Oak Park and River Forest police reports - Sept. 18-24

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Two unknown women approached an Oak Park woman late in the day on Sept. 18 in a parking lot in the 200 block of Lake Street. They displayed a handgun, demanded the woman get inside her car and ordered her to drive them to her bank. The victim drove to the bank, withdrew $3,000 and then drove to an area near Euclid Avenue just north of Lake Street. Both offenders then exited the vehicle with the money and fled eastbound on Lake Street.


An Oak Park juvenile was arrested on the afternoon of Sept. 17 for robbery at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue.

An unknown offender struck an Oak Park resident in the face with a closed fist, the early morning of Sept. 23, in the 1100 block of Randolph Street. The victim fell to the ground, and the man struck the victim again and removed his wallet, but returned it after he did not find any cash. No loss was reported and the offender fled on foot.


Someone entered a convertible parked in the garage in the 100 block of Forest Avenue, Sept. 15-17 by cutting the roof. The person then unlocked the passenger's side door, ransacked the glove compartment and removed a GPS from the windshield and an Apple iPod cable with stereo adapter. Estimated loss is $144.

An unknown person removed a green Murray Briggs and Stratton lawnmower from a garage in the 100 block of South Ridgeland Avenue between the morning and evening of Sept. 17. Estimated loss is $205.

A bag containing a pair of women's shoes was removed from an unlocked vehicle in the 300 block of Madison Street, the evening of Sept. 17. Estimated loss is $72.

Through an open overhead door, someone entered a garage in the 800 block of Hayes Avenue, overnight Sept. 18, and removed a silver Trek hybrid bicycle. Estimated loss is $800.

An unknown person removed a window from a garage in the 200 block of Flournoy Street, overnight Sept. 19, to enter it and remove a nail gun. The offender also entered a silver Hyundai Santa Fe through an open window and remove two disposable cameras and cash. Estimated loss is $140.

A piggy bank containing $70 was removed from a residence in the 400 block of South Euclid Avenue, the night of Sept. 16, when someone opened an unlocked bedroom window.

An unknown woman opened the front passenger side door of a vehicle in the 7100 block of Roosevelt Road, the afternoon of Sept. 20, and took a black purse containing a wallet, driver's license, credit cards and $25. The woman then entered a silver car and drove off westbound. Estimated loss is $150.

Two River Forest residents in the 500 block of Monroe Avenue, and one each in the 500 blocks of Jackson Avenue and William Street told police that overnight Sept. 19, an unknown person had entered their parked vehicles and rummaged through them, though nothing appeared to be missing. A green screwdriver was recovered in the 1998 Acura in the 500 block of Monroe Avenue. In the 600 block of Forest Avenue, someone had entered a 2004 Honda CRV and removed $5 in coins.

Someone entered a 1999 Jeep Cherokee, overnight Sept. 19, that was parked and unlocked in a driveway in the 700 block of Thatcher Avenue. A purse was removed that contained credit cards, a driver's license and a pearl necklace.

An unknown person cut a hole in the ceiling of Hollywood Pawners in the 6100 block of North Avenue, overnight Sept. 21, jumped down and removed four Apple iPods and a gold wrist watch. Estimated loss and damage is $1,650.


An unknown person removed a passport, green card and social security card from a home office in the 500 block of South Clarence Avenue on Aug. 11. Estimated loss is $695.

A purse was removed from a shopping cart in the 400 block of Madison, the afternoon of Sept. 18. The purse contained credit cards, keys, cash and a green card and social security card. Estimated loss is $695.

Someone removed a secured orange Huffy girl's bicycle from the rack in the 1100 block of South Boulevard between the morning and evening of Sept. 18. Estimated loss is $100.

A black Ford F150 pickup truck that was unlocked with the keys in the ignition was removed from the 1000 block of North Elmwood Avenue, the evening of Sept. 20. It was recovered the next day in the 1000 block of Ridgeway Avenue in Chicago.

An unknown person entered an unlocked gym locker at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue and removed an LG phone, the morning of Sept. 20. Estimated loss is $350.

A staff member at Dominican University told police on the morning of Sept. 21 that a Casio projector was removed from a classroom in Lewis Hall the previous evening. Estimated loss is $850.

Someone entered the Dominican University boy's soccer team locker room between the afternoon and evening of Sept. 17 and cut the padlocks off of seven lockers. Numerous cellphones, laptop computers and wallets with cash were removed. Several of the victims reported their debit cards had been used at Chicago locations.

While an employee at a business in the 900 block of Madison Street was servicing an Apple iPhone, an unknown man removed the phone from her hand and fled westbound on Madison. Another man appeared to be acting as a lookout. Estimated loss is $800.

Someone removed a green 1995 Toyota Corolla from the 200 block of North Oak Park Avenue, overnight Sept. 22. Estimated loss is $1,000.

Criminal damage to property

Someone damaged the window of a residence possibly with the use of a projectile, the night of Sept. 20, in the 600 block of Fair Oaks Avenue. Estimated loss is $400.

