Oak Park police nab bike thieves
Oak Park police made several arrests in the perennial struggle to rein in bicycle thefts in the village:
A 49-year-old Chicago man was caught by hospital security as he tampered with bike locks in the parking garage of West Suburban Hospital in the first block of Erie Court. He fled when confronted by security but was taken into custody and turned over to Oak Park police. Officers found he had damaged a bike lock with bolt cutters. He was shown security footage of himself stealing three other bicycles in the same location, Aug. 25, Sept. 6 and Sept. 7, and admitted he was the person in the video. He was charged with three counts of theft, one count of attempted theft and criminal damage to property.
An off-duty Oak Park officer observed a man exit an alley in the 700 block of South Lombard Avenue, Sept. 7, riding a bicycle with a wire basket. The bike was later reported stolen. The following day, the officer recognized the man looking through garbage cans in the 200 block of South Humphrey Avenue. The 45-year-old Chicago man was taken into custody and charged with felony theft and scavenging.
A Chicago juvenile was taken into custody, Sept. 8, after witnesses saw him removing a bicycle from the front of a house in the 100 block of South Wesley Avenue. He was given a verbal reprimand and released to his parents.
Oak Park cops arrested a 21-year-old Chicago man and a Chicago juvenile, the night of Sept. 9, after a witness saw them allegedly remove bicycles from a neighbor's yard in the 200 block of Clinton. The man was held in lieu of bond and the juvenile was turned over to parents.
Oak Park police caught three Chicago juveniles who had just robbed a 14-year-old Oak Park boy in the 700 block of Clinton around 7:30 p.m., Sept. 13. According to police, the juveniles approached the boy, grabbed the handlebars of his bike and said "give me your stuff." The victim got off his bicycle and ran. He was chased about a half-block by the offenders who then stopped. The boy alerted a passerby who called police and the three were arrested in the 600 block of Home Avenue, then identified by the victim. They were also found to be in possession of two other bicycles removed from the front porch of a house in the 700 block of Clinton. One offender was turned over to his parent and the other two were turned over to juvenile detention.
The ones that got away
Secured bicycles were removed in the 900 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, Sept. 7; the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue, Sept. 12; and the 200 block of South Marion Street, Sept. 14.
Unlocked bikes were removed from a rear yard in the 6000 block of South Clinton Avenue, Sept. 2-3; the 800 block of South East Avenue; the 200 block of South Euclid Avenue, Sept. 11; and from the rear porch of a house in the 400 block of South Taylor, Sept. 11.
Witnesses saw an unknown man in his 40s ride off with a white Mercier Kilo bike worth $1,000 that was left unlocked in the rear yard of a house in the 700 block of South Lombard Avenue, Sept. 7.
A victim in the 1000 block of North Humphrey Avenue told police she saw a juvenile, approximately 12 years old, enter her backyard Sept. 14, jump on her unlocked bicycle and ride away.
A resident in the first block of Lemoyne Street observed an unknown male, about 16 years old, removing a Razor power ring scooter from the victim's rear yard around 4 p.m., Sept. 9. The victim gave chase and the offender dropped the scooter and fled, police said.
According to police, a barking dog dissuaded a would-be burglar who had already pried open the back door of a residence in the 300 block of South Taylor Avenue around 1 a.m., Sept. 5.
A locked basement storage area in a building in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard was breached by means of a pry tool between Sept 4 and 9. Individual storage pods were broken into and two backpacks were discovered discarded on the floor.
Person or persons unknown entered an apartment in the 800 block of South Austin Boulevard during the day, Sept. 9, by crawling through an unlocked, partially open rear kitchen window. Once inside, offenders ransacked the master bedroom and removed four women's watches. Loss was estimated at $450.
Photography equipment worth an estimated $12,740 was stolen when someone broke into a house in the 1000 block of Lyman Avenue by prying off the rear doorknob, Sept. 8-9.
