Tactical officers pulled over a white van in the 3300 block of Roosevelt Road that reportedly matched the description of the van used in an alleged car burglary in the parking lot of the Jewel, 7036 Roosevelt Road, the afternoon of May 29.

William Sykes, 29, of the 3300 block of West 19th Street, James L. Bass, of the 1900 block of South Homan, and Ladina L. Moore, 33, of the 3300 block of West 19th Street, were arrested after being identified by a victim as the ones who broke out the window of his car with a screwdriver. The screwdriver allegedly used to break the window was recovered, and the trio were charged with possession of burglary tools.

Parolee David Harris, 47, of the 200 block of North Central Avenue, was arrested around 2 a.m. May 31 after he was spotted carrying a bike on his shoulder as he crossed Austin Boulevard. The bike, police say, had an Oak Park registration sticker and was reported stolen from a garage in the 300 block of South Lombard Avenue.

And Larry G. McCollum, 40, of the 1700 block of Neva Avenue, was allegedly observed by police the morning of May 29 entering an alley in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard then exiting momentarily with a bicycle from a rear porch. He was charged with felony theft.


Four cars burglarized and one damaged in a burglary attempt overnight May 28 were among eight vehicle burglarized last week. Cars were targeted in the 800 and 900 blocks of Elmwood Avenue, the 500 and 900 blocks of North Harvey Avenue, the 500 block of North Ridgeland Avenue and the 1000 block of Hayes Street.

  • Someone forced open a boarded-up window of a garage in the 100 block of North Elmwood Avenue and stole two bikes overnight May 27.
  • Cash and collectable coins valued at $1,340 were stolen from a residence in the 700 block of South Elmwood Avenue the morning of June 3 by burglars who entered through an unlocked kitchen window.
  • Two men were seen forcing their way into a residence in the 200 block of South East Avenue the morning of May 31. The men exited the home with a flat-screen television, a laptop computer and a credit card and entered a waiting car. Police have the license number.
  • A bike and backpack were stolen from a garage in the first block of Thatcher Avenue the morning of May 30.

Aggravated robbery

Two Oak Park boys were approached by a pair of teens near Division and Marion just before 11 p.m. June 2. One of the teens stated, “We’re going to hurt you if your don’t give us your money,” and implied he had a gun. One of the victims turned over $5 and a frozen beverage to the older boys.


Two young boys playing in a backyard in the 200 block of Iowa Street the afternoon of June 2 were approached by a group of 10 boys, one of whom asked if they could play on the boy’s basketball court. When the boy refused, one of the intruders punched him in the face, while another knocked the second boy to the ground and punched him.

The gang fled when one of their victims ran inside the house to seek help.


  • Sometime between May 24 and May 29 someone stole a piece of earth-moving equipment valued at $4,000 from the lot of the Shell Station, 1 Harrison St.
  • John Robinson, 41, of the 500 block of West Van Buren Avenue, was arrested after an officer allegedly saw him commit a theft in the 700 block of North Taylor Avenue. Robinson was also charged with resisting arrest and battery to a police officer.
  • Dennisha Taylor, 27, of Glenview, allegedly took $166 from the CVS Pharmacy the morning of May 31, then struggled with and resisted the officer who arrested her.
  • A man walked into the Radio Shack, 914 Madison St., the morning of June 1 and asked where the security cameras were. When the clerk pointed them out, the man picked up two cameras valued at $120, walked out of the store to a waiting car and drove off.
  • A CD player/radio valued at $850 was stolen from a car awaiting repairs at a service station in the 300 block of Lake Street sometime between May 22 and May 29.
  • Two Chicago boys were arrested after being stopped riding bikes in an alley in the 1150 block of South Ridgeland Avenue the evening of June 3. The owner of one of the bikes subsequently identified it as one stolen from his yard.


  • Alberto D. Jimenez, 45, of Schaumburg, was involved in a traffic crash in the 1100 block of North Harlem Avenue the night of June 1. Police say that Jimenez failed a field sobriety test, then blew 0.188 on a breathalyzer test. The blood-alcohol legal limit is 0.08.
  • Timothy J. O’Reilly, 41, of the 200 block of Harrison Street, was involved in a traffic crash in the 1000 block of South East Avenue just before 4 a.m. Police say he smelled strongly of alcohol and had slurred speech. He was treated at Loyola Medical Center and released.

Outside warrant

  • George J. Seals, 33, of the 700 block of South Maple Avenue, was arrested at his home around 5:30 a.m. May 31 on four warrants from Oak Park, Elmwood Park, Westmont and DuPage County police for allegedly driving on a revoked license.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from May 28 through June 2. 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

You catch mine, I’ll catch yours

Dennis J. Jackson, 34, of Maywood, was arrested by River Forest police the afternoon of May 31 for allegedly taking disposable diapers and liquor from the Jewel, 7525 Lake St., without paying. They notified Oak Park police, who placed Jackson in a lineup in which he was identified by a woman as the man who allegedly pulled an 8-inch knife on her as he exited another Jewel store at 7036 Roosevelt Road May 19 with liquor and beer, again allegedly without paying.

On the afternoon of June 2, River Forest police were looking for a man who had gotten out of a car near Chicago Avenue and Franklin stopped a female jogger, asked for the time, then allegedly demanded the woman’s iPod. He and his accomplice drove off when the woman ran away.

A short while later in the 300 block of North Austin Boulevard, Oak Park police arrested Emmanuel D. Fleming, 24, of the 1000 block of North Drake, in a car driven by Pierre James, after the car matched the description of one allegedly used in a street robbery involving an iPod in the 400 block of North Grove Avenue.

The two men were charged in both the River Forest and Oak Park incidents.

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