A man seen balancing on a lawn chair by a window peering inside a home in the 200 block of North Taylor Avenue around 4:30 a.m. July 7 is a likely suspect in several burglaries in Oak Park. The screen had been cut, but the man fled when confronted.

That same night in the 100 block of Wesley Avenue someone standing on a lawn chair ripped a screen with a BBQ fork, then stole various items valued at $1,100. There were two other attempted residential burglaries that night in which screens were cut but homes not entered, one in the 200 block of North Harvey Avenue, the other in the 200 block of North Lombard Avenue.

Someone cut the screen on an open window of a home in the 600 block of Edgewood overnight July 8 and stole tools, a GPS locater and Trek bike.

Someone cut the screen of a window in the St. Vincent Rectory, 1530 Jackson Boulevard, overnight July 4. Several items in the office were tampered with, but nothing appeared to be missing.


Two men walked up to a man in the first block of Adams Street the night of July 3, one reportedly said, “You know what time it is,” then pulled a handgun. The second man then demanded money from the victim, but left when the man said he had no money.

A group of three men tackled a man as he walked near Forest and Hawthorne Avenues shortly after midnight July 6. The gang then battered the man, causing a head wound, took his wallet from his pocket, and fled with $60 in a dark car driven by a fourth man.

The morning of July 2 in the 100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue an Oak Park boy struck another boy in the face three times and removed his cell phone.


Deionte Smith, 24, of Bellwood, Tommie Tate, 47, of Chicago, and Mitchell Williams, 44, of Chicago, were stopped in the 1100 block of Ridgeland Avenue the afternoon of July 6. On further investigation, it was determined they had allegedly broken the window of a pickup truck and stolen a cement saw.

An Oak Park woman witnessed a man attempting to crawl through the bathroom window of her home in the 400 block of Wesley Avenue the night of July 4. He fled when confronted.

Someone entered a 2006 Toyota Tundra in the first block of Augusta Boulevard the afternoon of July 2 and stole assorted construction tools valued at $4,150.

Someone broke into a Toyota Corolla in the 1000 block of North Boulevard the morning of July 7 and stole a laptop computer and other items valued in total at $2,434.

Someone ransacked an unlocked 1999 Pontiac Grand Am in the 200 block of South Humphrey Avenue between July 6 and July 8.

Thieves took $20 in change and a Bluetooth headset from an unlocked Chevy Impala in the 200 block of Thatcher Avenue overnight July 7.


Jonathon F. Centeno-Torres, 29, of the 1200 block of North Harlem Avenue, allegedly grabbed a woman the night of July 4, causing bruises and lacerations to her arm, then punched her in the head. Police say they also found drugs and drug paraphernalia during a custody search.

Rafael A. Lozano, 19, of the 500 block of South Oak Park Avenue, allegedly knocked the keys out of a woman’s hand during an argument around 6 a.m. July 8, then reportedly kicked her in the head trying to kick them away as she reached for them on the floor.

A man was punched in the face during a party July 4 in the 1500 block of Forest Avenue in River Forest. He reportedly suffered three fractured bones and will need surgery.

John L. Gorman, 17, of the 300 block of Home Avenue, allegedly punched an Oak Park girl in the side of the head the afternoon of July 4. A search reportedly turned up a small quantity of marijuana.


Felton Burkett, 39, of Chicago, was stopped in the 5900 block of Madison around 3:30 a.m. for allegedly speeding, not signaling and having only one headlight. Police say he smelled strongly of beer and had an open bottle of beer in the car.


Two men being investigated for retail theft were also arrested by River Forest police on warrants. Gregory J. Swinson, 33, who was sropped for an alleged retail theft at the Walgreens, 7251 Lake St., was wanted on a retail theft warrant in DuPage County. Gregory B. Gross, 46, was stopped for an investigation of a retail theft in Whole Foods, 7245 Lake St., and found to be wanted on a warrant for not appearing in court in St. Charles.

A man ran out of the Jewel, 7525 Lake St., the evening of July 6 with assorted razor blades. He fled on a bike.

Three 12-foot copper downspouts valued at $400 were stolen off a building in the first block of Washington Boulevard overnight on July 6.

A downspout of a building in the 700 block of Ontario was found damaged the afternoon of July 6, most likely during a theft attempt.

Besides bikes stolen in a robbery and a burglary, bikes were stolen in Oak Park in the following blocks last week: First and 500 blocks of Lake, two in the 200 block of Scoville, 200 block of South Ridgeland, 100 block of Le Moyne, 200 block of Madison, 300 block of South Euclid, 900 block of Randolph, and 900 South Wesley. In River Forest bikes were stolen in the 600 block of Lathrop, 300 block of Ashland, and 700 block of Lathrop.

A 1998 Buick LeSabre valued at $8,000 was stolen from the 1000 block of North Harlem Avenue overnight July 4.


Christine Lindberg, 23, of Elmwood Park, was in a car parked in the first block of Randolph Street the afternoon of July 3 when police say they allegedly observed two tin foil packets of suspected heroin in plain view in her lap. A search allegedly turned up three more packets.

Resisting arrest

Ramon C. Siciliano, 19, of the 200 block of Lake Street, was stopped during an outstanding warrant investigation in 400 block of North Austin Boulevard. He was arrested for resisting after allegedly pulling away from police and becoming aggressive.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from July 2 to July 8. 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

Crime Plus

Can’t you see I’m busy?

Roy A. Drees, 27, was allegedly “making a lewd sexual act” with a woman in Cummins Square, 7200 Lake St., the afternoon of July 4. When police intervened, Drees reportedly refused to take his hands out of his pocket and became aggressive. He was charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice.

More than just overweight

The driver of a 2000 Ford truck was pulled over near North Avenue and Ashland Avenue the afternoon of July 3. Besides the truck’s being 10,500 pounds overweight for its class, the driver had no insurance and allegedly had open alcohol in the truck.

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