Burglars used brute force to break the locks on a number of front and rear doors last week. The front door lock of a residence in the 100 block of South Grove Avenue was broken the morning of Dec. 11. A gold ring and gold necklace valued at $2,525 as well as $15 cash was stolen. Sometime between Dec. 8 and Dec. 11 the rear door of a home in the first block of North Austin Boulevard was broken and electronics and furniture valued at $1,545 were stolen.

? Someone crawled through a roof hatch door in the ceiling of an apartment in the 300 block of Lake Street sometime between Dec. 9 and Dec. 11. After entering the attic area, they lowered themselves down into an apartment. After ransacking the apartment they reportedly stole a large amount of valuable jewelry, said to be worth tens of thousands of dollars.

? Sometime between Dec. 4 and Dec. 6 someone broke into the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church, 300 N. Ridgeland Ave. Police found an open third floor office window, with a ripped screen. The office was ransacked and there was a large hole in the ceiling.

? Pablo Cruz, 50, of Chicago was arrested after being positively identified as the person who allegedly removed a weed whacker from a garage in the 900 block of South Humphrey Avenue the evening of Dec. 7. He was also reportedly found in possession of brown powder suspected of being heroin.

? On Dec. 7 someone forced open the front door of a home in the 900 block of Pleasant Street and ransacked a bedroom, though nothing was taken.

Burglary to garage

Someone entered a garage in the 1000 block of South Ridgeland Avenue by unknown means and stole a $200 air compressor.


? A Chicago man riding the CTA Green Line was approached by two males in their late teens around 10 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Oak Park Avenue stop. When one teen said “Don’t get up,” he moved to another seat. The two teens then punched the man in the face numerous times before detraining at Ridgeland. The man got off at the Kedzie station in Chicago, called police and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

? Andrew Conway, 21, of the 900 block of North East Avenue was arrested after police responded to a report of domestic trouble at his residence. Conway allegedly both attempted to flee, and battered a police officer. He was also charged with resisting arrest.

Possession of drug paraphernalia

A juvenile River Forest driver was stopped for traffic in the 800 block of Wenonah Avenue just before 11 p.m. Dec. 9. He was found in possession of a glass pipe commonly used to smoke pot. His passenger, an Oak Park juvenile, was also found in possession of a glass pipe, as well as three cans of beer.

Burglary to auto

? A bag containing clothing and medication valued at $535 was stolen from an unlocked Honda CRV parked in a lot in the 100 block of Lake Street overnight on Dec. 8.

? CDs, a CD player and several books were stolen from an unlocked Toyota Corolla in the 900 block of South Euclid Avenue overnight Dec. 8.

Outside warrant

? Eric C. Russell, 26 of Chicago, and Derrick D. Thrasher were allegedly pulled over by police the evening of Dec. 5 in a 1999 GMC truck that had been reported stolen. Thrasher was released after posting bond, but things got progressively worse for Russell. A name check revealed that he was not only driving on a suspended license, but was wanted on three warrants for failing to appear for court cases in DuPage County. A subsequent custody search then allegedly turned up two baggies of marijuana in his pocket.

? Robert L. Barksdale, 50, of Chicago was stopped for riding his bike on the sidewalk the evening of Dec. 6. A name check determined he was wanted in DuPage County for having no valid driver’s license.

Scam artists

Just before 9 a.m. Dec. 7 two male whites attempted to talk their way into the home of an elderly woman on Jackson Avenue in River Forest. The men told the woman there had been a water pipe break, and needed access to her basement. They first tried to get $50 cash to fix the woman’s pipe, then asked for a $500 check to do additional work.


James R. Jurkowski, 29, of Carpentersville, was allegedly found in possession of heroin following a traffic investigation in the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard around noon on Dec. 9. He was also allegedly driving with a revoked license.

Retail theft

River Forest police arrested Charles Boatman, 31, after he was identified by store personnel at the Jewel Store, 7525 Lake St. as the person who allegedly stole vodka from the store the afternoon of Dec. 5. Boatman reportedly attempted to flee in an SUV


A woman shopping in the Whole Foods, 7245 Lake St. just after noon Dec. 7 reported being brushed against by a man who then apologized. When she attempted to pay for her purchases, she realized her wallet, containing $350, was gone.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Dec. 5 to Dec. 12. 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

Tis’ the season
? Edward L. Bower, 18, of Caledonia, an Illinois town just south of Beloit, Wisconsin, was allegedly the driver of a Toyota that was observed colliding with two parked cars in the 800 block of Home Avenue just after 9 p.m. Dec. 6. The Toyota’s driver fled, but the vehicle, which had “major front end damage,” was later spotted in the 400 block of Wisconsin Avenue. Bower was arrested, taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries, then to the Oak Park station, where besides DUI, he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane usage and having no proof of insurance.

? Just before 9:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Juan D. Salazar, 29, of Melrose Park, was reportedly involved in a traffic accident near Washington and Austin boulevards. Police report that he had a strong odor of alcohol about him and had blood shot eyes, and slurred speech. He also allegedly was driving on a suspended driver’s license and could not produce proof of insurance.

? Three hours later in the 400 block of Wisconsin Avenue Raymond L. Crozier, 27, of 1140 Lake St., Oak Park was reportedly involved in a traffic accident. Police say Crozier, whom they described as having a strong odor of alcohol, as well as blood shot, glassy eyes, and slurred speech, attempted to run away, but was quickly caught. He reportedly had no valid driver’s license.


For the twelfth and thirteenth times in seven weeks, unlocked, unattended vehicles were stolen. A 2001 Dodge work van containing assorted construction tools, parked in the 1100 block of Linden Avenue with the engine running, was stolen the afternoon of Dec. 5. Total loss was $18,000. The evening of Dec. 12 a 1994 Mazda 626 valued at $7,055 was stolen under similar circumstances in the 100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue. Two boys were arrested in the car an hour later nearby on the West Side of Chicago.

? And around 4 a.m. Dec. 10, River Forest police noticed an unlocked, unattended car running with the keys in the ignition parked in a residential neighborhood.

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