Oak Park police reports-Aug. 7-12

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A 31-year-old Broadview man was stopped just after midnight Aug. 11 in the 400 block of Jackson for riding a bicycle without the required headlamp.  Further investigation showed the bike, a blue Electra Amsterdam, had been stolen from north suburban Winnetka on May 18, 2013.  

Robbery

Robbers took Metro Bank in the 600 block of North Harlem Avenue for $3,000 Aug. 4 around 4:30 p.m.  One man in a red Bulls cap and a shirt with blue and white stripes showed a teller a note demanding cash and implying he had a gun.  He fled with the cash to a getaway car driven by a large man in a white T-shirt and black-framed glasses.

Aug. 4 just before 10 p.m. in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue, six male teens, five on bicycles, pushed a 13-year-old boy off his bike, punched him and stole the bike.  The robbers were last seen northbound on Harvey.

Burglaries

During the night of Aug. 3-4, in the 100 block of Home, someone pried open a window of a Dodge SXT and gained entry to the vehicle, from which he or she removed a set of keys.  The offender also peeled the steering column.  In the 800 block of South Humphrey the same night, a defective front window allowed a burglar into a Toyota Corolla; the car was found ransacked with the radio missing.

In the 100 block of North Humphrey, a man was seen entering a Toyota Highlander Aug. 4 just before 7 p.m. The victim reported the weatherstripping of one window was removed. The burglar stole a purse containing a smaller Coach brand purse.  

On Aug. 5 in the 300 block of North Taylor between 1 a.m. and 11 a.m., an unlocked service door allowed a burglar inside a garage, from which he/she stole a $300 mountain bicycle.

A burglar cut the screen to the window of an apartment in the 1000 block of South Oak Park Avenue, reached through the window, and stole a laptop computer.  It happened Aug. 6 between 8:30 and 9 a.m.

On Aug. 7 between 12:58-1:17 p.m., someone got inside a residence in the 700 block of South Maple by claiming to work for the water department.  The victim, unsure if any items were removed, told police the man opened an upstairs door and several drawers while inside.

The night of Aug. 3-4, in the 700 block of Hayes, someone took advantage of an unlocked door to enter a GMC Acadia, ransack the interior and steal headphones and a stereo cable.

The night of Aug. 6-7, in the 300 block of South East Avenue, someone entered an apartment building, got into the locked storage area and stole a Schwinn bike.

A man broke the back window to get into an abandoned residence in the 900 block of Home on the morning of Aug. 9. He was then seen on the roof removing a window air conditioner. But when a neighbor confronted him, the offender fled, leaving the air conditioner on the roof.

An unlocked garage service door in the 500 block of North Humphrey  enabled a burglar, at some point between Aug. 6-9, to enter with impunity and steal three bicycles, a lawnmower and two power saws; total loss estimated at $1,700.

Brute force opened the side door to a garage in the 900 block of South Kenilworth; the burglary took place between Aug. 2-9, and the offender(s) stole a $600 bicycle.  The afternoon of Aug. 10, in the 900 block of North Harvey, a group of males all around 14-15 years old entered a garage through the open overhead door and took off eastbound on Berkshire with a white Schwinn bike.

A man in his 30s left the Jewel-Osco on Madison Aug. 10 around 2:15 p.m. after stealing three 12-packs of Red Bull energy drinks and concealing them in white plastic bags; he fled in an orange or red Chevy Cavalier.

 

Burglary arrests

A 34-year-old Chicago man was arrested Aug. 6 and charged with a burglary that occurred in the 1100 block of Wisconsin.   A 43-year-old Chicago man was arrested the same day and was charged with a burglary that took place in the 1100 block of N. Austin Boulevard.

Thefts

In the 500 block of South Elmwood Aug. 5, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., someone stole the following items from a residence:  a gold engraved antique watch, a silver bowl and spoon set, antique silver coins, and a gold necklace for a total loss of $3,320.

The night of Aug. 3-4, an offender used unknown means to remove the spare tire from a 2007 Rav 4 parked in the 600 block of South Austin Avenue;  same night on the same block, someone stole the black Bridgestone spare tire from a 2010 Rav 4 parked there; loss for each tire was estimated to be $150. 

