Around 5:30 p.m. last Tuesday, April 25, a man entered the Puff’s Discount Store, 7756 Madison St., River Forest, produced a black handgun and demanded the money in the cash register. After getting an undisclosed sum of cash, the offender left the store and entered a brown and white vehicle, possibly a convertible, that left the scene going westbound on Madison Street.

The robber was described as an African-American man, approximately 20 years of age, black hair, approximately 5’7″, thin build, last seen wearing a camouflage hat (with possibly yellow-gold rimmed sunglasses set on top), a maroon jacket with a hood and dark colored jeans.


Two men in their 20s confronted a Lake Bluff woman in the 300 block of Lake Street the afternoon of April 28. One said, “Give me your purse,” and yanked on the strap, causing the woman to suffer lacerations and contusions on her hand. The loss was $89.

Two Oak Park juveniles were arrested the evening of April 7 after being identified as the boys who knocked another Oak Park boy to the ground and kicked and punched him after he refused their demand for money.


For the second and third time in a week, thieves have burglarized a construction site in Oak Park. Someone entered a secured construction site at 6436 Roosevelt Road early the morning of April 25 by unknown means. They stole a pipe threader and damaged a steel tool storage bin. Total loss was $3,550.

The following night burglars again entered the site, removed a plywood cover from a second-floor entrance, and stole four sets of heating and cooling elements valued at $2,800.

During the day April 27 someone pried open a deadbolt locked door in the first block of Chicago Avenue. A TV, DVD player, stereo and various CDs and DVDs valued at a total of $530 were stolen.

That same day someone broke a rear window of a residence in the 800 block of South Austin Boulevard and stole two TVs, a DVD player, a leather jacket, and a gold diamond bracelet. Total loss was $1,155.

Someone threw a cinder block through a rear window at Westtown Refrigeration, 947 S. Ridgeland Ave., the night of April 27. They then used brute force to open a rear door. Nothing was taken, but damage was $600.

In what were likely burglary attempts, someone pried open the rear door of a residence in the 300 block of South Austin Boulevard the evening of April 27. Nothing was taken. The following day someone attempted to pry open a lock and loosened screws on a door in the 1200 block of North Taylor Avenue. Damage was $250.

Sometime between April 14 and April 25, someone entered a home in the 1100 block of Woodbine Avenue by unknown means and stole a flat screen TV and an entertainment center.


Lindon D. Hoskins, 31, of Chicago was stopped near Adams Street and Austin Boulevard just after 2 a.m. April 26 for alleged speeding and illegal lane usage. Police say he smelled strongly of alcohol and had an expired driver’s license.

Belinda Kozar, 49, of the 2200 block of Gunderson, Berwyn, was arrested around 2 a.m. April 27 in the 6200 block of Roosevelt Road for DUI. That was upgraded to Aggravated DUI after police determined that she allegedly had no insurance.

Shaquita T. Smith, 21, of the 4900 block of West Quincy, Chicago, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation just after midnight, April 28. Police said Smith, who reportedly had glassy eyes and alcohol on her breath, failed a field sobriety test.

Salvador Villagomez was charged with aggravated DUI after he was stopped for an alleged traffic violation near Chicago Avenue and Austin Boulevard just after midnight April 30. Besides being allegedly under the influence, Villagomez reportedly had no driver’s license.


A diamond wedding ring and a silver/gold amethyst ring valued in total at $2,400 were stolen from a jewelry box in a home in the 1100 block of Paulina Street the morning of April 27.

Kevin E. Brennan, 35, who is on parole from theft and drug convictions, was arrested the evening of April 28 on felony theft charges after being observed by an off-duty cop and the store manager of the Dominick’s, 7501 North Ave., taking pallets from behind the store.

Retail theft

Robert Brown Jr., 18, was arrested after allegedly taking two MP3 players valued in total at $169.68 from the Coconuts store, 7235 W. Lake St., the evening of April 27.

The morning of April 26 a man was observed walking out of the Jewel Store, 7036 Roosevelt Road, with a dozen containers of antacid reflux medication valued at $212.64. Witnesses gave police the license plate number of the Ford Van in which the man fled.

Vehicle theft

 Between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. April 22 a Chevy Cavalier valued at $5,000 was stolen in the 1150 block of South Lombard. The owner suspects she knows the person, who reportedly used a key.

A 1998 Toyota Corolla valued at $3,000 was stolen from the 600 block of South Maple Avenue the evening of April 25.

Overnight on April 23 a 1996 Honda CBR 900 motorcycle was stolen in the 300 block of South East Avenue.

An unlocked and running 1999 Pontiac Bonneville valued at $7,000 was stolen from the Walgreens parking lot, 916 Madison St., the evening of April 30.

Bike thefts

Three Chicago juveniles were arrested the afternoon of April 29 for taking two bikes from a yard in the 300 block of North Scoville Avenue. Minutes later another Chicago juvenile was arrested in the 400 block of North Ridgeland Avenue after removing a bike from a yard there.

Four bikes were stolen from a garage in the 600 block of South Elmwood Avenue the morning of April 30 by someone who forced open an overhead door.

Outside warrant

Efrain Sahagan, 21, of Berwyn was allegedly observed by police walking up and down several alleys around 2:30 a.m. April 30. A name check turned up a Cook County Sheriff’s warrant for burglary.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from April 24 to May 1. 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


Another usual suspect

Ricky Reed, 45, of Chicago, was arrested by River Forest police April 29 after allegedly being found in possession of a satellite radio and coins reportedly stolen from a 2001 GMC Yukon in the 700 block of Monroe. Police are investigating whether he was involved in two other incidents involving vehicles as well. All told, this is the fourth time Reed has been arrested in Oak Park and River Forest since he was paroled last July from two theft convictions.

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