Oak Park and River Forest police reports - July 9-18

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By Jean Lotus

Staff Reporter

Woman knocked down, pepper sprayed for iPhone

Police said a woman standing in an alley about to enter her apartment near Harrison Street and Lyman Avenue was attacked by a male and a female who knocked her to the ground around 10:20 p.m. on July 18.

According to police, the victim was about to enter the rear courtyard of her residence in the alley of 800 block of Lyman Avenue when a male around 25 and a woman around 20 approached her from behind.

The woman attempted to grab the victim's bag from her shoulder, but the victim held on and the two struggled over the purse until the victim was knocked to the ground. At that point, the male offender sprayed the victim in the face with an unknown liquid substance that the victim believed to be pepper spray.

The female offender then reached into the victim's purse and removed a pink iPhone and the two fled westbound on Harrison. The victim declined medical attention. The loss was estimated at $600.

Cell phone snatched

A victim told police a male offender snatched a cellphone from a table top at a restaurant in the 500 block of North Harlem Avenue around 3 p.m. on July 18 and fled eastbound on Erie. The total estimated loss was $799.

Throwing bricks at passing cars

Two Oak Park men were arrested after witnesses observed them hurling bricks from a construction site at cars travelling in the near the intersection of East and North Avenues around 4 p.m., July 16 police said.

The windshield of a 2008 Lincoln MKX was broken by the offenders around 1 p.m., said Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds. Loss was estimated at $1,500. The two fled, but returned to the site three hours later, where they again threw bricks and shattered the windshield of a 2007 Chevrolet Express van. Estimated loss was not provided.

This time, Reynolds said, witnesses chased the two, who ran into a backyard in the 1200 block of North East Avenue where one the men, Matthew Walker, 19, lives. Police arrested Walker and Jacob Boulware, 18, of the 900 block of Columbian shortly thereafter.

After being taken into custody, the two reportedly told police they were bored and decided to go throw bricks at cars. The two were charged with felony criminal damage to property.

Aggressive panhandling

River Forest Police arrested an aggressive panhandler, a 31-year-old man from Oak Park, who would not budge when asked to leave the River Forest Town Center 7201 Lake St. around noon on July 9.

He reportedly became combative with officers and was finally taken into custody and charged with aggravated battery and resisting a police officer.


A silver West Point Mint Silver Eagle coin stolen from the mail was reported to River Forest Police by a woman in the 900 block of Bonnie Brae who found the empty packaging on her porch. Loss was valued at $150.

A man cut a security cord attached to a black Galaxy cell phone at the T Mobile store in the 1100 block of Lake Street and fled the store. Estimated loss is $650.

Hubcaps were stolen from a Cadillac DeVille parked overnight in the 900 block of North Boulevard July 10. Estimated loss was $600.

Three Chicago juveniles, ages 13, 14 and 17 surrendered at the Oak Park police station on charges for the theft of a cellphone from a 9-year-old girl which occurred in the 900 block of North Ridgeland Avenue June 10. They were given a talking-to by police officers and released to their parents.

A woman reported a Harris credit card was removed from her unattended purse at Brooks Middle School around lunchtime July 17.

Four Chicago juveniles were arrested July 18 at Dominick's in the 200 block of Lake Street around 4 p.m. Store security reported observing the four stuff $202 worth of candy into their backpacks and flee the store. They were taken into custody and given a formal lecture by Oak Park police before being turned over to parents.

An iPhone was removed from an unattended backpack in the 100 block of Lake Street around 5 p.m. July 18. Estimated loss was $549.

Weed by bike

A 26-year-old Chicago man was stopped by Oak Park police for riding a bicycle without a headlight in the 200 block of Lake Street around 2:15 a.m. July 15.

Police reported finding 15 grams of cannabis, packaged in 20 small baggies on his person. He was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.


Thieves used an unlocked rear door to burglarize a River Forest home in the 900 block of Forest while the owners were absent July 11-12. Loss was estimated at $820.

Happiness Restaurant in the 6200 block of Roosevelt Road was burglarized overnight July 14-15. Someone entered by breaking the door locks with a pry tool and removed a cash register containing $70.

Someone damaged windows and screens with a pry tool at the Pleasant Apartments in the 1100 block of Pleasant Avenue during the day July 15, but didn't gain access to the apartments.

A nail salon in the 900 block of Madison Street was burglarized via a closed but unlocked front door around 8 p.m. July 15. Burglars ransacked the business, removing a cash box containing $30 and a DVR surveillance box. Estimated loss is $250.

