Three teenagers — two of them displaying semi-automatic handguns — robbed the 7-11 on the 200 block of Chicago Avenue at 11:38 p.m. on Jan. 18. The youths entered the store, allegedly displayed handguns and demanded cash from the registers.
A River Forest man was walking on the 200 block of N. Harlem, Jan. 10 around 10:25 p.m., when a woman and man approached him and asked for change. When the man removed his wallet, the couple allegedly attempted to grab it, but failed.
Oak Park saw the lowest level of crime in almost 30 years in 2010, according to annual crime stats released by the police department on Friday. Overall, 1,904 crimes were investigated by local police last year, a 12-percent drop from 2009. Police Chief Rick Tanksley attributed the dip to the willingness of village residents to get involved.
A woman was tricked into letting thieves into her house last Thursday at 2:35 p.m. when an older-model, gray-and-white Pontiac pulled into her driveway on the 1100 block of Rossell. Three men exited and told her there were electric wires hanging on her garage.
A lot of strange commissions cross Wednesday Journal's crime desk. Many of the perpetrations we report are ugly and damaging, but some are just plain weird. In case you missed them, here's our list of the most interesting odd crimes of 2010.
Four Chicago girls who mugged an Oak Park woman for her digital camera the night of Dec. 23 and drove off in a stolen minivan were arrested minutes later by Oak Park police on the 800 block of South Harlem in Forest Park.