Police finally nabbed a man who stole a bike from an Oak Park woman two months ago. Wesley Todd of Cicero, 41, was arrested July 2 on the 2400 block of S. Central in Cicero and charged with felony theft.

A woman filed a police report on April 26 about her stolen bike, but coincidentally, Oak Park police officers had stopped Todd earlier that day while he had been walking down the street pulling her bike and another.

Police had confiscated the bike after Todd allegedly couldn’t prove ownership, and told him to come back to pick it up at the station later.

When the woman filed the police report and claimed her bike, police began looking for Todd, and finally arrested him near his home in Cicero.


A cement Buddha statue, valued at $7,000, was stolen from the front of a garage on the 100 block of S. Harvey in Oak Park sometime between July 2 and July 3.

A wallet was stolen from a purse sitting on the photo counter at Walgreens, 7251 Lake in River Forest, the afternoon of July 7.

The cash box for the Dominican theater company’s concession stand was left unsecured after the production on the night of July 9 at 7900 Division in River Forest. While Dominican overnight security found the box and placed it in the lost and found, the box was missing approximately $100 when it was retrieved by the theater company.

Retail theft

Elliott A. Tracie of Chicago, 40, was arrested at CVS Pharmacy, 6748 Roosevelt in Oak Park, and charged with felony retail theft for allegedly stealing $172 worth of vitamins the evening of June 9.

Earlier that same day, a woman in her 40s stole roughly $770 worth of vitamins and aspirin from CVS, 345 Madison in Oak Park. Security footage showed the woman put the goods in a canvas bag and left the store in an unknown direction. Her description was very similar to Tracie’s, and police are investigating a possible connection.

A juvenile stole some chicken from Jewel, 7525 Lake in River Forest the night of July 7. He was transported to the police department, where he was turned over to his parents.

Attempted retail theft

Marquell Johnson of Chicago, 19, was arrested at 850 S. Oak Park Ave. the morning of July 6 and charged with attempted retail theft from Pan’s Food Center and resisting arrest. The store’s owner allegedly saw Johnson stealing some Hershey’s chocolate chips. The owner followed him to the CTA Blue Line, where police arrived. When they attempted to arrest him, Johnson allegedly began fighting with police.

Theft of motor vehicle

A locked 1999 Chevy Malibu was stolen from a rear lot on the 100 block of S. Harvey early the morning of July 3. The vehicle was valued at $1,500.

A 1984 Cadillac Eldorado, valued at $20,050, was stolen from the 700 block of South Blvd. mid day July 3.


Phillip Contreras of Mattson, 31, was arrested the night of July 1 and charged with two counts of burglary. Police said Contreras allegedly stole a Yamaha motorbike from the 500 block of S. East Ave. in Oak Park, and broke into a car on the 1100 block of S. Humphrey in Oak Park and stole CDs. He also had an active warrant out of DuPage County for retail theft and a warrant out of Ogle County for domestic battery.

A lawnmower, valued at $400, and a rug cleaner, valued at $475, were stolen from a garage on the 1500 block of William in River Forest the evening of July 2.

Someone cut open a window screen at an apartment on the 1100 block of N. Austin in Oak Park on the night of July 3, then climbed through and stole $100 in cash from underneath a mattress.

The door to an apartment on the 400 block of N. Austin was forced open overnight between July 4 and July 5, and a Playstation 3 and a Compaq laptop were stolen from the living room. The total loss is estimated at $1,000.

Sometime between July 3 and July 6, a 42-inch Toshiba TV was stolen from a home on the 200 block of Ashland in River Forest while the homeowners were out of town.

Someone broke into Al’s Grill, 1100 Madison in Oak Park, by breaking a double pane window on the rear door the night of July 7. They ransacked the restaurant and broke into the manager’s office as well, attempting but failing to break open the safe. The total damage was estimated at $8,200.

An iPad, a Playstation 3, four controllers and two games were stolen from an apartment on the 1400 block of N. Harlem in River Forest sometime between July 9 and July 10. The total loss is valued at $1,520.

Curtis Booker of Chicago, 20, and Raynold Gore of Chicago, 20, were stopped on the 100 block of Austin in Oak Park the night of July 8 and arrested for burglary to an apartment on the first block of Austin. Police said the two allegedly stole a 47-inch TV and its remote.

Burglary from vehicle

A black iPod, a Cobra radar detector, and a checkbook were stolen from a car parked on the 8100 block of Lake in River Forest the morning of July 7.

Armed robbery

As an Oak Park man walked into the foyer of his apartment on the 400 block of S. Scoville, two men followed him inside. One of the men then revealed a silver revolver and demanded property. The second suspect then took the victim’s wallet containing cash, credit cards and ID, a Palm Pilot and a set of car keys, all valued at $435. Both victims then fled on foot northbound.


A woman was walking into Jewel the evening of July 3, 7525 Lake in River Forest, when a man grabbed her by the arm and asked her, “Who do you know?” and then left westbound on Central.

Corey Stovall of Chicago, 18, was arrested on the 3100 block of W. Flournoy outside a Chicago police station and charged with aggravated battery the afternoon of July 6 for a fight on the first block of Madison in Oak Park. During the fight, the victim allegedly fell and hit his head hard on the concrete, and needed to be taken to UIC for treatment of a brain injury.

Domestic battery

Robert P. Anderson, 28, of Chicago, was arrested early the morning of July 10 on the 7500 block of Lake in River Forest for domestic battery and possession of a controlled substance. Police said they saw Anderson pushing a female victim into a garage, and when they approached the two, police saw the woman had several injuries: Some hair had been pulled from her head, there were scratches on her chest, and earrings had been ripped from her ears.

Anderson was taken into custody, and during a search, they allegedly found that he had a clear plastic baggie containing 2.75 grams of a substance that field tested positive as cocaine.


Vernon L. Reese of Bellwood, 27, was stopped and arrested on the 400 block of Madison in Oak Park the morning of July 4 and charged with DUI and other traffic violations. He was released after posting bond.

Unlawful use of a weapon

Dominique Smith-McDaniel of Nashville, 19, was stopped and arrested for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm without the proper ID at 301 Lake in Oak Park. He was held by Oak Park police for bond hearings.

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Jonathan Atkinson of Oak Park, 25, was arrested for possession of 9.9 grams of cannabis at KFC, 316 Madison in Oak Park the afternoon of July 9.

Criminal damage to property

Marlowe D. Howard of Chicago, 49, was arrested and charged with criminal damage to government supported property after he used a sledgehammer to strike an Oak Park-owned boot that was attached to a vehicle parked on the 1400 block of N. Austin.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from July 2 to July 12. 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 Ben Meyerson

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