An Oak Park teenager was robbed at gunpoint while standing on the corner of Cuyler and Lake, the evening of April 25. The boy told police a car containing four or five men pulled up and a large man (about 6-feet-4, 250 pounds) exited, walked over, displayed a silver semi-automatic handgun and demanded his cellphone. The boy gave it to him and the man got back into the car and drove off.

Two hours earlier on the first block of North Avenue, three women entered a laundromat and punched and kicked another woman about the face and head, then stole her cellphone. The victim had reportedly been involved in a verbal altercation with a woman in the business earlier that day.

The morning of April 23, an Oak Park boy, standing on the 600 block of Lake, was surrounded by four men in their late teens, one of whom took his cellphone.

Residential, business burglary

Stacy Cox, 42, of Chicago, who was paroled from prison in January, was arrested for alleged criminal trespass to the Scoville Building, 137 N. Oak Park, the morning of April 21. Cox was reportedly observed by building management tampering with the entrance door of a suite of offices. He ran from the building when confronted but was apprehended behind the Oak Park Public Library on Lake Street. Police say Cox, who has a total of eight burglary, theft and drug convictions dating back 20 years, was warned not to return to the building in 2007.

David Hardrick  47, of Chicago, who is currently in Cook County Jail on burglary charges related to a November 2008 garage burglary in Oak Park, was charged with a May 2008 garage burglary on the 800 block of S. Humphrey after fingerprints found inside the garage were identified as his. In that burglary, various hand tools, bikes, a lawnmower and a car were stolen and a second car damaged. Last Nov. 5, Hardrick was arrested in Columbus Park while riding a bike and in possession of numerous burglar tools by police responding to a call of an attempted burglary on the 900 block of S. Taylor. Police say a search of Hardrick, who was later identified by a homeowner, turned up numerous screwdrivers, a flashlight and gloves, all of which are considered burglar tools.

Thieves entered a residence on the 800 block of N. Humphrey, April 24-26, ransacked the home and stole a laptop computer valued at $1,300.

The locked front doors of the Family Service and Mental Health Center of Oak Park-River Forest offices on the 100 block of S. Marion were opened by unknown means, overnight April 18, and numerous offices were ransacked. No loss is known at this time.

The rear patio door of a home on the 800 block of N. Harvey was pried open, the afternoon of April 20. A 26-inch flat screen television, a computer tower and a monitor were stolen.

The afternoon of April 24, burglars entered a home on the 1200 block of Edmer, through an unlocked back door, and stole an iPhone, a laptop computer and a wallet. Total loss was estimated at $1,790.

The front door of a home on the 1100 block of N. Humphrey was forced open, the afternoon of April 24, and $670 worth of electronics was stolen.

The afternoon of April 24, the rear basement door of a home on the 800 block of North Lombard was forced open and a 50-inch television, iPod and Bose speakers were stolen.

Vehicle burglary

The evening of April 21, the side window of a Comcast service van, parked on the 400 block of Madison, was smashed and a laptop computer, GPS unit and canvas tote bag, valued in total at $1,830 were stolen.

Overnight April 25, the side window of cars on the 300 block of S. Grove, 100 block of S. Kenilworth and first block of Fillmore were broken and GPS devices stolen.

Overnight April 21, the side window of a car on the 600 block of Harrison was broken and a GPS device and car stereo were stolen.

A chainsaw was stolen from an unlocked construction van on the 1000 block of Keystone in River Forest, the afternoon of April 17.


The afternoon of April 20, Brian J. Manske, 31, allegedly attempted to steal a shopping cart full of energy drinks, valued at $528, from the Jewel, 7525 W. Lake. Police say Manske abandoned the cart by the service desk and ran out of the store but was caught a short distance away.

The afternoon of April 20, a man placed numerous bottles of shampoo down his pants while inside the Walgreens, 6412 Roosevelt. When confronted by staff, he ran from the store and entered a waiting car. Loss was an estimated $281.

River Forest police are inspecting videotape of a purse-snatch attempt inside the Jewel, 7525 W. Lake, the afternoon of April 23, in which a man attempted to grab an elderly woman’s purse. He ran off when she yelled at him.

Between March 27 and April 17, two bronze statues, one of a man and one a woman, were stolen from Ten Thousand Villages on the 100 block of N. Marion.

Warm weather means it’s open season on area bikes:

Three bikes were stolen from the bike racks behind Oak Park and River Forest High School, April 18-22. All three were stolen by cutting cable locks securing them to bike racks.

The evening of April 23, a lock was cut and a bike stolen from outside the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake.

Sometime between midnight and early afternoon, April 25, on the 1000 block of North Blvd., a lock was cut and a bike stolen.

A bike was stolen from outside Roosevelt Middle School, 7560 Oak in River Forest, during the day April 17.

Jamel A. Thomas, 31, of 533 N. LeClaire, was allegedly observed by police riding a bike on the sidewalk on the first block of S. Austin, the afternoon of April 21, in violation of village ordinance. A check of the registration on the bike determined it had been reported stolen from an Oak Park woman in March.


David R. Blair, 30, and Laura J. Zidek, 27, both of Roselle, were observed by police in the McDonald’s parking lot, 111 Madison, the evening of April 23, with a 2-year-old baby in the back seat. Police say Zidek had a syringe sticking out of her hand, and Blair was also holding an empty syringe. They allegedly found two more syringes filled with a reddish brown liquid, suspected to be heroin. Twenty unused hypodermics were also allegedly recovered.

Amanda L. Mangold, 21, was arrested for alleged possession of heroin by police responding to a suspicious car on the 8100 block of Chicago around 12:30 a.m., April 24.

Around 12:40 a.m. April 21, a man who heard a loud noise stepped outside and saw a man run from the rear of his 1994 Buick, jump into a red Jeep and drive off at a high rate of speed. The windshield and rear window of the car had been broken. A short time later, Oswaldo Bugarin, 28, of 10637 S. Avenue J. in Chicago, was stopped on the 900 block of S. Oak Park Ave. for allegedly speeding and because his red Jeep matched the description of the car used in the aforementioned vandalism. Bugarin was not charged in that incident but was arrested for allegedly having a quantity of marijuana in his jacket, along with a pipe.

Outside warrant

Brian Gose, 20, of the 800 block of Lathrop, who has had numerous run-ins with River Forest police the past two years, was arrested on a no-bond drug possession warrant, the morning of April 23.

Pompey Hicks, 48, of the 900 block of S. Humphrey, was charged with DUI after being stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 200 block of S. Austin around 1:30 a.m., Jan. 24. On April 23, Oak Park police went to his home and arrested him for failing to appear in court to face the charges.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from April 20-27. 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

Two arrests land parolee back in prison

Thomas R. Almond, 51, who was paroled from prison on Jan. 28, on the latest of eight burglary or robbery convictions, is back in reception at Stateville Penitentiary after being arrested twice in eight days by Oak Park and River Forest police. Almond, of Chicago, was wanted on an Illinois Dept. of Corrections (IDOC) arrest warrant for parole violation, was arrested on the 100 block of Forest by River Forest police, the afternoon of April 24. Officers say Almond stole a package from the front steps of a home.

Oak Park police had stopped Almond on the 500 block of S. Austin, the afternoon of April 16. When he could not tell police where he got the girl’s bike he was riding, a name check determined he was wanted on the IDOC warrant.

“The only way I can see him being released from [the IDOC warrant after the first arrest] is if he convinced a judge he was [legitimately] unable to make his meeting with his parole officer,” said Oak Park Commander Len Jorgenson.

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