Another woman was attacked and robbed Thursday night in an alley behind First United Methodist Church, an incident Oak Park police said is likely connected to four earlier attacks this month. Oak Park Deputy Police Chief Anthony Ambrose said the woman, who was in her mid-20s, was attacked in the alley behind the 300 block of North Oak Park Avenue around 8 p.m. Thursday night.
A female Forest Park resident was riding the CTA Blue Line headed eastbound between the Oak Park and Harlem stops on April 23 when she was robbed by an unknown offender described as a male between 40 and 45 years old, between 5-feet-4 and 5-feet-5, with a slim build, a very dark complexion, and messy facial hair.
A Cicero man, believed to be connected to a string of copper thefts in Oak Park, was arrested Wednesday. According to Oak Park police summary reports, Henry W. Teska, 23, of the 5800 block of W. Roosevelt, was arrested for felony and misdemeanor theft and criminal damage to property for separate thefts that occurred at locations between the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Lyman.
Two more Oak Park women were victimized Tuesday night in what is becoming a string of violent robberies targeting women in the village. The Oak Park police believe the suspect in one of the attacks might be the same perpetrator of three robberies that occurred between March 30 and April 4.
Oak Park police have reported a string of incidents in which large air conditioning units have been targeted for their copper parts. Commander LaDon Reynolds said the department has received several reports of similar incidents within the last week.
A man suspected of stealing copper downspouts from two different Oak Park homes was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of felony theft. Tyree Gregory, 56, of the 1100 block of S. Homan Ave. in Chicago, was also wanted on two outstanding warrants from the DuPage County Sheriff's Department, for criminal trespass to property and for driving with a suspended license.
Lisa Dodge was returning home after a long day of traveling when she was confronted by a stranger outside her apartment building on the 200 block of N. Oak Park Ave. last week. She had noticed the man loitering around the entrance as her cab pulled up and she collected her belongings but didn't think much of it until the man walked up to her and said, "All I want is your money."