Pot-spiked brownies for sale at the high school

A student at Oak Park and River Forest High School was arrested, Jan. 21, after being discovered with seven individually packaged cannabis-filled brownies. The total weight of the brownies was 328 grams, but the student told police he used 5 grams of pot to prepare them, so he was charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to distribute. He was given a 21-day court referral and turned over to a parent. 

Hit and run

River Forest police assisted the Oak Park police with a hit-and-run accident that took place around midnight, Jan. 12, near Harlem Avenue and Lake Street. The driver-at-fault’s vehicle was located at Bonnie Brae and Chicago Avenue. A passenger attempted to flee but was nabbed by police. While in custody, the passenger, 27, from Bensenville provided false information to officers. He was identified by fingerprints and found to have an active warrant for DUI from DuPage County. While the driver of the vehicle was turned over to Oak Park police, the passenger was charged with obstructing identification, resisting arrest, and the warrant. 

Punching holes in walls

A 19-year-old man was charged with striking an officer after cops arrived at a home in the 300 block of North Maple, Jan. 21, to assist a 61-year-old mother who said her son was “out of control and punching holes in the walls.” The man fled out the back door, but police returned to the home later to arrest him for battery. When he was being arrested, he again resisted and slapped an officer with an open hand. He was charged with two counts of aggravated battery to an officer and resisting arrest.


Someone stole a Macbook Pro laptop from the front seat of a Toyota van parked in the River Forest Town Center parking lot, the morning of Jan. 13. A window was broken to gain entry to the van. Loss was estimated at $2,300.

A cellphone, left unattended on the counter of a business in the 6100 block of Roosevelt Road, was removed by an unknown person, the evening of Jan 20. Loss was estimated at $500.

Another cellphone was removed from the counter of a business in the 100 block of Madison Street around noon, Jan 21. Video surveillance showed a male customer, estimated age 20, removing the phone after the victim walked away. Loss was estimated at $510.

Three packages were stolen from a porch in the 900 block of Home Avenue during the day, Jan. 21. Two packages were found intact in an alley nearby, but a third, formerly containing a Ninjago Lego set, was empty. Total estimated loss was $33.50.

A package containing baby food and infant formula was removed from the porch of a house in the 1000 block of North Elmwood Avenue, the afternoon of Jan 21. Estimated loss was $50. 


Someone entered a River Forest home in the first block of Ashland Avenue, the morning of Jan. 14, by means of an unlocked basement door. A camera and two laptops were reported missing. Loss amount was not given.

An 18-year-old Chicago woman and two 15-year-old juvenile boys were arrested for burglary in Oak Park around 3:30 a.m., Jan. 20, after police observed them riding bicycles on South Boulevard near Cuyler Avenue. Using bike registration numbers, police learned the bikes were the property of residents in the 200 block of South Lombard Avenue, which had been removed without permission from an open and unlocked garage. The woman was also found to have three GPS units, phone chargers and sunglasses on her person, some of the items removed from an unlocked car in the 200 block of South Lombard Avenue. She was charged with two counts of burglary. The juveniles were referred to juvenile court and released to parents.

Someone attempted to kick in the rear door of a residence in the 100 block of Augusta Boulevard during the afternoon of Jan. 20, but failed to gain entry to the house. Damage to the door frame was estimated at $50.

Someone entered a house on the 100 block of North Elmwood Avenue during the morning of Jan. 20 via a closed but unlocked rear door. Removed from the residence were an Xbox 360 game console and Lonovo Edge laptop. Loss was estimated at $850.

A burglar alarm scared away someone who attempted to pry open the basement window of a house in the 200 block of South Cuyler Avenue between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., the morning of Jan. 20. No loss was reported.

Someone entered a house in the 800 block of South Lombard Avenue by prying open the rear basement door during the day, Jan. 23. Once inside, offenders ransacked the residence and removed a silver Macbook Pro laptop and a tan backpack. Estimated loss was $1,200.

Someone burglarized a house in the 800 block of South Taylor Avenue during the day, Jan. 23, by kicking open the rear basement door. The house was ransacked. Missing were a musical keyboard, two laptops, an iPad mini and an iPhone. Total estimated loss was $1,777.

An unlocked garage in the 100 block of North Austin Boulevard was burglarized, overnight Jan. 20-21. Inside, a Cadillac was ransacked and a black cellphone removed. Loss was estimated at $104.

Four containers of copper pipe fittings were removed from a boiler repair business in the 200 block of Madison Street, overnight Jan 20-21. Loss was estimated at $1,200. 


Someone broke a 5 x 7 inch glass pane on the outer door of a building in the 600 block of Harrison Street, overnight Jan 22-23. Estimated damage was $300. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Jan. 6-21 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

Crime rate drops again in 2013

     Oak Park crime dropped to the second lowest level in the last 41 years, according to statistics gathered by Oak Park police and reported to the Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting Index this week.

     According to a statement from the village, the number of crime incidents reported fell nine percent to 1,798 in 2013, down from 1,967 in 2012.

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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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