Oak Park and River Forest police reports - July 24-30

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

River Forest police arrest juveniles for eggings

River Forest police last week arrested four local juveniles, whom they believe are connected to reports of throwing eggs at homes and vehicles and movement of or damage to yard furniture.

The four youths were arrested around 9 p.m. on July 24 in the 7500 block of Oak Avenue, after a bicyclist reported being hit in the head with an egg thrown from a passing vehicle. When police located the vehicle, they were in possession of additional eggs.

Officers determined at least three of the juveniles were responsible for at least nine similar incidents reported in the northern part of the village since late May. Investigation revealed the crimes appeared to occur most often on Tuesday evenings.

The offenders were turned over to their parents and will appear at a local adjudication hearing.

Burglary

A silver Schwinn men's bicycle and a Remington chainsaw were removed from a garage in the 700 block of South Harvey Avenue between the afternoons of July 4 and July 20. Estimated loss is $250.

An unknown person entered an unlocked green 1998 Honda Civic in the 500 block of Washington Boulevard, overnight July 22, and removed a basketball, a backpack, an audio book and miscellaneous CDs. Estimated loss is $540.

Someone gained entry to an unlocked silver Cadillac in the 1100 block of Highland Avenue, overnight July 24, ransacked the interior and removed a Pioneer stereo. Estimated loss is $90.

An unknown person pushed a window air-conditioning unit out of the window of a residence in the 1400 block of North Harlem Avenue between the morning of July 20 and afternoon of July 24. Once inside, the offender removed an HP laptop computer docking station. Estimated loss is $3,500.

Someone reached through the open roof of a white Toyota Corolla in the 300 block of Madison Street, the evening of July 25, and removed an Illinois driver's license, cash and CDs. Estimated loss is $210.

An unknown person entered the unlocked kitchen window of a residence in the 1100 block of Home Avenue, the morning of July 26, ransacked the interior and removed a Nintendo Wii game console, miscellaneous video games and a digital camera. Estimated loss is $550.

Someone entered an apartment in the 1000 block of North Austin Boulevard between the morning of July 24 and afternoon of July 27 and removed a Dell laptop computer and a white gold diamond ring. Estimated loss is $3,000.

An unknown person removed $400 in cash and a black Sony laptop computer from Snow White Cleaners in the first block of Chicago Avenue, overnight July 27. Estimated loss and damage is $2,350. Also during that time in the first block of Chicago Avenue, a witness observed a man exiting the broken window to Austin Pantry and fleeing on foot south on Austin Boulevard. Investigation revealed the business was ransacked and $1,230 removed. Estimated total loss and damage is $2,430.

Theft

Someone removed a 2001 silver Volvo from a parking lot in the 200 block of Marion Street, the morning of July 23. Estimated loss is $2,000.

A locked black Trek bicycle was removed from a rack in the 7200 block of Division Street, the morning of July 23.

A woman eating at Panera Bread in the River Forest Town Center told police her wallet was removed from her purse, which was hanging on the back of her chair, the afternoon of July 26. Estimated loss includes $360 in cash, identification and credit cards. While cancelling her credit cards, the woman learned they were used four times at stores in Forest Park and Riverside before a purchase in Chicago was rejected.

Someone removed an unattended Toshiba laptop computer from the Oak Park Public Library in the 800 block of Lake Street, the afternoon of July 29. Estimated loss is $500.

A black 2004 Land Rover, parked in the first block of Madison Street, was removed between the afternoons of July 10 and 29. Estimated loss is $15,000.

Robbery

Two men approached a victim in the 900 block of Ontario Street, the early morning of July 25, and demanded his backpack which contained a cellphone, flat iron, gym shoes, wallet and $295. Both offenders fled southbound on Kenilworth Avenue. Estimated loss is $1,180.

Possession of a controlled substance

A 38-year-old Lombard woman was arrested, the evening of July 24, at Austin Boulevard and Madison Street after police observed her conducting a hand-to-hand transaction with an unknown person. She was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and held for bond hearings.