Someone used a large rock to break the windshield and driver's side mirror and dent the roof and door on a 2013 Mercedes in the 300 block of Forest Avenue, overnight Sept. 21. Estimated damage is $2,000.


Someone ignited a fire inside the vestibule of a residence in the 300 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, the early morning of Sept. 23. The Oak Park Fire Department extinguished the fire but the vinyl siding and wood frame were damage. Loss is unknown at this time.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Sept. 18-24 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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This is just ridiculous...  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 7:45 AM

Dan, I've been mulling this over. Can you please clarify: Are you saying the Oak Park police did not give a physical description of the offender who struck a resident? Are you saying the police did not include a description of the two women who pulled a gun and who are still at large? If this is so, I apologize about any implications I may have made. Our complaint should then be placed at the foot of the Chief of Police, and he needs to be the one to respond to these allegations.

This is just ridiculous...  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 7:18 AM

Dan, you did the impossible. You have Violet and my self agreeing on something. Someone is arrested, I don't need to know the race. Someone pulls a gun and they are on the loose, WE need to know specifics. In the words of Bill O'Reilly, "Now Dan, what say you?".

Violet Aura  

Posted: September 27th, 2012 5:59 PM

@Dan: Not true! Look at your first story: I think would agree with me that an armed robbery is fairly serious. The perps "fled," so they are still on the loose. No physical descriptors whatsoever, except that they are "unknown." I also find it interesting that the usual color of the car and perps' clothing, etc. is not noted in this story, which leads me to believe that the writer wanted to avoid the criticism given stories which describe everything else BUT race/ethnicity. LOL


Posted: September 27th, 2012 5:49 PM

Oops, there are a couple of typos in my math down there, but you get the idea lol. (25 6.25=31.25)


Posted: September 27th, 2012 5:47 PM

1 full Native grandparent a 1/2 Native grandparent would give you roughly 1/3. Same for 1 full one 1/4. One grandparent that's 3/4 and one grandparent that's 1/2. 25 12.5 = 37.5, 25 6.25= 21.25, and 18.75 12.5 = 31.25. I think only people who claim native blood can do the math as no one else really needs to. Sounds silly to some, but that's blood quantum laws for you.


Posted: September 27th, 2012 4:45 PM

How about 4/12 being 1/3? Help? I'm actually not sure.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal.  

Posted: September 27th, 2012 4:45 PM

Wednesday Journal's rule on identifying people by race is neither unspoken nor secret. Neither the Journal nor our sister papers include the race of an individual unless it is particularly pertinent to a story. Kathy Lamar, the first black president of the District 97 school board. That made the paper. White supremacist Nazis march in Lindberg Park. That made the paper. Lew Pope, black OPRF football quarterback in the 1930s, was not allowed by Florida officials to play in a national game played at the Orange Bowl. In a historical piece we reported on the reactions of white Oak Parkers. That made the paper. When it comes to crime reportage, where this question most often comes up, 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 apprehension. In such cases the suspect's race is obviously notable. That's our policy.

This is just ridiculous...  

Posted: September 27th, 2012 2:53 PM

This could keep me awake thinking tonight. Now, I'm no Gregor Mendel, but how can anyone be 1/3 Native American? Doesn't this percentage need to be an "even" number, like 1/2, 1/4, 1/8?

This is just ridiculous...  

Posted: September 27th, 2012 2:40 PM

OK. I will type slowly so everyone can understand. The Wednesday Journal has an unspoken rule not to disclose the race of anyone committing a crime. This is my reference to "an unknown offender..." and "two unknown women displayed a handgun..." The ridiculous aspect is the details to unimportant items, i.e. the color of a screwdriver. I was questioning the color of the Jeep CHEROKEE. Mike unknowingly tossed me an Uncle Charley. I jumped on that to draw the "logical" conclusion... GET IT?

Keepn it real  

Posted: September 27th, 2012 1:38 PM

This is just ridiculous, WHAT in the worl are you talking about? i am 1/3 Native American and i dont get this one


Posted: September 27th, 2012 1:11 AM

Yet another "colourful" week in OP. I wonder what's installed for us in the coming week.

This is just ridiculous...  

Posted: September 26th, 2012 2:37 PM

I believe this paper, urged by the powers that be, are prejudiced against Native Americans.

Mike Thompson from Oak Park  

Posted: September 26th, 2012 2:24 PM

^^^^^^ What are you getting at???

This is just ridiculous...  

Posted: September 26th, 2012 7:22 AM

"A green Toyota Corolla, a black Ford F10 pickup, an orange Huffy girl's bicycle, a green screwdriver, a black purse, A silver Hyundai Santa fe, a silver trek hybrid bicycle, an unknown offender struck an Oak Park resident, two unknown women displayed a hand gun..." My only question is what color was the 1999 Jeep Cherokee that was left unlocked on Thatcher Avenue?

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