Oak Park and River Forest police reports - July 31-Aug. 6

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Three Lake Street businesses burglarized

Police are investigating burglaries to three businesses in the 200 block of Lake Street, July 28-30, that they said show similar methods of operation.

Between the evening of July 28 and early morning of the 30th, someone ransacked the interior and took cash after breaking into Family Cleaners. Estimated loss and damage is $300. Overnight on July 29, someone also broke into Subway and King Chop Suey, ransacked the interiors and took cash. Estimated losses and damages, respectively, are $1,760 and $330.


Someone entered a garage in the 1100 block of North Austin Boulevard, the afternoon of July 29, and removed a blue 2000 Ford Expedition. Tire marks at the scene possibly indicate the vehicle was removed by a tow truck. Estimated loss is $4,000.

An unknown person entered the unlocked front door of a residence in the 400 block of North Taylor Avenue between the night of July 25 and evening of July 30. Once inside, the offender removed a Macbook Pro computer, an Apple iPad and iPhone and a Microsoft Xbox with miscellaneous games. Estimated loss is $3,550.

Someone kicked in the rear porch door and entered a residence in the 1200 block of North East Avenue, the morning of Aug. 1. The offender ransacked the interior and removed a 46-inch Sony flat-screen TV, a Nintendo Wii game console with remotes, a Phillips iPod docking station, two HP laptop computers, a Droid cellphone, cash, jewelry and two bottles of liquor. Estimated loss is $14,010.

An unknown person entered Lady's Choice in the first block of Madison Street, overnight Aug. 1, and used a pry tool to remove $1,300 from the cash register. Estimated loss and damage is $2,100.

Someone entered a garage in the 700 block of South Lombard Street, overnight Aug. 2, and removed two Schwinn bicycles, a Dewalt drill and a wrench. Estimated loss is $460.

An iPod, laptop computer, MP3 docking station with speakers and watches were removed between the mornings of Aug. 3 and 4 from an apartment in the first block of Chicago Avenue. Estimated loss is $6,350.

An unknown person entered a residence in the 1000 block of South Oak Park Avenue between the morning of July 22 and night of Aug. 3 and removed a Macbook Pro, iPhone, iPod, Nintendo Wii, headphones, camera lenses and a briefcase. Estimated loss is $3,500.

A man was observed removing a Bosch toolbox from the rear of a Ford van, the afternoon of Aug. 4, in the 1100 block of Home Avenue. He and a woman fled in a black, older model Lexus, which the woman was driving. Estimated loss is $625.


An unknown person removed a red Specialized bicycle that was secured to the bike rack in the 1100 block of Ontario Street, overnight July 30. Estimated loss is $750.

Someone removed a green and white Schwinn bicycle secured to the bike rack in the 500 block of Garfield Street, the night of July 31. Estimated loss is $400.

Two cables securing a girl's red Huffy bicycle to a rack in the 1000 block of South Lombard Avenue were cut during the night of July 31 and the bike was removed. Estimated loss is $150.

An unknown person removed a burgundy 1996 Nissan Altima from the 400 block of South Austin Boulevard, the night of Aug. 4. Estimated loss is $2,900.

Robbery/Attempted robbery

An unknown man confronted a woman while riding the CTA Blue Line, the night of July 30, removed a semi-automatic handgun from a bag and demanded the woman give him something. The woman gave the offender her cellphone before the man got off the train at Harlem Avenue and fled in an unknown direction. Estimated loss is $50.

Two unknown men and a woman demanded money from another man who entered their beige minivan, the night of Aug. 2. The offenders began to strike the victim in the face and body before he exited the van in the 1100 block of Thomas Street and they drove away. No loss was reported.

Possession of a controlled substance/DUI

A 22-year-old Palos Heights man was arrested, the evening of July 30, at a gas station in the 100 block of Harrison Street after police discovered he had 6 grams of heroin. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 20-year-old Chicago man was arrested for driving under the influence after he was involved in a traffic crash in the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard, early Aug. 2. Police noticed a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. The man failed a field sobriety test and was released on bond.


A 34-year-old woman was injured, the afternoon of Aug. 1, after a woman slammed her car door in her face in the 400 block of Harlem Avenue after a traffic dispute. The two women were stopped in traffic when the offender got out of her minivan and approached the woman. The woman attempted to get out of her vehicle, but the offender slammed the door in her face, causing severe bleeding and swelling on her month. The offender was last seen heading northbound on Harlem Avenue toward Division Street.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed July 31-Aug. 6 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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Op Rez  

Posted: August 11th, 2012 11:44 PM



Posted: August 9th, 2012 12:18 PM

I think the guy in the van that was beat up is lying, How do you end up in a van with 3 people you don't know? LOL I can tell you what happened (he was riding with a friend and the driver of the van asked everyone for gas money, he says I ain't giving you nothing take me home. They kick his butt and kick him out the van,and leaves him so he make up a crazy story for the police that he didn't know them. OH @ REZ don't address me shut your mouth in the presence of royalty.


Posted: August 9th, 2012 11:22 AM

And how is the type of gun pertinent to the story, as opposed to, say, the race of all the perpetrators? Are you going to react differently if someone robs you with a .38 or a semi-automatic? I think the point is to get "semi-automatic" out there to get all the OP gun nuts fired up. Cause, that's how the Journal rolls.


Posted: August 9th, 2012 9:44 AM

OPRFDAD- its not hard to identify a semi handgun, also Its possible the victim just described the weapon to the cops and they were able to determine what type of gun it was from the description.


Posted: August 9th, 2012 6:13 AM

We know the robber on the train had a semi-automatic handgun (must have been a gun expert who got robbed) but we don't know how the guy entered the van ... Interesting. Ahh ... "journalism"

Sin from Aurora  

Posted: August 9th, 2012 3:05 AM

The news paper always controlls whats placed in comment, or disables them completely. This is done to cover up the 'Racist, violent and disrespectful manner which the 'Oppd' do there jobs . It also protect the property values. I lived there for 25 years and know, the majority of the officers old and new. There criminals with badges!!!! Bet they wont say a thing about 'Cppd' zipping through our town, place Oak Park residents in harms way!!! Knowing good and well ,there doing it everyday!

Op Rez  

Posted: August 9th, 2012 1:40 AM

Probably cause they knew your were going to post in it.


Posted: August 8th, 2012 1:27 PM

I wonder why the best story to make comments on has been disabled Woooow.

matt cordtwist  

Posted: August 8th, 2012 9:22 AM

seems to me the Oak Park Patch email alerts i get often share same stories with actual names of perpetrators and whatnots??

Delbert from oak park  

Posted: August 8th, 2012 9:06 AM

Once again, the WJ crime reporter can't manage details. Is she bored w/this assignment? In a hurry? For the interested, fuller crime reports are available at the oak leaves.


Posted: August 8th, 2012 2:52 AM

Shouldnt the attempted robbery also be considered battery or assult? Considering that the victim was beaten in the face? Also, why was the victim in the van? Forced in or invited in? These detail would appear to be important.

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