The historic flooding along Lake Street in River Forest brought out the best in many people, and the worst in a few. Bernard A. Williams, 19, of Hillside was arrested, the morning of Sept. 18, after he allegedly entered a flooded residence on the 8100 block of Lake Street and went up to the second floor while the owners were working to clean out their basement. He was charged with burglary.
Thieves entered through an unlocked rear window on the 300 block of North Austin Blvd. during the day, Sept. 16, and stole a laptop computer, iPod and electronic games, valued in total at $2,778.
That same afternoon, thieves entered a residence on the 400 block of North Humphrey Ave. through an unlocked rear basement door and stole an electronic game, valued at $350.
During the day Sept. 18, burglars entered an apartment on the 100 block of South Scoville Ave. by unlocking a rear door through a partially open window. They stole two laptop computers, various electronics, assorted jewelry and five bottles of wine, worth $3,250 in total.
There were a dozen incidents of vehicle burglary in Oak Park within a three-day period last week, six of them overnight, Sept. 15. In most cases, thieves pried open doors or smashed windows to enter. In two instances the cars were left unlocked. One burglary overnight, Sept. 14, resulted in a total of $2,760 in loss and damages.
Vehicles were burglarized on the following blocks: 200, 300 and 800 South Maple Ave., 200 Madison St., 1150 Lyman Ave., 600 North Forest Ave., 6000 Roosevelt Rd., 1100 South Euclid Ave., 500 South Lombard Ave., 400 Washington Blvd. and two on the 300 block of Washington Blvd.
The evening of Sept. 21, a strong-arm robber forced a boy off his bike on the 200 block of Iowa St., 600 South Taylor Ave. and 1100 block of Lake St.
Several bikes were stolen from garages during burglaries, the majority of them from open or unlocked garages. Thieves entered a garage on the 1200 block of Forest Ave. through an unlocked door Sept. 13-15 and stole a Trek bike valued at $1,500.
A bike and other items, valued at $476, were stolen after someone forced a service door on a garage on the 400 block of North Lombard Ave. between Sept. 6 and Sept. 17.
Other bikes were stolen on the 1200 block of North Kenilworth Ave., 700 block of Columbian Ave. and 600 block of Lyman Ave.
The morning of Sept. 18, Gregory Tiree, of the 5700 block of Division St., was arrested for the alleged theft of copper gutter and downspout from a home on the 1100 block of Rossell Ave. The copper was reportedly recovered from his vehicle by waiting Oak Park police after he drove into a West Side metal recycling center.
After River Forest police stopped Lanell Hunter, 38, near Harlem Ave. and Division St., the afternoon of Sept. 21, for an alleged traffic violation, they discovered he was driving on a suspended license. A vehicle search after Hunter’s arrest then allegedly turned up stolen U.S. mail, and he was charged with theft.
Thieves entered an open garage on the 100 block of North Humphrey Ave., overnight Sept. 14, and stole a snowblower and lawnmower, valued in total at $900.
Three Chicago boys were arrested, the afternoon of Sept. 21, after they were observed stealing a scooter from a yard on the 700 block of South Elmwood Ave.
The door lock on a common storage area of a building on the 100 block of South Harvey Ave. was forced open between April 1 and Sept. 19. Tools, fishing equipment a camera and clothes, valued in total at $1,250 were stolen.
A River Forest woman reportedly had $15,000 in jewelry stolen from her residence on the 500 block of Monroe Ave. between Sept. 10 and Sept. 17. Police are investigating two suspects.
A 2006 Ford truck, loaded with assorted hospital equipment, was stolen from a driveway at Rush Oak Park Hospital around 3 a.m., Sept. 17. The truck was later recovered on the city’s South Side with its in-dash radio and GPS system ripped out. Its contents were also missing. Losses are estimated in the many thousands of dollars.
A GMC Suburban, valued at $8,150, was stolen from the 1200 block of North Lombard Ave., overnight Sept. 18.
An unlocked work van, loaded with various tools, was stolen from the 1100 block of South Humphrey Ave., overnight Sept. 17. Loss was $4,000.
Criminal trespass to property
Thomas Knuth, 26, was stopped on River Forest Town Center property, Sept. 16, by River Forest police investigating a retail theft in Oak Park. Knuth, who was previously arrested for retail theft in Oak Park, was cleared as a suspect, but arrested for criminal trespass to the shopping center due to his being warned numerous times to stay off the property.
Robert S. Anderson, 19, of the 400 block of North Austin Blvd. was arrested in River Forest after he allegedly slapped his girlfriend and grabbed her by the arm.
Kellie R. Shaw, 27, of St. Charles, was stopped for an alleged traffic offense on the 500 block of South Austin Blvd., the afternoon of Sept. 16. After reportedly observing blood on her arm and a torn-in-half pop can commonly used to cook heroin, police say they searched her vehicle and found seven small baggies of suspected heroin. She was also charged with endangering the life of a child.
Alfredo A. Cervantes, 27, of the 6000 block of West Fletcher St., Chicago, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 1100 block of North Austin Blvd. around 4 a.m., Sept. 15. Police say Cervantes, who reportedly had a half-empty bottle of beer on the floor board and smelled strongly of alcohol, failed a field sobriety test and could not provide proof of insurance.
Roosevelt Petty, 28, of the 100 block of North Central Ave., was reportedly involved in a traffic crash on the first block of North Austin Blvd. around 3:45 a.m. Police say he smelled strongly of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test.
Lukasz Korba, 28, was stopped on the 6000 block of North Ave. around 9:45 p.m., Sept. 21, for alleged speeding and reckless driving. Police say he was also legally drunk.
Jevenal Rosales, 43, reportedly blew a .21 blood alcohol reading after being stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 400 block of Edgewood Ave. around 4 a.m., Sept. 21.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Sept. 15 to 22. 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