A man entered the Deals store, 6405 W. North Ave., with a semi-automatic handgun the night of Oct. 6 and ordered store staff and customers to the rear of the business, saying “no phones.” A second man then entered and took two cell phones and $55 from people as he herded them to the rear of the store. They took $1,200 took from the storeowner, and another $700 from the cash register.

Robbery

Markel D. Price, 24, of Chicago’s South Side was arrested around 1 a.m. Oct. 5 after matching the description of a robbery suspect who had stolen a woman’s purse in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue. Price, who was later identified by the victim, reportedly had the purse in his possession.

Four Chicago juveniles were arrested the afternoon of Oct. 5 after the attempted robbery of an Oak Park youth. The four reportedly approached their victim in the 300 block of Lake Street and attempted to take his iPod and headphones. When the youth resisted, one thief said, “Give it to me or I’ll kill you.” The four ran, but were arrested soon after.

An Oak Park boy riding his bike in Taylor Park the afternoon of Oct. 7 was attacked by three teens, one of whom punched him in the face, breaking his eyeglasses, and took the bike. The boy declined medical assistance.

Burglary

Thieves took advantage of an unlocked rear door of an apartment in the 300 block of South Harvey Avenue the evening of Oct. 5. Besides a computer, a safe containing $1,200 was taken, as well as 12 watches and assorted jewelry. Total loss was $28,200.

Someone punched through a screen and climbed through an open window of a home in the 700 block of South Carpenter Avenue during the day Oct. 3. A bike and a camera valued in total at $972 were stolen.

A Chevy Lumina parked in the 100 block of Lake Street the afternoon of Oct. 6 was entered by unknown means and a car radio valued at $600 stolen.

Someone entered a garage in the 300 block of South Taylor Avenue through an unlocked side door overnight Oct. 6. They stole an in-dash radio from a Honda parked there, and broke a side window on a Toyota Corolla.

Theft

Lamont Jackson, 18, of Chicago was arrested after witnesses identified him as the person who allegedly observed him using pliers to remove a rope lock from a bike the afternoon of Oct. 4. Police say Jackson was in possession of pliers and a bolo knife.

Two bikes valued at $220, which were secured with a metal rope lock were stolen in the 100 block of North Scoville Avenue the afternoon of Oct. 2.

A woman walking in an alley in the 1150 block of South Cuyler Avenue the afternoon of Oct. 5 had her purse snatched by a man. Loss was $60.

Fifty pallets and a pallet jack, valued in total at $530 were stolen from behind Dressel’s Ace Hardware, 1137 Chicago Ave., between Sept. 30 and Oct. 3.

A man who had placed a $20 bill in his teeth to free his hands as he exited a business in the first block of Madison the afternoon of Oct. 3 had the bill snatched away by another man riding by on a bike.

Various tools valued at $1,080 were stolen between Oct. 1 and Oct. 4 from an unsecured common area of a building in the 1100 block of Ontario Street.

Someone forced down a side window on a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire parked in the 400 block of North Taylor Avenue the night of Oct. 6 and took a stereo valued at $200.

An 8-foot section of copper downspout valued at $200 was stolen from a residence in the 1100 block of Woodbine Avenue between Oct. 2 and Oct. 6.

A hood ornament valued at $800 was stolen off a 2007 Mercedes C 230 parked in the 1100 block of Ontario the afternoon of Oct. 7.

A 50-foot length of electrical service wire was stolen from a backyard in the 400 block of North Harvey Avenue between Oct. 4 and Oct. 6.

Vehicle theft

Sometime overnight on Oct. 4 an unsecured 2000 Ford Taurus with the key on the center console was stolen from an unlocked garage in the 800 block of Linden Avenue.

Unlawful use of a weapon

Diego Diaz, 20, of Chicago was stopped in the 6300 block of North Avenue for an alleged traffic violation the afternoon of Oct. 7. He was reportedly found in possession of a pair of metal knuckles, and also allegedly had no valid driver’s license or proof of insurance.

Violation of order of protection

Nicholas A. Galvez, 24, of Chicago was arrested by Chicago police the afternoon of October 7 and turned over to Oak Park police for an alleged violation of a court order of protection that reportedly occurred on Oct. 6. in the 600 block of Maple Avenue.

Domestic battery

Alfonse Brown, 45, of Oak Park was arrested the afternoon of Oct. 3 after allegedly slapping and pushing a woman in the 6200 block of North Avenue.

Drugs

A River Forest girl was arrested the afternoon of Oct. 4 at Oak Park and River Forest High School after being found in possession of a glass pipe and a small quantity of marijuana.

Criminal trespass to property

Oak Park residents Reginald Stephens and Darryl Clark, both 17, as well as Tyrel D. Woods, 17, of Cicero and a Forest Park juvenile were found to be occupying a residence in the first block of Madison Street the afternoon of Oct. 7. They were also reportedly in possession of a quantity of marijuana.

Criminal damage to property

The glass front door of a business in the 6900 block of West North Avenue was smashed with a piece of concrete sometime overnight Oct. 7.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from October 2 to October 9. 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

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