Three roommates sharing an apartment on the 300 block of Wisconsin Avenue lost computers, iPods, stereos and other electronics valued in total at $7,000 during a daytime burglary, April 2.

Meanwhile, nine burglaries or criminal damage to property reports were related to garages in Oak Park last week. In most cases, thieves kicked in, or attempted to kick in, side service doors although in two cases they simply walked through open overhead doors. The garages were on the 1100 and 1200 blocks of North Lombard Avenue, 1000 block of Randolph Street, 300 block of South Taylor Avenue, 1150 block of South Gunderson Avenue, 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue, 100 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, and two on the 200 block of South Cuyler Avenue.

Thieves stole several lawnmowers and ransacked a number of cars. In one case burglars broke through the service door, but were unable to cut through a cable securing three bikes.

In River Forest, a homeowner on the first block of Gale heard his garage door close, the night of April 4. When he investigated, he found a 15-speed bike and the garage door opener missing.


A man ran into a woman unloading groceries from her car trunk on the 100 block of North Grove Avenue, the evening of March 31, knocked her aside and grabbed a bag of groceries. The woman chased him and grabbed the bag back from him. He then ran off.


A Chicago man exiting a CTA train at the Oak Park Avenue Blue Line station said he felt someone cut his back pants pocket. The thief then exited the train and entered another train headed in the opposite direction. The victim lost $200 cash and his IDs.

Sean M. Deady, 28, was arrested after he allegedly entered the AT&T store, 425 N. Harlem Ave., the afternoon of March 3, placed a cellphone in his pocket and left. Police say that when they searched Deady, they found packets of suspected cocaine and heroin, as well as six small packets of marijuana. A name check revealed a warrant out of Johnson County, Kan. for drug possession.

Carol A. Johnson, 39, of Chicago was arrested April 4 for allegedly stealing money from coin-operated machines at 910 S. Oak Park Ave. last September.

A $5,000 check and $70 in cash were stolen from an unlocked office inside the Family Service & Mental Health Center offices, 210 S. Marion St., the afternoon of April 4.

Two women who had obtained car keys from inside a residence on the 500 block of Clinton Avenue, drove off in a 2002 Jaguar XT2, the afternoon of March 31. The car was recovered two days later near 73rd and State Street on Chicago’s South Side.

Two copper downspouts, valued at $1,000, were stolen off a home on the 700 block of South Lombard Avenue sometime between March 20 and April 6.

Two 10-foot sections of copper downspout, valued at $600, were stolen off a home on the 300 block of Linden Avenue between March 28 and 31. Similar-sized sections of downspout were stolen from homes on the 1200 block of North Euclid Avenue and the 900 block of North Elmwood Avenue around the same time.

Drug possession

Police, responding to a call of someone doing drugs in the McDonald’s parking lot, 111 Madison St., reportedly found Bryan Surlak, 38, of Des Plaines in the driver’s seat of an Acura automobile. After a radio check determined the car’s plates were registered to a Chevy automobile, police ordered Surlak out of the car. They allegedly found a rolled $50 bill on the console with a white powder on it, as well as a vial of suspected cocaine.


Philip J. Sanchez, 28, was arrested for alleged DUI, aggravated speeding and reckless driving near Thatcher and North avenues just after 4 a.m., April 6.

Mario Reyes was arrested for alleged aggravated DUI around 2 a.m. near Harlem Avenue and Randolph Street.

Aggravated assault

After answering her doorbell, the evening of April 3, an Oak Park woman was threatened by a man who displayed a gun. “You know Tiffany,” the man said. “I’m Shawn, Tiffany’s cousin. Why you fighting with her?”

“You don’t want no problems, or else,” the man stated as he lifted his jacket to show a handgun in his waistband. He then left the foyer and entered a waiting SUV.


Martez R. Morrow, 18, of 5211 W. Congress Parkway, grabbed a woman during an argument in a home on the1000 block of Randolph Street, the afternoon of April 6. Police say Morrow then pushed the woman onto a bed and punched her.

A 61-year-old man was punched and his car kicked by one of three younger men in the CVS Pharmacy parking lot, 7929 North Ave., the afternoon of April 1, after a road rage incident.

Outside warrant

Melvin L. Bush, 27, of 5009 Washington Blvd., was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 5600 block of Washington the afternoon of March 31. A name check determined he was wanted by the Cook County Sheriff for violating parole on a drug possession conviction.

Police, responding to a disturbance call on the 100 block of South Harvey Avenue, April 4, came upon one Matthew A. Wojciechowski, 36, of Highland, Ind. A name check determined he was wanted in Lake County, Ind., for failing to appear on a drug charge.

Charles L. Jones, of 5967 W. Rice, Chicago, was stopped by police on the 400 block of North Taylor Avenue, due to allegedly suspicious behavior, the morning of April 4. A name check determined Jones was wanted by the Cook County Sheriff for failure to appear in court on a contempt charge.

Criminal trespass to property

Earl Thomas Diem, 62, of Melrose Park, was reportedly observed by police urinating in the warming shelter at the Metra station, 1119 North Blvd., March 31. Besides the local ordinance for peeing in public, Diem was arrested for criminal trespass due to his having been warned numerous times previously not to return to the Metra station.

Ronnie R. Gordon, 37, of Maywood, was allegedly creating a disturbance in the Oak Park Main Library, the morning of April 3, yelling and refusing to leave. After being advised that he was no longer allowed inside the library, Gordon reportedly left, but then returned, and was arrested.

Criminal damage to property

Four boys, age 10-14, walked by a video store on the first block of Madison Street, the night of April 2, banging on the large plate-glass window. When one of them kicked it, the $1,000 piece of glass shattered.

A BB gun was used to damage a 4-by-3-foot pane of glass, valued at $400, on the Original House of Pancakes, 954 Lake St., overnight April 4.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from March 31 to April 7. 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

Suspect in March 29 robbery arrested

An Oak Park boy who battered another youth during a robbery in the alley behind the 500 block of Madison Street turned himself in to police, April 1. He was charged with aggravated battery and turned over to the county juvenile detention center.

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