Numerous residential and business burglaries plagued Oak Park last week, in addition to the routine recurrence of garage and vehicle burglaries:

The rear door of an apartment on the 400 block of N. Austin was forced open overnight, April 5. Two LCD televisions and a DVD player, valued in total at $4,490, were stolen.

The window and door of a nearby apartment were also found broken around the same time. A laptop computer, digital camera and pearl ring, valued in total at $2,000, were stolen.

The previous afternoon or evening, another apartment on the same block was ransacked and electronics, valued at $1,450, were stolen.

Also overnight April 4:

A car window on the 700 block of Garfield was broken and an MP4 player and a pair of handcuffs were stolen.

The window of a car on the 1000 block of East was shattered, and a GPS device and insurance card were stolen.

March 27-30, the rear door of a business on the 1100 block of Lake was pried open and electronics and cash, valued at $8,525, were stolen.

During the day March 31, thieves broke a glass pane on the door of a home on the 200 block of N. Austin and stole electronics, valued at $700.

That same day, burglars entered through an unlocked door on the first block of Washington. A 52-inch television and DVD players were stolen, as were two sets of car keys, one of which was used to steal a 2003 Chevy Suburban from the garage. Total loss was $17,000.

During the day March 31, someone attempted to kick in the rear door of a residence on the 1150 block of Clinton. Entry wasn’t gained, but damage was estimated at $450.

The afternoon of April 4, Anton Gant, 49, of 125 S. Mayfield, was arrested on the 500 block of Madison after allegedly being seen exiting a nearby garage with a stolen folding chair.

The window of a car in a lot on the 700 block of North Harlem was smashed, the morning of March 31, and a purse containing $900 was stolen.

Overnight March 30, a car on the 1000 block of Washington was entered by unknown means, and a stereo and stereo faceplate were stolen. That same night, the window of a car on the 300 block of Home was smashed and a satellite radio was stolen.

A laptop computer was stolen from an unlocked car on the 200 block of Washington, overnight April 3. That same night, the window of a car on the 800 block of S. Harvey was smashed and $75 in cash was stolen.


Michael K. Thompkins, 25, of Bellwood, allegedly grabbed a woman by the collar, the morning of April 2 on the 1500 block of N. Austin, then choked her with both hands and punched her in the mouth.

Battery and violation of order of protection

Christopher H. Linton, 20, of the 600 block of Washington, Oak Park, was allegedly observed sitting in a vehicle, the morning of April 3, hitting a person protected under a court order of protection. He reportedly tried to run while being arrested, causing himself and the arresting officer to fall.


Alphonso H. Mack, 44, of 5064 Congress Pkwy., was arrested, the afternoon of April 4, after matching the description of a man who walked out of a store on the 100 block of N. Oak Park Ave. with four purses, valued at $476. Mack was on parole from the latest of his 10 theft, robbery and drug convictions

Allison Littleton, 38, of Grayson, Ken., was allegedly stopped by Whole Foods security personnel in the parking lot, 7245 Lake, the afternoon of April 4. Police say he left the store without paying for $851 worth of cosmetics, dietary supplements and other merchandise in a cloth bag. She was charged with felony theft due to the value of the merchandise.

Jessica L. Garcia was allegedly observed, the afternoon of March 31, by an employee of the CVS Pharmacy, 6748 Roosevelt, taking several items off the shelf and concealing them.

The afternoon of April 2, a man in a jogging suit was observed in the same CVS Pharmacy hiding several pairs of sunglasses in his clothing and walking out of the store without paying.

An unattended and unsecured 100-pound power generator was stolen from the 600 block of S. Oak Park Ave., the afternoon of March 30.

A man walked into the Marion Street Grille around noon, March 31, grabbed a cellphone off a table and left.

On March 25, a wallet containing $120 cash and credit cards was stolen from a purse hanging over the back of a chair in a restaurant on the 1100 block of Lake.

A wedding ring and engagement ring left on a kitchen counter were stolen, March 20, from a home on the 400 block of Ashland. The victim reports two servicemen were in the house that day.

Between March 29 and April 1, 400 gallons of gasoline, valued at $1,000, was stolen from a pump at a gas station on the 6100 block of North Ave. by someone who used a screwdriver to cause the pump to release gasoline without registering.

Overweight truck

Juventino Martinez, a driver for Kelty Pavers, was ticketed, the morning of April 1, on Lake Street for being 11,700 pounds overweight and 9,700 pounds overweight on his second axle.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from March 29-April 5. 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

Cops kept busy upholding community standards

Victor M. Crown, Jr., 50, of 1125 N. Harlem, Oak Park was allegedly observed by witnesses sitting in the McDonald’s, 624 N. Harlem, River Forest, April 4, watching pornography on a laptop computer. He was given a criminal trespass warning by the restaurant manager and told he’d be arrested if he was found “Lovin’ it” inside the restaurant again.

That same afternoon, River Forest police took a 25-year-old Streamwood man to the hospital for treatment of injuries suffered after he fell down the stairs at the Thatcher and Central Metra station while “huffing” from a can of Maxwell Blast Away Computer spray.

Two days earlier, for the second time in a week, Carrie E. Knowlton, 24, and Charles G. Kummerow, 28, both of far north suburban Antioch, were stopped by River Forest police while soliciting, this time in the Jewel parking lot, 7525 Lake. Police say the letter of certification they had from the charity was quite old, and that a phone call to the charity determined the person named on the letter hadn’t worked for that charity for several years. Both were given criminal trespass warnings and told not to return.

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