By Jean Lotus
Sniper charged with aggravated assault
An 18-year-old male in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard was arrested after he allegedly used an air rifle to shoot BBs out the window of his apartment at people standing outside on the walkway. One of the BB projectiles struck a 15-year-old in the neck. The minor sustained a small puncture wound, but the victim's mother declined medical attention. A second victim told police he had been shot at as well about two hours earlier, but he wasn't hit. The shooter was charged with aggravated assault and battery.
Radio Shack burglarized
Oak Park police, responding to an activated burglar alarm at Radio Shack in the 900 block of Madison Street, found the front door pried open and the shop ransacked around 5:30 a.m., Sept. 17. Store surveillance video showed a man breaking open the front door with a pry tool, then opening the back door to let in two other men. Missing were assorted electronics, including televisions, DVD players, etc. Loss was not immediately available.
River Forest police opened an investigation, Sept. 9, of $1,300 worth of missing jewelry, which reportedly disappeared over the past two months from a residence in the 1000 block of Forest Avenue. The victim said she thought a caregiver had removed the items.
River Forest police stopped a 45-year-old Chicago male driver around 12:23 a.m., Sept. 7, after an officer observed a vehicle swerving in the 700 block of Harlem Avenue across the double-yellow lines. The driver failed field sobriety tests but refused to submit to a breathalyzer. Because of previous DUI convictions, he was charged with felony DUI.
Hit and run/DUI
- Officers, responding to reports of a traffic crash around 3 a.m., Sept. 22, in the 100 block of Iowa Street, found a 24-year-old Chicago driver who allegedly attempted a three-point turn and struck a parked vehicle, police reported. He exuded the odor of alcohol and had slurred speech. He failed field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol content was .173, more than twice the legal limit of .08. He was charged with DUI.
- Officers arrested a 33-year-old Berwyn man after witnesses said they saw his grey Infiniti rear-end a VW around 7 a.m., Sept. 22, near the 1000 block of North Austin Boulevard. The driver allegedly didn't stop but fled westbound on Augusta. Witnesses captured a license plate number, and police arrested the driver and charged him with aggravated DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and no valid driver's license. The VW driver complained of neck and back pain but declined medical attention, police said.
Talking their way in
Two men posing as construction workers, who said they needed to fill buckets with water, talked their way into a victim's apartment in the 500 block of Harrison Street around 1 p.m., Sept. 18. While one "workman" distracted the victim in the kitchen, the second entered the bedroom, where he used a pry tool to attempt to force open a locked file cabinet with no success. No loss was reported.
Woman bites hand
A 24-year-old Elgin woman was taken into custody after creating a disturbance in the waiting room at West Suburban Hospital in the first block of Erie Street. As a security guard escorted her out of the waiting room, she allegedly bit his hand and was charged with battery.
- An iPad 4 and case were removed from a teacher's desk at Irving School in the 1100 block of South Cuyler Avenue between Sept. 12 and 16. Police reported a parent open house was held during the timeframe of the theft. Loss was estimated at $509.
- River Forest police said a victim in the 100 block of Gale Street reported the theft of an undisclosed firearm, Sept. 17. Family members suspected a transient relative, who they said might have stolen the weapon to sell.
Police arrested a 20-year-old Oak Park man and charged him with the theft of a bike, which occurred on Sept. 17. The man was stopped after an officer observed him riding with no headlight after dark around 1:20 a.m., Sept. 19, in the 200 block of North Elmwood Avenue. The bike had been removed from a house in the 300 block of South Kenilworth Avenue.
An unsecured child's bike was reported taken from the first block of Ashland Avenue in River Forest, Sept. 7. A bike was removed from a River Forest unlocked poolhouse, Sept. 9. An unlocked bike was removed from a yard in the 1000 block of Kenilworth Avenue, overnight Sept. 11-12. Witnesses saw a man with neck tattoos ride off with an unlocked bike from the backyard of the 500 block of North Humphrey Avenue on Sept. 21. An unlocked Schwinn disappeared from the bike rack at Dominick's, 7501 W. North Avenue, River Forest, on Sept. 17.
A locked bike was removed from the 900 block of South Lombard Avenue, Sept. 18.
Auto burglar nabbed
Oak Park police arrested two men who were seen by a witness entering an unlocked vehicle in the 700 block of Lyman Avenue around 1 a.m. Inside the pocket of one suspect, an 18-year-old from Chicago, was a Tomtom GPS device which had been reported stolen from a 2000 Lexus, parked in the 600 block of South Taylor Avenue. Police also recovered a flash drive device, which was traced back to a BMW, parked in the 600 block of Lombard Avenue, which was burglarized overnight Sept. 19-20. The offender was charged with one count of auto burglary and one count of theft. His accomplice, who had no stolen property in his possession, was released without charge.
- A Chicago man told police he left his 2001 Buick Park Avenue running at the Shell gas station in the 6100 block of West North Avenue around 7:15 p.m., Sept. 17. While he was in the gas station shop making a purchase, he observed a thin unknown male enter his car and drive away. Estimated loss was $6,000.
- Someone removed a 1999 Dodge Caravan parked in the rear of the 100 block of South Humphrey, overnight Sept. 20-21. No loss value was reported.
- A black 2002 BMW 325I, worth around $15,000, was removed from its customary parking spot in the 400 block of Home Avenue, overnight Sept. 21-22.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Sept. 7-22 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