Oak Park and River Forest police reports June 30 - July 7


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Police nab alleged Radio Shack iPhone thief

Oak Park police arrested Thomas C. Sumlin, 21, of Snellville, Ga., at Cook County Jail and charged him with the theft of $16,000 worth of iPhones, removed from a storage locker at Radio Shack in the 900 block of Madison Street, the evening of June 27.

Strong-arm robbery

Two men approached a woman in the 500 block of North Austin Boulevard around 4:15 p.m., July 4. One man allegedly snatched her iPhone from her hand by force. Loss is estimated at $600.

4th of July pranks

Someone vandalized potted planters and pulled out pieces of wooden fence and gates, throwing them in the street, in the 800 and 900 blocks of North East Avenue and the 800 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue, overnight July 4-5.

Someone used a traffic barricade device to shatter a window at Beye Elementary School, 230 N. Cuyler Ave., overnight July 4-5.

Church heckler cited for disorderly conduct

A man with a history of heckling during Sunday Mass at Ascension Church, in the 800 block of South East Avenue, was issued a local ordinance ticket for disorderly conduct after being removed from the church around noon on July 7.


Someone entered a vacant property in the 1200 block of North Humphrey Avenue during the day, July 3, by defeating a gate and door with a pry tool and removed approximately 100 feet of baseboard radiators and piping. Damage was estimated at $5,000.

Someone burglarized a residence in the 200 block of Washington Boulevard while the doors were open around 11:30 a.m., June 29. The victim was in the process of moving. Offender(s) removed a silver iPod and six Playstation games.

Persons unknown broke the back window of a house in the 800 block of South East Avenue and damaged a deadbolt with a pry tool, but did not gain entry, the afternoon of July 1.

An unknown offender broke the glass window pane of a house in the 1000 block of Pleasant St., the morning of July 1. Using a pry tool, the back door lock was defeated. Missing are a blue Dell laptop, a black HP laptop, backpack, dufflebags, CDs, a Playstation and a Nintendo Wii. Estimated loss was $1,230.

Someone forced open a window to a residence in the 900 block of Washington Boulevard during the day, July 7, removed a gold ring, cash and damaged a fire safe. Estimated loss was $275.

Through a rear porch window, someone gained entry to a residence in the 100 block of South Humphrey Avenue during the day, July 7. Once inside, thieves removed miscellaneous jewelry, two laptop computers, an MP3 player and a credit card. Estimated loss was $1,220.

Using a piece of concrete, someone shattered the glass front-door window of a business in the 200 block of Lake Street during the day, July 7, and removed approximately $100.

Bicycles stolen

Unsecured bikes were removed from the 600 block of South Humphrey Avenue overnight June 30-July 1; the 500 block of Lake Street, July 1; and the 500 block of North Marion, July 5. Locked bikes were stolen from the 1000 block of North Boulevard, July 2; the 1100 block of South Boulevard, July 1, and the 1100 block of South Boulevard, July 7.

$54,000 BMW stolen, recovered

Oak Park police said a red BMW 128I, valued at $54,000, was stolen from valet parking at West Suburban Medical Center between noon and 2 p.m. on July 1. Someone removed the vehicle's key fob from the valet parking office and drove away with the car. The vehicle was recovered by Chicago police, July 2, in the 800 block of North Latrobe, Chicago.

Burglary to auto

A gun and a briefcase were reported removed from a River Forest resident's unlocked private vehicle, parked in the 7600 block of Washington Boulevard in River Forest, around 5 p.m., June 29.

This report has be updated to correctly identify the victim in this incident.

A River Forest resident reported his 1996 Honda Accord was broken into and ransacked while parked in a driveway on the 700 block of Keystone Avenue, overnight June 30. A radio was removed.

Using a rock, someone shattered the driver's window of a vehicle parked in the 400 block of North Scoville Avenue, overnight June 30-July 1, and attempted to remove the DVD/CD player and screen. Loss was estimated at $100.

