DUI with kids in the car, unrestrained

A 36-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol Oct. 16 and charged with two counts of endangering the life and health of two of his children in the car. George Hernandez had a blood alcohol level of 0.199, more than twice the legal limit of .08 when he was stopped at Oak Street and Harlem Avenue. Neither of the children, 5 and 7, were in a car seat.

Drug paraphernalia

A Park Ridge man was stopped, Oct. 10, and arrested in the 100 block of S. Scoville Ave. for possession of drug paraphernalia. Alex R. Sainz, 24, was also in possession of hypodermic syringes. He was taken to the station, processed and held in lieu of bond after the 10:37 a.m. arrest.

A 22-year-old Chicago woman was arrested Oct. 11 and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1500 block of Thatcher, River Forest. The vehicle, driven by Connie Daniels of Chicago, was stopped in the middle of the road. It was towed and impounded, police said.

Bike theft

Someone removed a silver specialized men’s bicycle and a maroon specialized women’s bicycle from a bike rack in the 1000 block of South Blvd on the evening of Oct. 11. The estimated loss is $1,000.

Purse theft

Two offenders approached a woman from behind after she exited the CTA Blue Line train at Lombard Avenue, Oct. 11, grabbed her purse and fled. The victim’s purse and wallet were recovered in the area. Estimated loss is $90.

A woman walking at Lake and William in River Forest after midnight, Oct. 14, had her purse taken by a man standing on the corner. The victim’s large black purse contained her wallet, ID cards and keys. The suspect fled east on Lake Street.


Someone entered a garage in the 1100 block of Wenonah Ave., Oct. 10-11 and removed about $3,000 worth of construction tools. The two unlocked vehicles were ransacked.

A 20-year-old woman said an unknown offender entered her red 2005 Ford Focus while it was parked in a lot in the 7900 block of Division Street, Oct. 11-12, and removed a Garmin/Nuvi 265 GPS unit. Estimated loss is $129.

Someone entered an unlocked Chevy Tahoe, parked on a driveway in the 1300 block of Monroe Street and removed $150, a black Samsung Blackberry Storm, a black Compaq laptop, a driver’s license and two American Express credit cards. The victim said the incident occurred Oct. 11-14.

Someone entered a locked garage in the 400 block of North Lombard Ave., Oct. 9-11 and broke into a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. A car stereo and a Garmin/Nuvi 650 GPS unit were taken. Loss is estimated at $650.

Someone used a tool to gain entry to a locked side service door on a garage in the 700 block of Lyman Ave. between 9 p.m., Oct. 12 and 5:45 a.m., Oct. 13. The offender then broke the front driver’s side window and gained entry to the 2004 Mercury Monterey, removing a grey Garmin/Nuvi 660 GPS unit and a black Sprint Evo car charger. The window to the victim’s 2010 Subaru Forester was also broken and a U.S. passport removed. A black and purple Trek 230 bike was also removed from the garage but later recovered in the rear. Damage and loss are estimated at $625.

Someone entered an apartment in the 600 block of Washington Boulevard, Oct. 12, and removed an Apple iMac laptop, a silver Magnavox 32′ television, a silver AT&T U-Verse DVR unit and $20. Total estimated loss is $2,220.

An unknown person gained entry to a locked boys gym locker at Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oct. 7, and took a silver iPod Touch with a black screen. Loss is estimated at $300.

An unknown person gained entry to an apartment in the 300 block of South Boulevard, Oct. 14, and took a white Apple iPod, a black HP laptop, an Xbox 360 game, a black digital hard drive, a black HP computer and a girl’s pink backpack. A neighbor observed two boys in their late teens in the area, one of them wearing a pink backpack and one carrying a computer monitor.

An unknown person entered an unlocked grey 2010 Mazda Protégé parked on a driveway in the 500 block of S. Humphrey Ave., Oct. 13-14. The offender removed a silver Samsung video camera, a silver Samsung digital camera, sunglasses, a roadside emergency kit, a grey duffle bag and $5. Estimated loss is $480.

An unknown person entered the Light of Liberty Church of God in Christ on the first block of Washington Boulevard, Oct. 9-16. The offender removed three power music amplifiers, four black speakers, one music mixing board, one double cassette player, four microphones, two black subwoofers and an air-conditioning unit. Estimated loss is $17,300.

Retail theft

Two women entered the Kirk Eye Center in the 7400 block of Lake Street, River Forest, shortly before midnight, Oct. 12, and distracted employees while removing merchandise from shelves. At least four pairs of sunglasses, valued at $820 in total, and possibly as many as 10 pairs were taken. Employees knew one offender, who may also be involved in an attempted retail theft at Lenscrafters.

Vehicular hijacking

A 21-year-old Berwyn resident in the 200 block of Forest Avenue, Oct. 14, opened the driver’s side door to her 2006 Kia Sorrento when approached by a man who displayed a folding knife. The man said, “Give me the keys or I’ll stab you.” When the victim didn’t surrender her keys, the offender pulled at the purse on her shoulder, but she was able to break free and run. The offender caught up with her, took her keys and drove off. Her car was found unoccupied the next day in the 4800 block of North Clark Street in Chicago.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Oct. 11-17, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

An honest thief

Alphonso Turner Jr., 47, of the 1500 block of W. Monroe St. in Chicago, was arrested Oct. 10 as a suspect in two burglaries.

Detectives near the alley between Taylor and Humphrey avenues were flagged down by Turner, who told them he had broken into two garages in the 1400 block of N. Harlem Ave. and in the 300 block of N. Oak Park Ave.

Turner said he took a bicycle and a lawnmower from the respective garages.

He was arrested and taken to the station, where he was held for bond hearings.

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