Bernardo R. Arteaga, 42, of 2600 N. Lawndale, was charged with battery and criminal trespass to property after he allegedly entered a woman’s garage in the 800 block of Clinton Avenue the afternoon of Aug. 1. When the woman noticed Arteaga enter as she parked, she yelled at him, laid on her horn and quickly backed out of the garage and phoned police.

A short while later in the 800 block of Home Avenue, Arteaga allegedly grabbed a passing woman by her shirt and attempted to drag her into some bushes. The woman screamed and fought back, however, and he let her go. The woman ran into the street and flagged down a squad car that was passing by in response to reports of a suspicious person by the first woman in the garage incident. The officer, Oak Park Deputy Chief Bob Scianna, radioed the man’s description to other officers in the area, and Arteaga was quickly located attempting to drive from the area. He was arrested after both women identified him. Police say they also recovered a quantity of cocaine on Arteaga during a search.

“Luckily both women screamed and made a commotion and got the heck out of there,” said Scianna, adding that other area residents helped as well by calling police on the suspicious person who had been seen prowling a number of backyards.

“There were a bunch of [squad] cars out there [at the time],” he said.


A man walked into the TCF Bank branch in the Jewel Store, 7512 Lake St., just before 4 p.m., Saturday afternoon, placed a bag on the counter and handed a teller a note that he had a gun. When the clerk placed an undisclosed sum of cash in the bag, the man fled out the south doors.

Police arrested three Chicago boys and a Maywood boy, the afternoon of Aug. 3, whom they say displayed a pellet gun to an Oak Park youth playing basketball in the rear of a home on the 1000 block of North Taylor Avenue. The four, who reportedly attempted to steal bikes from the garage, were charged with attempted aggravated robbery.


A 2007 Honda CRV, valued at $30,000, was stolen from the 6900 block of North Avenue overnight, Aug. 1. Around 11 p.m., Aug. 3, Noe Morales, 21, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 600 block of North Elmwood Avenue. Morales, who had no valid driver’s license, was charged with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle.

Two Chicago girls and two Chicago boys were arrested the afternoon of Aug. 4 after they were identified by a man as the individuals who stole his scooter from his yard on the 600 block of Gunderson Avenue.

Jonathon L. Puckett, 24, of 1125 S. Oak Park Ave. was arrested after being identified as the person who allegedly took cash from a tip jar at the Buzz Cafe, Lombard and Harrison, the afternoon of Aug. 5.

Kurt G. Larsen, 52, of Hinsdale was arrested after a brief foot chase after allegedly being observed placing items in a plastic bag inside the Dominick’s, 259 Lake St., the afternoon of Aug. 1.

Mark Terran of 855 Lake St. was arrested the afternoon of Aug. 2 after allegedly taking seven CDs from the Starbucks, 700 Lake St.

Someone pried the window of a car on the 800 block of Columbian Street between July 30 and Aug. 1 and stole an in-dash CD player.


Someone pried the dead-bolt off a door on the 800 block of Garfield Street, July 27-31, and stole a laptop and flat screen monitor, valued at $3,000.

Someone forced open a door on 200 block of North Austin Boulevard, the afternoon of Aug. 1, and stole computers and other electronics, valued at $2,700.

Someone kicked in the door of a residence on the first block of North Austin Boulevard during the day Aug. 1, ransacked the place and stole a DVD player. An apartment in the same building was entered the same way and electronics, valued at $1,555, were stolen.

Two purses were stolen from a car parked on the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue, the morning of Aug. 5. Loss was $600.

Golf clubs and a tool chest with assorted tools were stolen from a Chevy Trail Blazer on the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue, the afternoon of Aug. 5.

Someone broke a window of a vehicle in the West Suburban Hospital parking garage, 3 Erie Court, Aug. 2, and stole power tools valued at $750.

Someone pulled down the window of a car on the 600 block of South Austin Boulevard, the afternoon of July 29, and removed a car stereo, valued at $340.

Criminal damage to property

Eduardo Marin, 17, and Juan Vega, 19, both of Chicago, and Luis F. Alvarez, 18, of Berwyn, were arrested along with three Chicago juveniles after being identified as the individuals who used an etching device to deface a store window in the 400 block of Harrison Street, the afternoon of Aug. 4.

Two windows, valued at $600, were broken at Percy Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave. between July 27 and July 31.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from July 30 to Aug. 6. 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

Up a tree

Angel Guerro-Galvez, 34, of 418 Elgin, Forest Park was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after he was allegedly found sitting 20 feet up in a tree on the 600 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, the night of Aug. 5, looking into a residence.

More bikes stolen

Witnesses observed a man take two bikes from the 400 block of Lake Street, the morning of July 30, and place them in a van. Later that afternoon Lee A. Butts, 47, of 1134 N. Menard Ave., and Alonzo D. Donaldson, 39, of 1642 S. Ridgeland, Berwyn, were arrested in the 5700 block of Madison Street after allegedly attempting to sell two bikes stolen earlier out of Oak Park. Donaldson was also wanted on a State Police warrant for driving on a suspended license.

A boy riding on the 100 block of Washington Boulevard, the night of July 30, was confronted by a gang of teens, one of whom jumped off the handlebars of another bike and tried to punch the rider. The boy fled, and the assailant rode off on his bike.

The next night, on the 600 block of Washington, two Oak Park boys were riding bikes when three or four boys, age 14 to 15, stopped them and grabbed their bikes and rode off.

Two bikes were stolen in a garage burglary on the 1100 block of North Harvey Avenue overnight, Aug. 2.

Other bikes were stolen on the 200 block of Forest Avenue, 300 block of Lake Street, two on the 1200 block of North Euclid Avenue, two on the 900 block of South Lombard, the 700 block of South Lombard, the 700 block of North Ridgeland, the 100 block of North Cuyler, and the 400 block of South Boulevard.

Bikes were stolen in River Forest in the 600 block of Forest Avenue and 500 block of Keystone Avenue.

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