On Aug. 4 between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., someone entered the pool deck at Rehm Pool and stole an unchaperoned $500 iPhone.

In the 900 block of North Harvey, on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m., a male around age 14 entered the back yard of a residence and stole an unlocked girl's bicycle, then fled the scene accompanied by two more males of similar age.

A thief stole the catalytic converter from beneath a Honda Element parked in rear of the 200 block of South Euclid during the night of Aug. 4-5.

A diamond and gold engagement ring was stolen from a car parked in the 300 block of South Kenilworth between Aug. 4-6.  The ring was left unattended, inside its case, on the back seat of a sedan from a private car service; the loss was estimated to be $5,578.

A Jeep worth $2,400 was stolen the night of Aug. 6-7 from the 100 block of South Boulevard.  The same night, an unlocked bicycle was stolen from a parking area in the 200 block of Washington; it was valued at $600.  Aug. 7, between 7:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the alley behind the 300 block of South Humphrey, someone stole a Dodge Caravan.

At Denny's in the 700 block of North Harlem Avenue, a man and a woman stole an iPhone that had been left by the cash register; it happened Aug. 8 between 12:30-12:40 p.m. The pair fled in the Jeep Cherokee. 

Vandalism

Sometime between Aug. 1 and 4, someone did $500 damage to Percy Julian Middle School by throwing a rock through a window on the northeast side.  On Aug. 3, a Batesville, Indiana man was arrested and charged with damaging property in the 400 block of South Ridgeland Avenue.

Between 7:30-8:18 a.m. Aug. 7, someone damaged a 30-inch x 81-inch glass storm door of a residence in the 500 block of North Kenilworth.  And in the 200 block of South Euclid, an offender threw a rock through the front door's glass window pane, causing $300 in damage Aug. 10 just before midnight. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Aug. 4-10 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

Reader Comments

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John Q  

Posted: August 18th, 2014 5:06 PM

Island Dweller: So I take it that in the event your kids and their school friends are riding in a group and on pegs you will be find with me asking the police to stop them and question them. I admit I haven't checked the ordinances lately but I don't remember the village having a law against riding on pegs. I'm just saying people want to be tough "on crime" and low-level offenses until cops don't distinguish between their kids and the "criminals" immediately. Then we want to call & cry about it.

John Q  

Posted: August 18th, 2014 4:58 PM

Winter Skye, I would like to hear your humorous theory on how a non race related local ordinance about bike lights was created by the elected officials to racically profile people. Are blacks more likely to ride without bicycle lights than whites? What is your real point? I'm sure the oppressive white police can't wait to get to work to stop some innocent black resident for riding without a bike light.You are making yourself look less and less a professional and articulate woman.

Gizmodog  

Posted: August 18th, 2014 4:21 PM

Thank you "rdglnd" for also noticing that. It is too bad that the editor didn't catch that before publishing last week's edition. "Unattended", maybe, but "unchaperoned"? Was the iPhone on a date?

Weisen Heimer from Oak Park  

Posted: August 18th, 2014 3:46 PM

@rdglnd I believe it is an iPhone without a chaperone.

rdglnd  

Posted: August 18th, 2014 3:06 PM

what exactly is an "unchaperoned" iPhone?

Winter Skye from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: August 13th, 2014 1:07 PM

LOL--is that Jackson in OP or RF? I am curious because I am riding my bike late at night sometimes in RF and have never been stopped for no light. I suspect that this is a way to racially profile with no fuss and no muss. What I am really curious about is how this character got the bike from Winnetka of all places. Or did he buy it off someone.

Island Dweller   

Posted: August 12th, 2014 10:50 PM

Re the bike robbery an assault by the "teens". I see there's no description of the teens color, though WJ did describe a white criminals color in a previous article. Also, if people see a group of kids on bikes, and there are any kids standing on the back of the bikes hitching a ride, CALL THE COPS! It can't be stated enough that kids, teens, young adults come to Oak Park on friends bike only to all leave with "their own". If someone had called the cops, this could have been prevented.

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