Police caught five burglars stealing power tools from a parked car during a routine early-morning police patrol in the 1100 block of Lyman on Sept. 23. The men were also linked to a string of other burglaries in the neighborhood and incidents in River Forest and Cicero, said Commander LaDon Reynolds of the Oak Park Police Department.
Elijah Osagboro, 17, of the 100 block of South Austin Boulevard, was arrested Friday after allegedly threatening and robbing his ex-girlfriend on her way to school. According to police Osagboro pushed the 17-year-old Oak Park girl against a garage in an alley behind the 100 block of South Elmwood Avenue, held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her Friday morning at about 8 a.m.
Oak Park and River Forest High School student Pawel Borowski-Beszta was re-indicted Friday by a Cook County grand jury, which charged him with four counts of theft in addition to the drug and weapons charges previously leveled against him for allegedly running a drug sales operation out of an Oak Park apartment.
An affordable housing complex, slated to be built in a long-empty former cable television facility in Oak Park, was recently rejected in its application for state funding critical to make the development happen.
Seven laptop computers disappeared from the Beye School library, 230 N. Cuyler Ave., over the summer, police reported Monday. The white, Apple Macbook computers were said to have been removed sometime after July 7, said Cmdr. LaDon Reynolds of the Oak Park police department.
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.
"Fight until the end." That's the advice given by the female victim of an attempted River Forest kidnapping to a small group of residents who met Friday with Deputy Police Chief Craig Rutz and other officers to talk about crime in River Forest. "You are responsible for your own safety," she said.
Oak Park police curbed a driver they suspected of texting and violating radio noise ordinances in the 1600 block of S. Harlem on August 31 around 9 p.m. While speaking with Kurt Thoemke, 36, of the 600 block of Louis in Franklin Park, they noticed a baseball-shaped package in the car that turned out to be 354.5 grams of cocaine, worth almost $30,000.
The 17-year-old Oak Park and River Forest High School student who landed a handful of felony charges last month after a search of his apartment turned up large quantities of drugs, cash, and allegedly stolen goods apparently got some of the drugs via a FedEx shipment from California.
A handful of River Forest residents are refusing to take crime and violence sitting down. By all appearances, the village is a relatively safe place to live. Weekly police reports consist mostly of minor infractions, along with the occasional theft or burglary.