Food pantry burglarized at First United Church

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Six iPads, a docking station and charging cables were stolen from the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St., between 2 p.m. on July 15 and 10 a.m. on July 17. The thief gained entry by unknown means to a locked closet door in the basement. The estimated loss is $4,000.



An Oak Park woman was robbed in the 6100 block of West Roosevelt Road at 8:05 p.m. on July 17. A man in his 20s approached the woman as she was walking southbound on Lombard and demanded her purse and silver iPhone 7S. The purse contained an HP laptop, cash, eight credit cards, an Illinois driver's license, keys and a wallet. The woman complied and the offender headed eastbound through the north Roosevelt alley. He was described as having a thin build, shoulder-length dreadlocks and wearing a gray T-shirt and jeans. The estimated loss is $940. 

A man was robbed in the 1100 block of Lake Street at 5:30 p.m. on July 15. The man was walking westbound when the robber, approximately 20 years old, bumped into him and removed his wallet from his back pocket. The man resisted and was assaulted, causing him to comply. The robber was last seen entering a Silver Chevy and fleeing westbound on Lake. The loss was $5.


Aggravated unlawful use
of a weapon

Sharone L. Ivey, 25, of the 4800 block of West Iowa in Chicago, was arrested in the 1200 block of North Humphrey at 3:11 a.m. on July 17 and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of cannabis. He was held for bond hearings. No additional details were given. 



A blue Samsung Note 5 was stolen from behind the counter of an establishment in the 400 block of Madison Street sometime around 4:10 p.m. on July 17. The thief was last seen entering the passenger side of a white Mercedes and fled in an unknown direction. He was described as between the ages of 30 and 40, 5-foot-4, with a thin build, and wearing a red and black baseball hat, a white T-shirt and blue jeans. The estimated loss is $1,000.


Burglary to automobile

A tan 2002 Chevy Silverado work truck was burglarized sometime between 10 and 10:50 a.m. on July 17, in the 1000 block of Columbian Avenue. The truck was identified as being owned by Renaissance Roofing Inc., out of Belvidere. The burglar gained entry by means of unlocked doors and an unlocked mounted tool box and stole miscellaneous hand tools, scrap copper and an acetylene torch and tank kit. The estimated loss is $2,550.


A silver 2009 Ford Escape was burglarized in the 100 block of South East Avenue sometime between 7 p.m. on July 18 and 9 a.m. on July 19. They gained entry through an unlocked door and stole cash and an Illinois driver's license. The estimated loss is $6.

A 2017 Toyota RAV 4 was burglarized while parked in the 200 block of South Taylor Avenue at 9:34 p.m. on July 18. The burglar gained entry through an unlocked door and ransacked the vehicle, removing a black Michael Kors purse with gold accents that contained a Sakroots wallet, a black wallet, miscellaneous makeup, debit and credit cards, two driver's licenses and a silver iPhone 6. The estimated loss is $950. 


Criminal damage to state-supported property

A 4-by-6-foot plate-glass window at the Metra Station, 1115 W. North Blvd., was broken by unknown means sometime between 8:30 p.m. on July 17 and 3:02 a.m. on July 18. The village of Oak Park was identified as the victim. The estimated loss is unknown.


Residential burglary

A residence was burglarized in the 1100 block of South Gunderson Avenue sometime between 9 p.m. on July 17 and 5 a.m. on July 18. The burglar used a pry tool to gain entry to the locked basement entrance and removed a bag of gardening gloves. The burglar also gained entry to an unsecured storage unit underneath a wooden rear staircase and took a Generac US6000 generator. The estimated loss is $1,000.

A garage was burglarized in the 200 block of South Maple Avenue at 7:35 p.m. on July 19. The burglar gained entry to the garage through an unlocked side door and smashed the driver's side window to the victim's gray 2007 Honda Versa. He was confronted by a neighbor and fled through the backyard. He was described as 5-foot-10, in his 20s, with a thin build and short, curly brown hair. He wore a dark-colored long-sleeve flannel shirt and dark baggy pants. The estimated loss is $100.


Violation of sex offender registration

Timmy L. Lawrence, 54, of the 6100 block of South Martin Luther King Drive, was arrested in the 400 block of South Ridgeland at 10:29 p.m. on July 17, and charged with violation of sex offender registration. No additional detail was given.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, July 15-19, 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.

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger


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Paul Cagnina  

Posted: July 27th, 2017 9:21 PM

I believe it's the duty of the community newspaper to inform and protect the community. By "NOT giving "ALL" the details of a suspected criminal is "NEGLIGENCE" on the newspapers part.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: July 27th, 2017 3:05 PM

Yes, Ramona, the race of Timmy L. Lawrwnce is not mentioned, neither black or white. However,from my limited knowledge of WJ policy which was stated by the editor, the newspaper is of the opinion that since a an arrest has been made there is no threat to the community. Timmy L. Lawrence is mentioned in the last paragraph of this article. This is my understanding of their policy. Being male, I may be mistaken.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: July 27th, 2017 12:15 PM

Brian, How is the race of Timothy Lawrence obvious? Sorry, I'm not familiar with that case.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: July 27th, 2017 12:14 PM

I would assume the 2 robberies where there is an eyewitness in each incident, they would be able to identify the race of the perpetrator. Am I just to assume since one had "shoulder length dreadlocks" that he is black? I don't understand why race is not part of the description.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: July 27th, 2017 11:45 AM

I thought the policy of the WJ was to print the race if the race was known and or if the offense was of a significant importance to the safety of the community. Note, the race of Timothy L. Lawrence who was arrested for violation of the sex registration act was not stated, obviously known but not given.

Kline Maureen  

Posted: July 27th, 2017 9:13 AM

I have no idea Ramona but one reason might be that the "lines" may be blurred and defy easy categorization. It's not such a clear-cut black and white issue.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: July 27th, 2017 12:23 AM

Just curious. Why when descriptions of offenders are given there is never a mention of race? Isn't that important?

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