A gunman approached a Chicago man in the 500 block of South Austin Boulevard around 4 a.m. March 3. After asking the man for a cigarette, the robber pulled a gun, pointed it the man’s head and said, “Then give me your money.” The victim handed over $829.


 Selwyn L. Ford, 43, and Robert Z. Gray, 44, both of Chicago, were arrested the afternoon of Feb. 27 for a residential burglary in the first block of North Austin Boulevard.

 Someone broke a basement window in the 1200 block of North Harvey between 10:30 amd 11:30 the night of Feb. 28. Jewelry and a cell phone were stolen. Around that same period in the 700 block of North Harvey Avenue, someone broke another basement window, but was unable to enter the house.

 A radar detector, 25 CDs and car keys were stolen from a 2006 Toyota Camry, and 5 CDs, clothes, a necklace and car keys were stolen from a 2000 Honda overnight Feb. 27 in the 400 block of Wisconsin.

Criminal damage to property

 Overnight on March 2 someone scratched the paint jobs on a 2004 Saab 95 and a 2006 Lexus RX 330 that were both parked in the 400 block of South Euclid Avenue.

 Between March 3-5, a 2004 Mazda, 2006 Jetta, a 2004 Jetta, a 1994 Mazda MX-8, and a 1992 Plymouth Acclaim were spray painted while parked in the 900 block of Pleasant Street. Damage ranged from $200 to $1,100.

 Two cars in the 500 block of North Lombard had their tires punctured the evening of March 1, one of which was also spray painted. One owner, alerted by noise, looked out to see a woman kneeling down by one of the cars.

 Between Feb. 28 and March 1 someone punctured all four tires on a Grand Prix in the 400 block of South Elmwood Avenue.

Retail theft

 Artiest Cannady, 18, allegedly stole a pair of Nike tennis shoes from Famous Footwear, 7231 Lake Street, the afternoon of February 27. Cannady, who reportedly fled the store, was found under a car in the parking lot.

 Robert A. Fencl, 54, was arrested for alleged retail theft at the Jewel Store, 7525 Lake Street, the evening of Feb. 27.

 Kia L. Walker, 33, of Oak Park was arrested March 1 after allegedly removing beauty products past the last point of purchase at the Dominick’s, 259 Lake Street.

Unlawful use of a weapon,
outside warrant

Tillman Bell, 26, of the 4100 block of West Maypole in Chicago was arrested the morning of Feb. 28 after allegedly being found in possession of a loaded handgun while being admitted for treatment at Resurrection Health Care Center, 3 Eire Court.

Moments earlier, Lavita D. Conner, 33, was found to be wanted on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for parole violation during a Criminal trespass investigation.

Car theft/criminal trespass to auto

 Gregory I. Hayes, 24, of Chicago was allegedly the driver of a taxi police stopped in the 5700 block of West Midway in Chicago the evening of Feb. 27 after they recognized the car as reported stolen out of Maywood.

 Victor M. McCullum, 42, and Cindy G. Zakos, 30, both of Chicago, were sitting in a car parked in the McDonald’s lot at 111 W. Madison St. when police drove up. Police recognized the car as having been reported stolen in Mt. Prospect in December.

 A man described as in his 20s with a shaved head was observed using a slim jim to open the door of an SUV in the 500 block of Forest Avenue the night of Feb. 27. The man then used a hammer to break the steering column, start the car and drive off.

 On Feb. 28 police in Western Springs recovered a car stolen the 1000 block of Bonnie Brae Avenue on Feb. 27. The juvenile arrested was also wanted on a warrant for possession of a stolen car in Stickney.


 Boguslaw M. Konieczny was identified as the driver who allegedly struck a parked car in the 500 block of North Lombard Avenue just before 2 a.m. on March 4. The 20-year-old Konieczny was charged with DUI and having no valid proof of insurance.

 Michael D. Viola, 29, of Chicago was stopped for an alleged traffic violation in the 1600 block of North Harlem around 1 a.m. March 3. Police say they detected a strong odor of alcohol from Viola, along with slurred speech and glassy eyes.

 Hugo Tinoco, 20, of Chicago was stopped just after 2 a.m. in the 1400 block of North Austin Boulevard for allegedly speeding. Police reportedly detected a strong alcoholic odor from Tinoco, who was charged with speeding, illegal transportation of alcohol, and violation of the village’s Zero Tolerance policy for underage possession of alcohol.

 Jean M. Durand, 28, of Oak Park, was stopped for an alleged traffic offense in the 300 block of Madison Street around 3:30 a.m. March 5. A breathalyzer test reportedly showed Durand had a 0.091 blood alcohol level. The legal limit is 0.08.

 Verness T. Austin, 27, was stopped in the first block of Washington Boulevard for an alleged traffic violation around 2:30 a.m. March 2. Police reportedly found him in possession of 2.9 grams of marijuana and an open alcoholic beverage bottle.

Drug possession, paraphernalia, etc.

 Joseph D. Lichner, 24, of Warrenville stopped for an alleged traffic violation in the 300 block of South Austin Boulevard the afternoon of March 2. A search allegedly turned up a clear baggie containing 15 foil packets that contained suspected heroin. A name check later determined that Lichner was also wanted on a Chicago warrant for alleged attempted possession of drugs.

 Kenneth M. Engelbreit, 48, of Brookfield, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation in the 400 block of Madison just before midnight Feb. 27. Police reportedly found a white powder on Engelbreit that field tested positive for heroin. He was also found to be wanted on a bond forfeiture warrant in Cicero.

 Aisha L. Johnson 27, of Chicago was a passenger in a car that was stopped for a traffic violation in the 500 block of South Austin Boulevard around 1:30 a.m. Feb. 28. A search reportedly turned up cocaine and marijuana, and a name check revealed a Cook County Sheriff’s warrant for drug possession.

 Kenneth Cowley, 25, of Chicago was stopped for an alleged traffic violation in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue just before 5 a.m. Feb. 28. A name check revealed a suspended license, and a custody search reportedly turned up a device commonly used to ingest marijuana. He was also later determined to have no valid insurance.

 Brian W. Evans, of Aurora, was pulled over for an alleged traffic violation in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard the evening of March 3. Police allegedly found a plastic bag on the passenger side floor board that field tested positive for cocaine.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Feb. 27 to March 5. 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


Late night hours

Patrick A. Felston, 18, of Maywood was arrested for disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana just after 3 a.m. on March 4. Felston allegedly yelled obscenities at a clerk at Wendy’s, 11 North Harlem Ave., while another male raised a BB gum in the air.

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