Oak Park and River Forest police reports-July 21-24

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By Amy Malina


Teens with bats smash Honda windows

In the 1000 block of Woodbine Avenue July 23 around 9 p.m., two teen males in an older green sedan were seen to approach a black Honda Fit parked there. Upon their approach, two men exited the sedan wielding baseball bats, with which they smashed the windshield and driver's window of the Honda before all the suspects fled southbound.

Burglary arrest

A 19-year-old Chicago man was arrested and charged with theft, and a Chicago juvenile with burglary, in the 400 block of South Boulevard July 24 at 1:31 a.m. 


Between 7 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. July 21, in the 200 block of North Marion Street, someone pried open a door latch and entered a home. The offender reportedly stole a pouch containing $17,700 worth of jewelry.

Someone broke the back window of a 2011 Cadillac in the rear of the 900 block of North Humphrey Avenue, then stole an $800 drill. It happened midday July 21.

Two men carrying backpacks are suspects in the burglary July 21 of a residence in the 500 block of South Grove Avenue. Between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the offenders entered, possibly using a key, and removed two laptops, an iPod, antique silver tableware and an external hard drive. 

Someone entered and ransacked Camry parked in the 400 block of Washington Boulevard during the night of July 22-23 and stole $75 from the glove box and a purse found within.

An unlocked side door of a garage in the 1000 block of Highland Avenue let someone inside a garage to steal a bike July 23 during the day.

An unlocked, unattended BMW in the 300 block of South Harvey was intruded upon by persons unknown during the night of July 23-24, and deprived of a laptop and $25 cash.

Two cars were entered by unknown offenders during the night of July 23-24 while parked in the 200 block of Washington Boulevard. Two pairs of Air Jordans and $300 cash were stolen from one, and a baseball cap and a pair of jeans from the other.

During the night of July 23-24, someone entered an unlocked garage in the 100 block of South Kenilworth Avenue and removed a mountain bike, then got into an unlocked car and ransacked it, taking $30 cash and a "Leatherman" knife. The same night in the 400 block of South Harvey Avenue an open garage invited some unauthorized person to enter and explore the unlocked Elantra inside; nothing was reported stolen. 

Between 8 and 9 a.m. July 24 in the 600 block of South Cuyler Avenue, the open overhead door of a garage permitted someone to steal a bike, a helmet and a bike lock for a total loss of $425.

A purple bike was stolen from a garage left open in the 1100 block of South Harvey Avenue during the night of July 23-24. The same night, in the 1000 block of South Wesley Avenue, an unlocked side door let someone enter a Subaru wagon, from which the offender stole two CDs and a pack of Camels. Again that night, a Honda Element was ransacked in the 200 block of Washington Boulevard, and in the 400 block of South Scoville Avenue, an unlocked hatchback permitted the entry and ransacking of a Honda Accord. 


In the 1100 block of north Taylor, during the evening of July 16, someone stole a black iron patio chair from the front porch of a residence.

July 21, between 8:45 a.m. and 6:50 p.m., someone stole a wallet from a woman's unattended purse that had been left behind in the physical therapy room in a building in the 600 block of south Maple.

An $11,000 black Honda auto was stolen during the night of July 21-22 from the rear of the 200 block of south Marion.

A pry tool got a burglar(s) through the front door of a residence in the 1000 block of South Boulevard July 21 between 7:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Stolen, and valued at $6,050 in total, were an iPad, a laptop, David Yurman jewelry, a backpack, and a wallet containing cash.

An offender pried open the side door of a garage in the 1000 block of South Boulevard during the morning of July 21; nothing was stolen.

A bike parked at the main library in the 800 block of Lake Street was stolen July 22. Someone cut the cable lock on a bike secured to the bike rack in the 900 block of South East Avenue the same day.

Police recovered a Chevy Malibu July 22; it had been reported stolen earlier the same day. 

On July 24 between 9:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. someone aided by bolt cutters stole a $15 bike parked in the first block of Lake Street.

A red Toro lawnmower left in the back yard of a house in the 900 block of Wenonah Avneue was stolen between 7:45-7:50 p.m. July 24.


Someone shattered the rear hatch of a Ford Focus in the 300 block of North Euclid Avenue during the night of night of July 22-23. The same night a Honda Civic in the 200 block of South Oak Park Avenue had driver side windows smashed. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed July 21-24 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 Amy Malina

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joe from south oak park  

Posted: July 30th, 2014 10:54 PM

the crime maps on the village website show a robbery on 7-22 at oak park ave and south bldv. Anyone have any info?

MattCordTwist from IslandDweller  

Posted: July 30th, 2014 10:06 PM

~Mack, I reckn' I had some cynicism, as I really don't believe there was not one drug offense etc. Its just that as I read the police blotter weekly faithfully, I never see not one week w/o any violence or this and that of more serious incidents than this week. And so I stated how in so many words that rare does WJ publish a simple week of crime relatively speaking.


Posted: July 30th, 2014 4:23 PM

Matt, It has been a good week IF all the crimes on here are crimes reported.

Finnicky Fanny from Oak Park  

Posted: July 30th, 2014 3:48 PM

The descriptions are very bland. Maybe you could jazz them up a bit, something like instead of "Vandalism", put "Smashy smashy"? Just get creative with it!


Posted: July 30th, 2014 3:17 PM

You know, it would be awesome if you could provide a Google Maps link to the block of each incident.

MattCordTwist from IslandDweller  

Posted: July 30th, 2014 6:52 AM

This was a good week. (no sarcasm intended) 1 car damage, 1 burglary arrest, 10 burglaries, 9 thefts and 1 vandalism. Not one assault, battery, child luring, dui/drug offense, domestic, disorderly, groping/exposing/urination/drunkeness or even public nuisance

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