Oak Park and River Forest police reports - Sept. 4-10

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Oak Park man robbed while entering residence

An Oak Park man entering his building in the first block of Washington Boulevard on the night of Sept. 7 was approached from the rear by three men, police said.

The offenders ordered him not to turn around and placed an unknown object against his back. They demanded money and the man gave them $120 in cash, at which point they fled on foot eastbound. A witness saw them fleeing the scene.

Theft/attempted theft

A 17-year-old Chicago boy was arrested and charged with theft on the morning of Sept. 3 for taking an Apple iPhone from an Oak Park girl in the 300 block of North Scoville Avenue, Aug. 22.

Two Chicago juveniles were arrested in the 800 block of Lombard Avenue, the night of Sept. 3, for possession of a bicycle that was reported stolen on Aug. 12 from the 1000 block of South Grove Avenue.

A 1996 green Dodge Caravan was removed from the rear of the 500 block of South Harvey Avenue, overnight Sept. 3. Estimated loss is $5,000.

An unknown person pulled the ignition, possibly with a screwdriver, of a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country in the 300 block of South Scoville Avenue, overnight Sept. 3. The vehicle was moved back about 5 feet from where it was parked.

Someone entered a garage in the 300 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, between the morning of Aug. 28 and afternoon of Sept. 4, possibly through the open overhead door, and took a red 26-inch Diamondback mountain bike and a red helmet. Estimated loss is $175.

A red 26-inch Giant Nutra boy's bike, locked to a rail in the common area of a building in the 1000 block of South Austin Boulevard, was removed overnight Sept. 3. Estimated loss is $360.

The frame of a black and white Schwinn mountain bicycle was removed from a bike rack in the 1100 block of North Boulevard between the early morning and evening of Sept. 4. Estimated loss is $200.

Someone cut the lock on a dark blue 21-speed Hybrid bicycle secured to a rack in the 1100 block of South Boulevard, overnight Sept. 6, and removed the bike.

Three Nintendo game systems, a PSX II game system, a Hoover vacuum cleaner and a purple girl's Huffy bike were removed from a storage locker in the common area of a building in the first block of Thomas Street between Aug. 7 and Sept. 7. Estimated loss is $400.

Someone cut the padlock on a green 26-inch Schwinn bicycle in the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard, overnight Sept. 6, and removed the bike. Estimated loss is $265.

An unknown person removed a wallet from a purse left at a table at Panera Bread in the 7300 block of Lake Street, the night of Sept. 4. The loss included $80 in cash, a driver's license and credit cards. The victim told police $866 of merchandise was charged to one of the cards at a Meijer store.

A student at Dominican University told police that a camera, tripod and extension cord were taken from an unlocked cabinet in an office between Aug. 22 and Sept. 6. The Canon D5100 digital camera, Manfrotto M635 tripod and power cord were valued at over $1,400.

Burglary

Someone kicked open the side door of a garage in the 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue, between Aug. 25 and Sept. 3, and removed an orange and black ProX One air compressor. Estimated damage and loss is $220.

An unknown person entered an unlocked 2002 Mercedes Benz inside a garage in the 500 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, overnight Sept. 2, and removed coins, CDs and an I-Pass. The offender also entered a 1972 Mercedes Benz and damaged the dashboard in an attempt to remove the radio. The dashboard was also damaged in a 1976 Rolls Royce and a stereo with a CD player and iPod jack were removed from that vehicle. Estimated damage and loss is $560.

Two brown suitcases, clothes, a pair of Nike gym shoes, toiletries and a bottle of wine were removed from a 2001 Volvo in the rear of the 700 block of Home Avenue, overnight Sept. 3. Estimated loss is $780.

An unknown person entered a residence in the 1100 block of Woodbine Avenue, the morning of Sept. 5, and removed a wooden door and miscellaneous pieces of jewelry. Total loss is unknown.

Someone broke the glass window of the rear door of a residence in the 400 block of South Scoville Avenue, then entered and removed a silver Apple iPod, the afternoon of Sept. 5. Estimated loss is $450.

An apartment in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard was ransacked between the morning and afternoon of Sept. 5 and a Movado watch, an Xbox 360 game console, bedsheets and a 40-inch Vizio TV were removed. Estimated loss is $2,180.

Someone entered the rear yard of a residence in the first block Washington Boulevard, the afternoon of Sept. 9, and removed a black Pioneer stereo faceplate and a BMX Mongoose bicycle. Estimated loss is $250.

A resident of the 100 block of Franklin Avenue told police that, overnight Sept. 4, someone entered his unlocked vehicle and removed the ignition, which was left on the vehicle floor. It appeared the offender used the garage door opener to open the garage and remove a white girl's Schwinn bicycle valued at $180.

Criminal damage to property

Someone punctured the passenger's side door of a vehicle in the 100 block of North Kenilworth Avenue between the evening of Aug. 30 and morning of Sept. 4. Estimated damage is $800.

