Rock-throwing kids break windshield on Harlem

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By Jean Lotus

Contributing Reporter

Six juveniles were detained by River Forest police after throwing rocks at moving southbound traffic on Harlem Avenue at 7:38 p.m. on Sept. 12. After a rock broke a driver's windshield, he observed the children run into a home near LeMoyne and Harlem. River Forest police questioned the youth who consisted of three 12-year olds (one girl and two boys) two 15-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy. The parents in the home agreed to pay for damage to the windshield.

Police charge juvenile with Oak Park auto burglaries

Police arrested a 12-year-old Chicago boy on Sept. 15 on an active Chicago warrant for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. They also charged him with two Oak Park burglaries to autos which happened on Aug. 25 in the 700 block of South Blvd. and the 100 block of S. Oak Park Ave. The boy was released to the juvenile detention center.

Summer bummer

Someone broke into the back yard of a house in the 1000 block of S. Cuyler and stole: a gas lawnmower, a push lawn mower, a green metal patio table and a black table top grill. Loss was estimated at $325.

Burglary to residence

Burglars got away with more than $50,000 worth of valuables in a home burglary on the 1100 block of N. Euclid Sept. 16 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:51 p.m. Unknown person(s) bashed in the rear door, ransacked multiple rooms and removed a jewelry case, Jordan gym shoes and a safe containing jewelry and vintage baseballs cards.


Seven white Apple Macbook laptop computers were removed from a residence in the 200 block of N. Cuyler sometime between July 7 and Sept. 13. Loss was valued at $6,300.

A woman grabbed a cell phone from a victim's hand and boarded an eastbound Green Line train in the CTA station in the 1100 block of South Blvd. at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 14. The offender was described as white, in her 30s, around 5-feet, 9-inches, weighing 200 pounds with brown hair. Loss was estimated $159.

Three men were arrested after police observed their truck was loaded with cast-iron sewer and water pipes from the River Forest Public Works department on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. Ronald Campbell, 53; Eddie Davis, 39 and Kevin Davis, 40 were charged with felony theft of government property and criminal trespass.

A package was discovered stolen from the lobby of a building in the 7200 block of Oak in River Forest on Sept. 15 at 6:22 p.m. Value was estimated at $80.

A woman was approached by two men who used a fictitious story to convince her to withdraw $2,000 from her bank as "good faith" money for which she would receive $5,000. The victim was given a wad of newspapers in a red scarf, which she believed was cash. The con-men were in their 50s and 60s and spoke with an African accent, according to police reports.

Someone removed valuables from a victim's unattended bag in the 100 block of S. Grove on Sept. 15 between 9 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. Missing were an expired passport, a debit card, a credit card and $120.

Tools worth $16,000 were stolen from two parked Nicor trucks while personnel were working around noon on Sept. 15 in the 300 block of S. Euclid. A Milwaukee drill, a sawzall, a Hilti Hammer drill and mercury detector were stolen. Workers said they observed a man near the truck who was seen leaving in an older grey minivan.

A two-foot copper flower pot was stolen from the front yard of a residence in the 700 block of Highland overnight on Sept. 15. Value was estimated at $100.

A UPS package worth $30 was removed from the front porch of a home in the 900 block of S. East during the afternoon of Sept. 16.

An unlocked vehicle with the key in the ignition was stolen from the 1000 block of S. Harvey sometime between 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 1 p.m. Sept 18. The car was valued at $1,000.

Burglary from garage

Persons unknown removed a white 21-speed mountain bicycle and a Garmin GPS unit from a garage on the 600 block of S Euclid overnight on Sept. 13.

Three bicycles and a Belkin MP3 FM transmitter were stolen from a garage in the 300 block of Linden overnight on Sept. 15. Loss was estimated at $2,020.

A specialized Hard Rock bicycle worth $900 was removed from a garage via an open overhead door in the 800 block of Wesley between 4:45 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. on Sept. 17.

In the same block, the same day, a razor power wing scooter was removed from a backyard between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Loss was estimated at $101.

Bicycle theft

Children playing soccer in the west field of Keystone Park in the 7900 bock of Lake Street witnessed two14-year-olds boy removing an unlocked green BMX racing bicycle from beside the field. They chased the boys, who escaped westbound.

