Dynamite used in attempted currency exchange robbery

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At approximately 10 a.m. on May 31, a man wearing a hood and sun glasses walked into the currency exchange at Roosevelt Road and Oak Park Avenue with a walkie-talkie and a 3-inch-round bundle that appeared to be dynamite. He attempted to push the package under the security partition, but it wouldn't fit. The clerk behind the counter then hit an emergency alarm and ran to the back of the building, at which point the would-be robber fled with his supposed bomb.

? Later that same day, two men robbed the Cy Discount store, 6039 North Ave., at gunpoint. After displaying a blue steel revolver, one man took cash from the register, then took a man and a woman to a back room, where he removed $2,500 from the woman's coat pocket and took her purse. Meanwhile his accomplice packed up some 20 cases of Newport cigarettes into a box. Total loss was $4,300.

Aggravated assault

A man approached an Oak Park man in an alley in the 1150 block of South Ridgeland just before midnight, May 26. After asking his victim if he were a friend of a certain individual, the man pointed a handgun at him and said, "We're going to get Kevin." The victim retreated into his garage, where he stayed for nearly an hour before going to the police station to make a report.

Domestic battery

Benjamin A. Wood, 20, of Oak Park was arrested after allegedly kicking his wife in the back during an argument around 3 a.m. on June 3.

? After Markus K. Gilliam, 45, of Oak Park was stopped for a traffic violation June 2, police determined he was wanted here on a signed complaint for a 2004 Aggravated Assault, Domestic Battery and interfering with an attempt to report that battery.

Retail theft

Jermaine Crowder, 29, of the 5800 block of North Avenue in Chicago was arrested around 3:30 a.m., May 29, after allegedly grabbing a pack of cigarettes from the display case at the 7-11 store, 240 Chicago Ave. The store had three previous instances of similar cigarette theft over the past two weeks.

? Steve L. Wilson, 51, of the far south side of Chicago was positively identified as the person who allegedly took merchandise from Borders Books, 1144 Lake St., without paying, on the afternoon of June 5.

? Clyde Bolden, 46, of the 5800 block of North Avenue in Chicago, was arrested the afternoon of May 31 and charged with felony theft after allegedly putting four packages of strip steaks in his pants and walking out of the Dominick's, 259 Lake St.

? A security guard chased a man who was attempting to leave the Walgreens at 6412 W. Roosevelt Rd. on the afternoon of May 29. The would-be thief dropped five packages of nicotine gum and jumped into a waiting green Saturn four door and fled.

Auto theft

An Elmwood Park man had his unlocked, running Buick LeSabre stolen as he walked up to a house in the 600 block of South Harvey to deliver a pizza around 10 p.m., May 29. Maurice Smart and Terrance Harper, both 17, were arrested during the recovery of that car on June 3 by 15th District Chicago police.

? Someone stole a unlocked 1990 Ford pickup truck with the keys in its ash tray from the 300 block of Thomas, the afternoon of June 2. Loss was $7,000.

? Someone stole a 2000 Dodge Intrepid valued at $5,000 off an Oak Park street by unknown means June 2.

Criminal damage to property

Someone using a projectile-type device caused $5,000 worth of damage to five 6-foot-by-4-foot, half-circular windows at the La Majada restaurant, 226 Harrison, between May 27 and 31.

? Two 8-foot-by-10-foot windows, valued at $1,950, were damaged by a projectile device at K&M Draperies, 854 Madison St., overnight on May 30.

? A double-pane window valued at $1,000 in the 1000 block of South Boulevard was damaged by a projectile-type object sometime during the morning or early afternoon of May 28.

Burglary

Thieves removed a window in a home on the 900 block of Mapleton, overnight on June 2. They stole five antique windows and several power tools, with a total value of $6,400.

? Someone pulled the lock on the driver's side door of a 1994 Chevy Lumina parked in the 600 block of Lake Street the afternoon of May 28. A CD player, 4 CDs and $6 in cash was stolen. Total loss was $282.

? Thieves entered a 1998 Chevy van in the 900 block of Clinton Avenue, the afternoon of June 3, by smashing a rear window. They took an assortment of power tools valued at $2,310.

? A car parked in a lot in the 7400 block of Lake Street had its door lock pried open and a CD player and 40 CDs stolen while its owner was at work June 3.

? Overnight on June 4 someone entered an unlocked 2005 BMW in the 100 block of Euclid Avenue and ransacked it. That same night, someone broke the rear window of a Lexus GX 470 in the same block. Loss was $300. And over on the 200 block of North Kenilworth Avenue, a coal shovel was used to peel back a door and a sun roof on a 2003 Mitsubishi Gallant in an unsuccessful attempt to enter it. Damage was $1,300.

Theft

A 26-inch bike valued at $300 was stolen from an unlocked storage space in a building in the 100 block of North Euclid Avenue, May 29.

? A motor scooter valued at $500 was stolen from a backyard in the 500 block of North Marion Street overnight, May 27.

Possession of a controlled substance

Lawrence A. Howard, 38, of Oak Park was stopped for a traffic violation in the 1150 block of South Oak Park Avenue around 1:20 a.m., June 2. He was allegedly in possession of a glass pipe commonly used to ingest drugs, and also reportedly was found to be wanted by police in Richton Park for not appearing at a court date.

? These incidents were taken from Oak Park and River Forest Police Department incident reports from May 27 through June 6. Not all of the 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

 

Assault, battery and disorderly conduct

There was a spike in the incidence of assaults and batteries and general all-around uncivil behavior recently.

"It certainly isn't what we normally see," said Oak Park Deputy Chief Robert Scianna, who speculated that perhaps the nicer weather had more people out and about.

? An Oak Park juvenile female approached another girl in the 500 block of Madison Street late on June 3 with a padlock in her fist, threatening bodily harm.

? Jonathon J. Puckett, 22, of Bolingbrook, was arrested and charged with Battery after an altercation with Toval L. Frazier of Chicago in the 1100 block of Lake Street the afternoon of May 27.

? Gregg A. Moore, 50, was arrested the afternoon of May 28 in the 6100 block of Roosevelt Road after he allegedly battered a female.

? A Chicago juvenile was arrested the afternoon of May 30 after striking a mentally handicapped juvenile in the face with his fist.

? Renee M. Plusky, 33, of Oak Park was involved in a disturbance in the 400 block of South Maple around 1 a.m., May 31. After police determined she was wanted on a warrant from the Calumet City police, Plusky was taken to the station, where she allegedly kicked a desk into the wall, damaging both.

? An Oak Park juvenile turned himself in to police for a battery that occurred on May 31.

? A female Oak Park juvenile was charged with Battery, Criminal Damage to Property and resisting arrest after she was positively identified as the person who pushed a man from behind in the 600 block of Madison Street, June 1.

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