Police track footprints to a Lyman Avenue garage

A 40-year-old Chicago man was arrested, Jan. 13, after police found him in the garage of a residence in the 700 block of Lyman Avenue. Police had been called to the rear of the 800 block of Lyman Avenue on a report of a suspicious person and found footprints leading away from a garage. They tracked the footprints to a garage in the 700 block and found Mario Johnson, who couldn’t account for the miscellaneous jewelry and three cellphones he had in his possession. Nothing appeared to be missing from the second garage, and police are working to find the owners of the recovered property. Johnson was charged with criminal trespass to property.

Drug arrest/DUI

A 17-year-old student at Oak Park and River Forest High School was arrested, Jan. 9, after 4 grams of marijuana were found in his bookbag. The boy was sent to a dean’s office after his teacher smelled marijuana when he came into class. He was taken into police custody and released to a parent.

A Schaumberg man was arrested, Jan. 10, after police found 4.4 grams of heroin in a bag that fell out of his pant leg. A caller to police saw two men walk into the bathroom of a Shell station in the first block of Harrison Street, with one appearing to need medical attention. Officers interviewed the other man, John C. Martel, 21, and found the heroin during a pat-down search. The first man was taken to West Suburban Hospital, police said.

A 62-year-old Oak Park woman was arrested by River Forest police for driving under the influence, Jan. 9, after her car hit another car at North and Thatcher avenues. Patricia Norris had a blood alcohol level of 0.238, almost three times the legal limit of .08.

An Oak Park man was arrested, Jan. 14, and charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver after police found 58 grams of marijuana at his residence in the 400 block of South Lombard Avenue. Police are in the process of conducting another investigating involving Brandon Coleman, 32, said Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds, but he could not specify the nature of the investigation. The marijuana was recovered as a result of a search warrant, Reynolds said. Coleman was also charged with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of Percy Julian Middle School.

Theft arrest

River Forest police are looking for a 15-year-old Chicago boy involved in the theft of a cellphone, Jan. 10, at McDonald’s in the 600 block of Harlem Avenue. An Oak Park teenager told police that two boys he didn’t know asked to use his iPhone and he handed it to one of them before both ran away. Based on a surveillance camera, police arrested a 17-year-old Oak Park boy at his school, Jan. 12. The phone has not been recovered.

Two Chicago boys were arrested, Jan. 15, after they took a package from the 800 block of South Taylor Avenue. A caller to police saw three boys huddled together who appeared to be opening a UPS package. They walked away, and officers stopped them in the 600 block of South Taylor Avenue. Officers found that one offender, a 12-year-old, had taken a blood glucose monitor from the package. A 15-year-old was also charged, and a 10-year-old was involved but not charged.

Armed robbery

An unknown man went into CVS in the 300 block of Madison Street, Jan. 10, and demanded that an employee open the cash register while reaching toward his back and implying he had a gun. The employee gave the man between $200 and $240 in cash and the man fled southbound from the store toward the parking lot.


Someone removed two grey and black Garmin Nuvi GPS devices, a white Apple iPhone and two Home Depot gift cards from an unlocked Honda CRV in the 800 block of South Austin Boulevard on Jan. 9. Estimated loss is $1,500.

Someone removed a black radio from a 1993 Jeep Cherokee parked in the 1100 block of North Austin Boulevard, Jan. 10-11. Estimated loss is $350.

An unknown person took $300 in cash from the diaper bag inside a stroller belonging to a women eating at McDonald’s in the 100 block of Madison Street on Jan. 11.

An unknown person removed three copper planter boxes from the front of a residence in the 600 block of Carpenter Street on Jan. 14. Estimated loss is $1,000.

A man at Dominick’s in the 200 block of Lake Street was observed on a surveillance video concealing about $446 worth of acid reflux medication in his coat before he exited the store without paying, Jan. 12.

Residential burglary

An unknown person entered a residence in the 1100 block of Harrison Street, Jan. 4-8, and removed a 26-inch TV, a framed picture, a landline phone, a men’s jacket, a tablecloth and prescription medication. Estimated loss is $1,800.

Someone removed an Xbox and controllers, a Nintendo Wii with two controllers, a Canon digital camera with two lenses and $200 in cash from a safe at a residence in the 1100 block of Lyman Avenue on Jan. 10. Estimated loss is $1,800.

An unknown person entered a residence in the 1100 block of South Humphrey Avenue, Jan. 12, and removed an Xbox, a camera, a blue and orange jacket, a Brian Urlacher jersey and $50 in coins. Estimated loss is $690.

Someone broke a basement window to enter a residence in the 600 block of Wenonah Avenue, Jan. 14. The offender ransacked several drawers, for an estimated damage of $300.

Criminal trespass to property

Two 20-year-old Chicago men, who attempted to steal a car from Suburban Automotive, were arrested for criminal trespass to a motor vehicle, Jan. 9. A man saw the offenders get into the unlocked vehicle offered for sale at his business in the 800 block of North Boulevard, police said. The victim followed the car to the 900 block of North Boulevard, where Malcolm Benford and Devin Despensa got out and ran into an apartment. Officers responded and they were arrested.

One injured in Oak Park pileup

One person was injured in an eight-car pileup at the on-ramp leading to Interstate 290 Tuesday morning, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The accident occurred around 11:15 a.m. on the ramp leading to the outbound lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway at Harlem Avenue. One of the people involved in the crash was taken to an area hospital, where the driver’s condition had stabilized, the Tribune reported. No other individuals appeared to be injured.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Jan. 9-16, 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.

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