Oak Park and River Forest police reports - Sept. 11-17

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Chicago men arrested in Oak Park for car burglaries

Oak Park police arrested two Chicago men in the early morning of Sept. 11 after it was determined they were involved in several burglaries to cars parked in garages.

An officer had seen the two men, age 25 and 30, walking westbound on Madison Street into Oak Park from Austin around 12:30 a.m. Five hours later, the same officer saw them riding bicycles eastbound on Pleasant Street at Humphrey Avenue.

During an investigative stop, it was determined the 25-year-old was riding a Schwinn bicycle he took from a garage in the 700 block of North Humphrey Avenue. The 30-year-old was also arrested for burglary when he was found in possession of headphones taken from a vehicle parked in a garage in the 500 block of Fair Oaks Avenue. He also had two GPS units from cars parked in garages in the 100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue and the 200 block of North Harvey Avenue.

Theft

Someone removed a spare tire and four securing bolts from a Jeep Wrangler parked in the 400 block of South Scoville Avenue between the morning and afternoon of Aug. 28. Estimated loss is $800.

A 51-year-old Chicago man, who had been a guest in a home in the 100 block of North Kenilworth Avenue, was arrested after he removed $1,000, the evening of Sept. 9.

Someone approached a woman in the first block of Madison Street, the morning of Sept. 12, and snatched her black Gucci purse containing $74, identification and a debit card. The offender fled northbound on Austin Boulevard and entered the passenger's side of a gray Chevy Malibu that headed south. Estimated loss is $450.

An Apple iPhone and a health club membership card were removed from a book bag in an unlocked locker at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue, the early afternoon of Sept. 12. Estimated loss is $564.

An unknown person removed a North Face duffle bag containing a leather wallet and a Samsung Galaxy cellphone from a locker at Fitness Formula Club in the 1100 block of Lake Street, the night of Sept. 12. Estimated loss is $845.

A man entered the bank in the 1000 block of Lake Street, the afternoon of Sept. 13, and initiated a change scam with the teller. Estimated loss is $1,100.

A locked women's red Trek bicycle was removed from the 500 block of Harrison Street between the morning and afternoon of Sept. 13. Estimated loss is $550.

An unknown person removed a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and gun case from the trunk of a vehicle in the 500 block of South Scoville Avenue between the mornings of Sept. 8 and 13.

A Segway transportation device that had been left near the 1000 block of Harlem Avenue, the morning of Sept. 10, was taken by two men who appeared to be scrap collectors, according to video surveillance. Estimated loss is $6,000.

An unknown teenager entered a businessin the 7700 block of Lake Street, the night of Sept. 9, and removed a Samsung cellphone from the front desk. Estimated loss is $400.

Burglary

An unknown person removed an orange Trek bicycle from an unlocked garage in the 1100 block of South Maple Avenue between the afternoon of Sept. 8 and early morning of Sept. 11. Estimated loss is $1,800.

The owner of a gold 2001 Honda Civic saw an unknown person exit the vehicle in the 300 block of Wisconsin Avenue, the afternoon of Sept. 11. The vehicle was ransacked but no loss was reported. The offender fled on foot. During the same time period that day, a witness saw an unknown person inside another victim's gold 1994 Toyota Corolla in the 900 block of North Taylor Avenue. Later that evening in the 100 block of Forest Avenue, an unknown person entered an unlocked 2008 Mazda, ransacked the vehicle and removed $5 in change.

Someone entered a Jeep Wrangler on the fourth floor of a garage in the 700 block of North Boulevard, overnight Sept. 11-12, by cutting the plastic window. The offender removed $5 in change. Estimated loss is $155. During the same time period in the same location, someone entered another vehicle by forcing down a partially-opened window and removed about $2 in change.

