There were five residential burglaries in Oak Park last week.

?  Sometime during the day someone forced their way through a front door of a residence in the 1100 block of South Lombard Avenue. Stolen were electronics, jewelry and $110 in cash, totaling $1,627.

?  A key was possibly used to enter an apartment in the 1100 block of South Oak Park Avenue sometime between noon and midnight Dec. 15. A small safe said to contain $3,500 was stolen, as were numerous sport cards. Loss was $6,585.

?  Someone broke the glass of an outer door and opened the unlocked inner door of a home in the 400 block of Maple Avenue Dec. 15. A television and VCR valued at $1,430 were stolen.

?  Jewelry, clothing and a television valued at $1,479 were stolen from a home in the 300 block of South Austin Boulevard sometime between Dec. 10 and Dec. 15.

?  Someone forced open the rear door of a residence in the 100 block of South Home Avenue during the day Dec. 15. Assorted coins were stolen totaling $350.

Armed robbery

A lone gunman opened the unlocked passenger door of a cab sitting in the 100 block of Maple Avenue around 2 a.m. Displaying a silver revolver, the man demanded cash from the driver, who turned over $25.


An Oak Park juvenile was struck in the face and knocked unconscious near Kenilworth and Chicago avenues just after 1 a.m. Dec. 17. His cell phone, valued at $50, was stolen.

Vehicular invasion

A Chicago woman who had just parked in the 500 block of North Humphrey Avenue the morning of Dec. 16 was approached by a young man as she exited her car. After demanding her purse, he ordered her back into her car, then pulled the purse from her shoulder, took out the wallet, and threw the purse back to her.

Felony retail theft

?  Kathryn Marie Vele, 51, of Stickney, allegedly placed several items valued at $202 under her coat while in Fly Bird, 719 Lake St., then attempted to leave without paying.

?  Jerome Holder, 45, allegedly removed a video game from a shelf in the Radio Shack, 914 Madison St., put it in a plastic bag and left without paying. Holder was also identified as the person who had earlier allegedly removed a weather radio in the same manner.

Domestic battery

Cory D. Robinson, 23, of Chicago was arrested at his work place in the 900 block of Madison Street the morning of Dec. 15 on a domestic battery which allegedly involved a Broadview woman.

Possession of altered credit card

Megan E. McCoy, 20, of 5004 W. Addison St., Chicago allegedly entered the Radio Shack, 901 Madison St., the evening of Dec. 17 and attempted to purchase $1,256 worth of merchandise with two illegally altered credit cards.

Theft from auto

Andrea F. Gills, 37, of Maywood, was arrested after she allegedly removed a drill case from the back of a parked vehicle in the 800 block of South Ridgeland Avenue. Gills, who has convictions for armed violence, robbery, theft and obstructing justice, was paroled in June from a burglary conviction.

Theft of vehicle

?  A running and unlocked Infinity I30 parked in the 100 block of South Harvey Avenue was stolen the morning of Dec. 16. The $15,000 car was recovered by Chicago police 24 hours later in the 5600 block of West Fillmore St., Chicago.

?  Someone attempted to enter a 1996 Jeep Cherokee parked in the 200 block of North Oak Park Avenue Dec. 16. The car’s passenger door lock was pulled and the steering column damaged, causing $500 damage.

Possession of a controlled substance

?  Reginald Watson, 25, of 307 South Blvd. was reportedly observed opening the door of a car in the 400 block of North Humphrey Avenue the afternoon of Dec. 18. He allegedly then dropped two plastic baggies inside, one of which later reportedly tested positive for .2 grams cocaine, and the other for .3 grams heroin.

?  Police investigating a suspicious car parked in the River Forest Town Center lot arrested John D. Pociask, 24, after a field test allegedly determined he was in possession of heroin.


?  Sometime between Dec. 8 and Dec. 12 someone cut the locks off two storage lockers in the basement area of a building in the 400 block of South Boulevard and stole household items valued at $595.

?  An Oak Park woman had her wallet and a digital camera stolen from an unlocked employee’s coat room at a business in the 100 block of North Oak Park Avenue on Dec. 17.

?  An elderly woman reported that a man asked her if she had dropped something while in Whole Foods Market, River Forest, the afternoon of Dec. 13. When she looked back up, her wallet was missing.

? A woman reported having several credit cards stolen while she was at the service counter at the Jewel Store, 7525 Lake St., the evening of Dec. 17.

?  An employee of Panera Bread in River Forest Town Center had a credit card stolen from her coat as it hung in a hallway there on Dec. 14. The card was used to purchase $305 in goods the following day.

Driving with revoked license, etc.

Avery B. Purham, 25, of 741 S. Clarence Ave., was stopped for a traffic investigation the afternoon of Dec. 17. Police report he was driving on a revoked license and had no proof of insurance.


Isaac Butron, 24, of Chicago was involved in an accident near Randolph Street and Harlem Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Dec. 18. Butron allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol about him, and according to police “could barely stand.”He was arrested after refusing a field sobriety test, and charged with DUI, driving an unregistered vehicle and a traffic offense.

?  These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Dec. 12 to Dec. 19. 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

Folks just passing through town

Oak Park and River Forest police made numerous warrant arrests after stopping motorists for various alleged violations last week.

?  Ebony Harding, 27, of Maywood, was stopped for traffic near Thomas Street and Austin Boulevard the night of Dec. 14. Police say that her license was suspended, and that she had no proof of insurance. When she appeared before a judge the next day at the Maybrook Court House, she was arrested again on Cook County Sheriff warrants for battery and battery to a police officer.

?  Demetrius Downing, 31, of Aurora was stopped for an equipment violation on Austin Boulevard near the Eisenhower Expressway around 1:40 a.m. Dec. 15. Police determined that not only was Downing allegedly driving on a revoked license, but that he was wanted by three jurisdictions on five warrants, including DUI and domestic battery.

?  Fred Vaugh, Jr. was stopped by River Forest police near Chicago Avenue and Bonnie Brae for reportedly having an expired license tag. He was found to be wanted by Naperville police for failure to appear in court on obstruction, drug, assault and two suspended license charges.

?  Dominic G. Correa, 24, was stopped for speeding just before 1 a.m. Dec. on North Avenue. He was arrested for driving with a suspended license, and his passenger, Veronica Soberal, 22, was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant.

?  Freddrick N. Tolliver, 32, of Chicago, was stopped for an equipment violation around 7 a.m. Dec. 15 near Madison Street and Austin Boulevard. A name check determined he was wanted on a Cook County warrant for failure to pay child support.

? Ismail A. Ervin, 18, of Chicago was stopped as a suspicious person in the 100 block of North Oak Park Avenue the morning of Dec. 12. A name check revealed a warrant for an aggravated assault probation violation from the Cook County Sheriff.


‘Is that my wallet you just stole?’

An Oak Park woman was eating in S3 Kitchen on South Oak Park Avenue around 7 p.m. Dec. 13 when she felt her purse, which was hanging on the back of her chair, move. A man and a woman had been sitting directly behind her, and the man stood up and left the restaurant. The woman checked her purse, noticed her wallet was missing, and followed the man out to a Red SUV. She asked for her wallet back, which the thief returned through a partially rolled down passenger window before the car drove off north bound on Oak Park Avenue.

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