Oak Park and River Forest police reports - June 12-18

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Burglary

Someone entered Caring Medical in the 700 block of Lake Street, between the evening of June 8 and morning of June 11, and removed six Hewlett Packard laptop computers and two Dell laptop computers. Estimated loss is $16,300.

An unknown person entered a residence in the 300 block of South Maple Avenue on June 11 and removed a 46-inch flat-screen TV, three laptop computers, an X-Box gaming system, a digital camera and lens, and jewelry. Estimated loss is $4,200.

Someone entered an apartment in the 1000 block of Randolph Street on June 15 and removed an Apple flat-screen computer and a Toshiba laptop computer from a desk in the living room. Estimated loss is $3,200.

An unknown person entered a 2012 Hyundai between the afternoon of June 11 and morning of June 12 and removed miscellaneous change, a pair of sunglasses, about $600 in cash, four collector coins and a New York Department of Corrections retiree badge. Estimated loss is $1,140.

Someone entered a locked office in the 700 block of Lake Street between the evening of June 14 and the morning of June 16 and removed three laptop computers and a duffle bag containing martial arts gear. Estimated loss is $4,800.

Criminal damage to property

An unknown person threw red latex paint on a sign, walls and the outer door of Ascension Catholic Church in the 800 block of South East Avenue, overnight June 11-12.

Someone placed an unknown white powdery substance that appeared to be sugar in the gas tank of a 2003 Saturn parked in the 200 block of Washington Boulevard between the evening of June 10 and the morning of June 12. Damage is undetermined.

An unknown person pushed a red 1986 Volkswagen from a driveway in the 700 block of North Oak Park Avenue onto the parkway, possibly with another vehicle. The victim found that the brakes were no longer working since the incident in the early morning of June 14. Estimated loss is $1,000.

Robbery

A man walking south in the 300 block of Humphrey Avenue, the night of June 13, told police he saw a group of between six and eight teenagers running east on Pleasant Street toward him. One offender demanded his phone. When he refused, the offender threatened to beat him up and pushed him while another offender tripped him. The second offender then removed his brown satchel bag from his shoulder. Estimated loss is $50.

Around the same time in the 400 block of South Humphrey Avenue, another man saw a group of teens walking. He heard someone running behind him and someone in the group told him they were going to take his phone. The subject pulled on his backpack before they fled eastbound on Washington Boulevard.

Someone walking in the 100 block of North Austin Boulevard, the night of June 13, was approached from behind by an unknown offender with his hand in his jacket pocket. The offender said, "I have a gun, give me your phone," and the man handed over his iPhone. The offender was last seen northbound on Austin Boulevard. Estimated loss is $600.

A man walking in the 300 block of North Cuyler Avenue in the early morning of June 18 was approached by an unknown man and struck in the face. He and another unknown man then removed the victim's backpack which contained a Sony Vaio laptop computer, cash and two grey cellphones. They entered a dark colored Chrysler Sebring and fled eastbound from the scene. Estimated loss is $1,430.

Theft

Someone removed two village parking meters from the metal pole in the 500 block of North Marion Street between the evening of May 29 and the morning of June 14. Estimated loss is $900.

Fleeing and eluding an officer/drug possession

Police arrested three people, the morning of June 12, who had been in a car that fled from police. An officer pulled the 1999 Cadillac over in the 8000 block of Washington Street in River Forest for expired license plates, but when he stepped out of his patrol car, the driver fled northbound on Ashland Avenue. Witnesses saw the car strike two other vehicles at Lake Street and Lathrop Avenue before it left the roadway and came to rest in the 500 block of Lathrop Avenue.

Three of the occupants fled eastbound through yards, while a female passenger stayed in the car. Officers from River Forest, Forest Park and Elmwood Park located two suspects and arrested them near Lake Street and Monroe Avenue. The driver was arrested in a yard in the 500 block of Jackson Avenue

The driver, a 32-year-old man from Chicago, was charged with 14 offenses, including felony aggravated fleeing and eluding police. One of the passengers, a 19-year-old Chicago man, was charged with possession of 87.7 grams of marijuana and manufacture/delivery of marijuana, both felonies. A 16-year-old passenger from Chicago is expected to be petitioned to juvenile court for felony possession of marijuana. A 23-year-old Maywood woman was released without charge.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, took place June 12-18, 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.

Reader Comments

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Paul from Graceland  

Posted: June 26th, 2012 7:37 AM

"Are you going to Downtown Oak Park? Potato, sage, rosemary and thyme..."

Paul from Graceland  

Posted: June 26th, 2012 7:12 AM

I think there is a song in there somewhere...

OP Guy  

Posted: June 25th, 2012 11:01 PM

They probably thought it was a different kind of "herb". Oh how bummed they are going to be when the only sensation they receive is the sweet sent of thyme and rosemary.

Mr. Hand  

Posted: June 25th, 2012 10:35 PM

What, no sage ?

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: June 25th, 2012 9:20 PM

Glad they didn't take my potatoes. That would really bum me out. Although now no rosemary potatoes...

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: June 25th, 2012 9:19 PM

thyme and rosemary

Jeff Spicolli  

Posted: June 25th, 2012 3:03 PM

Aloha, Mr. Hand!

Mr. Hand  

Posted: June 25th, 2012 2:41 PM

I believe it was oregano.

Jeff Spicolli  

Posted: June 25th, 2012 7:14 AM

Bummer man. What kind of herb?

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: June 24th, 2012 11:32 PM

Someone stole my herb pot from the backyard. What the heck?!

Op guy  

Posted: June 24th, 2012 4:49 AM

Peeping Tom, no thank you for the second part. You are welcome to try.

Op guy  

Posted: June 24th, 2012 4:48 AM

John, my windows are not painted

Peeping Tom  

Posted: June 22nd, 2012 7:21 AM

OP Guy: keep your eyes open and your pants down.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 22nd, 2012 12:30 AM

Always remember painting window glass black is really the same as blinds.

OP Guy  

Posted: June 21st, 2012 11:06 PM

I don't own blinds.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 20th, 2012 11:43 PM

OK,you can keep your blinds up.

OP guy  

Posted: June 20th, 2012 9:49 PM

John, I don't own a tv.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 20th, 2012 12:50 AM

OP Guy - might also be worthwhile to close your blinds at dark in your living room. Those big TV's standout like a lighthouse at night. Makes it easy for prospective burglars to ID opportunities.

Gym Coughlin  

Posted: June 19th, 2012 11:58 PM

If you would just talk to them and try to understand and reason with them everything will turn out alright. @ OP Guy. @Q. I don't understand what you guys are talking about. They stated that the paint was "red latex".

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: June 19th, 2012 11:28 PM

OP Guy, the only description available may have been the race of the teenagers. You get one guess. Early morning would be most likely 7, 8 or 9 a.m.. You can reduce your risk from becoming a crime if you walk in a group of 8 or more people.

OP Guy  

Posted: June 19th, 2012 10:57 PM

Regarding the robberies, these things basically lay out some rules. Be careful when large groups of teens are running at you. Does take strolls close to Austin Blvd at night. Some more information about the description of the teens would be helpful in identifying them? And what does "early morning" mean in regards to the north Cuyler robbery? Does it mean 2 am or 7am when kids are out and about? I think that this info is important to the public and not too much to ask?

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