River Forest police are investigating the theft of a large amount cash and jewelry from a River Forest woman. According to River Forest police the thefts have occurred over a period of time. The victim, who lives in the 1400 block of Park Avenue, told police that sometime between Oct. 4 and 11, $7,000 in cash, a diamond ring valued at $35,000, and a sapphire tennis bracelet were taken from a box under her bed. Police say the thefts may possibly be the work of neighborhood juveniles. The victim of the thefts was reportedly also involved in a harrassment by telephone the next day.

Armed robbery

? A patron of the BP Amoco gas station, 6119 W. North Ave., was robbed of $40 by a man who placed a knife to his throat around 10:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

? A man walking in the alley behind the Dunkin Donuts, 1 S. Harlem Ave., Forest Park, on Oct. 14 was confronted by a man with a knife, to whom he turned over $20. The robber than fled on a elevated train.

? A man walked in the 7-Eleven, 240 Chicago Ave. around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 11. and asked the clerk for a cigar. When the clerk turned back to the man with the cigar, the man was holding a silver steak knife. He allegedly demanded the clerk open the cash register. The clerk refused, and the man grabbed a pack of cigarettes and ran out of the store.

Burglary to business

? Thieves pried open the rear security door of the Valetria Cleaners, 6407 W. North Ave. between Oct. 8 and Oct. 10. They took $200 from the cash register.

? Burglars entered Peterson’s Ice Cream, 1100 Chicago Ave., around 3:30 a.m. Oct. 16 by breaking the glass front door. The cash register was opened but nothing taken.

? Burglars broke the outer and inner windows of the front door of Slaton’s Supper Club, 144 S. Oak Park Ave., overnight on Oct. 9. After unlocking the door, they apparently handled a cash box, but got nothing.

?  Burglars entered the Curves’ business at 447 South Blvd. through a rear bathroom window sometime between Oct. 8 and Oct. 10. Two desks were ransacked, but nothing was taken.

Burglary to garage, residence

?  A total of eight vehicles were burglarized overnight on Oct. 14 at a condominium complex in the 900 block of Ontario. Seven of the cars suffered broken windows, with damage and theft loss estimated at $2,200.

?  Someone entered a garage in the 100 block of Maple via an unlocked service door late at night on Oct. 11. Tools worth a total of $1,250 were stolen.

?  Thieves entered an unlocked garage in the 100 block of North Scoville overnight on Oct. 10 and broke windows on three cars.

Burglary to motor vehicle

?  Someone broke into a 1997 Ford Escort parked in the first hundred block of North Austin Blvd. during the day Oct. 10. A portable CD player was stolen and the steering wheel peeled in an unsuccessful attempt to steal the car.

?  A wallet containing $40, was stolen from an unlocked 2001 Honda Accord overnight Oct. 7 in the 600 block of Lake St.

?  A portable CD player and CDs were stolen from an unlocked 1992 Ford Mustang overnight Oct. 10 at 100 Forest Place.

?  Thieves entered a 1989 International Truck parked in the first hundred block of West Adams St. the afternoon of Oct. 10 through an unlocked window vent. A briefcase and wallet were stolen.

Theft of auto

A 2003 Dodge Caravan valued at $13,000 was stolen from the 100 block of North Kenilworth overnight on Oct. 12.


Someone removed a purse from Whittier School sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.on Oct. 14. The purse contained $294 cash, three checks made payable to the purse’s owner, and a checkbook.

Retail theft

?  Kimberly A. Lucious, 42, of 151 N. Central, Chicago, was arrested Oct. 10 in the 100 block of Adams St. after being positively identified as the person who allegedly took merchandise out of the CVS Pharmacy, 345 Madison St., without paying. Lucious was also allegedly in possession of a glass pipe.

?  Linda M. Jackson, 42, of 130 S. Sacramento, Chicago was arrested the morning of Oct. 14 after allegedly leaving the Walgreens store, 916 Madison, with merchandise without paying for it.

?  Darryl L. Woodfork, 38, and Alphonso Young, 48, were arrested the morning of Oct. 16 after allegedly stealing items from the Jewel Store, 7525 Lake St. After processing, Woodfork was turned over to Oak Park police, who wanted him on two bond forfeiture warrants.

?  A man was observed concealing a pair of shoes under his shirt and leaving the Famous Footwear store, 7231 Lake St., the morning of Oct. 15.

?  Two people made off with $144 worth of tank tops from Chico’s, 7337 Lake St. around 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Three minutes later a man ran out of the Walgreens, 7251 Lake St., with assorted medications.

?  The manager of the CVS Pharmacy, 7929 W. North Ave., chased a man who had set off the theft alarm the afternoon of Oct. 14. The thief ran into Thatcher Woods.

Criminal damage to property

Jasmin J. Watkins 25, of 5964 W. Iowa was arrested Oct. 12 after being observed allegedly kicking in the rear door of a residence in the 900 block of North Austin Blvd.


?  Two Chicago juveniles were arrested in the 1100 block of North Mason in Chicago after matching the description of individuals sought for a battery in the 6100 block of North Ave. and an aggravated battery in the 1100 block of North Taylor the night of Oct. 11. The two suspects were subsequently identified by their victims.

?  Margaret Pedersen, 22, of Melrose Park and Mujahed Khan, 17, of River Forest were cited for disorderly conduct following a disturbance at an apartment building in the 1500 block of William Ave. the night of Oct. 11. The two were among a group of juveniles and young adults who allegedly were banging on doors of the complex.

Outside warrant

Timothy S. Lucas, 34, of Carol Stream is back at Stateville Correctional Center reception area after being stopped for a traffic offense near Ridgeland and Roosevelt the afternoon of October 10. A name check revealed that Lucas, who has 10 prior convictions, was in violation of his parole.

Possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia, etc.

Paul H. Alford, of 550 Briar, Chicago, and Robert A. Cantore, 24, of Rosemont, were both stopped by Oak Park police in separate incidents last week. Both men were allegedly found in possession of just over a gram of heroin each.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Oct. 9 to Oct. 17. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer

‘What Would Billy Corgan Do?’

Dovy Bernstein, 19, of Zion and Oliver Christopher of 538 S. Humphrey were arrested for reckless conduct after being positively identified as the individuals who were allegedly smashing pumpkins onto the Eisenhower Expressway Oct. 14.


People drawing too much attention: Part IV

Police responding to a call of a street disturbance in the 1150 block of South Clarence Ave. around 3 a.m. Oct. 14 came upon one Lance L. Coppage, 20, of 1019 N. Taylor Ave. When they ran a name check on Coppage, he was found to be wanted on two bond forfeiture warrants from County County and Justice.

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