By Jean Lotus
Wandering child leads to mother's arrest
Police arrested a 30-year-old woman in the 300 block of S. Taylor and charged her with endangering a child after her 4-year-old son was found walking alone outside wearing a blanket and complaining of a stomach ache around 6:50 a.m. June 23. Another 5-year-old female child was inside the residence alone, according to police. Police arrested the mother when she returned home from work.
$16,000 worth of iPhones grabbed
Twenty-one iPhones were removed from a back room security locker at Radio Shack in the 900 block of Madison Street by a team of one man and two women who concealed the electronic devices in their sweatshirts and exited the store without paying around 7 p.m. June 27. Loss is estimated at $16,337.
Police arrested a 37-year-old Oak Park woman for allegedly stealing UPS packages from the front porch of a neighbor's house in the 300 block of Chicago Avenue.
Garages were burglarized in the 800 block of S. Humphrey, the 600 block of Harrison and the 700 block of Lyman overnight on June 22-23. Also, vehicles were burglarized overnight on the 600 block of Lyman, 800 block of N. Humphrey and 800 block of S. Humphrey. Someone stole a lawnmower and industrial fan from a garage in the 100 block of Washington the morning of June 23. Overnight June 24-25, a $400 bike was stolen from a garage in the 600 block of Gunderson after thieves defeated a window lock; someone stole a bike from an open garage in the 800 block of North Lombard. Overnight June 28-29 children's toys were removed from a garage in the 500 block of South Lombard. Vehicles were ransacked in an unlocked garage in the 600 block of Carpenter and an unlocked garage in the 1200 block of Forest June 30.
A silver Apple MacBook Air laptop computer was removed from an apartment in the 200 block of S. Maple between June 20-22. Estimated loss was $2,000.
A residence in the 1000 block of North Marion was burglarized the morning of June 28. Thieves defeated the lock on the rear door with a pry tool, entered and ransacked the interior, removing cash, diamond rings, diamond earrings, woman's watch and a necklace. Loss was estimated at $2,000.
Windows shot at OPRFHS with BB gun
Someone damaged eight first-floor windows on the north and west sides of Oak Park and River Forest High School with BB-projectiles overnight June 24. Damage was estimated at $2,400.
Shoplifting with mom
A woman in the company of a 3-year-old girl was observed allegedly shoplifting numerous clothing items from a shop in the 100 block of Madison and fleeing the store the afternoon of June 24. The two drove off in a silver Ford two-door sedan.
Wallet lifted at McDonald's
Someone removed a brown leather wallet from a McDonald's customer in the 100 block of Madison around 1:30 p.m. on June 13. Lost were a $50 money order, $60 cash and a debit card.
Spray paint revenge
When asked to move his car from a reserved parking spot in the 300 block of South Euclid around midnight June 27, a juvenile driver responded by defacing the owner of the parking spot's vehicle with white spray paint on the front windshield and passenger front windows and doors. The victim confronted the suspect, who fled the scene in his own vehicle.
Locked bicycles were removed from the 1100 block of North Boulevard June 21, and the 900 block of North Ridgeland June 24. A Cannondale bike worth $1,105 was removed from a locked storage locker in the 300 block of Wisconsin June 15. A bike was removed from an unlocked garage in the 300 block of North Lombard overnight June 25-26. Victims observed a man crouching next to a girl's bicycle in the 300 block of South Taylor the afternoon of June 27 holding a pair of bolt cutters. The bike was stolen.
Unlocked bicycles disappeared in the 600 block of Garfield June 15, the 500 block of Wesley overnight June 27-28, and from a patio in the 100 block of Forest June 27. An unlocked bike was stolen from a rear yard in the 300 block of North Linden overnight June 26-27.
Someone broke the driver's side window of a Nissan parked in the 500 block of N. Humphrey between June 21-24 and removed the Kenwood car radio. Loss was estimated at $700.
Someone smashed a window of a parked Volkswagen with a piece of asphalt overnight June 23-24 in the 1000 block of North Humphrey and removed a Nikon camera. Estimated loss was $850.
An unlocked car was ransacked in the 100 block of S. Austin overnight June 24-25. Another was ransacked June 24 in the 100 block of N. Austin. Thieves got a GPS unit and a USB cable. A cell phone and wallet were stolen from an unlocked Chevy Malibu during the day June 24 in the 200 block of Chicago.
A man was observed entering and rifling through autos parked on the 100 block of Austin around midnight June 25. Thieves pulled duct tape off the window of a 2003 Pontiac in the 100 block of Madison overnight June 24-25, entered the vehicle and ransacked it.
A catalytic converter was cut from a Chevy Malibu the afternoon of June 27 while it was parked in the 100 block of Erie Court. Another catalytic converter was removed from a Pontiac parked in the 500 block of North Austin.
Three vehicles in the 700 blocks of South Kenilworth and South Clinton were burglarized overnight June 28-29. Two Fords parked overnight in the 1000 block of South Oak Park June 28-29 had windows smashed with rocks. Two car stereos were removed. A car battery was removed from an unlocked vehicle in the 100 block of Madison.
Someone broke the rear window of a Chevy parked in the 1100 block of South Clarence overnight June 26-27 with a crowbar and removed a box of household items. Someone threw a landscaping brick through a car window of a Ford Excursion and removed a construction saw and miscellaneous tools in the 700 block of N. Lombard. Loss was estimated at $1,100. A landscaping brick was used to smash the window of a Hyundai parked in the 200 block of South Humphrey overnight June 25-26. A radio was removed.
An unlocked vehicle was ransacked the night of June 26 while parked in the 800 block of Gunderson. A black Samsung cell phone was removed.
A $500 leaf blower was removed from an unlocked landscaping trailer parked in the 500 block of Wenonah the morning of June 26.
An unattended purse left in an unlocked car disappeared from the 100 block of Augusta the afternoon of June 26. Witnesses observed a woman open the car door and remove the purse.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed June 24-30 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.