An Apple iPad and a Playstation game console with two controllers were removed from an unlocked apartment in the first block of North Austin Boulevard between the morning and evening of Sept. 12. Estimated loss is $1,200

An unknown person entered an unlocked garage in the 200 block of South Kenilworth Avenue between the night of Sept. 9 and morning of Sept. 14 and removed a brown men's 15-speed Marin Bridgeway bicycle. Estimated loss is $600.

Someone cut a hole in the top of a silver Mazda Miata convertible in the 100 block of Forest Place, overnight Sept. 11-12, ransacked the glove compartment and center console but did not remove anything. Estimated damage is $1,300.

A white laptop computer inside a computer bag and a Sony digital camera were removed from a 2009 Infiniti SUV parked in the rear of the 400 block of South East Avenue, the night of Sept. 14. Estimated loss is $800.

An XM satellite radio receiver was removed from an unlocked van in the 200 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, the night of Sept. 16. Estimated loss is $400.

A black bag containing medical supplies that was found in a backyard in the 800 block of Bonnie Brae, the morning of Sept. 10, had been taken from a 1999 Lexus parked in the 900 block of Clinton Place the previous day.

A 20-year-old Chicago man was arrested on the morning of Sept. 12 with help from the West Suburban Drug and Gang Enforcement task force after the man entered a home with an open kitchen window in the 800 block of Monroe Avenue between the afternoon and evening of Sept .11. The man had removed jewelry, a laptop, an iPhone and other items valued in excess of $5,000. He was charged with burglary, resisting arrest and parole violations.

A resident of the 700 block of Bonnie Brae reported that, overnight Sept. 15-16, someone removed coins, gloves and an iPod from her unlocked Lexus parked in the driveway. The offender also entered the garage and removed a Specialized Rock Hopper bicycle valued at $880 and a bike computer valued at $40.

Criminal damage to property

A vehicle in the 200 block of Forest Avenue, overnight Sept. 10-11, was damaged when a fiberglass sculpture was placed on the roof, causing scratches. Estimated damage is $1,500.

An unknown person broke the glass on the sunroof of a red 2009 Honda CRV in the 200 block of North Harvey Avenue, overnight Sept 13. Estimated damage is $500.

Robbery

An unknown man approached a woman who was using a laptop on her porch, the evening of Sept. 13, in the 100 block of South Humphrey Avenue. The offender placed a handgun at her neck and demanded the laptop. He grabbed it and fled southbound on Humphrey Avenue with another unknown man. Estimated loss is $1,620.

A man approached a victim parked at a gas station in the 6100 block of North Avenue, the afternoon of Sept. 14, displayed a handgun and demanded property. The victim handed the man a wallet containing $40, identification and debit cards. Estimated loss is $100.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Sept. 11-17 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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Ray Simpson from Oak park  

Posted: October 2nd, 2012 7:48 AM

@ just saying - That is an easy calculation to make. How many times have you been in a situation where you feared for your life, or the safety of another? Most of us would say never, but, that one time might change your lifelong belief. Evil people do not respect pacifism but rather take full advantage.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: October 1st, 2012 10:58 PM

Just Saying: How can you prove a negative?

Just saying...  

Posted: September 26th, 2012 8:10 AM

I never meant to imply that you were not a responsible and well trained in the use of firearms. I respect that you have saved countless lives because you possess a gun. But I will bet any money that I have saved more lives by NOT having a gun.

Brian Slowak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 26th, 2012 7:54 AM

JS: I cant argue with you on this one. I have dropped my hand gun, not with this consequence though. However, this is incident does not reflect on me or my possession or use of a firearm.

Just saying...  

Posted: September 26th, 2012 7:42 AM

Thank God he shot himself. A lot of good conceal and carry would have done if this nut dropped his gun and shot someone's daughter.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 25th, 2012 4:29 PM

The movie was a guy who dropped his gun and shot himself, if I recall. Moral versus criminal responsibility.The mirror is for point shooting, not practicing your draw. I am attempting to obtain dates of the chiefs gun fiasco.

