Oak Park police are increasing patrols near areas where two young women were victims of strong-arm robberies during the day over the weekend in Oak Park, said Commander LaDon Reynolds of the Oak Park police. One woman suffered injuries to her face and head as her purse was taken by force.
A customer at the BP gas station at Harrison Street and Austin Boulevard was pumping gas, around 6 p.m. Aug. 10, when a man with a tattoo on his neck reached through the open window and displayed a kitchen knife. The victim told police the man snatched a $100 bill from the driver's hand and fled eastbound into Columbus Park.
After three recent strong-arm robberies of pedestrians along the east edge of River Forest, a beefed-up police patrol was in the right place at the right time when a fourth victim was attacked Aug. 10 around 3:15 p.m. in the 900 block of Bonnie Brae.
Banging sounds around 6 a.m. coming from the mudroom in their home in the 100 block of Park Boulevard alerted River Forest residents, who found an unknown 30-year-old Chicago man in their house, Aug. 4.
River Forest burglars made off with high-end loot in incidents reported July 21 and July 23. While owners were on vacation, someone gained entry into a house in the 900 block of Bonnie Brae Place and removed two custom watches valued at more than $10,000.
A former North Chicago police officer, his son and an acquaintance will stand trial starting Oct. 21 for their involvement in the fatal shooting of a Chicago woman in a River Forest parking lot in 2011.