Burglars cut outside alarm wires and pried open a rear door on the Maya del Sol restaurant, 144 S. Oak Park Ave., overnight Dec. 20. Once inside, they pried open a floor safe and stole $3,385 in cash. Oak Park Deputy Chief Bob Scianna said the theft was the latest in a series of burglaries of restaurants in and around the village.

“We’ve had three,” he said. “Bar Louie on Nov. 4, and Al’s Grill, Nov. 25,” said Scianna.

In the Bar Louie break-in (1122 Lake St.), someone pried open the front door overnight and removed a safe that contained $5,113 in cash and $95 in gift certificates. In the Al’s Grill break-in, (1100 Madison St.) the thieves were unable to crack the safe, but stole $89 in rolled coins.

Scianna said police in Chicago, Forest Park and Berwyn are investigating similar burglaries, all involving restaurants, and that police have good information with which to work.


Erick Harris, 21, of 3454 W. Belle Plaine; Stacey J. Adams, 18, of 2415 W. Adams; Stevon C. McGill, 22, of 653 N. Waller; and Michael Rowe, 21, of 4157 W. Crystal were arrested on the 500 block of North Humphrey Avenue, the afternoon of Dec. 16, after allegedly being observed by police stopping at different residences and removing postal packages.

A UPS package filled with clothing, CDs and DVDs, valued at $250, was stolen from a porch on the 300 block of South Lombard Avenue during the day, Dec. 19

A 2007 Monte Carlo, valued at $15,000, was stolen from the 900 block of Wesley Avenue, overnight Dec. 18.


Thieves entered a garage on the 1000 block of South Scoville Avenue through an unlocked side door, overnight Dec. 13, and stole two bikes valued at $600.

Someone broke the window of a car on the 300 block of Austin Boulevard and stole a stereo, overnight Dec. 18. Another car was broken into the same way that night on the 700 block of South East Avenue.


Christopher R. Swordy, 17, and Jack D. Ritter, 18, of Oak Park, and John A. Roeser, 17, of River Forest, were arrested for an alleged battery of an Oak Park man on the 700 block of Lake Street, the afternoon Dec. 19.

Jovan Mingo, 30, of 4731 W. Fulton was arrested, Dec. 18, on a signed complaint accusing him of a Dec. 8 domestic battery.


Shaundel S. Hill, 29, of 5404 W. Quincy allegedly rear-ended a car stopped in traffic on the 300 block of North Austin Boulevard. Police say he was driving on a suspended license and failed a field sobriety test.

Outside warrant

Brady G. Love, 19, of LaGrange was stopped by police on Midway Parkway, just east of Austin Boulevard, for allegedly driving with his headlights off around 3 a.m., Dec. 19. He was reportedly found to be wanted on a Union County warrant for aggravated speeding.

Heather L. Gorski, 35, of 514 S. Kenilworth Ave. was arrested, the morning of Dec. 18, on two outstanding warrants, one from the Cook County Sheriff for failing to appear in court on a domestic battery charge and from DuPage for failing to appear on a criminal damage to property charge.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Dec. 17 to 20. 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

Vicious circle

Oak Park police traveled to an apartment on the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue in Forest Park around 2 a.m., Dec. 20, to arrest Alvin Linton for an alleged domestic battery on the 500 block of Home Avenue that night. When the alleged victim, Samilia Calhoun, came into the station to press charges, a name check determined that she herself was wanted by Chicago police on an arrest warrant for an alleged battery.

Merry… Santeria?

Headless corpses of three animals were left at the top of the Barrie Park sledding hill the night of Dec. 19. Witnesses said they observed a man pull the decapitated bodies of a goat and a rooster from a plastic bag and leave them on the ground. The man then fled, leaving a headless hawk in the bag. Police say they suspect the incident is related to a Caribbean religious sect called Santeria.

“Animal sacrifices aren’t unusual there,” said Deputy Chief Robert Scianna, who noted that the animals were not killed at the park, just left there.

The remains were turned over to the village’s Animal Control Department.

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