Two aggravated robberies last week in Oak Park

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By Jean Lotus

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police said two aggravated robberies took place last week, and both victims lost their cellphones. A juvenile was also arrested and charged with a cellphone robbery that took place July 5.

Police said a 16-year-old male from Oak Park was walking home in the 500 block of Washington around 10:30 p.m., July 12, when he was approached from behind by three juvenile males. One offender tried to strike the victim but missed, and the victim began running to flee the offenders. According to a report, the victim struck a pole and fell to the sidewalk. The offenders caught up with him and began to strike him, removing the victim's iPhone, shoes, backpack and $5 from his pocket. The two fled southbound on East Avenue. Estimated loss was reported as $260.

In the second incident, two men who appeared to be in their late 20s and 30s approached a 55-year-old male in the rear alley behind the first block of North Austin Boulevard around 4 p.m., July 13. One man reportedly stuck a hard object in the victim's back, while the second removed a Sprint LG cellphone, cash and a brown leather wallet from the victim's pocket. The two fled eastbound on foot into Chicago. Estimated loss was $260.

Oak Park police reported the arrest of a juvenile, July 11, who was charged with the strong-arm robbery of a woman on July 5. According to police, the woman was sitting on a window ledge in the alley in the 500 block of South Cuyler Avenue speaking on her cellphone. She recognized an Oak Park juvenile who approached and allegedly snatched the phone from her hand and fled. Police said the juvenile turned himself in at the station the following Thursday. He was taken into custody and transported to the Chicago juvenile detention center at 1100 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago.

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Concerned OPRF resident who loves the 1st ammendment and hates prostitution  

Posted: July 21st, 2013 4:13 PM

The lady who was apparently robbed by a male with strong arms offered me money for sex.

Spanish fly man from oak park  

Posted: July 17th, 2013 4:41 AM

Free the homie Ernest lick larry

Rez  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 11:53 AM

Roger, a 16 year old is not considered a "MAN". Oakparkbob, the cell phone industry makes more money when people have their smart phones robbed, because they have to buy new ones. Apple and Samsung must really love Oak Park and Austin.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 9:52 AM

The dictionary is our friend. "Male" is both an adjective and a noun.

Roger  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 8:42 AM

"16-year-old male"? gtrammar, please. "16-year-old MAN" . "male" is NOT a noun

Oakparkbob  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 7:25 AM

Note that all the incidents involved the stealing of cell phones. They must be easy and profitable to sell on the street. I don't know why the cell phone industry doesn't have a mechanism to disable stolen cell phones or make it impossible to activate cell phones that were reported stolen. That would eliminate the incentive to steal these items.

Rez  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 12:25 AM

How about some more descriptions of the thugs?

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