Hammer-wielding man threatens dog

Two boys, age 12 and 13, walking a dog in the 700 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, the evening of Aug. 22, were approached by a 34-year-old man who pulled a hammer from his waistband and allegedly told them he would kill their dog. The boys fled and police arrested the Chicago man, who was charged with aggravated assault.

Copper gutters stolen from school

River Forest police reported 60 feet of copper gutters were removed from St. Vincent Ferrer School, 1515 Lathrop Ave., sometime between Aug. 13 and 14. Estimated loss is $2,000.

Fake cocaine and a broken scissors

River Forest police responded to a report of a man with a gun at the Metra station, 7979 Hawthorn St., around 9:15 a.m., Aug. 16. They found a Hoffman Estates man on the platform carrying a broken scissors and several small baggies containing a look-alike white powdery substance packaged for sale as crack cocaine. He was charged with misdemeanor possession of a look-alike substance.

Pot in the mail

Vasily G. Baycharov, 26, a Russian national from Siberia, was arrested after neighbors witnessed him removing a package from the porch of an apartment building in the 400 block of South Oak Park Avenue. The package, which had been delivered to a false name at that address, contained 483.3 grams of marijuana. Bacycharov was charged with pot possession.
3 a.m., Aug. 24. Estimated loss is $1,000.

Traffic stop recovers stolen Honda

One man and two Chicago juveniles were arrested after a traffic stop in the 500 block of North Oak Park Avenue when the Honda Civic they were driving was discovered to have been reported stolen from Chicago. The car’s occupants fled when police curbed the car, but officers caught and took the three into custody. One of the juveniles was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, and all three were charged with criminal trespass to vehicle.

Pancake house burglary

A cash drawer was emptied and a money box removed from the International House of Pancakes in the 6500 block of West North Avenue, overnight Aug. 21-22, after someone used an unknown object to smash the glass of the front double doors. Known loss was reported as $150.


Someone entered a residence in the 500 block of South Cuyler Avenue during the day, Aug. 20, via an unlocked basement door. Removed were a laptop computer and an iPhone 4s. Loss was estimated at $1,400.

Several rings worth $420 were reported removed from a residence in the 100 block of South Cuyler, Aug.15-21.

An apartment in the 600 block of South Boulevard was burglarized during the day, Aug. 22. Removed were a Kindle Fire, Louis Vuitton handbag, piggy bank, cash and miscellaneous jewelry. Loss was reported as $6,900.

Three televisions, a laptop, iPad tablet and cash were removed from a residence in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue during the day, Aug. 23. Burglars gained entry by cutting the screen on the rear door, unlocking the latches, then breaking a window and unlocking the rear door. Estimated loss was $3,773.

The resident of a garden apartment in the 500 block of South Austin Boulevard told police someone attempted to enter during the day, Aug. 23, by puncturing the screens but failed to get in.

Someone broke into a home in the 500 block of Jackson Boulevard by removing a window screen and damaging a lock during the day, Aug. 22. The house was ransacked, but only a black bag was reported stolen.

A residence in the 600 block of South Boulevard was entered during the day, Aug. 22, via the secured front door. Burglars removed a woman’s watch, a computer tablet and $300. Estimated loss was $3,100.

Bike theft roundup

Unlocked bicycles were removed from a laundry room in a building in the 400 block of South Oak Park Avenue between May 1 and Aug. 21; from the sidewalk in the 1000 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, overnight Aug. 13-14; from a rear yard in the 900 block of Linden, overnight Aug. 22-23; and from a front yard in the 700 block of North Elmwood, Aug. 22. Locked bicycles were stolen from the 400 block of South Euclid Avenue, Aug. 20, and the 100 block of Erie Street, Aug 25.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Aug. 19-25 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.
—Compiled by Jean Lotus

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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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