A 48-year-old Oak Park man was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and a hate crime after he hit a 13-year-old boy.

The victim, a Cicero resident, was kicking a box down an alley in the 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue, the afternoon of Jan. 8. The box came close to a vehicle driven by the 48-year-old man, who told him to move the box and swore at him. When the victim asked why, the man allegedly called him a “dirty Mexican.” The boy reportedly threw a bag of sunflower seeds at the man and began to run.

The man reportedly got out of the car, grabbed the boy’s face with one hand and allegedly struck him in the face with the other hand. Detectives arrested the man on the morning of Jan. 10 and charged him with aggravated battery and a hate crime.

Criminal damage to property

The driver’s side passenger window of a 2001 Isuzu Trooper was broken, overnight Jan. 6, while the car was parked in the 300 block of South Austin Boulevard. Estimated damage is $150.

The front window of a building in the 1000 block of North East Avenue was damaged, the afternoon of Jan. 7. Estimated loss is $200.

Someone used a brick to damage the windshield and hood of a 2004 Chevrolet Prism in the 500 block of North Humphrey Avenue, the evening of Jan. 11. Estimated loss is $450.

Theft

Someone cut two sections of the engine exhaust pipe and removed the catalytic converter from a 2003 Ford Explorer parked in the 700 block of South Maple Avenue, overnight Jan. 6. Estimated loss is $800.

An unknown person used a cutting device to remove the catalytic converter from a vehicle in the 500 block of South Maple Avenue between the afternoon and evening of Jan. 8. Loss is unknown.

Two men were observed using a cutting device to remove the catalytic converter from a 2008 Honda Element in the 600 block of South Maple Avenue, the night of Jan. 10. Estimated loss is $1,200.

A Samsung cellphone left unattended on a store counter in the 100 block of Harrison Street, the night of Jan. 8, was removed. Estimated loss is $200.

A cutting tool was used to attempt to remove the catalytic converter from a 2003 Honda station wagon parked in the 600 block of South Gunderson Avenue between the early morning and afternoon of Jan. 8. Estimated damage is $599.

A Macbook laptop computer and an Apple iPad were removed from a man’s workplace in the 100 block of North Oak Park Avenue between the evening of Jan. 7 and early morning of Jan. 9. Estimated loss is $1,900.

Someone removed the center hubcaps from the passenger’s side and driver’s side wheels of a vehicle in the 100 block of Flournoy Street, overnight Jan. 9. Estimated loss is $138.

An Apple iPhone was removed from the common laundry area of a building in the 100 block of Harvard Street, the evening of Jan. 10. Estimated loss is $500.

An unattended iPhone was removed from the desk of an unlocked gym office, the afternoon of Jan. 11, at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue.

An Apple iPhone was removed from the hands of a Forest Park man, the evening of Jan. 11, in the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard. The offender fled. Estimated loss is $820.

An unknown person removed an Apple iPod from a book bag left unattended in the girls’ locker room at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue, the afternoon of Jan. 11. Estimated loss is $300.

An Apple iPod was removed from a bedroom inside a home in the 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue, overnight Jan. 11. Estimated loss is $250.

Burglary

Two unknown men were observed inside a residence in the 1000 block of Wisconsin Avenue, the evening of Jan.8. They were then seen running around the north side of the home and entering a blue Chevy Malibu parked on Harvard Street. The offenders broke a basement window to enter the home and removed an unknown amount of women’s jewelry. Estimated loss is $200.

Someone used a pry-type tool to enter the side service door of a garage in the 700 block of South Harvey Avenue, Jan. 8. The offender entered a 2004 Toyota Sienna inside by breaking the window frame and the vehicle was ransacked. No items were removed. Estimated damage is $250.

Entry was gained to a locked van parked in the rear of a residence in the 400 block of South Harvey Avenue, overnight Jan. 2. Once inside, a drill, volt meter and miscellaneous hand tools in a canvas bag were removed. Estimated loss is $900.

A garage door opener was removed from an unlocked Honda Element in the 300 block of North Taylor Avenue, overnight Jan. 8 and an unknown person entered the garage. Once inside, the interior of a 2004 Acura was ransacked and a make-up bag and $25 were removed from inside the vehicle. Estimated loss is $105.

Entry was gained to a residence in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue between the early morning of Jan. 6 and evening of Jan. 9 through a closed and unlocked window. Once inside, an offender removed jewelry, a Coach briefcase and an Apple iPad. Estimated loss is $4,200.

Golf clubs, a golf bag and a men’s bicycle were removed from an unlocked garage in the 1100 block of South Cuyler Avenue, the afternoon of Jan. 12. Estimated loss is $1,150.

Someone removed a backpack, wallet, iPod, keys and $150 in cash from a garage in the 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue between the afternoon and evening of Jan. 12. Estimated loss is $430.

An unknown person gained entry to a vehicle in the 400 block of Home Avenue, overnight Jan. 11, and removed a pair of prescription glasses and a valet key. Estimated loss is $300.

A Garmin GPS unit was removed from the center console of an unlocked Mazda in the 800 block of South Home Avenue, overnight Jan. 11. Estimated loss is $150.

A resident of the 500 block of Edgewood Place told police someone removed personal computers, iPads and an electronic reader from her home between the morning and afternoon of Jan. 7. Detectives are investigating.

Battery

An unknown man in the 100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue asked another man for change, the evening of Jan. 7. When the second man refused and turned his back to the offender, the man hit the victim in the back of the head with an unknown object that caused him to fall to the ground. The offender left in an unknown direction.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Jan. 8-14 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. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest.

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