Handbags snatched at outdoor cafes

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

A purse was snatched while a woman sat at an outdoor café in the 900 block of Lombard around 7:20 p.m. June 18. Two males, around 16 years of age, reportedly grabbed the purse and ran eastbound on Harrison. The bag was recovered later in an alley in the 900 block of Taylor minus the owner's iPhone and wallet. Estimated loss was $500.

A woman told police her wallet was lifted from her purse as she ate at an outdoor café in the 100 block of N. Marion the evening of June 19.

DUI arrest following hit-and-run

Eric Eichinger, 31, of the 500 block of Harrison was stopped by police around 5:40 p.m. in the 600 block of S. Euclid June 20 after witnesses said they saw him hit another vehicle after it had cut him off. According to police reports he smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes. He was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Eichinger refused to blow into a breathalyzer but was charged with DUI and traffic violations.

Residential burglary

An 80-year-old woman told police she observed an unknown man around 20 years old hunched over in her rear enclosed porch in the 1000 block of S. Elmwood around 2:15 p.m. June 18. The victim was frightened and ran out her front door to alert her son, who was waiting inside his car, to call the police. A gray Dodge minivan which had been parked in front of the residence sped off northbound on Elmwood. Inside the house, several jewelry boxes had been ransacked.

Someone attempted to enter an apartment in the 500 block of S. Ridgeland by placing a table underneath the victim's rear window and pushing in the window screen. The window behind the screen was locked, so no entry was made, police said. However, the victim's unlocked car, parked behind the building, was ransacked.

Police reported someone stole electronics from a second floor office in the 600 block of South Maple Avenue around lunch time on May 28 via an unlocked door. Missing were a Fujitsu 7900 laptop computer and black computer bag. Loss was set at $1,815.

Garage burglaries

Three garages in the 500 block of S. East were burglarized overnight June 17-18. Burglars entered via unlocked side service doors and ransacked cars, removing an in-dash DVD player, a phone charger, a bicycle and fishing supplies.

A garage in the 500 block of S. Scoville was discovered to have pry marks on the service door the same day, but the lock was not defeated and nothing was stolen.

An unlocked garage in the 300 block of S. Harvey was also burglarized. Offenders removed a pink wallet containing $50 and credit cards, which were discovered to have been used early the next morning at a Chicago gas station.

Someone pried open a garage side service door in the 800 block of South Humphrey overnight June 21-22, broke the window of a Chrysler parked inside and ransacked the interior.

A Cannondale Prophet MX1 men's bike was stolen from an unlocked garage overnight in the 600 block of Harrison. Estimated loss was $2,000.

Container garden thefts

Someone removed hanging and patio flower pots from three residences in the 200 block of Lake Street and 100 block of North Harvey Avenue overnight on June 1-2 police reported.

Bike thefts

Locked bikes were reported stolen from racks in the 900 block of S. Oak Park and the first block of Ridgeland on June 19. Locked bicycles were removed from the 400 block of S. Ridgeland and 200 block of S. Oak Park June 20. A mountain bike was removed June 19 from the rack near the YMCA in the 200 block of South Marion Street.

Burglary to auto

Someone removed a wallet from the glove compartment of an unlocked Ford F150 truck the night of June 17 in the 200 block of S. Euclid. A credit card from the stolen wallet was used at a gas station in Cicero at around 1 a.m. the next morning.

Tools valued at $1,480 were reported stolen from an unlocked Chevy cargo van parked in the 500 block of S. Cuyler Avenue the evening of June 18.

A 17-inch Toshiba laptop computer, hard drive and external case were stolen from an unlocked, parked GMC Acadia parked overnight June 18-19 in the 1000 block of South East Avenue.

A purple 1998 Kia Sephia was stolen the morning of June 19 from behind the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue. The victim told police the thief possibly had used a spare key kept inside the unlocked car. Value was listed at $1,000.

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 25th, 2013 11:31 PM

So, I'm going to guess that the WJ actually means it was the 900 block of "South" Lombard where the purse was snatched. Is there any point in describing their age an not their race? Or should that be left up to the reader to guess based on the direction they ran?

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