A 27-year-old Palatine woman was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in the 400 block of South Austin Boulevard, the night of July 25, after she was stopped for driving with expired registration. An officer observed six foil packets on the front seat that contained 4.7 grams of a substance testing positive for heroin.

Leaving the scene of an accident

A 29-year-old Berwyn woman was arrested, the evening of July 26, after police determined she left the scene of an accident and was involved in a retail theft the same day. A motorist in the 7200 block of Lake Street told an officer she had just been struck by another vehicle, which fled before they exchanged information. Officers located the second vehicle in the parking lot of Jewel in the 7500 block of Lake Street. As the officer questioned the female driver, a citizen said that Jewel employees had just attempted to stop her from leaving the store with stolen merchandise. The woman began to resist and fight with the officer before she was arrested. She was charged with felony retail theft and other offenses.

Criminal damage to property

A resident of the 500 block of William Street told police, the night of July 28, that someone had thrown white paint on the doors, porches and sidewalks of two homes on the block.

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

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LB  

Posted: August 13th, 2012 2:21 AM

Since so many people in town are inclined to make everything an issue of racism and racism-related inequity, I'd like to see more people "of color" (and I use that term with my eyes rolled) who are tired of the BS in town to stand up and make their voices heard!

LB  

Posted: August 13th, 2012 2:19 AM

Great comments Russ and OPRFDad! Great point about the businesses and the prevailing attitudes in town. I'd like to meet more individuals in town who think the way that we do. Is there already such a group? Are we organized? I'm sure we will always be outnumbered by those who choose to have their heads in the sand, but I'd at least like to have some discussion that could possibly lead to media attention and action. Of course we'd be painted as the bad guys.

Russ  

Posted: August 7th, 2012 2:37 PM

Oak Parkers are too tolerant for their own good. The divide between the westside and Oak Park isn't a racial divide, but a class divide. OP needs to create an atmosphere to where certain behaviors are simply not tolerated and discourage businesses and the like that attract the thugs and their breathern to the village - i.e., 7-11s, Pawn Shops, Western Union, etc. Visible police presence is a start and I think the village does a decent job all things considered.

OPRFDad  

Posted: August 7th, 2012 1:08 PM

This isn't to say that the people surrounding Oak Park are animals, just that the do gooders in Oak Park are trying to ascribe to the world around them traits from their own existence. "If only we gave the wayward a chance." True, the world is made of second chances, but those giving the chances have to be firm lest they get victimized. That toughness and pragmatism is what Oak Park lacks. Not eveyone wants to play nice in the sandbox - with them, you have to take a different approach.

OPRFDad  

Posted: August 7th, 2012 1:06 PM

LB, you hit the nail on the head. Oak Park is a utopian community surrounded by a harsh reality. Many of the intellectuals in Oak Park, are either extreme optimists or they suffer from white guilt. In either case, their world view doesn't adequately prepare them for or protect the Village from what is around us. It's like the Bear guy who lived in Alaska amongst wild bears. He attributed to them human characteristics and got so comfortable that one bit his head off. cont.

LB  

Posted: August 7th, 2012 7:39 AM

I don't just blame the village, I also blame, as my professor so brilliantly labeled them, "do gooder white people" who for whatever reason think that they have something to feel guilty about and have overly extended our village to the point where unscrupulous individuals take advantage of us. We are wearing a bullseye. & There's always kids peddling for some fake charity and it embarrasses me as a black person because I feel they have the attitude of "these white folks will give us some money"

LB  

Posted: August 7th, 2012 7:33 AM

LOL _CRACK is an idiot. He/she is trying to make a valid point but can't even articulate herself. No one who pays the amount of money in taxes that we do should be forced to look the other way at armed robberies and home invasions/break-ins. It's not about a few "iPads" being stolen, as many people who have those things stolen did not use street smarts. In many ways I think this town is a s***hole, and I'm tired of having the problems downplayed by the cops, realtors, and the village.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 10:11 PM

