A Cicero woman watching a movie at the Lake Theatre the afternoon of July 28 with her purse between her feet had the purse stolen. The purse contained $110 in cash, and a gold diamond ring valued at $15,000.


Burglars struck numerous homes and businesses in Oak Park last week. Thieves used a sledgehammer and power drill to open a vault and steal $1,550 and three personal checks from Mohr Concrete, 915 S. Maple. The burglars entered sometime between the evening of July 26 and 4:40 a.m. July 27, using two cinder blocks to reach a set of “Jalousie” windows. They removed the windows, as well as a 2-by-3-foot inner window. Once inside, they broke into the safe and also damaged the security alarm by unknown means.

? For the second time in five days, thieves hit Oak Ice Cream, 250 Chicago Ave.
Overnight on July 24 thieves removed various ice cream products, three handtrucks, and two jackstands with a total value of $470 from a secured rear yard of the business. The night of July 19 a man was observed entering the business after defeating the deadbolt lock with a pry tool. He took a digital camera and cell phone, as well as nine boxes of ice cream from a delivery truck.

? Thieves entered the sixth floor of a building at 418 S. Oak Park Ave. via either key or an open window overnight on July 25. Once inside, they entered four different offices, stealing keyboards, monitors and computer towers, plus a watch, valued in total at $7,850.

? Someone pushed an air conditioner out the window of a residence in the 300 block of South Oak Park Avenue between July 23 and 25. Besides stealing a variety of items, they cut up a futon mattress, cut the cords to appliances, and poured an unknown liquid on the victim’s clothing. Loss was $2,275.

? Two residences in the 700 block of Park Avenue in River Forest undergoing
rehab were burglarized overnight on July 26. Power tools were stolen in each instance.

Death Investigation

Redmond E. Lyons-Keefe, 26, of Chicago, was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of an apartment in the 600 block of Lake Street around 5 a.m., July 28. He had no vital signs, and a medical examiner declared him dead. No foul play was involved in the death, according to Oak Park police.

Aggravated Discharge
of a Firearm

Two Berwyn men were fired on by another man as they got out of a car in the 1150 block of Gunderson Avenue. The two men said they noticed the shooter standing next to a “newer blue Chevy Impala,” then saw a flash and heard a shot. The shooter, described as a shirtless male in white cut-offs, was later observed by police running westbound from a similar vehicle.

Aggravated Assault

Juan Menefee, 44, was arrested the morning of July 26 in the 300 block of South Oak Park Avenue after allegedly swinging a 2-foot piece of aluminum at a man he’d been arguing with over money.


Two male Chicago juveniles were arrested the afternoon of July 26 after allegedly stealing a woman’s purse on a Green Line train at Ridgeland Avenue.

Retail Theft

The Dominick’s at 7501 North Ave. in River Forest had more than its share of retail theft last week. Amanda B. Abel, 26, was charged with Felony Retail Theft and Battery for fighting with security guards at the Dominick’s after allegedly being stopped for shoplifting.

? Around 7:30 p.m., July 29, Paustyn Volodymyr, 54, was arrested for alleged retail theft.

? The following afternoon Ivan Kitschsko, 50, also known as Anotoliy Demchinshin, 44, was arrested for retail theft at Dominick’s.

Possession of drugs

Johnathon M. Teodori, 31, of Woodale was charged with PCS after allegedly being found in possession of two substances near the corner of Austin Boulevard and Fulton Street around 11:30 p.m., July 30. The substances later tested positive for cocaine and heroin.

? Two juveniles, one from Deerfield and the other from Bolingbrook, were arrested at the Shell Station at South Boulevard and Austin Boulevard the afternoon of July 28 for possession of a controlled substance.

Criminal Damage to Property

Someone used a BB or pellet gun to break the front passenger windows of six cars parked in the Foley Rice lot in the 700 block of Madison, July 30, causing $1,200 damage.

? Someone glued pieces of metal to the lock mechanisms on the front and rear doors of a residence in the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue between July 24 and July 26, causing $600 in damage.

9 Six emergency lights, valued at $400, were bent or broken off at Brooks Middle School, 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., overnight July 24. “Emerson Junior High” was written in chalk on an emergency exit door.

Theft of Motor Vehicle

Deldrick P. Buford, 18, of Oak Park was stopped for an alleged traffic violation in the 700 block of South Ridgeland Avenue around 10 p.m. July 29. He reportedly was unable to produce a valid driver’s license, and police then determined that the 1995 Cadillac Seville he was driving had been reported stolen the previous day from the 900 block of North East Avenue. Buford was charged with Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and his passenger, Ramon C. Siciliano, 17, also of Oak Park, was charged with Criminal Trespass to a Motor Vehicle. Buford was later discovered to be wanted for questioning in another incident that occurred at the same address on North East Aveue on June 21.

? An “unknown man” drove a 1999 Cadillac DeVille, valued at $14,500, off the Foley Rice lot July 28 and failed to return it. The car was subsequently recovered by Chicago police in the 4900 block of West End Avenue the next morning, missing all four tires.

? Someone stole a 1994 Jeep Cherokee, valued at $5,300, from the 1100 block of Highland Avenue the afternoon of July 28.

? A 2004 Suzuki Hydrusa motorcycle was stolen from the 900 block of North Austin Boulevard sometime overnight on July 30.

Bike Thefts, etc.

Eleven more bikes were stolen last week, nine in Oak Park and two in River Forest. In one incident, two juveniles approached an Oak Park boy in a playground in the 900 block of North Kenilworth Avenue. One asked the boy if he could borrow the bike briefly to “do a trick.” The trick turned out to be riding away on the $180 bike and not returning. And two Chicago juveniles were arrested after being observed by a police officer using pliers to remove a wheel from a bike near South and Austin boulevards the afternoon of July 26.

?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from July 25 to July 31. Not all of the incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

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