An 18-year-old Oak Park man, walking home from a gas station on the 400 block of Madison St., was attacked from behind and knocked down by two men, one of whom demanded, “Gimme what you got.” The men took his wallet, containing $17 and a spare car key. Later that night the 2009 Toyota Camry the key started was stolen from the gas station lot.

“He forgot the key was in his wallet,” said Detective Commander Clemet Harbour. “The next morning the car wasn’t there.”

Around 1 a.m. the next night, River Forest police spotted the $22,000 Camry on the 1400 block of North Harlem Ave. and followed it into a nearby alley, where the two men inside jumped out and ran. Police were able to arrest Derrick K. Burnett, 22. They charged him with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle and released him to Oak Park investigators. As of Monday afternoon, he was still being held by Oak Park police in relation to the Aug. 23 robbery investigation.

The afternoon of Aug. 19, two boys, 14-16 years old, left a group of 5-6 kids and walked up to an Oak Park boy on the 800 block of Hayes St. One boy pulled a silver semi-automatic handgun and demanded the boy’s cellphone. When the boy handed it over, the two thieves ran off.

Cmdr. Harbour said Oak Park and Chicago police stopped a number of suspects for the victim to look at, but none were identified as the individuals who had robbed him.


Between Aug. 16 and Aug. 25, someone pried exterior and interior doors of the Stillwater Creative Group, 235 Harrison St., and stole four computers and two hard drives valued in total at $12,600.

Two Chicago boys were arrested, the afternoon of Aug. 22, after they were found in possession of hedge clippers stolen from a garage on the 1000 block of South Scoville Ave.

A man who heard a noise from his garage around 12: 30 a.m., Aug. 22, went to investigate and confronted a man in his 20s attempting to remove a motorcycle from the garage. After the thief fled, the homeowner noticed a bike was missing.

An open overhead garage door on the 500 block of North Ridgeland Ave. made things easier for a thief who stole assorted golf clubs and golf accessories and a gold watch, valued in total at $4,390, the morning of Aug. 19.

Someone entered a residence on the 600 block of Lyman Ave. during the day, Aug. 21, while a woman was sleeping upstairs. The thief stole a purse containing $20 and car keys. The keys were then used to enter the garage and steal a 1997 Chevy Lumina. The car was later recovered.


Overnight, Aug. 24, some 25 feet of copper downspout, valued at $500, was stolen from First Presbyterian Church, 7551 Quick St.

Curtis L. Rogers, 52, of Chicago was arrested, the morning of Aug. 20, after he was allegedly observed dragging a Village of Oak Park garbage container belonging to a residence on the 800 block of Fair Oaks Ave. down an alley on the 100 block of Thomas St.

Bike thefts

Oak Park police arrested five people for the theft or attempted theft of bikes last week. At least 20 bikes were stolen in Oak Park, and another four in River Forest:

Walter L. Ford, 18, of Chicago, was arrested, the afternoon of Aug. 18, after he was identified as the person who allegedly stole a bike off a front porch on the 500 block of South Elmwood Ave.

Denzel E. Young, 17, of Chicago, and a Chicago juvenile were arrested, the evening of Aug. 20, after they allegedly attempted to steal a bike from a rear yard on the 200 block of South Scoville Ave.

Walter L. Ford, 18, of Chicago was arrested, the afternoon of Aug. 18, after he was identified as the person who allegedly stole a bike off a porch on the 500 block of South Elmwood Ave.

A Chicago boy was arrested, the afternoon of Aug. 21, on the 700 block of South Lombard Ave. after he attempted to steal a bike from a yard.

Two teens, 14-16, pushed an Oak Park man off his bike, the afternoon of Aug. 20, on the 700 block of South Austin Blvd. and rode off.

An Oak Park resident who left his bike outside Tasty Dog, the evening of Aug. 20, and went inside, watched through the window as another boy jumped on the bike and rode off with it.

Bikes were stolen from open or unlocked garages on the 1100 block of North Kenilworth, 1200 North Euclid, 400 South Cuyler, 700 South Lombard, North Ridgeland, 1100 North Harvey, 800 Linden, and two each on 800 North East and 600 South Harvey.

Other bike thefts were reported on the following blocks: 600 South Elmwood, 700 South Taylor, 1100 North Lombard, 1100 Wesley and 500 Lake.

In River Forest, bikes were stolen on the 200 block of Franklin, 1500 block of Clinton, 1100 block of Franklin, and 7200 block of Lake.


Tracey M. Ernat, 33, of LaSalle, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 600 block of South Taylor Ave., the evening of Aug. 23. She was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance after a search allegedly turned up 37 baggies of suspected heroin.

Police who stopped Adam L. Prokop, 25, of Des Plaines, for riding on the sidewalk, Aug. 24, reportedly found him in possession of a small baggie containing .2 grams of heroin. A name check reportedly disclosed arrest warrants from Niles (driving on a revoked license) and the Cook County Sheriff (being in possession of a stolen car).


An Oak Park man walking on Lake Street near East Avenue around 2:20 a.m., Aug. 24, was confronted by four teens, two of whom knocked him to the ground by punching and kicking him in the torso and head before running off.

Jeffrey Prewitt, 30, of Maywood, was arrested, the morning of Aug. 20, on signed complaints alleging battery and violation of a court order of protection.

Criminal trespass to property

An Oak Park man on the 500 block of South Elmwood Ave. confronted a woman standing in his bedroom shortly before 10 p.m., Aug. 23. When he demanded to know what she was doing in his home, she replied, “I’m looking for Stephanie.” The man escorted the woman out his front door, where he saw a strange man sitting on his porch. The stranger then left with the woman.

Donald S. Blakesly, 40, of the 100 block of South Scoville Ave., was charged with criminal trespass to property and criminal damage to property after he was allegedly observed by a neighbor looking into a window and attempting to raise the screen, damaging it.


Vintrell Evans, 35, of Forest Park was stopped for alleged speeding near Keystone Ave. and Hawthorne St. around 10 p.m., Aug. 23. Police say Evans blew an illegal .149 on a breathalyzer, and had no insurance.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Aug. 18 to Aug. 25. 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

They’re out there trying

River Forest police reported three instances of what appear to be failed burglary attempts or burglaries in which nothing was taken last week. On the 500 block of Lathrop Ave., a screen was cut and police recovered a footprint under the open window. On the 400 block of Ashland Ave., boards were removed from a basement window, and exterior lighting was disabled. On the 700 block of Clinton Ave., paint was scratched from a door jamb.

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