Jewelry, cash and electronics were stolen from three homes in Oak Park as burglars hit four residences within a 24 hour period. In each case, the value of the stolen goods was reported as over $5,000.

During the day Nov. 30, numerous pieces of jewelry, a coin collection and alcohol valued in total at $5,513 was stolen from a home on the 1100 block of S. Taylor.

During the day Dec. 1, thieves entered a home on the 400 block of S. Taylor and stole jewelry valued at $3,500 and $1,970 in cash.

During the day Dec. 1, the door of an apartment on the 900 block of Washington was pried open and jewelry and a laptop computer valued in total at $5,850 were stolen.

The door of another apartment in that same building was also pried open, the apartment ransacked and $2 taken.

River Forest police reported three burglaries, including at Willard and Lincoln schools. Around 10 p.m. Dec. 2, a window in a basement well was broken at Lincoln School, 511 Park. A laptop computer was stolen from the principal’s office.

Around 10:30 p.m. Dec. 5. officers responded to multiple burglar and motion sensor alarms at Willard School, 1250 Ashland. They found a screen pulled from an open window, and several interior doors open, but no damage or loss has been found.

The afternoon of Dec. 1, a man living on the 400 block of Ashland confronted an intruder in his kitchen. The man, who chased the intruder out of his home, said $60 was missing from his wallet which had been on the kitchen countertop.

Police made three burglary arrests last week.

Jerielle Neal, 17, of 1625 S. Harding, Chicago was arrested the morning of Nov. 30 on the 400 block of Harrison.

Raul Gonzales, 46, of 4849 W. Irving Park, Chicago was arrested following a court date at the Maybrook courthouse the morning of Dec. 4. He was charged with an Oak Park residential burglary.

A Chicago juvenile was arrested the afternoon of Dec. 5 in relation to another burglary.

Armed, aggravated robbery

A man entered the Crickets cell phone store, 410 Madison shortly before 1 p.m. Nov. 30, implied he had a weapon, and took $293 from the register.

Around 10 p.m. Dec. 5, a man confronted a woman on the first block of LeMoyne and asked for her purse and cellphone. He took $15 from the purse and ran off.

The afternoon of Dec. 6 a man in his garage on the 1150 block of S. Oak Park was confronted by two men who pulled up in a car and stepped out displaying handguns.

Burglary to motor vehicle, garage

The afternoon of Nov. 30, the side door of a garage on the 1200 block of N. Lombard was forced open and a lawnmower and bike stolen.

The morning of Nov. 30, a briefcase containing a wallet, $100 cash and various identification was stolen from an unlocked car on the 1000 block of S. Scoville.

Overnight Nov. 30, two bikes were stolen from an open garage on the 700 block of William.

Nov. 29-Dec.1, the side door of a garage on the 300 block of S. Humphrey was pried open and a bike stolen.

Overnight Dec. 2, $10 in coins were stolen from an unlocked car on the 400 block of N. Oak Park.

Also overnight Dec. 2, $8 in coins were stolen from an unlocked car in an unlocked garage on the 600 block of N. Grove.

Overnight Dec. 5, the side window of a car was broken on the 400 block of S. Maple.

Overnight Dec. 3, a snowblower was stolen from a garage on the 600 block of N. Taylor.


A River Forest patrol officer observed Brian Balik, 30, of Streamwood allegedly sitting in a darkened car on the 7700 block of Chicago shortly before 11 p.m. Dec. 6. Police say they observed the bottom of an aluminum can on the rear floor board, and said a search turned up foil packets containing .3 grams of cocaine and .32 grams of heroin.

Mikhail Chernetsky, 23, of Streamwood, was stopped on Home at Roosevelt the afternoon of Dec. 6 after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident. Chernetsky, who was allegedly driving on a suspended license, was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gregory L. Coleman, 19, of 5041 W. Superior was arrested on the 300 block of N. Mason the night of Dec. 3 and charged with possession of cannabis and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Criminal trespass

River Forest police gave Clarence Ervin, 51, of 942 N. Waller, Chicago a criminal trespass warning the morning of Nov. 30, after he allegedly refused requests to leave the Boston Market, 7211 Lake. Ervin has been arrested 172 times for alleged offenses including assault, drug possession and panhandling. He’s has been arrested several times by Oak Park police, most recently on Nov. 5, after entering a restaurant on the 1100 block of South Blvd.


Frederick C. Flagg, 38, of 1930 N. Harlem, Elmwood Park was arrested the afternoon of Dec. 5 at the Dominick’s, 259 Lake, and charged with felony retail theft.

James V. DePaolo, 58, was charged with felony retail theft after allegedly stealing seven bags of coffee from the Walgreen’s, 7251 Lake, the afternoon of Dec. 1.


Gregory Marshall, 24, of 3210 W. Arthington, Chicago, was stopped on the 6800 block of North Ave. around 2 a.m. Dec. 6.

Deandre Walton was charged with DUI after being pulled over near Thatcher and Chicago around 1 a.m. Dec. 4 for alleged speeding.

Christopher R. Schmitt, 18, was stopped on the 1100 block of Linden around 2 a.m. Dec. 6 and charged with DUI.


Kendricks Dennis, 30, of Riverdale, was arrested on the first block of Lake the afternoon of Dec. 2 for an alleged battery

Shashona Harris, 30, 632 S. Austin, was arrested around 1 a.m. Dec. 2 for alleged battery on that block.

Marcus R. Sanders, of 421 S. Elmwood, was arrested the night of Dec. 3 for alleged battery in his home.

Violation of order of protection

A 19-year-old Oak Park man was arrested the afternoon of Dec. 4 for allegedly violating a judge’s court order of protection against an Elmwood Park woman. The man was was originally arrested after allegedly striking his mother in the head during an argument in February.


Malcolm E. Baker, 35, of 905 N. Waller was arrested the afternoon of Dec. 3 and charged with the alleged July 16 arson of a car on the 700 block of N. Austin.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6. 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.

-Bill Dwyer

Crime plus

 ‘Tis the season to be wary

Seven thefts of Christmas decorations were reported last week, all in North Oak Park between Humphrey and Lombard. The thefts occurred on the first block of LeMoyne on the 300 block of N. Taylor, the 900 block of Hayes, the 1000 block of N. Taylor, 400 block of N. Humphrey and the 600 block of N. Lombard.

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