An evidently abandoned 2003 black Buick Rendezvous SUV was found in an alley in the 700 block of South Maple Avenue around 3 a.m. July 17 after a resident called police when she saw an unknown man exiting her garage. Further investigation revealed the dead bolt on the garage door had been broken by a pry tool. The man was not found.

On the same night and the same block another victim saw her garage light flicker on and off around 3 a.m. and saw an unknown subject flee the garage. Someone had pried open her side service door, but nothing was missing.

A garage in the 700 block of Wisconsin was entered overnight July 16-17 via a pried-open side door and a bicycle, power tools and $50 were removed.

Another garage on the same block was burglarized the same night via an unlocked service door. Thieves removed a 16 GB iPad, a Garmin GPS unit and a phone charger. Total estimated loss was $455.

Persons unknown kicked open the side door of a garage in the 200 block of South Ridgeland and removed a GPS unit, cell phone and change from a car parked inside overnight July 16-17.

A 2011 Volkswagen Jetta and some power tools were stolen from an unlocked garage in the 500 block of Wesley during the day July 17. Estimated loss was $28,000.

A common storage area of a building in the 400 block of North Taylor was burglarized during the day July 17. Thieves removed a window air conditioner. Estimated loss was $310.

Burglary to auto

Someone broke into a locked work truck parked in the 400 block of South Grove the evening of July 15 and removed a Samsung Galaxy Cell phone, a Swiss laptop computer and a cellphone charger, along with miscellaneous work papers. Estimated loss was $800.

A stereo faceplate was removed from a Chevy parked in the 100 block of Humphrey Avenue overnight July 15-16. Thieves damaged the cylinder lock to enter the vehicle.

Someone removed a briefcase full of tools through the open window of an unlocked Hyundai parked in the 600 block of South Humphrey Avenue overnight July 15-16.

An iPod was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 900 block of South Euclid the morning of July 17.

Power tools and saws were stolen from an unlocked 1999 Ford Econoline van parked behind the 100 block of North Euclid Avenue overnight July 17-18. Estimated loss was $1,579.

Someone broke the window of a Honda parked in the 400 block of Augusta and ransacked the glove compartment overnight July 17-18. Loss was estimated at $250.

Bike theft roundup

Locked bicycles were removed from a patio in the 1400 block of Harlem in River Forest July 15, from the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue July 13-15. Two unlocked bikes were removed from the 100 block of Francisco Terrace July 18.

Police arrested a 52-year-old Chicago man in possession of burglary tools July 15 around 1 p.m. in the 1000 block of South Boulevard, after plainclothes officers reportedly observed him cutting the cable of a locked bicycle and riding away from the rack. A crack pipe was also recovered from the offender. He was charged with possession of burglary tools and drug paraphernalia and theft.

Police arrested a 45-year-old Oak Park man for the theft of a bicycle in the 1000 block of South Boulevard around 3 p.m. July 16. He was also found in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Girl fight arrest

An 18-year-old Oak Park resident turned herself in to Oak Park police July 16 and was charged with a battery of a River Forest resident that occurred at Oak Park and River Forest High School on May 9. She was released on bond.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed July 9-18 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 villager  

Posted: July 29th, 2013 4:58 PM

So the 3 Chicago juvi's got a "talking to" by the police, and were released to their parents... Gee, I'm sure they learnt their lesson! I wonder how long it will be before they rob another 9 year old girl? Maybe next time these junior thugs will rob a 3 year old girl of her tricycle, or beat up a 5 year old for his popsicle. I'm so glad I moved here, so my young kids can be the targets of violent degenerates from Chicago. Money well spent in my opinion.

Real List  

Posted: July 24th, 2013 11:04 AM

Now we've got Chicago thugs coming over to harass and rob our 9 year-old girls. For all the endless back-and-forth on Trayvon Martin on this site, it does nothing to address how these acts (muggings, robberies, etc) impact our quality of life and safety on a daily basis. TM's not coming back, but this assault on our well being continues. If only the Sharpton's of the USA put as much effort into their own communities, we might see some change. Alas,focusing on things in our control not a priority


Posted: July 24th, 2013 10:43 AM

why were the boys who threw rocks named in this article but no one else?

Brick Tamland  

Posted: July 24th, 2013 10:34 AM

This is the second time in four months the brick tossers have been arrested together. In March, they were charged with retail theft from the Walmart in FP. Jacob's putting that OPRF diploma to good use.

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