October was a busy month for armed robberies.

In the 30-day period between Sept. 29 and Oct. 29, there were 15 armed and strong-arm robberies throughout Oak Park, including three armed robberies of businesses.

Last week four people were robbed in Oak Park either at gunpoint or by force, and an 85-year-old River Forest woman was unharmed after being robbed of $75 at knifepoint while parking her car in her garage by a man who told her, “Give me the money or you die.”

Those who didn’t display weapons used physical violence. An Oak Park woman was robbed while parking her car in the 1100 block of North Lombard Avenue the afternoon of Oct. 24 by a man who reached in through the window and wrested her keys and a plastic bag away from her, dislocating her finger.

A man walking in the 200 block of South Maple Avenue the night of Oct. 25 was jumped by three men who punched and kicked him numerous times and stole his watch. He was treated at Oak Park Hospital and released.

The night of Oct. 29 a man in the White Hen, 23 N. Harlem Ave., waited until a clerk rang up a purchase, then stepped behind the counter, pushed the clerk away, and took $160 from the open register. The man said “Turn around, don’t look at me,” before running out to a waiting vehicle.

“We’re responding to it,” Deputy Chief Bob Scianna said Monday, who declined to go into greater detail. “We’re re-deploying resources to deal with it.” Scianna said police haven’t been able to identify a reason for the up-tick in robberies.

The effort paid off the evening of Oct. 28, after a man walking in the 400 block of South Kenilworth Avenue was accosted by a man who allegedly grabbed his arm, spun him around and demanded his money. The robber then pointed a large silver handgun at the man’s face and said, “You don’t want to die for this,” at which point the man turned over his wallet. The man then entered a distinctive car with a missing headlight and damage to the driver’s door.

That car was later spotted by police in Cicero. When Oak Park police questioned the car’s owner, Victor H. Stanley, 18, of the 4300 block of West Van Buren, Chicago, the robbery victim reportedly identified him as the driver of the car during the robbery.

Domestic battery

Israel Gutierrez Jr. was arrested around 2 a.m. Oct. 28 in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard after allegedly grabbing a woman by the hair, pulling her to the floor, then slapping her.


830 feet of copper pipe, five large boxes of copper fittings and assorted other copper parts valued at $13,042 were stolen from a construction site in the 1100 block of Lake Street sometime between Oct. 20 and Oct. 23.

Someone entered a residence in the 1000 block of Taylor Avenue during the day or evening Oct. 27, likely via a porch window. A computer valued at $800 was stolen.

Auto theft

A 2005 Mercedes C230 valued at $35,000 was stolen overnight on Oct. 23 from the 1150 block of South Ridgeland.

Retail theft

Glenda D. Rieves, 45, of the 800 block of North Laurel Avenue, Chicago, was allegedly observed by store security at Dominick’s, 259 Lake St., concealing items when leaving. A post-arrest name check determined Rieves was wanted by the Cook County Sheriff on a parole violation warrant.

An unidentified man was seen walking out of Walgreens, 7251 Lake St., the evening of Oct. 25 with a bulge under his coat. A check of the shelves determined that a large amount of shaving razors where missing.


For at least the third time, equipment was stolen from the construction site of the new Oak Park Public Works headquarters in the 200 block of South Boulevard. Someone cut through the wire fencing around the site between Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 cut two security cables and stole a pair of portable generators valued at $4,900.

Someone broke a side window of a car in the 6500 block of Roosevelt Road during the day Oct. 22 and stole a stereo faceplate. Damage and loss was $650.

A wallet containing gift cards and $197 in cash was stolen from an unlocked locker in Percy Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., the afternoon of Oct. 24.

Sometime between Aug. 1 and Oct. 1 a bejeweled gold ring and two other pieces of merchandise valued in total at $1,760 were stolen from Marion Antiques, 125 N. Marion.


Rodney E. Shearill, of Lombard, was reportedly involved in a traffic accident the night of Oct. 26. Police say that further investigation determined that Shearill, who was charged with a felony for an alleged previous DUI, was under the influence of drugs. A name check also reportedly turned up a warrant from Lake County for failure to provide child support.

Traffic arrest plus

After stopping Airreona S. Brewer, 20, for an alleged traffic violation the night of Oct. 26, police reportedly determined that not only was her driver’s license suspended, but the car Brewer was driving had been reported stolen three days earlier.

Unlawful possession of a motor vehicle

Northlake resident Cody C. Wheelock, also known as Mike Rabe, 22, was spotted in the 7100 block of North Avenue the afternoon of Oct. 26 driving a van that had been reported stolen. Oak Park officers pulled Rabe over near Waller and Corcoran in Chicago. Rabe, who was paroled last year from aggravated robbery and drug convictions, was also charged with theft after he allegedly threw a computer out of the van window.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from October 23 to October 30. 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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