Someone entered an apartment, Sept. 11, in the 300 block of Washington Boulevard via an unlocked rear door, and ransacked the residence, removing $60 in cash.
Someone damaged the rear doorknob of an apartment in the 100 block of Washington Boulevard with a drilling device, Sept. 4-12.
Every garage burglary reported in the past two weeks took place when burglars entered through unlocked side service doors or open overhead doors, police said:
A garage in the 1100 block of Clinton was burglarized, overnight Sept. 5-6. A $600 bike was removed.
Someone broke into a garage in the 100 block of North Austin Boulevard, overnight Sept. 10-11. Offenders used a piece of cement to bash in the window of a vehicle parked in the garage and ransacked the vehicle removing a box of chips, a gallon of iced tea and cash. Loss was estimated at $157.
In the 1000 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, overnight Sept. 10-11, someone used a pry tool to break into a vehicle parked inside which was found ransacked and missing a black leather bag. Estimated loss was $900.
A Honda parked in an unlocked garage in the 800 block of Highland Avenue was relieved of its Kenwood car stereo removed from the dashboard, overnight Sept. 7-8. Loss was estimated at $179.
A Smart car parked in an unlocked garage, overnight Sept. 12-13 in the 300 block of South Humphrey Avenue, was ransacked.
A bike was stolen from an unlocked garage in the 300 block of Wesley Avenue between Sept. 13 and 15.
A burglar entered a garage in the 700 block of South Lyman Avenue through an open front garage door, the morning of Sept. 5, and removed a bike worth $349.
A bike was removed via an open overhead garage door in the 100 block of South Euclid Avenue, Sept. 11.
Someone entered an unlocked Chevy Equinox parked in the 400 block of South Scoville Avenue, overnight Sept. 2-3, and removed a GPS unit and a blue Sony camera. Estimated loss was $400.
Someone broke the front driver's side window on a parked Lexus I530 in the 100 block of North Euclid Avenue, overnight Sept. 8-9, and removed $10 in change. Damage was estimated at $230.
Someone removed a 1995 Ford Aerostar van from the lot behind the 500 block of North Humphrey, overnight Sept. 7. Loss is $1,500.
Someone smashed the window of a 2004 Toyota Avalon parked in a village lot in the 700 block of North Boulevard between Sept. 1 and 7. Taken were an iPod touch and $10 in quarters. Estimated loss was $660.
A GPS unit was removed from an unlocked 2009 Honda Accord, parked overnight Sept. 11-12 in the 300 block of South Maple Avenue. Loss was estimated at $350.
A UPS package was pilfered from a porch in the 400 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, the afternoon of Sept. 6. Two Banana Republic shirts were missing.
A package was removed from the common lobby of a building in the 100 block of North Kenilworth Avenue, Sept. 6. Two pairs of women's shoes were taken.
A 45-year-old woman was arrested Sept. 11 after removing $106 worth of socks from the CVS in the 600 block of Ridgeland without paying.
A Texas Instrument calculator was removed from an unlocked gym locker at Oak Park and River Forest High School, Sept. 9. Loss was estimated at $170.
A 17-year-old Chicago male was seen on surveillance video, Sept. 14, removing a cellphone from an employee room in a business in the first block of Harlem Avenue and hiding it outside. After viewing the video, the juvenile showed police the hidden phone. He was turned over to his parents.
Disorderly conduct, fighting
A 23-year-old Chicago man was charged with disorderly conduct after throwing an empty soda can at a CTA employee in the 1100 block of North Boulevard around 1 p.m., Sept. 6.
A 16-year-old male from Berwyn was arrested for aggravated battery and resisting arrest for a fight with another teen in the 700 block of Lake Street around 3:40 p.m., Sept. 9. He also allegedly struck the responding officer who intervened. He was referred to court and turned over to his mother.
Someone threw a rock through the dining room window of a house in the 500 block of South Harvey around 12:40 a.m., Sept. 11. Damage was estimated at $150.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Sept. 5-15 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