By Jean Lotus
A customer at the BP gas station at Harrison Street and Austin Boulevard was pumping gas, around 6 p.m. Aug. 10, when a man with a tattoo on his neck reached through the open window and displayed a kitchen knife. The victim told police the man snatched a $100 bill from the driver's hand and fled eastbound into Columbus Park.
Purse and phone snatchings
- A woman walking in the 900 block of North Boulevard around 2:30 p.m., Aug. 5, told police a man passed her walking the opposite direction, pulled the handbag off her shoulder, then ran through a parking lot toward Lake Street. Police found the offender's blue and white jacket in a rear yard in the 100 block of North Kenilworth Avenue and the victim's purse, minus her iPhone, was found nearby. Estimated loss was $700.
- A young man, approximately 16, passed a woman in the 800 block of Iowa around 10:40 a.m., Aug. 8, and snatched the white iPhone with case from her hand, then fled on foot. Estimated loss was $519.
- A young male, approximately 17, approached a woman around 9 a.m., Aug. 8, in the 300 block of Euclid and attempted to pull the victim's iPhone from her hand but was unsuccessful. He fled eastbound on Randolph.
- Someone reached through the open window of a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Madison Street around 8 p.m., Aug. 9, and removed an unattended iPhone with Otterbox case. Estimated loss was $440.
Father charged with choking child
A 46-year-old Oak Park man was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic battery to a child, Aug. 4, after an incident on July 8 in the 400 block of South Boulevard in which he allegedly choked his 8-year-old daughter during a parental visitation, causing her to temporarily stop breathing. Her mother, observing a mark on the girl's neck and hearing the story from the girl's sister, filed a complaint with Oak Park police the next day.
"The father initially denied the incident had happened," said Oak Park Commander LaDon Reynolds, "but he was taken into custody in his home after an investigation and held for bond hearings." Reynolds said the police notified DCFS about the incident July 8.
DUI with child in car
Police arrested a 27-year-old Chicago man in the first block of North Austin Boulevard on the evening of Aug. 5. He was charged with aggravated DUI, aggravated driving with a revoked license and contributing to the endangerment of a child who was a passenger in the vehicle.
Back porch break-in
Two window-unit air conditioners, a set of surround-sound speakers and bins of Christmas decorations and children's toys were removed from an enclosed rear porch of a house in the 600 block of South Boulevard between Aug. 9 and 11. Loss was estimated at $5,700.
- A garage was burglarized in the 1100 block of South Euclid Avenue, overnight Aug. 4-5.
Tattoo parlor lock keeps burglars out
Someone broke and unscrewed the lock cylinders securing the front door of Leketha's Ink Upgrade in the 6200 block of Roosevelt Road, the night of Aug. 6, but did not gain entry into the business.
Rock throwers strike Lincoln
The driver of a red 2007 Lincoln MKZ told police his car was struck by two men who threw a piece of concrete as he drove southbound in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard around 3 a.m., Aug. 7. He told police the men fled down a gangway after hurling the chunk of concrete.
Road-rage battery arrest
Oak Park police arrested a 33-year-old Chicago man who was involved in a traffic altercation in the 1100 block of North Boulevard around 8 p.m., Aug. 11. The subject allegedly grabbed a female victim by the arm and threw an unknown liquid on her. He then threw a bottle at her vehicle, which shattered. The man was taken into custody and charged with battery.
Wright studio vandalized
Someone splashed grey house paint on the walls, landscaping shrubberies and sidewalk of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, 950 Chicago Ave., overnight Aug. 6-7.
- A cellphone left unattended on a table in the 1000 block of Lake Street, Aug. 7 around 7 p.m., was removed. Estimated loss was $400.
- A cellphone in a UPS package was removed from the porch of a house in the 900 block of Wisconsin, the afternoon of Aug. 6. Loss was estimated at $100.
- Sunglasses, an iPhone, and $8 were removed from a vehicle parked overnight behind the 1200 block of Austin Boulevard, overnight Aug. 4-5. Burglars used a pry tool to break a window.
- Someone broke the window of a Volkswagen Jetta, parked overnight Aug. 4-5 behind the 900 block of North Humphrey Avenue, and ransacked the glove compartment and car.
- The window of a vehicle parked in the rear of the 800 block of North Austin Boulevard was broken with an unknown tool, overnight Aug. 4-5. Nothing was reported stolen.
- A spare tire was removed from a Honda CR-V parked in the 200 block of Pleasant Street, overnight Aug. 9-10.
- Someone broke into a car parked in a lot in the 900 block of Lake Street, the afternoon of Aug. 11, and removed a digital camera, two pairs of men's driving gloves and an audio book. Estimated loss was $315.
- A 2000 Dodge Ram was removed from the rear carport of a residence in the 300 block of South Elmwood Avenue, overnight Aug. 10-11. Estimated loss was $2,000.
Bike theft roundup
- A locked bicycle was stolen from the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue, the evening of Aug. 5.
- A witness saw a man use a bolt cutter to cut the cable lock of a women's bicycle secured in the 800 block of Lake Street around 1 p.m., Aug. 7.
- An unsecured mountain bike was removed from a rear yard in the 500 block of South Lombard during the day, Aug. 8.
- An unlocked bike was removed from the 1200 block of Edmer Ave., overnight Aug. 9-10.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Aug. 5-11 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 Jean Lotus