Around 7 p.m., March 11, a man was approached by two men wearing hoodies and face masks in a private building’s parking lot on the 400 block of Lake. One man pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at victim and said, “Don’t run or I’ll shoot.” The second man then said, “Empty your pockets.” The two got away with the man’s iPhone and $42 cash.

Around 3:30 the next afternoon, two men entered Athlete’s Foot at 4 Madison. One walked to the register with a pair of shoes, displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money while the other man stepped outside. The clerk placed $300 in the shoe box and the man left the store. Security video showed the two men entering a car parked in a nearby lot.


Kathleen Ely, 37, of Sugar Grove, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the first block of Harrison around 4 p.m., March 15. She was reportedly found in possession of several hypodermic needles. A custody search reportedly turned six foil packets totaling 5.1 grams of heroin.

Assault, drugs

Carlos M. Orr, 38, of Maywood, and Shawn L. Neal, 40, of Chicago, were stopped on the 400 block of Lake by police after matching the description of a pair sought for an alleged assault on the 100 block of S. Kenilworth. Both men were identified by the victim. A custody search allegedly turned up illegal drugs on Neal.


An original oil painting by artist Jan Steen, “Serenade,” which is valued at $18,000, was stolen from the Klink Library on the Concordia University campus, March 4-5.

Three aluminum ladders, valued in total at $1,500, were stolen from a church on the 700 block of Fair Oaks between March 1 and 7.

Video security cameras showed four individuals stealing cigarettes, liquor and razor blades from the Jewel, 7525 Lake, around 11 p.m., March 8.

Brodrick Washington, 46, was arrested after police allegedly found him in possession of four books stolen from Borders Books, 1122 Lake, the afternoon of March 13.

The afternoon of March 14, two boys, age 12-13, walked up to the display counter of a store on the 400 block of N. Harlem, grabbed two iPhones valued in total at $800, and ran out of the store.

A central air-conditioning unit, valued at $1,400, was cut from its anchors in the front yard of a home on the 200 block of Maple and stolen, March 4-7.

A UPS package, containing a computer valued at $800, was stolen from a porch on the 200 block of S. Humphrey, the afternoon of March 11.

Criminal damage to property

Seven cars had their windows damaged by BBs last week, with damage costs ranging from $125 to $300.

The night of March 12, five cars were vandalized by BBs – two on the 600 block of S. Humphrey, one on the 700 block of S. Humphrey, one on the 700 block of Lexington and one on the first block of Augusta.

During the day and evening March 15, four cars were damaged – one on the 300 block of W. Fillmore, two on the 1100 block of S. East and one on the 1000 block of S. Gunderson.

Criminal trespass to state-supported land

Christopher H. Benney, 21, of Berwyn was allegedly observed climbing a fence onto prohibited CTA property on the 300 block of Garfield, the afternoon of March 14. Police say after his arrest Benney was found in possession of a 4-inch switchblade knife.


Thieves pried open the front door of a music store on the 1100 block of Garfield, overnight March 9, and disarmed both the alarm system and security cameras. Three large flat-screen televisions, a computer and 32-inch monitor and 16 guitars were stolen. Total loss was estimated at $22,399.

Someone pried the rear door of a hair salon on the 400 block of N. Austin, the evening of March 10. Brute force was then used to bend back the bottom of a security gate, allowing the thief to crawl under. Just $72 was taken from the cash register but the damage estimate is $1,200.

Three men were observed entering a residence on the 100 block of N. Humphrey through a kitchen window during the day, March 10. Electronics, valued at $4,215, were stolen. Another home on the same block was entered through a rear window and ransacked, but no loss reported.

Two apartments in the Holley Court Terrace senior center, 1111 Ontario, were burglarized, the afternoon of March 8. Credit cards, $60 cash and an ID were stolen from one residence, a wallet from another.

Burglars entered an apartment on the 1100 block of N. Austin through an unlocked ground floor rear window during the day, March 15. An $800 laptop computer and $75 in cash were stolen.

Three bikes, valued at $600, were stolen from an unlocked garage on the 600 block of N. Grove, overnight March 7.

A power washer and other items, valued in total at $1,048, were stolen, March 8-10, from a garage on the 1000 block of N. Kenilworth.

Burglary to auto

The night of March 14, the side window of a car, parked on the 800 block of Madison, was smashed and a leather bag and Bible were stolen.

The night of March 12, car windows were smashed and stereos stolen from cars on the 7200 block of Central and 400 block of Clinton Place.

A side window was smashed and a GPS device stolen from a car on the first block of South Blvd. during the day, March 9. Another car on the 100 block of South Blvd., left unlocked, was ransacked and its car manual stolen.

Overnight March 13, car windows were smashed, though nothing was stolen, on the 1150 block of S. Kenilworth and the 700 block of Clinton. The previous night, a car window on the 600 block of N. Lombard was damaged.


Espirdion Samano, 34, of Melrose Park was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 6900 block of North Avenue around 5:30 a.m., March 15. After allegedly failing both field sobriety and breathalyzer tests, Samano, who reportedly had no insurance and was driving on a revoked license, was charged with four counts of aggravated DUI.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from March 9-16. 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

It’s a family affair

Oak Park and River Forest police each had alleged retail theft incidents last week involving brothers. Three of the four men were recently paroled from prison on theft charges.

The afternoon of March 10, Joshua B. Beck, 29, and Brandon A. Beck, 25, were arrested by Forest Park police after a radio dispatch of a theft of a large amount of energy drink from the Jewel, 7525 Lake, River Forest. Both were paroled in late 2008 on previous retail theft charges.

The night of March 12, the brothers Swope, Donald and Ronald, both 38, of Chicago, were arrested on the 200 block of North Cicero Ave. for allegedly taking $130 worth of body wash from the Jewel, 438 Madison. Donald Swope was paroled in December from the latest of his 11 convictions.

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