A man on the 1000 block of North Humphrey, Monday morning, was unhurt after coming upon a burglar packing up items he intended to steal from the home. Police say the thief forced open a rear window of the house just after 10 a.m., Nov. 24. The man, who had been sleeping upstairs, ran into the thief on the stairway.

“I think it was a burglary and he found the [resident],” said Detective Sgt. Art Borchers. “I don’t think either one of them knew the other was in the house.”

The intruder threatened the young man with a household knife and tied him up.

The burglar abandoned the items and fled the house with only $45 in cash after his victim’s friend drove up to the front door, saw the intruder in the house, and returned to his car and started honking his horn.

Residential burglary

Sometime during the day, Nov. 24, burglars broke in the rear door of a home on the 100 block of LeMoyne Parkway and stole a safe and two rings valued at $1,050. That same night, police were called to a gas station a few blocks away on North Avenue, regarding a man using a credit card to fill up customers’ tanks in return for cash. After a brief foot chase, police arrested Isiah Davis, 18, of the 1600 block of North Major, Chicago, for being in possession of a credit card stolen in the earlier burglary.

An Oak Park juvenile was arrested, the afternoon of Nov. 26, and charged with entering an apartment on the 900 block of North Blvd. through an unlocked balcony door and stealing two laptop computers.

An apartment on the 1100 block of South Oak Park Ave. was entered the evening of Nov. 24. Three digital cameras, 800 CDs, a cellphone, clothing and assorted personal items, valued at $2,925, were stolen.

Jewelry, valued at $200, was stolen from a home on the 900 block of Home Ave., the morning of Nov. 24.

Two men were observed knocking on the front door of a home on the 1200 block of Hayes, the night of Nov. 24, then walking around the side of the building. A window screen was later found cut, as were phone lines into the house, but entry was not gained.

An apartment on the 400 block of North Austin suffered damage to a rear door and window during the day, Nov. 27. Entry was not gained.

Vehicular burglary

Portable global positioning satellite (GPS) devices continue to be stolen from vehicles, usually by smashing car windows. GPS devices were stolen in Oak Park from cars on the 100 block of South Humphrey, overnight Nov. 19 and overnight Nov. 29, on the 100 block of South Marion.

In River Forest, burglaries occurred on the 400 block of Ashland and the 500 block of Auvergne Place during the day, Nov. 25. A GPS device and two iPods were stolen from a car parked on the 500 block of Lathrop.

A resident on the 800 block of South Humphrey observed a man striking a side window on his car with a rock the night of Nov. 26. The man fled when he saw the owner.


Gerrick L. Dunlop, 35, of the 1600 block of North Mayfield, Chicago, was arrested, the afternoon of Nov. 25, after store security at Dominick’s, 259 Lake St., reportedly saw him shoplifting. He was also found to be wanted on a Chicago warrant for domestic battery.


An Oak Park man walking on the 200 block of East Ave., the afternoon of Nov. 26, heard someone yell something from a passing car, then was shot at “7-10 times” with a BB gun. The man was hit once in the shoe.


Isak Shpungin, 67, was stopped after allegedly “driving all over the road” on Thatcher near North Ave. around noon, Nov. 26. Police say Shpungin was drunk, driving on a revoked license, had open alcohol in the car, and had no insurance.

Lillian O. Hardy, 45, of Chicago, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 6300 block of Roosevelt around 3 a.m., Nov. 24. Police say Hardy, who reportedly had no driver’s license or proof of insurance, failed two field sobriety tests.

Jason C. Lewis, 22, of the 100 block of South Mayfield, Chicago, was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash on the 1000 block of Randolph, shortly after 3 a.m., Nov. 27. He was reportedly found a short time later asleep behind the wheel on the 300 block of South Lombard.

Neal Laksham, 18, of the 1500 block of William, River Forest, was stopped for alleged reckless driving on the 400 block of South Ridgeland, the night of Nov. 29. Laksham, whom police say smelled strongly of alcohol, was charged with DUI under the Zero Tolerance law. His passenger, George A. Buford, 21, of Chicago, was arrested on a Lake County, Ind. warrant for forgery.

Andrew Poehling, 37, was reportedly found slumped in the driver’s seat near Harlem and North avenues around 11:30 p.m., Nov. 26. He was charged with DUI and having no insurance.

Drug possession

John E. Molenkamp, 22, of Wheaton was arrested after allegedly being observed opening a baggie of heroin while in a car in the McDonald’s parking lot, 111 Madison St., the evening of Nov. 30. Police say he had a syringe filed with brown liquid in his lap, and five baggies of heroin on the passenger seat.

Molenkamp was arrested by River Forest police on Oct. 13 and charged with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia after he allegedly attempted to take money from a charity contribution box. 

Unlawful use of a weapon

Cavin Armstrong, 32, of Chicago was stopped by Oak Park police on the 5900 block of Jackson, the morning of Nov. 25, for an alleged expired registration sticker. A name check determined Armstrong was driving on a suspended license, and a vehicle search reportedly turned up a loaded 9mm handgun.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Nov. 24 to Nov. 30. 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

Usual OP, RF suspects back in jail

Ontwan B. Stokes, 31, of 114 S. Humphrey, is in Cook County Jail on $17,500 bail after being arrested and charged with retail theft and aggravated battery to a police officer, Nov. 24.

Stokes, who allegedly stole merchandise from Borders Books, 1144 Lake St., has been arrested 20 times locally since 2002 for various offenses including theft, drug possession, domestic battery, battery to a police officer, and criminal trespass and criminal damage of land, as well as DUI. He’s been convicted three times in 2008, receiving two days in jail for a retail theft conviction, 24 months probation in June for retail theft, and 24 months probation again in July for aggravated battery.

William T. Hulett, 29, is back in reception at Stateville Penitentiary after he was stopped on suspicion near Harlem and Lake, Nov. 28. Hulett, who was charged last Dec. 28 with stealing copper downspout from Calvary Memorial Church, 931 Lake St., was wanted for violating his parole on two theft convictions.

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