Someone smashed the windshield of a 1996 Lincoln parked in the 800 block of Wesley Avenue, overnight July 1-2. The window of a 1999 Ford Windstar van was shattered while it was parked in the 300 block of South Maple Avenue, the evening of July 3. Car windows were shattered, overnight July 5, in the 1300 block of North Austin Boulevard and the 400 block of Lake Street. The window of a Honda Accord, parked in the 7300 block of Lake Street in River Forest, was shattered, overnight June 24-25.

Someone cut the catalytic converter from a Chevy Malibu parked in the 1200 block of North Lombard Avenue during the day, July 5.

A blue 2005 Suzuki SV650 motorcycle, worth $1,500, was removed from the 300 block of Harrison Street sometime between June 20 and July 2.

Someone entered an unlocked 2013 Ford, parked in the 800 block of North Ridgeland Ave., and removed a laptop and case and an Android cellphone on the evening of July 6.


A 50-year-old woman was observed on surveillance video removing a juvenile's bag at McDonald's in the 100 block of Madison Street and placing it inside her own bag around 11 a.m., July 4. The girl's backpack contained cash, and an iPod touch. Loss was estimated at $330.

An iPhone, left unattended on a table in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue, was removed during the afternoon of July 1. Loss was valued at $630.

A wallet was removed from a gym locker at Fitness Formula Club in the 1100 block of Lake Street, the evening of July 1.

A woman described as pregnant and her male companion were allegedly seen removing a brown wallet from a victim's shopping cart at the Jewel in the 500 block of Madison Street around 2:30, July 7.

Garage burglaries

A witness confronted an unknown man removing two toolboxes from an open garage in the 800 block of South Euclid Avenue around 10 a.m., July 4. The man insisted he had permission to remove the boxes, entered a waiting vehicle and sped away.

A victim observed two men pick up his red Echo backpack leafblower from the driveway in the 700 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, July 6 around 11 a.m., throw it into a black Jeep Cherokee and drive away.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed June 30-July 7 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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Notconcerned from Oak Park  

Posted: July 11th, 2013 8:36 AM

@concerned, apparently you missed the Chief's point. Amazed felt the officer should be punished for having their weapon stolen. It appears by the WJ's admission it was erroneously reported. My guess is the Chief wanted to correct that. You are mis-characterizing the Chiefs statement. I simply took it as a correction and that it was serious when an officers gun is stolen. Nothing in that comment suggested special treatment. But you have the right to believe what you want, narrow minded as it is.

Jean Lotus from Wednesday Journal Wednesday Journal Employee

Posted: July 10th, 2013 3:06 PM

Thanks for the correction, Chief Weiss. We've updated the story to reflect that the theft victim was not a police officer.


Posted: July 10th, 2013 1:13 PM

Nice to know that the River Forest police only take firearm thefts of police officers seriously. All men are equal under the law, just some more equal than others....

Anthony from RF  

Posted: July 10th, 2013 1:03 PM

@ muntz, good one, that is the only episode of mad men I have seen.


Posted: July 10th, 2013 11:44 AM

Looks like Grandma Ida has moved on from the Draper residence in Manhattan to kids' backpacks in Micky D's. And I would like to know how many unattended iPhones actually find their way back to their original owners. I'd guess zero.

Chief Weiss from River Forest  

Posted: July 10th, 2013 11:26 AM

In reference to the Burglary to Auto where a gun and briefcase were stolen. It was not a River Forest Police Officer who was the victim of the auto burglary. Although in most cases internal matters will not be discussed with the news or public, we would take it seriously if a gun was stolen from an officer. An officer simply took the report. Chief Gregory Weiss-River Forest Police Department.


Posted: July 10th, 2013 10:36 AM

i would love to see a longer story about this heckler at Ascension. i believe this has been going on for years.

Amazed, but not really  

Posted: July 10th, 2013 8:27 AM

The foolishness of people can be amazing. An actual police officer leaves his personal car UNLOCKED with a gun inside? I hope some measure of discipline is administered against him/her and if this is an example of the officers usual judgement firing could be appropriate. You can't fix stupid.

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