Oak Park police continue to work to develop leads regarding an ongoing series of commercial burglaries. Six more Oak Park businesses were broken into last week, making a total of at least 20 commercial burglaries in the village over the past three months.

“We’re in the 20s,” said Oak Park deputy chief Robert Scianna. “Probably 25.”

The latest burglary was the biggest in terms of loss. Overnight on Oct. 21 someone pried open the rear door to a common hallway at Spaulding’s Clothing, 110 North Marion St. Once inside they broke through a wall and entered the store, stealing Shearing coats, a dozen men’s suits and $800 from the cash register.

Scianna said that the despite the value of the latest heist, the pattern matches that of numerous earlier burglaries. The common method of entry has been to pry open back or front doors of the businesses. In the Spaulding’s case, the thieves also disabled the alarm.

The other five businesses hit last week were on Madison Street. That same night burglars broke into It’s A Sign, 1114 Madison St., and pried the alarm panel off the wall. They left empty handed, but did $700 in damage. Overnight on Oct. 19 someone pried back the single nail securing the outer rear door of Nick’s Pizza, 330 Madison St., then pried open an inner door that had been nailed shut. Once inside they stole $450 from a cash register, as well as a cash box.

Overnight on Oct. 17 the rear door of Anne’s Ladies Fashions was pried, and $450 taken from the store. Total loss was $1,350. Sometime between Oct. 15 and Oct. 17 someone pried open both the front door and the register at 132 Madison St., but left empty handed. During that same period, All Types Fire Place, 844 Madison St., was broken into by unknown means. Total loss was $300, including a quantity of coins.

Armed Robbery

Three Chicago juvenile males were arrested around 7 p.m. Oct. 22 and charged with aggravated robbery. The three were positively identified as the individuals who pointed a black Daisy BB gun at a man and demanded and took money from him.

?  Two males with scarves over their faces walked up to a woman near East Avenue and the Eisenhower Expressway just before 1 a.m. Oct. 20. Both men pointed large chrome hand guns at the woman, and one struck her, knocking her to the ground. They then pulled her coat over her head and ransacked her purse, taking $15, credit cards, IDs and an ATM card. They demanded the PIN number, which the woman gave them, and they fled.

?  A man described in his late teens, 5’8″ and 200 pounds walked into the Quick Wash, 21 North Harlem, around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Displaying a black semi-automatic handgun, he told the employee on duty to “go to the register and give me the money.” Instead, the employee ran from behind the counter and out the west door. The empty handed robber ran out the south door and fled.


Tyrel Woods, 17, of 17 N. Mason, Chicago was arrested with a Chicago juvenile and charged with robbery after he allegedly came up behind a woman on Harrison Street near Austin Boulevard and pulled her purse from her shoulder.

Burglary to garage, residence

A man thought not be a resident of a building in the 300 block of North Austin Boulevard was observed by two witnesses in the common of that building a bit before midnight on Oct. 16. They and another man attempted to stop the thief, but he managed to ride away on a stolen bike?#34;but not before dropping a bag containing several stolen items. Loss was approximately $900.

?  During the day on Oct. 19 someone broke a basement window of a residence in the 1100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue. They stole two watches, $60 and a gym bag. Total loss was $1,750.

?  Burglars pushed open a service door of a garage in the 300 block of South Euclid overnight Oct. 17. They broke the windows of two cars, and stole a CD player and a bike. Loss was $750.

?  An unlocked service door allowed someone to steal a bike valued at $450 from a garage in the 1200 block of Rossell Avenue overnight on Oct. 16.

?  Someone pried open the overhead door of a garage in the 1500 block of North Austin Boulevard overnight Oct. 19 and stole a weed whacker.

?  In possibly related events, the services doors of two garages, in the 100 block of Chicago and the 700 block of North Harvey were damaged, most likely by being kicked.

Burglary to motor vehicle

Two unidentified men broke the rear passenger window of a 1992 Dodge Van parked at Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple, the morning of Oct. 18. They managed to remove various power and construction tools, including a compressor and circular saws, valued at $3,770.

?  Thieves broke the rear passenger window of a Ford Taurus parked in the 900 block of North Elmwood the afternoon of Oct. 18. Total loss was $728, including a purse containing $123, credit cards, and IDs.

?  Michael F. Rodgers, of Country Club Hills, and Roosevelt McKay, 51, of 5601 West West End, Chicago were arrested the afternoon of Oct. 19 after Rodgers was identified by a woman as the man who allegedly smashed her car window and took her purse from inside. McKay was not identified by the woman, but could not produce a valid driver’s license and had no proof of insurance.

Death Investigation

A 30-year-old man was found unconscious and not breathing by a friend in an apartment in the first block of Washington Boulevard the evening of Oct. 17. He was pronounced dead at 9:33 p.m.

Retail Theft

Two unidentified men entered the North Avenue Fresh Market, 6209 W. North Ave., via the rear loading dock door and stole four cases of meat valued at $600 the afternoon of Oct. 17.

?  Clyde Bolder, 46, of Chicago was arrested the evening of Oct. 17 after allegedly being observed by store security at Dominick’s, 259 Lake St., removing and concealing several items.

? A man took four athletic jerseys from the Lion’s Den, 6105 W. North Ave. without paying the morning of Oct. 20.


Two 16 or 17 year old boys attacked a Chicago juvenile with their fists and feet in the 1100 block of North Ave. the afternoon of Oct. 19.

Theft of motor vehicle

A 2002 Suzuki motor cycle was stolen by unknown means from a lot in the 800 block of Madison the afternoon of Oct. 19.

? An unlocked 2002 Ford F-250 pick up truck with the keys in its ignition was stolen the morning of Oct. 18 in the 1000 block of North Taylor Ave. Loss was $20,600

? These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Oct. 17 to Oct. 22. 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


Define ‘fair share’…

Two unidentified men removed numerous food items from shelves at the Fair Share store, 6226 W. Roosevelt Rd., and left without paying the afternoon of Oct. 19.

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