A concerned citizen’s 911 call to police resulted in the arrest of two men on vehicle burglary charges. Rigoberto Carrillo, 23, and Everado Rocha, 23, both of Maywood, were arrested the afternoon of Jan. 28 on the 400 block of Harrison after someone saw them allegedly break a car window and steal a GPS device. He said the person called in a description of the suspects and their car. Police pulled them over.

The two were charged with burglary and possession of burglar tools in relation to a burglary on the 700 block of Wesley. Carrillo was also wanted on a bond forfeiture warrant out of Brookfield.

“This was due to an observant citizen,” Oak Park Police Commander Len Jorgensen said. “It just goes to show, if you’re suspicious, call the police.”

Carrillo and Rocha are now suspects in multiple vehicle burglaries. Asked if there was any connection between the arrest Jan. 28 and the recent rash of vehicle burglaries the past two weeks, Jorgensen said, “There would appear to be.”

“We’re not done,” he said, noting that his detectives recovered several pawn shop receipts from Carrillo and Rocha. They are currently working to link up those receipts with the pawned items to see if any were reported stolen.

Following four more vehicle burglaries on Jan. 26 involving broken windows and GPS thefts, on the 700 block of Clinton, the 800 block of Clarence, the 600 block of Madison and the 300 block of Wisconsin, there have been no additional incidents.

Robbery

Three boys in their late teens took an Oak Park boy’s iPod as he walked on the 200 block of Wesley around 6 p.m. Jan. 25.

Two men in their 20s grabbed a Berwyn woman from behind on the 1000 block of S. Oak Park around midnight Jan. 25. They stole her bag and jumped into a waiting car.

Residential, business burglary

John Scudieri, 46, of the first block of Chicago Ave., was arrested the afternoon of Jan. 27 and charged with burglary.

During the day Jan. 25, a home on the 1000 block of S. Humphrey was entered by unknown means and electronics valued at $1,329 stolen.

The afternoon of Jan. 30, the side door of a garage on the 400 block of N. Harvey was forced open and two bikes valued at $1,400 stolen. That same overnight, the side door of a garage on the 500 block of N. Harvey was damaged in a burglary attempt.

Criminal trespass

Lester E. Davison, 63, of the 500 block of N. Long, Chicago, was charged with criminal trespass to Chipotle Mexican Grill on Lake Street in Downtown Oak Park Jan 25.

Frederic Wiliams, 27, of Aurora was charged with criminal trespass to a property on the 100 block of S. Maple on Jan. 25.

Maurice Dugar, 45, was confronted by police for smoking a cigar inside the Starbuck’s in River Forest Town Center the afternoon of Jan. 29. Besides being issued a criminal trespass warning, he was arrested on a Forest Park warrant.

Unlawful use of a weapon

The burglary arrests weren’t the only apprehensions resulting from citizen calls last week. Robert Thornton, of the 4400 block of W. Washington, Chicago, was stopped by police on the 500 block of Washington Jan. 26 after a 911 call.

“There was a call of possible drug activity,’ said Jorgensen. “Thornton was stopped for (an alleged) traffic violation and the officers found a loaded semi automatic gun in the car.”  Thorton was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. 

Theft

Clinton Fletcher, 41, of the 200 block of S. Central, Chicago, was arrested for alleged felony retail theft at a grocery store on the 6200 block of Roosevelt the afternoon of Jan. 26. The charges were upgraded due to prior convictions.

Carolyn Allen, 54, of the 5900 block of Midway Parkway, Chicago, was arrested for an alleged retail theft the morning of Jan. 25 at the Aldi’s, 25 Lake.

The afternoon of Jan. 26, a man was observed taking $145 worth of merchandise from the Dominick’s, 259 Lake, and running to a waiting car.

Nikole A. Avila, 19, of the 6200 block of Roosevelt was arrested the morning of Jan. 30 on the 100 block of North Marion for an alleged theft inside the Prairie Bread Kitchen.

The morning of Jan. 28, an Oak Park juvenile was arrested for a Jan. 6 theft inside Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville.

The afternoon of Jan. 27, a man stole a cell phone from the counter of a store on the 100 block of S. Oak Park.

The afternoon of Jan. 25, one of two teens grabbed a cell phone from the hand of a man inside a store on the 6300 block of North Avenue and ran from the store.

The afternoon of Jan. 25, one of two teens removed a cell phone from a business on the 1100 block of Lake and ran off.

Between 11:30 a.m. and noon Jan. 28, someone stole a wallet containing $35 and a driver’s license from the pocket of a woman’s coat as she shopped in a store on the first block of Madison.

DUI

Froilan E. Carchi, 27, of the 5400 block of W. Altgeld, Chicago, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation around 8 a.m. Jan.29, on Ridgeland. He was charged with felony DUI.

Ricardo Ramirez was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on North Ave. near Kenilworth around 11:30 p.m. Jan. 30. He was charged with DUI.

Battery

Michael W. Hunt, 52, of the 400 block of N. Austin was arrested and charged with the battery of a woman on the 5900 block of W. Erie, Chicago. He was also charged with criminal damage to property.

The night of Jan. 26, Richard G. Porter, 61, of San Ysidro, CA. was arrested for the alleged battery of an Oak Park woman and a Palos Park woman on the 1200 block of Edmer.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Jan.23- Jan. 31. 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

Ooooops …

Police responding to a disturbance call the evening of Jan 26, at the 7-Eleven, 1140 Harlem found an angry woman accusing the clerk of not giving her cigarettes she’d paid for. The package of smokes was subsequently found lying on the ground by her car.

Confusing Bonnie Brae with Austin Boulevard

Police say Billy Middleton, 41, who apparently runs a cab service, pulled into a driveway on the 700 block of Bonnie Brae shortly before midnight Jan. 26. He got out and walked around the house. When police asked him what he was doing there, he reportedly told them he’d gotten lost while driving a fare to Austin and Chicago Ave. on the Oak Park/Chicago border. Police say Middleton and his girlfriend Onita A. Darsey, 39, who was also in the cab, both have extensive criminal histories. He was told to find his way out of the village, and to not get lost again.

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