Possession of a controlled substance

During their response to a suspicious person call, police arrested a 24-year-old Oak Park man, the morning of Sept. 5, after they discovered he had plastic bags containing white powder in his backpack that tested positive for 2.7 grams of heroin. He also had a syringe and a spoon, and a name check revealed there was a warrant for his arrest out of Texas for possession of cocaine.

Robbery/attempted robbery

An unknown man grabbed a woman's purse from her shoulder on the night of Sept. 5 in the first block of Washington Boulevard, forcing her to the ground. The woman screamed and a witness yelled at the offender, who fled. No loss was reported.

As a woman walked eastbound in the 800 block of Ontario Street, the night of Sept. 6, she was approached from the rear by an unknown man who placed an object against her back and demanded her purse. The man was last seen northbound on Grove Avenue. Estimated loss is $413.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Sept. 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.

Reader Comments

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Violet Aura  

Posted: September 14th, 2012 4:29 PM

Thanks for explaining, Dan! I am sure I am not the "salacious" poster but I understand which computer that was posted from...I understand moderation, given the potential for comments which are considered abusive by most folks. I was just a bit perplexed because I didn't see any public announcent on here regarding a new policy.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: September 14th, 2012 11:39 AM

Dear Violet, A few somewhat intertwined responses to your comments regarding our comment policies at OakPark.com. 1. We do occasionally restrict IP addresses when there is persistent abuse of our comment policies regarding civility. 2. Back in January we restricted an IP address after a profoundly salacious comment was posted to a photo on our site of young women involved in some local activity. 3. After seeing your comments this week we took a closer look at the IP address the comment was coming from and discovered it was from a publicly located computer that matched the IP that the unacceptable comment came from in January. 4. When we restrict an IP address, comments from that source go into a queue for monitoring by our staff. 5. We have over the past month had a change and a lapse in staffing for the person who handles monitoring comments. That has resulted in longer than usual delays in posting acceptable comments. As of this week we have a new staff person in place and expect that delay to be reduced in the days ahead. 6. We have now, based on a closer look at these circumstances unrestricted the IP address at the public location though we will continue to watch comments closely. 7. We are open to a wide-ranging discussion on our comment boards but we will always be protective of the public standards for civility that we have set out.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 12th, 2012 9:04 PM

Cont... Now my reply to you: Q: How do you get all of that information from a box that came up saying there was a problem with this address? And now your reply: Let me repeat myself: WJ is not allowing me to comment from another IP address. You think the W.J. is personally not letting you post. You can post all you want. Go ahead Violet Aura, they didn't stop you from posting did they? Of course not. There was a problem with the software. Has nothing to do with you posting.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 12th, 2012 9:01 PM

Violet Aura, why can't you figure it out. Your First Post: Violet Aura: I just wanted WJ posters to know that they have decided to ban IP addresses (or moderate comments for 1-2 days before posting). My First Reply: Q: who told you that or how did you find that out? Your Reply: They wouldn't let me post and a box came up and said there was a "problem" with this address. But at another computer it worked (I initially thought it had to do with my email account.). Cont...

Violet Aura  

Posted: September 12th, 2012 6:56 PM

What the phuck are you on about? I really have no clue. Let me repeat myself: WJ is not allowing me to comment from another IP address. Supposedly they will allow it after 1-2 days if it's deemed acceptable but I don't see those comments. In any case, it's not that serious. I just wanted to put it out there.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 12th, 2012 6:13 PM

Violet Aura, this is how wars start. Bad information from people like yourself. You posted that the W.J. said they have decided to ban IP addresses or moderate comments for 1-2 days before posting. How do you get all of that information from a box that came up saying there was a problem with this address? Notice how I didn't say IP Address or E-Mail address? If I did, I would be making assumptions on my part. Now lets stay tune for the next round of terrorists who are after our toilet paper.

Violet Aura  

Posted: September 12th, 2012 6:01 PM

@Q: They wouldn't let me post and a box came up and said there was a "problem" with this address. But at another computer it worked (I initially thought it had to do with my email account.).

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 12th, 2012 2:23 PM

Violet Aura, I'm always in favor of getting the facts first before doing anything because someone says so. That's why I knew we never had any reason to attack with force in the Middle East. That one sure did miss a lot of people so lets go with what you said, and my first questions is, who told you that or how did you find that out? I made some comments in some other post about how fast social media can spread false information.

OPRFDad  

Posted: September 12th, 2012 1:58 PM

Their site, their rules. Of course, if you make anything too difficult to do, people just won't do it. Does the WJ really have that much excess interest that they can take such a risk?

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: September 12th, 2012 1:31 PM

This is a tough one. I respect your right to post without restrictions, but I also support WJ's right to ensure that their site is secure and is not being used improperly. I don't know what the answer is. Hopefully, some posters will help find a solution.

Violet Aura  

Posted: September 12th, 2012 1:22 PM

I just wanted WJ posters to know that they have decided to ban IP addresses (or moderate comments for 1-2 days before posting). Apparently they don't get that some of us post from public computers so it's really not possible to ban every address. How about people who don't like certain comments getting over themselves and growing up instead?

Violet Aura  

Posted: September 12th, 2012 1:21 PM

Testing, testing...

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