Oak Park and River Forest police reports - July 6-14

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By Jean Lotus

Staff Reporter

Newspaper boxes targeted by scrap thieves

Newspaper steel "honesty boxes" were discovered removed from spots around Oak Park about 4:30 a.m., July 7. A Sun-Times box disappeared from the 100 block of North Marion Street, and a Red Eye box and Hoy box were removed from the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard.


An iPod MP3 player was removed from a couch at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., the evening of July 8.

A 50-pound decorative grey stone garden frog was removed from the front of a residence in the 1100 block of Randolph Street, the morning of July 12.

Clothing was removed from a UPS package left on the front porch of a residence in the 400 block of South Ridgeland Avenue during the day, July 12.

Police arrested Diona Murray, 38, of Snellville, Ga., July 8, in the 100 block of North Sangamon, Chicago, and charged her with the theft of $12,000 worth of iPhones from the back storage unit of an Oak Park Radio Shack on June 27. Earlier in the week, police nabbed Thomas C. Sumlin, 21, also from Snellville, at the Cook County Jail, after a tip from Niles police.

Patio furniture was reported stolen in River Forest from a dental office and salon in the 7700 block of Lake Street, July 2.

Lewd behavior

A woman told police she passed an unknown male, approximately 16 years old, in the 1000 block of Chicago Avenue around 10:30 p.m., July 8, who rubbed his hand across her chest. She observed that his tan cargo shorts were unzipped and his penis was exposed.


Two River Forest residences in the 1000 block of Bonnie Brae were burglarized, July 3-4. Thieves removed $800 and an Apple iPad after entering through an unlocked basement door, and stole $200 worth of Coach products from the second, entering via a common-area door.

A woman told police she heard someone ring the doorbell multiple times at her residence around 9:50 a.m. on the morning of July 9 in the 500 block of South Humphrey Avenue, but she did not answer. She said an unknown man and woman walked around the side of her house, then returned to the front porch, where the male pushed in the window screen on the front porch and attempted to crawl into the window. The woman yelled she was calling police and the two fled.

Six rings were removed from a jewelry box in a residence in the 900 block of South Lombard Avenue during the afternoon of July 13. Thieves broke a bedroom window lock to enter the residence.

Someone smashed the rear glass door panel of a residence in the 1000 block of Pleasant Street during the day, July 12. Burglars unlocked the door and ransacked the home, removing two LED televisions, two DVD players, miscellaneous jewelry and cash. Loss was estimated at $1,830.

Someone entered a residence in the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue through a closed but unlocked rear door, overnight July 11-12, and ransacked a living room closet, removing jewelry worth $3,000.

A business in the 500 block of Madison Street was burglarized after thieves used a pry tool to defeat the deadbolt lock on the front door and removed cash from the register, overnight July 11-12.

Someone removed a Toshiba laptop from a closed but unlocked office in the 800 block of Harrison Street, July 6.

Burglary to auto

Someone pried off the vehicle ignition switch of an unlocked 1998 Toyota parked in the 1100 block of North Austin Boulevard, overnight July 8-9.

Someone broke the rear window of a VW Passat parked on the 900 block of Randolph Street during the day, July 11.

An unknown person used a brick to smash the window of a 2008 Toyota parked in the 800 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, overnight July 10-11, and removed $800, a bottle of liquor and an antique 1950s one-dollar bill. Loss was estimated at $1,036.

Prescription sunglasses, a Magellan GPS unit and two phone chargers were removed from an unlocked 2008 Subaru parked in the 400 block of South Maple Avenue, overnight July 10-11.

With a piece of concrete, someone smashed the driver's side window of a 1994 Toyota parked overnight in the 700 block of Clarence Avenue, July 12-13, and removed a Sony car stereo. Estimated loss is $300.

Using a paving brick, someone broke the window of a Toyota Sienna parked overnight in the 600 block of South East Avenue, July 12-13, and removed cash from the car. Loss was estimated at $102.

