River Forest burglars made off with high-end loot in incidents reported July 21 and July 23. While owners were on vacation, someone gained entry into a house in the 900 block of Bonnie Brae Place and removed two custom watches valued at more than $10,000. On July 23 in the morning, someone entered a home in the 700 block of Forest Avenue via an unlocked back door and ransacked drawers and closets and removed an estimated $20,000 worth of laptops, watches and cash.
Jewelry was stolen from a jewelry box in a residence in the 100 block of South Humphrey July 23.
An apartment in the first block of LeMoyne was entered via a pry tool during the day July 26.
Once inside the apartment, offenders removed two flat screen TVs and exited through the back door, which was found wide open. Loss was estimated at $1,200.
Residents noticed pry marks on the door and window of a house in the 700 block of North Oak Park Avenue during the day July 28, but entry was not gained, police said. An attempted burglary was foiled in the 1100 block of North Oak Park Avenue the same day when residents found a small window pane smashed and an inner window pushed into the living room. Entry was not gained and no loss was reported.
Someone crawled through the unlocked window of an apartment in the 1000 block of Lake Street overnight July 24 and removed a debit card, a black Movado watch and two Xbox game controllers. Estimated loss is $700.
Bike theft roundup
River Forest police nabbed a 24-year-old Chicago man July 18 near the 1300 block of North Thatcher riding a bicycle reported stolen from the Lake Street Walgreens earlier in the day.
Locked bicycles were stolen from the 1000 block of Lake Street July 23, from the 500 block of South Cuyler during the day July 23 and from the 100 block of Erie during the day July 21.
An unlocked bike was stolen from the front yard of a house in the 100 block of South Wesley July 26.
A 21-year old Berwyn man was arrested for bicycle theft around 9 a.m. July 23 after he was observed removing a bike in the 200 block of Washington Boulevard.
Two Chicago boys, ages 8 and 15, were arrested by police in the 6600 block of Roosevelt Road around 6:30 p.m. after being caught with a bicycle stolen in the 300 block of South Taylor. They were processed and turned over to parents.
Garages were burglarized in the 1400 block of North Austin during the day July 23, on the 900 block of Forest July 23, on the 1100 block of Lyman overnight July 23, on the 900 block of Forest overnight July 23-24, on the 300 block of South Elmwood during the day July 24, on the 500 block of Washington July 24, on the 100 block of South East Avenue overnight July 24-25, on the 600 block of Clinton sometime July 16-21, on the 200 block of South Euclid overnight July 26-27, and the 1200 block of Fair Oaks Avenue July 27.
A Honda Civic parked in the 300 block of Wesley overnight July 28-29 was stolen. Loss was estimated at $5,000.
River Forest police arrested a man who allegedly attempted to use a fraudulent check to buy $179 worth of groceries at the Jewel Foods, 7525 W. Lake on July 21.
Weed in backpack
River Forest police recovered 34 grams of cannabis from the backpack of a 21-year-old Oak Park man after witnesses called police to report two men allegedly burglarizing a car in the 8000 block of Lake Street around 2 a.m. July23. He was charged with felony possession of cannabis.
Parking garage offices hit again
Someone entered the offices near the parking garage in the 100 block of Forest using a pry type tool and forced open the access door to an elevator mechanicals room. Estimated damage was $300. Sometime in June police reported more than 130 feet of copper piping worth about $2,200 was removed from the garage using a cutting tool.
River Forest police caught a 17-year-old male juvenile from Chicago who had attempted to remove more than $400 in merchandise from the Whole Foods on Lake Street July 25.
A purse was lifted from a shopping cart in the 400 block of North Harlem Avenue around noon July 27.
A witness saw an unknown man exiting his neighbor's garage carrying a Hitachi power saw and placing it into an alley garbage can in the 1000 block of South Oak Park Avenue around 7:30 p.m. July 22. Police picked up a 34-year-old Berwyn man further down the alley and the witness identified him. He was charged with burglary.
Convenience store candy, cigarettes point to burglar
Police arrested a Berwyn juvenile after a midnight smash-and-grab at the Quick Food Mart in the 1000 block of Lake Street on July 24. Witnesses called police after they observed the juvenile allegedly hurl a brick through the plate glass window of the convenience store and grab items. The 16-year-old was picked up by police based on a description and found to be in possession of cigarettes, candy and cigarillos which had been taken from the Quick Food Mart. He was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and possession of tobacco by a minor. He was processed and turned over to a parent.
Three Chicago juveniles were observed stuffing 35 candy bars into a cooler bag at CVS in the 300 block of Madison around 3 p.m. July 25 and attempting to exit the store without paying. The candy was estimated at $97.68. They were arrested, given a talking to at the police station and turned over to parents.
A pane glass window of a business in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue was smashed overnight July 26. Estimated loss was $500.
48 village signs damaged
Someone damaged and removed 12 x 6-inch metal parking signs from a parking lot's concrete wall in the 800 block of South Boulevard overnight July 25-26. Police said the 48 missing signs were pried off the wall.
'Friendly' pickpocket walks away with cellphone
A man told police as he exited the CTA Blue Line train at Austin, a 55-year-old male approached him, acted "very friendly" and patted the victim several times on the arms and chest. The victim later realized his silver HTC cellphone was missing from the jacket pocket where he had placed it prior to exiting the train.
A cell phone borrowed by a River Forest resident's nephew was stolen from a kitchen counter during a party in the 300 block of N. Maple the evening of July 26.
An unattended cellphone was stolen on the campus of Rush Oak Park Hospital late at night July 24. Loss was estimated at $300.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed July 18-27 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.
This article has been updated to clarify the incident involving village parking signs vandalized and removed in the 800 block of South Boulevard.
— Compiled by Jean Lotus