Oak Park condo wine stock depleted

Someone used a half-inch pry-type tool to defeat the lock to the condo building’s front common door on the 1100 block of Lake St. sometime during the day on Feb. 13. The same tool may have been used to enter a condo unit, where a Dell desktop computer and three bottles of wine were removed. Estimated loss is $1,400 for the door lock and $5,075 for the stolen items.

Tracked by stolen cellphone

An 18-year-old Dolton man was arrested in Oak Park and charged with the theft of a cellphone on Jan. 23. The victim had listed his cellphone for sale on Craigslist. A trace on the telephone, used to set up the meeting, identified the thief.

Residential burglary

A black 32-inch Vizio flat-screen TV, Sony DVD player, black HP 19-inch computer monitor, and HP modem were removed from a residence in the 1100 block of N. Humphrey on Feb. 15. Someone gained entrance to the residence by kicking in the front door. Estimated loss is $1,000.

Adding insult to injury

A resident in the 900 block of S. Cuyler reported damage to a vehicle on the morning of Feb. 16. Someone scratched “bitch” on the front hood of a blue 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix and punctured the vehicle’s two front tires. Estimated loss is $500.

Vehicle paintballed

One or more unknown offenders vandalized a vehicle in the 100 block of S. Scoville on Feb. 16. The car owner reported an orange paintball had been shot at the rear driver’s side window. Estimated loss is $100.

Burglary to vehicle

Someone removed three center caps from a silver Toyota Tacoma in the 100 block of Flournoy, Feb. 11-14. Estimated loss is $207.

An unknown person entered a red 2010 Ford Fusion in the 600 block of S. Kenilworth, Feb. 14-15. A black Garmin nüvi GPS unit was among the items removed. The vehicle’s owner reported that the offenders gained access via an unlocked door and ransacked the vehicle’s glove compartment. Estimated loss is $192.

A grey In-Dash radio/CD player was among the items removed from a blue 2002 Saturn SL2 in the 1000 block of W. Randolph, Feb. 14-15. The owner reported that someone entered via an unlocked door and ransacked the glove compartment. Estimated loss is $59.

Several unlocked vehicles were found ransacked over a series of consecutive days. On Feb. 14, cars were rummaged through in the 400 block of S. Scoville and the 800 block of Home. On Feb. 14, an unlocked vehicle was ransacked in the 1000 block of S. Cuyler and overnight Feb. 16 an unlocked vehicle in an open garage in the 800 block of Clinton was also ransacked, as was another unlocked car in the 100 block of N. Harvey.


A 24-year-old DeKalb man struck a clerk with a door stopper in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue on the morning of Feb. 16. The subject was arrested for battery, processed, and issued a court date. He was released on a $1,500 bond.

Red Bull bulk shoplifting

Ten 12-packs of Red Bull Energy Drinks were stolen from the CVS Pharmacy/Circle K in the 400 block of Madison on Feb. 13. Two female offenders entered the store first at 10:23 p.m. and then again at 11:09 p.m. One allegedly distracted the cashier while the other removed the energy drinks. Estimated loss is $199.90.

Eat and run

A dine-and-dash occurred at Denny’s Restaurant in the 700 block of N. Harlem around midnight on Feb. 18. Two female offenders, 20, ordered meals and then exited the restaurant without paying. Estimated loss is $27.34.

Irish jewelry stolen

An unknown offender removed several pieces of gold jewelry from a locked display case at the Irish Shop in the 100 block of Oak Park Ave. sometime between Jan. 1 and Feb. 4. The offender may have gained access with a key. Estimated loss is $3,174.


Camping gear was stolen from an unlocked storage area of a building in the 900 block of Wesley, Feb. 10-13. Persons unknown removed a collection of Coleman camping equipment, including a cookware set, canopy, air mattress, and tool bag. Estimated loss is $255.

Someone removed a small blue and grey leather Coach purse from an unattended backpack at Rush Oak Park Hospital on the morning of Feb. 14. The purse contained $60, IDs, and credit/debit cards. Estimated total loss is $170.

Four white metal patio chairs, valued at $100, were reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of S. Grove Ave. The resident reported that an unknown person gained access via entrance to the residence’s open rear yard.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Feb. 11 – 18 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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