CertifiedLand Grocery, 940 Lake St., was burglarized overnight Sept. 17. Someone pushed in the Plexiglas panel on an exterior door, then broke the window of an interior door. Assorted cigarettes valued at $5,000 were stolen.

Oak Park police dealt with a total 21 burglaries last week, 14 to autos. The auto burglaries, which occurred throughout the village, netted between $200 and $1,180 each.

There were three arrests related to other burglaries or attempted burglaries last week:

Antonio Claiborne, 24, of Vicksburg, Miss., was arrested the morning of Sept. 19 in relation to a burglary in the 1200 block of Edmer Street.

Bruce Alexander, 46, of the 7500 block of South Stewart Avenue, Chicago, was arrested for criminal trespass to property after allegedly being found in the crawl space of a home in the 100 block of LeMoyne Avenue the afternoon of Sept. 19 without the owner’s permission.

Bruce Passley, of 30 West Chicago Ave., reportedly matched the description of a man observed on a window ledge attempting to gain entrance to an apartment in the 200 block of Washington Boulevard the morning of Sept. 19. Police say Passley allegedly was found in possession of burglary tools, and was identified by a witness.


Someone entered a residence in the 900 block of North Humphrey Avenue via an open kitchen window during the day Sept. 18. Two computers valued at $1,600 were stolen.

That same afternoon, in the 700 block of South Humphrey Avenue, another residence was entered via an unlocked kitchen window. Assorted jewelry, electronics and computer equipment valued in total at $9,600 were stolen.

Possibly using a key, someone entered a residence in the 300 block of South Austin Boulevard during the day Sept. 13 and stole assorted DVDs and video tapes, as well as a computer keyboard and printer, all valued in total at $900.

Armed robbery

Dennis Moore, 20, of the 200 block of North Laramie Avenue in Chicago, and Floyd A. Rodriguez, of Berwyn, were arrested in the 1200 block of Wesley Avenue the night of Sept. 20 after being identified as the individuals who had allegedly robbed the Game Stop, 6631 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, at gunpoint.

The afternoon of Sept. 23 a teenager in a hooded sweatshirt entered a business in the 300 block of Madison Street and asked if his mom was there. Told “no,” the teen then looked around briefly before pulling a small gray handgun and telling the clerk, “Give me all the money in the cash register.” The clerk handed over $200 and the man fled to a waiting car.


Three males in their teens or early 20s jumped on a man in the 100 block of Harrison Street around 10:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and stole the cell phone from his hand.

Unlawful use of a weapon

Police stopped a car driven by James M. Davis, 21, of the 1500 block of North Mayfield for an alleged traffic violation and a robbery investigation the morning of Sept. 19. When Davis was unable to provide a valid driver’s license he was arrested and the car searched. That searched allegedly turned up a loaded 9 mm pistol concealed under the rear seat that was determined to belong to Davis’s passenger, James Banks, 26, of the 1500 block of North Parkside Avenue.


Clifford Adkins, 41, of 447 Kenilworth Avenue, was arrested on battery charges the morning of Sept. 20 after allegedly repeatedly grabbing an Oak Park girl’s buttocks and asking her to perform sexual acts with him.

An Oak Park man was punched repeatedly by two men who had pulled up near him in the 800 block of South Ridgeland Avenue the night of Sept. 21. After asking if the man had or wanted any drugs and were told no, the pair pulled the man into the open window of a black or blue SUV and attacked him.

Carmen L. Graves, 44, of the 100 block of Washington Boulevard and Sabrina A. Heard-McDonald, of the 500 block of Austin Boulevard, Chicago, were arrested the afternoon of Sept. 21 after allegedly punching an Oak Park girl in the face.

Josiah M. Maldonado, 21, of 1010 Lake Street, was charged with battery Sept. 20 in relation to an alleged incident on Sept. 7. Maldonado was also charged with unlawful delivery of alcohol to a minor.

Auto theft

A 1989 Safari van stolen from River Forest Town Center on Sept. 19 was recovered in the 5000 block of West Fulton Street, Chicago, with exterior damage and no tires.


An Argentinean woman visiting Oak Park had her unattended laptop, valued at $2,070, stolen while in the 1100 block of Pleasant Street the afternoon of Sept. 19.

An unidentified man pushed an Oak Park woman aside after she had deposited $20 in a CTA ticket card dispenser at the Oak Park and Eisenhower CTA station the morning of Sept. 20. The man then inserted his own transit card into the slot and took the woman’s $20 credit for himself before fleeing.

Aggravated assault

Kelvin D. Hall, 27, of Vernon Hills, was arrested after allegedly threatening an CTA employee after being told to leave the CTA platform the morning of Sept. 18.


Sanaullah Mir, 27, of Elk Grove Village, was allegedly observed by police the night of Sept. 20 making a hand-to-hand transaction with the driver of one vehicle in the first block of West Madison Street, then entering the passenger side of another vehicle that police say had been reported stolen. Police say Sanaullah was then observed placing something in a center console of the vehicle. A search allegedly revealed a clear plastic baggie containing four silver packets that contained a white powder suspected of being heroin.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Sept. 19 to Sept. 25. 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.

-compiled by Bill Dwyer

Downspouts being targeted again

There were four instances of copper downspout theft last week-two each in Oak Park and River Forest.

A River Forest woman observed a man take 6-foot and 12-foot sections of copper downspout from her residence in the 500 block of Keystone the afternoon of Sept. 19.

The afternoon of Sept. 18 four 15-foot sections of copper downspout valued at over $300 were stolen from a residence in the 800 block of Ashland Avenue.

Between Sept. 15 and Sept. 18 two 8-foot sections of copper downspout were stolen from a building in the 6900 block of North Avenue.

Thirty feet of copper downspout, valued at $150, was stolen from a building in the 1300 block of North Austin Boulevard between Sept. 20 and Sept. 23.

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