Cont.. for people who want to say Police Officers can do more, are wrong. We have Police who are the best trained working our streets, and fortunately, a lot of the racism of the past, have left what a Police Officer decides if a person is good or bad because of race. Everyone can improve your own area, your own town. You carry cell phones. If you think you notice someone who does not fit the area, call the Police. There are more citizens carrying cell phones then there are Police Officer's.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 10:08 PM

Cont... the man decided he had enough, and responded, "I just come from your mama's house and I'm on my way to your mama's house", looking at the other Officer. The two jerks, who should never have had the honor of wearing the uniform, backed down. The reason of this little true story is to point out, never assume anyone because of race, or inability to buy decent cloths is a bad person, or a person who wants to leave his or her neighborhood just for awhile to a neighborhood that is safe. Cont..

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 10:05 PM

Cont.... to the Police Officers. They pull him down and start going beyond what obviously proved he was not the one they may have been looking for, and decided to verbally play around with him. The man, after serving his Country, decided he had enough, and if you've been in the Military, and recently getting back to your Country, you really are in no mood to be pushed around by any jerk. So when the Police Officer asked again, where are you coming from and where are you going, Cont..

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 10:02 PM

Cont... nothing is pleasant about killing, and a sniper has to look at who by a pull of a trigger makes the difference if that person lives or dies. These sniper returns home, drives through an area that maybe he didn't belong because of the man's color of his skin, and was stopped by two of Chicago's finest White Police Officer's. That is fine, maybe there was a robbery in the area and the man's vehicle fit the description or possibly the man fit it by clothing that was visible to Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 9:59 PM

I am not in favor of setting up a border patrol to check who is coming into Oak Park. Not because I don't think it would be effective, but because I am an American, and as an American, my rights need to be respected, and no one has that right to go against them, accept them, and during Bush, enough has been taking away. Here is a true story, so the next time you aren't sure if a person Black, should be considered a bad guy or not. Back in Viet Nam, there was a guy who was a sniper. Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 9:53 PM

LOL_U_CRACK_ME_UP, I never trust anyone who says trust me, when I don't even know the person.

Rez  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 8:53 PM

Lol, keep trying to label people who are concerned about crime in the village as racist when they're not, it just illuminates the fact that you are hypersensitive and out of touch. And it's hard to "get mad" about nonsense.

Rez  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 8:49 PM

Your nonsense.

Rez  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 8:48 PM

Cont. would have to drive/walk part those cops again, which would make them think twice about committing any potential crimes. Since when was added security a bad thing to increasing security in a place. OPRFDad said that people would be blamed for being racist, but that could be referring to any type of identification of the areas the majorities of criminals come from... That could mean a reference to poverty, poor education... But people like you will play the race card.So keep typing your...

Rez  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 8:42 PM

Lol, the police obviously have techniques to tell the difference between people they suspect are criminals from people who aren't, even it the people they suspect are from the same race as the ones they don't. You don't give the OPPD any credit for the tough job they have if you over simplify their hard work down choosing people based on race. I don't like Starbucks. But it seems like you are the one out of touch with reality. Having criminals see the cops stationed would remind them that cont.

LOL_U_CRACK_ME_UP  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 12:47 PM

And you say no made any reference to blacks read what OPRFDAD said "We all know who is doing the crime and to call them out and keep an eye out for them might be viewed as racist" but you say no one made reference. Your right no one said it directly, you all are speaking indirectly,if you got ball to talk racist or crazy just say what you have to say and stop hiding.

