Oak Park and River Forest police reports - June 10-16

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By Jean Lotus

Staff Reporter

DNA leads to arrest for burglary

Oak Park police arrested a 47-year-old Bensenville man at his home June 11 and charged him with a residential burglary that occurred in the 100 block of S. Kenilworth Avenue on April 10, 2011. The Illinois State Police crime lab matched DNA samples from Brian A. Soper, 47, of the 100 block of Red Oak, with blood left at the burglary scene the previous year. Soper was charged with one count of residential burglary and held for bond hearings.

Stolen guitar

River Forest police responded to a call around 3:40 p.m. June 11 from a witness who observed an unknown man entering a green sedan carrying a guitar from a residence in the 500 block of River Oaks in River Forest. Since the victim could not identify the house from which the guitar may have been removed, police canvassed the block. The vehicle matched the description of a car used in a previous burglary in another municipality. Another River Forest detective observed a possible offender's vehicle in Melrose Park with two individuals inside and a flat-screen television visible in the back seat. The vehicle was curbed at Warren and 19th Street in Maywood. Jeremy Seaton, 20, from Lombard and Christopher Lukes, 22, from Bellwood exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Both were apprehended and arrested. In addition to the flat-screen and guitar, a laptop computer was recovered. Both were charged with burglary.

Stolen rides recovered

A red Ford Fusion reported stolen by Avis Rent-a-Car's Madison Street offices in Oak Park on March 13 was recovered by Chicago police near O'Hare airport.

A grey Pontiac Grand Am reported stolen from the first block of Lake Street March 13 was recovered by Chicago police in the 5900 block of W. Washington, Chicago.

South Holland police notified Oak Park police that they recovered a 2013 Toyota Corolla reported stolen May 24 from Hertz Rent a Car.

A grey 2004 GMC Denali reported stolen June 10 from the 700 block of South Elmwood was recovered by Chicago police in the 3100 block of West 36th Place, Chicago.

A tan 1996 Honda Accord reported stolen from Chicago on June 14 was recovered by Oak Park police in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue.


An estimated $420 worth of electronics and power tools were removed from a basement storage area overnight June 10-11 in the 100 block of Garfield Street. The door to the basement was forced open with an unknown pry tool and burglars used a cutting tool to defeat locks on two storage lockers.

A victim told police she observed an unknown man stop his black Chevy Impala with temporary plates in the alley behind the 600 block of Home Avenue around 9:10 a.m. June 12. She told police the man stopped the car and entered the garage through an open overhead door, then exited the garage carrying an object wrapped in a towel and drove away. Missing from the garage was an electric hedge trimmer.

Someone pried open the side service door of a garage in the 1000 block of South Austin Blvd. overnight June 14-15. Inside a pry tool was used to gain entry via a window to a Cadillac CTS parked inside. A $400 Samsung tablet computer was removed. Damage was estimated at $400.

Police captured a 25-year-old Cicero man after a brief foot chase after a resident in the 1100 block of Randolph saw him allegedly sitting inside and tampering with the victim's parked BMW around 1 a.m. June 15. He was charged with burglary to auto.

Owners found their home in the 300 block of Forest Avenue in River Forest ransacked around 10 a.m. on June 10. Entry may have been gained through a rear door.

Someone broke into a tattoo parlor in the 6200 block of Roosevelt Road around 4 a.m. June 16 by defeating the front door locks. Once inside, they ransacked the cash drawer. No loss was reported.

A wallet containing $160 was lifted from a victim's purse left at her desk at a business in the 600 block of N. Harlem Avenue around 6:40 a.m. June 13.

Patio furniture disappearing

Four aluminum patio chairs were stolen from a yard in the 500 block of N. Marion Street overnight June 11.

Two cast-iron bistro chairs disappeared from a rear yard in the 800 block of N. Elmwood the afternoon of June 11.

Two brown metal patio chairs were removed from the 700 block of S. East Ave. between 7 and 8 p.m. June 11.

A resident observed a man removing a black aluminum lawn chair from the rear yard of the 200 block of Home Avenue and throwing it into a dark Buick Rendezvous parked in the alley around 6 a.m. June 13. As the car sped away, the victim noticed two other lawn chairs were gone.

Two patio chairs were removed from the rear yard of a residence in the 800 block of Columbian overnight June 12.

Two cast-iron lawn chairs were removed from the rear yard of a home in the 400 block of Augusta during the day June 14.

Cellphone crimes

A woman was captured on surveillance video removing an Alcatel cellphone from a business in the 300 block of Chicago Avenue around 3:30 p.m. June 11.

A 14-year-old Chicago juvenile allegedly grabbed an 18-year-old Oak Park man on the CTA Green Line train around 11:25 p.m. June 11 and allegedly attempted to forcefully remove the victim's iPhone from his hands. The victim and his friend struggled, grabbed the alleged thief and held him until police arrived and took him into custody. He was processed and turned over to a guardian.

Someone removed an Apple iPhone 4S left unattended at a restaurant dining table in the 700 block of Lake Street sometime after 11 p.m. on June 13. Loss was estimated at $549.

An unattended Motorola cellphone was removed from a dining table after being left inside the McDonald's restaurant in the 100 block of Madison Street between 9 and 10 a.m. June 14.

Crabmeat and condoms

An unidentified man was observed concealing $143 worth of crabmeat, condoms, pregnancy tests and laundry detergent in a black bag at the Dominick's in the 200 block of Lake Street and leave without paying around 7:30 a.m. June 15. He fled on foot northbound in the Austin-Humphrey alley. Many of the items were recovered in the 100 block of North Humphrey with the exception of three boxes of condoms and two pregnancy tests.

Garage set aflame

Police are still investigating a fire started in a garbage can reported at 6:40 p.m. June 13 in the 1200 block of North Edmer. The fire spread and burned the adjacent garage's overhead door and gutters. Damage was estimated at $1,075.

Girl fight at high school

A 15-year-old female student was charged with battery June 14 as result of a fight she had with another 15-year-old female student at Oak Park and River Forest High School on May 7. She was processed and turned over to a parent.

Underage party hosts cited

A 50-year-old River Forest man was charged with hosting an underage drinking party June 11 in the 7500 block of Vine Street. Police reported smelling the odor of cannabis wafting through the air. Twenty to thirty underage teens were in the backyard, some of whom admitted they were drinking.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed June 10-16 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.

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The dude  

Posted: June 19th, 2013 5:30 PM

I'm glad the thief held onto the condom and pregnancy tests... anything to stop this clown from spawning offspring that will no doubt turn out like him or worse. Regarding the 14 Y.O. Cretan; good to see the victims fighting back and not letting him go, though I don't think handing him over to his parents is going to do any good... they'll probably teach him more ways to get away with it next time. Regarding the drinking party, they don't call it reefer forest for nothing.

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 19th, 2013 1:42 PM

Feeds, not breeds! LOL

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 19th, 2013 1:41 PM

Come on, WJ! "Crabmeat and Condoms" should have been the lead! If it leads...it feeds?;)

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