Two robbed on CTA Blue Line

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Two people, an Oak Park resident and a resident of Woodland, Wisconsin, were robbed by two armed men as they attempted to exit the CTA Blue Line train stop in the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard at 1:50 a.m. on July 31.

The two victims were attempting to exit the train when two men blocked the doors and demanded money. One of the offenders "kept reaching for the right side of his waist", according to the police report, leading the victims to believe he was armed. The offenders took about $40 and exited the train at the Harlem Avenue stop. 

The two offenders were described as black men in their 20s, about 6-foot tall, muscular and wearing all dark clothing. One of the men had shoulder-length black dreads and the other had short red hair in twists.  

 

Robbery

A Cicero resident was robbed in the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard at 8:28 a.m. on July 31. The victim was approached by a man who grabbed his iPhone, which contained credit cards and an Illinois ID. 

The offender then ran east. He was described as a 6-foot tall black man with a skinny build and dark complexion and wearing a charcoal gray sweater, a white shirt and jeans. The estimated loss is $910.

 

Theft

A black 2017 Nissan Murano SUV that was reported stolen out of Oak Park on July 24 was recovered in the 100 block of Garfield Street at 7:05 p.m. on July 28.

A 37-year-old Chicago man was arrested for retail theft and battery at Pete's Fresh Market, 259 Lake St., at 9:46 p.m. on Aug. 1.

Someone stole two gray concrete flower pots from the 1100 block of Garfield Street, sometime between 4 p.m. on July 31 and 8 a.m. on Aug. 1. The estimated loss is $100.

Oak Park burglaries

A 2014 Jeep Cherokee was burglarized in the 200 block of Iowa Street, sometime between 5:30 p.m. on July 31 and 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 1. The burglar stole a silver Nikon camera, a red iPhone charger and cash. The burglar then entered the victim's 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan and stole cash from the center console. The estimated loss is $55.

A Buick Encore was burglarized in the 500 block of North Cuyler Avenue, sometime between 6 p.m. on July 31 and 7:19 a.m. on Aug. 1. The burglar stole black sunglasses, a sunglasses case and Chick-fil-A coupons. The estimated loss is $30.

A 2002 Mercedes G500 was burglarized in the 900 block of Clarence Avenue at 3:47 p.m. on July 30. The offender used a pry tool to open the unlocked glove box and then stole an auto maintenance code reader. The offender then entered a Chevrolet Suburban and fled. The estimated loss is $125.

A 2010 Toyota Corolla was vandalized and burglarized in the 1000 block of South Elmwood Avenue, sometime between 3 p.m. on July 29 and 3 a.m. on July 30. The offender stole cash from the vehicle and then let air out of a tire and put an unknown liquid substance into the gas tank. The estimated loss is unknown.

A 2015 Hyundai Sonata was burglarized in the 900 block of Home, Avenue sometime between 5 p.m. on July 29 and 7 a.m. on July 30. The burglar entered the vehicle by unknown means and stole a black Lenovo laptop computer and cash. The estimated loss is $650.

A garage was burglarized in the 600 block of South Cuyler Avenue at 1:02 p.m. on Aug. 2. The offender gained entrance through an unlocked side service door and entered two vehicles parked there, stealing cash and a LeapPad game device. The estimated loss is $32.

 

A garage was burglarized in the 300 block of South Taylor Avenue at 12:49 p.m. on Aug. 2. The offender gained entry to the garage and was confronted by the victim. The offender dropped the items he planned to steal and ran south in the alley. He was described as a black man in his 50s with a skinny build, 5-foot-8 and wearing black sunglasses, a brown T-shirt, blue jeans and loafers. No loss was reported.

 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, July 29 and Aug. 2, 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 Timothy Inklebarger

Contact:
Email: tim@oakpark.com

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