Around 3 p.m., May 14, River Forest police curbed a vehicle whose driver allegedly committed several traffic violations in the first block of Thatcher Avenue. Jason Catlow, 36, of Northlake exited the car and appeared to discard a small packet. In plain view, on the front seat of his vehicle, officers observed a Cook County Dept. of Corrections badge, a set of handcuffs and drug paraphernalia. Catlow was found to have an active warrant for a narcotics probation violation and a suspended driver’s license. The badge had been stolen from a Berwyn residence. Catlow was charged with possession of a controlled substance, theft by possession, driving with license suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arrests at Brooks Middle School

A 13-year-old male juvenile was arrested Brooks Middle School in the 300 block of S. Kenilworth Avenue about 1:15 p.m., May 17. He was charged with aggravated battery and turned over to a parent. Also arrested was a 37-year-old woman who was charged with aggravated battery and resisting a peace officer.

Beaten for not having cellphone

A 16-year-old Oak Park juvenile male told police he was punched in the face and head after being confronted by three teens who approached him and asked him if he had a cellphone around 5:20 p.m. in the 500 block of N. Kenilworth Avenue, May 17. When he said no, two of the three allegedly beat him, then fled.


Persons unknown stole a 32-inch flat screen television from an apartment in the 1000 block of N. Austin Boulevard between May 9 and 13.

Someone entered an apartment in the 400 block of S. Taylor Avenue sometime between May 13 and 14 by applying brute force to the rear door, police said. Once inside a 56-inch Toshiba flat screen TV, two pairs of sunglasses and two Nikon camera lenses were removed. Estimated loss was ,480.

Someone entered an unlocked garage overnight, May 15-16, in the 800 block of Highland Avenue, through an unlocked service door and removed iPhone ear buds and two packages of diapers.

Tools were stolen from an unlocked and open garage in the 200 block of Wesley Avenue, the morning of May 18.

A rear door frame was damaged but access wasn’t gained after someone tried to kick it open in the 1200 block of Rossell Avenue, the evening of May 17.

Garages were burglarized overnight, May 18-19, in the 100 block of S. Clarence and the 700 block of S. Lombard avenues.

Commercial burglary

Two men were observed on surveillance video throwing a concrete block through the glass front door of a business in the 400 block of N. Austin Boulevard, gaining entry around 4 a.m., May 18. Once inside, the two allegedly ransacked the store and removed an unknown number of items.

Damage to ATM machine

Police said a witness saw two women and a man in an unidentified auto damage an ATM machine in a bank parking lot in the 6000 block of North Avenue around 12:40 a.m., May 18. Estimated loss was ,000.

Burglary to auto

Someone stole a GPS unit, an Apple iTouch and several power tools from a Dodge truck with an open window, parked overnight, May 13-14, in the 300 block of S. Elmwood Avenue. Estimated loss is ,140.

An Apple iPhone was removed from a parked Chevy Traverse in the 100 block of Ridgeland Avenue around 4 p.m. on May 15.

Cars, lost and found

A black 2000 Lincoln Navigator was stolen overnight, May 14-15, from the Rush Oak Park Hospital parking lot in the 700 block of Maple. It was recovered in Streator by the Streator Police Dept. on May 18.

Oak Park police recovered a white 2012 Chevy Express van in the 500 block of Wenonah on May 16. It had been reported stolen out of Lyons on May 13.

A silver 1991 Toyota Camry was discovered missing around 6 a.m., May 16, from the 1000 block of S. Taylor Avenue.

A white 1995 Chrysler Concord, reported stolen in Oak Park April 29, was recovered on May 18 by the 2nd District Chicago Police Dept. in the 5000 block of S. Cottage Grove Avenue.


A witness in the 200 block of Wesley Avenue observed a man removing two wrought-iron chairs from her backyard around 6:45 a.m., May 16. The man reportedly exited the yard and fled down the alley. The witness discovered a total of four chairs missing.

A woman reported someone broke into a locked locker in the break-room of the Jewel in the 400 block of Madison Street, May 17 and removed 30 from the victim’s purse.

A woman reported a wallet stolen, containing 00 and miscellaneous credit cards on the afternoon of May 16 from an unattended gym bag in the lobby of a building in the 800 block of North Boulevard.

The box office at Dominican University reported that 00 had been removed sometime between May 17 and 18.

Stolen bikes

Bicycles were reported stolen from the 800 block of North Boulevard, May 12; the 700 block of South Boulevard, May 13; the 1100 block of South Boulevard, May 14; and the 100 block of Kenilworth, May 16.

Heroin arrest

An officer stopped a vehicle around 5 p.m., May 16, in the 600 block of N. Austin Boulevard, after observing an expired license plate. A 23-year-old female passenger in the car was arrested after the officer observed a plastic bag fall from her shirt. The bag containing .4 grams of a white powdery substance, which later tested positive for heroin. Whitney O. Westbrooks, 23, of the 2700 block of Cherie Lane, Ottawa, was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed May 13-19 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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Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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