A Garmin GPS unit, 75 CDs and a can of pepper spray were removed from a Jeep Wrangler parked during the day in the 900 block of Lake Street, July 1. Loss was valued at $310.

The windshield of a 1999 Ford Taurus, parked in the 500 block of North Elmwood Avenue, was shattered with a piece of concrete during the day July 8. Damage was estimated at $300

Bicycle theft roundup

Locked bicycles were stolen from the Whole Foods parking lot in River Forest, July 6; from the 100 block of Forest Avenue, July 7-8; from the 8300 block of Lake Street during the day, July 8; the 500 block of Madison Street, July 11; the 1000 block of North Boulevard during the day, July 13; from the bike racks of Oak Park and River Forest High School, July 9; and from the 100 block of North Marion Street, July 9.

Unlocked bicycles were reported stolen from an open garage in the 800 block of South Humphrey Avenue, July 11-13, and from a yard in the 900 block of North Marion Street between July 5 and 7.

A 40-year-old Chicago man was arrested for bicycle theft from the 200 block of North Marion Street, July 13. He was held in lieu of $1,500 bond.

Garage burglaries

Someone entered a garage in the 1000 block of North Austin Boulevard, overnight July 13-14, and removed two pressure washers, two sewing machines, a Gateway tablet and portable DVD player. Estimated loss is $1,206.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed July 6-14 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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Should be ashamed! from Oak Park  

Posted: July 19th, 2013 3:11 PM

Attention Editor :::: !! It's funny how,this news paper controls the comments on its pages. These sometimes turn into , need to be had discussions and truths. If you don't want to hear opinions or thoughts of some of your readers. Don't have a comment section! If we as a residential unit, can't have our say. To be read and commented on, by all! Disabling comments is a cop out, by your paper and at times bias. Use caution, some may see what your doing as something else!!!

Crankstart from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: July 18th, 2013 8:33 AM

Ride a disposable bike if you can't keep an eye on it. Old Sears Free Spirit bikes, particularly when rusty, fit this need well. They're usually heavy, boring and reliable.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: July 17th, 2013 9:51 PM

anyone notice the 'lewd behavior' headline. That kind of behavior out of anyone is disturbing but even more so from a 16 year old.

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: July 17th, 2013 3:28 PM

I'd like to see some camera's posted. Heck, even a sign on the bike racks just mention the area is being filmed would probably be a deterrent even if there wasn't a camera. Oak Park needs to stop playing nice with the thugs and the meth heads. Until the village is willing to stop being PC and make it known OPD is going to be busting knee caps, the petty crime and thefts will continue.

Violet Aura  

Posted: July 17th, 2013 2:51 PM

Another point: as an avid cyclist, I have noticed that many of these incidents seem to occur with bike racks at the Green Line, OPRF, etc. I believe that it's better to lock your bike to a sign or parking meter away from other bikes. Thieves have cover if they can pretend that they are unlocking their bike when they are actually cutting your bolt. I had my bell stolen when I locked it at a CTA rack close to Harlem so I stopped that practice.

Violet Aura  

Posted: July 17th, 2013 2:46 PM

@Freespirit: I would NEVER lock my wheels together! You obviously have quick-release wheels? I would get them removed and get the other type. I would always lock the frame to the bike rack. I also see way too many people with crappy locks. I highly recommend the cream of the crop Kryptonite lock. Do NOT buy the 1 with the keyhole on the lock head--it should be horizontal. I recommend this brand over the others because they will send you free replacement keys if you lose them & the lock is better


Posted: July 17th, 2013 2:36 PM

I have a good 'ending' to a theft that happened to us. My daughter works up on Lake St. in OP and had her bike stolen. It was locked 'tire to tire' as one should lock a bike, however thieves are thieves. I called the next day to let the Police know but the Bike recovery Dept. was closed. I left a msg. with Officer Ivan Vanek in hopes they recovered the bike. That was Friday. Monday morning I got a call, they think they have my bike. I went to the OPPD and with proper ID, I got my bike back! ???

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