LOL_U_CRACK_ME_UP  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 12:42 PM

LOL don't get mad, you're talking this nonsense as you sip on your double starbuck expresso shot,Let's say OP do get a few cops stationed on Austin BLVD,who do you think they'll stop and search going into oak park if they suspect anything?? Tom or Rasheed???? HAHAHH you tell me, that's why I made that statement. You know what the majority race is in OP. you made your comment indirectly at everyone except them.So punch your starbucks card and keep it moving

Rez  

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 2:40 PM

Cont. save your condescending remarks for someone who isn't smart enough to read through your nonsense. People pay a lot of taxes for the services in Oak Park, and should expect a high standard in return. Going by your logic, we could talk about how people in K-town have it great, and should stop complaining because more people in Sudan get murdered in comparison.

Rez  

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 2:36 PM

LOL, firstly, no one made reference to "blacks", and I even made a concerted effort to note the things that cause people to turn to crime not related to race so this wouldn't turn into a racist section. It seems that you are the one who's race baiting. Secondly, using dangerous and gang ridden hoods of Chicago as some kind of measure for how safe Oak Park is, is just silly. Every desirable area is paradise compared to places like Austin, North Lawndale... Everyone knows crime knows no race.

LOL_U_CRACK_ME_UP  

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 1:55 PM

LOL@all of you,why don't OP just build a dome and keep all the black people out, because all the blacks that live in Chicago and come to OP to steal and rob,(LOL)I use to live in Chicago and trust me OP is only getting the watered down version of the crime,because you're on the border. People get killed everyday in chicago and you all are crying about a bikes & I pads being stolen. Don't get me wrong I understand what you're saying but blacks aren't the only people committing crime in OP.Trust m

Enuf is Enuf from Oak Park  

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 12:14 PM

@Rez ... keep reading the police blotter and you will quickly realize how common armed robberies, assault & battery, and home break-ins are in Oak Park. In order to mitigate the fear factor and protect property values, crime is downplayed by police, village officials and the real estate profession. All is good ... nothing to see here ... keep moving.

Rez  

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 11:21 AM

Cont. I don't think this is too much to ask considering the overwhelmingly high taxes we pay compared to other desirable suburbs with much less crime. Yes, I know, we live next to the city... but that reason should not be an excuse. The money wasted on failed village projects alone could have gone to good use in this respect. There are good people next door in Chicago, but there are also a lot of people who want to take advantage of OPers too. I'm sick of having these robberies downplayed...

Rez  

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 11:14 AM

Most people move to OP because of the schools, proximity to the city, the beautiful homes, the diversity of people... but crime is a BIG red flag for any family considering a place for their kids and spouses (if they have choices). Now I don't want to paint OP as a crime ridden hole, because it's not, but it IS of vital importance that the village and residents recognize the fact that disturbing crimes DO happen at an alarming rate for any desirable place. We want our kids to be safe!

Rez  

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 11:08 AM

OPRFDad, It's true that this is not about being racist. If we are to have an honest discussion about it, we could talk about poverty, lack of education and opportunities, family and cultural dysfunctions... as reasons for turning to crime... but anytime the subject of crime in the village is brought up, it's shied away from due to fear of being deemed a racist. It's in the best interest of the village and residents to address this issue seriously, that is if they want OP to stay desirable.

OPRFDad  

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 10:46 AM

Rex and Stu, the great fear of OP and many OPers is to be called racist. We all know who is doing the crime and to call them out and keep an eye out for them might be viewed as racist. So ... If OP wants to get crime under control, it can do so, the Village just chooses not to.

stu from oak park  

Posted: August 2nd, 2012 9:37 AM

I agree with Rez: Oak park seems to be Chicago's ATM (and toilet).

Rez  

Posted: August 1st, 2012 10:55 PM

Every time I read these updates it never surprises me to hear about some robbery, violent or with a gun, and there's something seriously wrong with that. The majority of robbers are from Chicago, many of which are armed... And I understand that building a wall at the border will never be and accepted solution, but why can't OPPD get a few more cops stationed along Austin Blvd to either deter criminals from coming in or catch them on the way out? Don't we pay high enough taxes?

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