Criminal damage to motor vehicle

Two men were observed attacking a vehicle with a metal pipe at 3:16 a.m. on Sept. 18 in the 6500 block of North Avenue, breaking the windshield and denting the trunk.

Retail theft arrests

Randy Nowak, 28, of the 3000 block of N. Long, Chicago was arrested for felony retail theft at 6:49 p.m. on Sept. 14 at a store in the 200 block of Lake Street. Also arrested for retail theft at the same location later that night — at 9:08 p.m. — was Eular Lyons, 51 of the 100 block of N. Mayfield, Chicago.

David Thomas, 49, of the 400 block of W. 72nd St. Chicago was arrested and charged with felony retail theft from the 200 block of Lake Street at 1:14 p.m. on Sept. 15.


Police arrested Fernando Bowie, 28, of the 700 block of S. Kenneth, Chicago, for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with license suspended on Sept. 15 at 11:43 p.m.

Salvador Suarez, 21, of the 1000 block of Brightwood St., Bensenville was charged with DUI after being stopped in the 1000 block of Madison at 1:41 a.m. on Sept. 18.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Sept. 12-18, 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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Posted: September 25th, 2011 1:58 PM

Where are the parents of these young boys? Same place Jarret Robys parents were, in fact they were probably bumpin and grindin at the same club!

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 23rd, 2011 10:23 PM

There are a number of contributing factors. A recent study found high levels of lead in the blood of inmates. But the real injustice lies with a justice system that does not protect us from the predators. The majority of crime is committed by a very small percentage of the population. Rearrest rates cannot be ignored. Criminals are being released back into society without demonstrating a level of rehabilitation or adequate job training.

Jim M  

Posted: September 23rd, 2011 8:00 PM

Failure of the criminal justice system, my a#$. The real problem is people popping out kids with no father in sight !!!!!

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: September 23rd, 2011 7:34 PM

The failures of our criminal justice system needs to be addressed. Rearrest rates of criminals who commit violent crimes is more than 70%. We should not tolerate nor accept that our prison system is unable to rehabiliate these types of criminals but still release them back into society where they will continue to wreck havoc and bring misery to innocent victims.

Violet Aura  

Posted: September 23rd, 2011 6:10 PM

Regarding the teen armed robber: does anyone know if comments were disabled BEFORE posting the story? It must be relatively recent (within the last few hours) and I find it odd that the comments would be disabled so soon. Kind of sucks. Not very democratic and won't solve whatever bigotry caused the censorship!

Violet Aura  

Posted: September 23rd, 2011 12:24 PM

@Meg: And you know this how...? That is a story you have constructed. Let's take you at your word. I was a latch-key kid and knew others who were the same. We weren't going around throwing rocks at cars just because we were home alone. This is an aggressive act and indicates anger. Perhaps the mother is at home all the time; who knows? Maybe she thinks "discipline" is found in hitting her kids and they rebel when out of her sight. I don't think it's beneficial to be knee-jerk in excusing this...

OP Guy  

Posted: September 21st, 2011 10:12 PM

Meg, all the while neglecting the single most important thing a parent can give a child.


Posted: September 21st, 2011 4:45 PM

"Seven white Apple Macbook laptop computers were removed from a residence in the 200 block of N. Cuyler sometime between July 7 and Sept. 13. Loss was valued at $6,300." I knew this sounded strange when I first read it.....

Meg from Oak Park  

Posted: September 21st, 2011 1:06 PM

OP Guy - they're working three jobs trying to keep a roof over the kid's head.

jadd from oak park  

Posted: September 21st, 2011 4:52 AM

Summer Bummer? Please, Wed. Journal, don't try to get cute when reporting on crime. Neither the crime, nor your quips, amuse.

OP Guy  

Posted: September 20th, 2011 11:27 PM

Ah, now 12 year old Chicago boys are using weapons and breaking into homes... I await the article that's titled "4 year old Chicago boy strong arms various toddlers at park while stealing their Bob the Builder and Dora the Explorer lunch boxes"... "4 year old boy also caught trying to unload stolen goods on local pre-school corner". Where are the parents in these kids lives?

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