Just saying...  

Posted: September 21st, 2012 11:16 AM

You drop your gun in a movie and you accidentally shoot some one. Morally responsible. You forgot to take your gun out of the trunk of your car and it is stolen. Morally responsible. Your gun is stolen out of your house. Morally responsible. In the course of an armed robbery your gun is stolen. Not morally responsible, but you should go back to your full length mirror and practice you quick draw, Tex. What date was the chief's weapon stolen? I know when he drew his other weapon...

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 21st, 2012 10:47 AM

JS: Nice to clear the air and get to what we both agree on. You mention morally responsible, nice word smithing, but what does the phrase mean to you? If there is no harm, then how do we move. What if the gun was removed form his hand, like during an armed robbery? Is he still morally responsible? Thank for the exchange.

Just saying...  

Posted: September 21st, 2012 10:25 AM

The chief of police is not a nitwit. He is an incompetent boob who still has his job by virtue of outside groups exerting pressure on the village board to keep him on. I fixate on the trunk issue because it is irresponsible. The gun was stolen by a criminal, and will inevitably be used in a crime. Hopefully, no innocent individual will be murdered because of this action. To say the owner is not morally responsible is absurd.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 21st, 2012 8:49 AM

Now: I am not member of the NRA.I and my handguns have saved lives. To punish me for what some own else does is not fair. If the trunk issue is important to you did you speak up when the chief of police had his hand gun stolen from his home?If not why is the trunk issue important now?

joel from south oak park  

Posted: September 20th, 2012 3:37 PM

wow. I really shouldn't have edited a post while talking on the phone; my grammer was terrible.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: September 20th, 2012 3:32 PM

You make a good point Brian. Say someone own a car, they leave my keys in the car and someone steals it. The thief then runs a pedestrian down with the stolen car. In this case the person who had his car stolen did so through an irresponsible but legal action. Any actions that the thief takes are not former car owners legal responsibility. The former car owner may feel terrible but should not be held responsible for what happened to the pedestrian either legally or morally.

Now just curious...  

Posted: September 20th, 2012 3:20 PM

I thought any discussion about guns in Oak Park always brought out the Conservative card carrying NRA bloviators. Where are they now? How come they are not running to this nitwit's defense, saying "You can take my gun when you pry it out of my cold, locked trunk of my car?"

OP Guy  

Posted: September 20th, 2012 11:51 AM

Just asking, I completely agree with you, but I'm sure there are some crazies out there that would see no issue in arming a 12 Y.O. with the reasoning that with training anyone can be responsible.

Just asking...  

Posted: September 20th, 2012 7:50 AM

Before everyone gets their undies in a bundle, that last post is sarcasm. Obviously conceal and carry would have had no effect on this horrible crime. Conceal and carry, Stand Your Ground have no business in a civilized society.

Just asking...  

Posted: September 20th, 2012 7:48 AM

That little girl could have prevented that crime if she was packing. Another reason why Illinois needs conceal and carry.

OP Guy  

Posted: September 20th, 2012 12:57 AM

Yet another gun in the hands of a criminal. The traumatic event with the 12 Y.O. Girl and the gun getting "stolen" is just more reason for getting rid of guns. How many more guns in the necks of 12 Y.O. girls do we need for people to realise that adding more guns to society is not solving the gun problems in our county?

Joe from Oak Park  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 10:03 PM

Agree with Just Asking, where is the outrage pertaining to the girl getting her laptop taken at gun point? Oh its a one off event thats right.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 5:23 PM

DCFS also returns children to their parents. Do we reinstate gun owners? After what period of time?For which offense?

