Two people counting up receipts at a car wash on the 600 block of Madison Street were robbed at gunpoint, the afternoon of March 1. The witness in the room said a gunman walked up behind the manager, placed a gun against his back and demanded money. The man then rifled through the manager’s pockets and took $1,400, a cellphone and his wallet. The gunman then ordered the two to lie face down on the floor as he fled. He was observed entering a waiting car on the 400 block of Wesley Avenue.
Catalytic converter theft
A traffic stop, the afternoon of Feb. 27, led to the arrest of three Chicago residents in relation to the alleged theft of four catalytic converters. When police pulled over a car on the 200 block of Washington Boulevard, they reportedly observed several reciprocating saw blades on the floor by the front seat. A search of the car allegedly turned up two reciprocating saws in the car, and four catalytic converters in the trunk. The catalytic converters were determined to have been taken off cars in Oak Park during the prior 24 hours.
“All of them have drugs in their backgrounds,” said Commander Clemet Harbour, who noted the four have been charged in at least two thefts.
Leonard D. Thomas, 37, of 1000 Monitor Ave. has done four stints in prison going back to 1991, including robbery and aggravated battery, and was last sentenced in 1998. Willie E. Green, 45, of 6423 S. Washtenaw has several prior drug convictions. Thora E. Boisselle, 30, of 8148 S. Whipple, who has drug convictions dating back 10 years, was allegedly found with a glass pipe in her purse.
A total of eight vehicles-all Jeep Cherokees-had their catalytic converters sawed off last week. Two Jeeps on the 100 block of South Scoville Avenue were victimized Feb. 28.
An Oak Park woman was accosted by a gunman estimated to be 5 feet 3 or shorter on the 400 block of South Taylor Avenue, the evening of Feb. 27. After saying “give me your cash,” the boy unzipped her purse, but took nothing and repeated his demand for money. When told she didn’t have any, the boy ran off.
A Chicago juvenile was arrested at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., the afternoon of Feb. 27, and charged with punching and robbing an Oak Park man on Jan. 13. He was turned over to authorities at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.
A woman who heard knocking on the front door of her studio business on the first block of Harrison Street around 11 p.m., March 2, observed a man in his 30s standing outside her front window masturbating. The man ran off when the woman yelled at him.
Amonte A. Lopez, 17, of 428 S. Scoville Ave., was allegedly the person who handed a Forest Park juvenile a baseball bat, which the boy used to attack another youth during a fight on the 400 block of Ridgeland Avenue, the afternoon of Feb. 25. The Forest Park youth also reportedly had a brick in his jacket pocket. Both were charged with disorderly conduct.
Battery, aggravated assault
Timothy Bridges, 40, of 2424 Lithuanian Plaza, Chicago, allegedly pushed an employee of the Walgreens, 7251 Lake St., the afternoon of Feb. 26, and threatened him with a knife.
Kendra Fox, 27, allegedly had a blood alcohol level of .238 when she was pulled over on North Avenue at Marion Street, Feb. 29. Police wrote five tickets on Fox, whose car was towed.
Someone broke the side window of a 2003 Jaguar X-Type on the 6700 block of Roosevelt Rd., the afternoon of Feb. 29, and stole a purse.
Sometime during the day, Feb. 25, someone stole five pairs of shoes, an X-Box device, and 10-15 games, valued in total at $1,430, from a home on the 300 block of South Oak Park Avenue.
Someone inflicted $1,372 in scratches on a 2005 Mercedes C230 parked on the 400 block of South East Avenue during the day, Feb. 27.
A car, valued at $9,800, was stolen from a parking space on the 1000 block of Randolph Street, Feb. 22. The car was recovered undamaged on the 900 block of Madison Street, the morning of Feb. 27.
Two 20-foot sections of copper downspout, valued at $2,500, were stolen from a home on the 1000 block of Belleforte Avenue, Feb. 24. Later that same night, a 30-foot section of copper was stolen off Cheney Mansion, 232 N. Euclid Ave.
A UPS package containing collectable gems was stolen off a front porch on the 300 block of South Humphrey Avenue, the afternoon of Feb. 26. The package was a
replacement shipment after the first shipped package was stolen on Feb. 22.
An iPhone, valued at $400, was stolen from a locker inside Oak Park and River Forest High School, the morning of Feb. 25.
A jacket and house keys were stolen from a weight room inside OPRF High School, the afternoon of Feb. 28.
Sixty-five dollars in cash was stolen from a locker in Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, 325 S. Kenilworth Ave., overnight Feb. 21.
A laptop computer and iPod, valued at $1,650, were stolen from a home on the 1100 block of South Lombard Avenue between Feb. 20 and 24.
A purse containing $100 cash and IDs and various credit cards was stolen during the day Feb. 26 from a business on the 100 block of North Marion Street.
A purse containing $40 in cash and credit cards was stolen from the employee lounge inside a business on the 1100 block of Lake Street, the afternoon of Feb. 25.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Feb. 24 to March 3. 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