Police say three street robberies within a 24-hour period were committed by different persons.

“They’re just crimes of opportunity,” said Detective Commander Len Jorgenson.

Everett Chin, 17, of the first block of N. Waller, Chicago, and a Chicago juvenile were stopped on the 200 block of Chicago around 9 p.m., March 18, after matching the description of two of four males who punched and robbed an Oak Park boy earlier on Ridgeland north of Lake. The group took the boy’s keys and baseball cap. Chin was charged with robbery and the juvenile with robbery, aggravated battery and mob action.

Around that same time, a teenage male ran up to a man walking out of his garage on the 1150 block of S. Lyman, knocked him off balance, causing him to drop his iPod and headphones. The thief picked up the device and ran off.

The afternoon of March 17, a woman waiting with her young daughter at a bus stop on the 1500 block of N. Austin was approached by a man who demanded her purse and cellphone. Her loss was estimated at $480.

Drugs

The night of March 20, police approached a car driven by David J. Potka, 42, of Hobart, Ind., which was blocking the sidewalk on the first block of Harrison. After Potka exited the car, police say they found a baggie of suspected heroin on the seat. A search allegedly turned up three more baggies of heroin between the driver and passenger seats, as well as a 5-inch pipe with copper mesh at the end. Potka was also wanted on a Hoffman Estates arrest warrant.

Michael Mayora, 20, of Willowbrook; Jose Rodriguez, 21, of Berwyn; and a juvenile Berwyn resident were in a car stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 6400 block of Roosevelt, the afternoon of March 20. Mayora, the driver, was allegedly found in possession of a baggie of marijuana, and police say Rodriguez was within “arms length” of a bag of marijuana. A search reportedly turned up five tablets of ecstasy on Rodriguez.

Daniel K. Connolly, 17, of River Forest was arrested for alleged possession of a baggie of marijuana inside Oak Park and River Forest High School, the afternoon of March 20.

Battery

Reginald S. Berry, Jr., of Chicago, was arrested, the afternoon of March 22, after being identified as the person who allegedly beat another man about the face and body.

A Chicago man said he was cut off, then punched out by another motorist on Austin near Erie, the morning of March 17.

Theft

Amanda N. Smith, 19, and Melody A. Photakis, 20, were stopped by police in the River Forest Town Center II parking lot, the afternoon of March 16. They were arrested after police found $255 in liquor, allegedly stolen from the Jewel Osco on Lake.

Robert Forrest, 55, of Chicago, was arrested, the night of March 17, after he allegedly concealed $88 in merchandise inside his pants while inside the Jewel, 436 Madison. He was charged with battery for striking a store manager in the chest.

A Chicago boy was arrested, the afternoon of March 21, after he placed several bottles of liquor in his backpack and tried to leave the Dominick’s, 259 Lake.

March 11-17, 500 feet of fire hose and a fire hydrant water meter were stolen outside of 1145 Westgate.

The afternoon of March 14, a student at Dominican University, 7900 Division, had her purse stolen while in the school’s library.

A wallet containing $125 cash was stolen from a purse hanging over the back of a chair in a restaurant on the 800 block of S. Oak Park Ave., the evening of March 13.

A man stole an Oak Park girl’s unattended iPod and earphones off a table in a restaurant on the 700 block of Lake, the afternoon of March 21.

An unattended play station device and four games, valued at $390, were stolen from a business on the 500 block of Madison, the afternoon of March 20.

Criminal damage to property

The night of March 16, a light pole atop the Barrie Park sledding hill was damaged, as was a park bench. Vandals left graffiti in paint and marker. Total damage was estimated at $1,000.

A car traveling on the 200 block of N. Ridgeland was hit and damaged by two BBs, the night of March 13.

Garage doors were damaged by pry bars in burglary attempts on the 900 block of S. Maple on March 19, and on the 300 block of Wisconsin, March 20.

The door of the management office of a building on the 1100 block of Lake was damaged by a pry bar, March 21-23, but entry was not gained.

Burglary

The rear common door of an apartment building on the 200 block of S. Oak Park Ave. was forced open overnight, March 20. Assorted computer equipment, valued at $1,175, was stolen. The rear window of another apartment in the building was later found broken and the apartment ransacked. A suitcase was missing.

The rear door of an apartment building on the 300 block of N. East Ave. was pried open during the day, March 16. Memorabilia, a cellphone and computer monitor, valued in total at $1,530, were stolen.

Burglary to auto

The side window of a car on the 1000 block of Pleasant was smashed and a GPS device stolen, the night of March 21.

Three nail guns, valued at $1,500, were stolen from an unlocked van on the 600 block of Fair Oaks, the afternoon of March 20.

Failure to register as a sex offender

Kenneth Thompson, 55, was arrested after the U.S. Marshall’s service informed police here that he’d been living on the 400 block of Washington since Oct., 2008 without registering.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from March 16-22. 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

Crime Plus

Gotta be in one of these cars

Stanley L. Norman, 46, was allegedly observed by police walking through the Jewel and River Forest Town Center parking lots between 2:45 a.m. and 5 a.m. March 15, looking into cars.

Not so, Norman reportedly told police. He was, he insisted, looking near and far for a lottery ticket he’d dropped. Police told him to leave the area, and that they’d return the lost ticket if it was found.


Overweight, uninsured, license suspended

When River Forest police pulled over a concrete waste-laden dumptruck, driven by Scott Randolph on the 8200 block of North Ave. the morning of March 16, they discovered it was over 17,000 pounds overweight. The truck, owned by Titan Masonry of Northbrook, reportedly was uninsured, had no safety inspection, and Randolph was wanted on a DuPage arrest warrant for driving on a suspended license.

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