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 5:12 PM

To what percentage do you hold the irresponsible gun owner, and to what percentage do you hold the person who pulls the trigger? Why

Just asking...  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 3:28 PM

Agree. DCFS will take away your children if you're not responsible. So...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 2:17 PM

Just asking... he or she should have a financial obligation but that would require a person carrying insurance and insurance companies are not idiots so they are not going to insure anyone against a gun that is lost that hurt others. Guns don't kill people do is what gun people like to say, so guns don't leave, their owners do. This idiot should not be allowed anymore guns. I'm not opposed to guns, just irresponsible idiots who lose guns to people they say they need guns to protect against.

Just asking...  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 1:50 PM

If the gun is later used in a shooting that kills an innocent child or a police officer, should the irresponsible owner be held accountable in a criminal or civil suit? He is certainly morally responsible for any crime committed with that weapon.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 1:47 PM

joe, so what. The guy lost a few hundred dollars. What if the bad guy shoots someone with the gun. I could careless if some idiot lost a few hundred dollars. This idiot didn't lose his car keys, cell phone, house keys. He lost his gun and that is not something that should happen to anyone. You don't lose a gun if you are responsible with everything that goes into owning a gun. I am sure that Brian Slowiak never lost his gun.

joe from South Oak Park  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 1:00 PM

@asking- i agree it was irresponsible, but not illegal. but this is very different than leaving a child unattended in the car as that is both illegal and irresponsable. The guy learned an expensive lesson.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 10:55 AM

Cont... secure all of their weapons should be allowed to own a weapon. This person doesn't need to own a gun for protection.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 10:53 AM

It is not responsible of a gun owner to leave a gun in the truck of a car. Gun's should be placed back in the home once finished with work and placed securely inside the home. You don't leave a gun placed in your garage, car, locker at work, etc.. If you are going to own a gun then take full responsibility. The person who owned the gun would probably tell you he bought it to protect himself from the very people who took it away from him. Only people who are responsible enough to Cont....

Just asking...  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 10:50 AM

Whoa. From the Pioneer Press: A 12-year-old Oak Park girl was approached by a person who placed a handgun to her neck and demanded her laptop at 7:37 p.m. Sept. 13 on the 100 block of South Humphrey Road. Estimated loss, $1,620.

Where Is The Outrage, Oak Park?  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 10:39 AM

Why is someone getting a gun put to their neck while sitting on their porch not the lead news story for Oak Park.com? Folks, the drug-infestation issues across our border with Chicago grow worse by the week. And so too is the ho-hum response this village and its citizens have toward violent crime. If we don't talk about it or print it, it does not exist and will get better by itself, right? Like Romney's ideas on the Middle East. Its unsolvable so let's just kick it down the road, right?

Jimi  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 10:22 AM

Hey Joe, where you going with that gun in your trunk?

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 9:59 AM

How did the chief of police go to work every day without a firearm? Did the chief of police sign complaints against the person who had his firearm? Were any Rules and Regulations of The Oak Park Police Department as to proper storage of the with children in the home violated? Was the weapon test fired and samples of the discharged bullets kept for comparison to other offenses?

Just asking... again...  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 9:51 AM

Yes, it IS perfectly legal to transport a cased firearm in the trunk of your car. But is it RESPONSIBLE to leave it in the trunk of your car for four days when you are not in the vehicle? It is also legal to transport a baby in a vehicle, but is it responsible to leave the child in the car alone while you go shopping?

joe from south oak park  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 9:35 AM

last I checked it's perfectly legal to transport a cased firearm in the trunk of your car. The guy who had his pistol stolen is out $800 to $1200 if it was a good 1911 style pistol.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 8:35 AM

Are these two guys then related to the chief of police who had his firearm stolen from his home and didnt get arrested?

Just asking...  

Posted: September 19th, 2012 8:24 AM

"An unknown person removed a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and gun case from the trunk of a vehicle..." I assume that the individual who filed this theft report is a responsible and trained gun owner. If he wasn't, we would be reading about his arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm. Does anyone know if he is related to this guy? http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/15/police-moviegoer-accidentally-shoots-himself-in-the-rear/?hpt=hp_t2

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