Thief signs on dotted line, drives off with three grand in food

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The morning of Sept. 21 a man pulled up to a food preparation facility at 208 Madison St, and told employees he was there to pick up an order of frozen food. The man signed for the food, valued at $3,275, it was loaded into his refrigerator truck, and he drove off. It was later determined that the man was not authorized to sign for the food.

Theft of motor vehicle

?  Someone drove off in a 2003 Ford Panel Van belonging to a lawn service company the afternoon of Sept. 21 in the 300 block of South Euclid. The theft was aided by keys left in the ignition of the running truck, which is valued at $18,000.

? An Oak Park man's 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was stolen from the 100 block of Harrison St. overnight on Sept. 20. The vehicle was recovered the next night in the 6400 block of South Damen Ave. in Chicago. Andrea Gill, 36, and Carlon Drew Thompson, 39, both of Maywood, were arrested by 7th District police.

?  Thieves broke the ignition switch of a 1995 Jeep Cherokee parked in a lot in the 300 block of South Blvd. late the afternoon of Sept. 19 in a failed theft attempt. They were more successful with a 1996 Jeep Cherokee parked nearby in the 200 block of South Blvd. The Jeep, valued at $6,000, was recovered two nights later in the 1200 block of North Mayfield by 15th District Chicago police. No one has been apprehended.

Criminal trespass to auto

? Shauteka T. Taylor, of 1712 N. Luna, Chicago, was stopped near Waller Ave. and North Ave. the afternoon of Sept. 21 while driving a Ford Taurus. The car was reported stolen out of Chicago, and Taylor allegedly was found in possession of a plastic bag containing Ecstasy. She also reportedly had no valid driver's license.

Theft from person

?  Oak Park police are looking for a person they believe is responsible for three purse snatchings in the southeast section of the village last week. A La Grange woman was approached by a man on Garfield St. near Austin Blvd. just after 9 p.m. Sept. 20. The man stated that he was a drug addict, then tore her purse from its shoulder strap. She fell to the ground, and he ran off with a check book and $50.

?  On Sept. 22 a man ran up behind an Oak Park juvenile female walking in the alley behind the 300 block of Madison. He pulled the girl's purse off her shoulder and ran off east bound. Loss was $18. A man of similar description approached a woman from behind as she walked in the 900 block of South Lombard shortly before 11 p.m. on Sept. 23. He grabbed a bag off her shoulder that contained her purse, a cell phone, IDs and $20 and fled southbound on Lombard.

Battery

?  Michael J. Killingsworth, 40, of 2916 W. Cortland, Chicago was arrested Sept 20 on a signed complaint for a battery that allegedly occurred in the 1100 block of South Austin Blvd. on July 16. Killingsworth allegedly struck a woman in the face several times, then kicked her in the chest. In addition, he was charged with Criminal Damage to Property for reportedly breaking the window of another apartment in the building.

?  Keyone Sellers, 17, allegedly approached a River Forest juvenile walking in the 800 block of Lake St. the afternoon of Sept. 22. After a brief verbal altercation, Sellers grabbed the juvenile by the neck and slammed him to the ground, according to Oak Park police. He then began hitting the juvenile in the head and face. The victim was treated and released at West Suburban Hospital

?  Robert R. Gooden, 26, of the 200 block of South Lombard was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery after he allegedly grabbed and began pushing an Oak Park juvenile following a verbal altercation the night of Sept. 19.

Burglary

? A man broke a window with a hammer in the 1150 block of Highland the afternoon of Sept. 22 then entered the rear of the home and took a DVD player and TV set, which he also placed in the trunk of a red Cadillac, then drove off. Police say they have the car's license plate number and the owner's name.

Disorderly Conduct

?  Alvera Brown, 54, of 5512 W. Gladys. Chicago was arrested last week after police determined that a report she filed on July 20 alleging the theft of $12,000 in cash in a purse snatching was untrue. A video surveillance camera at 20 Madison, where Brown said the theft had occurred, found that no such incident had in fact happened.

?  Jamall Davis, 25, of 1622 N. McVicker, Chicago was arrested around 3 a.m. in the 1150 block of South Cuyler Ave. after he allegedly refused a police order to get out of the street and to lower his voice. Davis, police say, not only began talking louder, he spit at one of the officers.

More bike thefts

? Thieves broke into basements in the 800 block of Lyman and the 300 block of North Austin Blvd. last week and stole two bikes at each location, valued at $920 and $850 respectively. Another bike valued at $850 was stolen from a common area in a basement of a building in the 1000 block of Pleasant.

Possession of controlled substance

? Lathaniel D. James, 33, of 5500 W. Gladys, Chicago was allegedly observed having difficulty walking in the 400 block of South Blvd. around 2 a.m. on Sept. 22. Police say James' speech was slurred and that he had numerous medicine bottles and prescriptions bearing other people's names in his possession.

Retail theft

? Jeremy L. Mosely, 17, of 816 N. Austin Blvd. was arrested Sept. 24 after being identified as the person who allegedly committed a retail theft at the Clark Station,, 330 Chicago Ave. Sept. 22. On Sept. 25 a Chicago juvenile was arrested after matching the description of a retail theft suspect at that same location.

Forgery

? Ricky Moss, 38, of 52 N. Lotus, Chicago, was arrested by Oak Park detectives following a court appearance in Chicago Sept. 23 for an allegedly passing a bad check at Oak Park Currency Exchange, 805 Madison, on June 18.

? These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Sept.19 to Sept.26. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

Oak Park police tactical teams are on heightened alert after 11 more vehicles were burglarized or broken into last week. In addition, four garages were also burglarized, with a total of six cars entered. Once again, smashed windows were the primary method of entrance, though several of the thefts were aided by owner carelessness. Thieves smashed the side window of a BMW 318I parked in the 900 block of North Elmwood the evening of Sept. 21 and stole $200 and assorted CDs. A laptop computer, projector, camera, video camera and stereo were stolen from a 1998 Ford Contour parked in the 500 block of Harrison over night Sept. 19 after thieves smashed a side window. Loss was $2,700.

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