the resident confronted him; the offender dropped the bike and fled westbound on foot.
In the 1100 block of Wenonah during the night of June 12-13, someone pried open a garage side door, entered and ransacked the unlocked Saab within, and stole a men's bicycle.
On June 13 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:40 p.m., someone entered an apartment in the 500 block of South Cuyler through a closed but unlocked bathroom window, ransacked the place and stole an Xbox console, a Sega Genesis console, a Samsung tablet and some video games, for a total loss of $700.
In the 600 block of Wenonah, during the night of June 14-15, someone entered a garage via the unlocked side door and stole a $350 bike.
On June 9 at 2:15 p.m., Whole Foods security took a 53-year-old Chicago woman into custody and called River Forest police. Security personnel stated they had seen the woman eat food from the fresh food buffet, then put cosmetics in her cart and leave without paying for either her impromptu lunch or the beauty aids. Total value of the stolen items was $850.
A River Forest resident reported he locked his $180 bicycle at the rack in the 400 block of Harlem on June 11, only to return the 13th to find it had been stolen.
In the 100 block of Pleasant Place, between May 26 and June 3, someone reportedly stole about $700 in cash from a wallet kept in a dresser drawer at that location.
Someone stole a set of patio furniture and a black metal storm lantern from an address in the 500 block of North Euclid, overnight from June 8-9. Reported total loss was $3,670.
Bicycles were stolen, June 10-15, in the 400 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, the 200 block of North Scoville, the 800 block of South Scoville, the 300 and 400 blocks of South Oak Park Avenue, the first block of Garfield near Austin, the 500 block of Garfield, the 1000 block of Madison, the 100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, the 400 block of South Kenilworth, and the 700 block of South Scoville.
Eight lawn chairs worth $500 were stolen from the backyard of a house in the 800 block of Woodbine, the morning of June 12.
In the 200 block of South Marion Street, someone stole a UPS-delivered package from the building's common area; the package held a $449 Samsung tablet and cover.
Two teenage girls approached a third teen female and asked to use her cellphone in the 200 block of South Oak Park Avenue on June 13 at 2:15 p.m. When the victim complied, the offenders ran away with her phone.
On June 13 around 9:30 a.m., a River Forest squad observing traffic in the 7900 block of Madison, clocked a Toyota doing 69 mph in a 25-mph zone. The 24-year-old driver, Alexis Zamora, of Bellwood, was charged with reckless driving.
In the 400 block of South Ridgeland on June 10 at 3:20 a.m., police arrested a 34-year-old Montgomery woman for DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to yield while turning left, and leaving the scene of a property-damage crash.
Berwyn resident Javier Mora, 25, of the 1400 block of south Maple in Berwyn, was arrested, June 13 at 8:39 p.m. in the 1100 block of South Home Avenue, for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed June 9-15 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.
—Compiled by Amy Malina