Runner outnumbered in attack

A man was running in the 300 block of north Elmwood around 9 p.m. on May 19, when three male juveniles approached him. One offender grabbed the victim’s arm and said, “You know what time it is.” The victim pulled free and asked a bystander to alert police. Police located the grabber and his two companions at the Ridgeland Green Line station, where the victim positively identified the 16-year-old offender, a Chicago resident. The youth was charged with battery and sent to juvenile detention.


Around 11:30 p.m., May 20, five males in their mid- to late-teens grabbed the bookbag of another male teen as the victim sat on the elevated train. One of the robbers snatched the iPhone 5 from the victim’s hand, then the offenders all fled the train at Austin and ran westbound on the platform. 


In the upper-level parking garage at 100 Forest Place, someone entered an unlocked Nissan and rifled through the glove compartment, some time between 8 p.m., May 17 and 7 a.m., May 19.

During the night of May 18-19, someone in first block of Thomas punched out the passenger-side door lock and got into a white Chevy Cavalier parked there. The invader damaged the dashboard in the process of ripping out the CD/radio, valued at $345.

 In the 100 block of Forest Avenue, another burglar the same night entered a late-model Audi A5, ransacked the car and stole a laptop, a cellphone and cash for an estimated loss to the victim of $1,520.

Also that night, someone entered an unlocked Kia, ransacked it and stole a black backpack containing a red-striped notebook; this was done in the 100 block of Clinton.

The owner of a BMW parked in a lot in the 200 block of Home Avenue reported someone entered the unlocked vehicle, ransacked it, and stole $20 cash during the night of May 18-19.

Overnight May 19-20, someone entered a garage in the 900 block of north Marion Street and stole a $700 black hybrid bicycle.

$5,000 worth of electronics was stolen in a burglary in the 100 block of north Harvey sometime between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. on May 21. An unlocked window gave the offender(s) access; stolen were three computers, an Xbox console and a television.

Sometime between the morning of May 16 and the morning of May 19, a Westchester resident suffered the loss of the $80 Illinois state vehicle registration sticker, which was removed from the rear plate of a Nissan parked in the 400 block of Lake during those dates.

 A thief made off with an unlocked and unattended bicycle, worth $100, when it was left in front of an address in the 700 block of Lake Street between 3 and 3:30 p.m., May 19.

In the 800 block of south Maple, at some point between May 16 and May 21, a burglar entered a garage by breaking through one of the overhead door panels, then removed a lawnmower, a leaf blower and a weed whacker. 

In the 100 block of Forest Avenue, May 18-21, someone entered a Chevy Malibu, ransacked the glove box and console, opened the trunk and stole two boxes containing jewelry valued at $1,000.

Witnesses told police that around 12:30 PM on May 22, two males in their late teens — one with corn rows and a black hoodie, and one in dark pants with his white T-shirt used to cover his face — fled a residence on Chicago at Humphrey in a newer black Chevrolet four-door. In the offenders’ possession were two flat-screen TVs, for an estimated loss to the victim of $2,075.

Between May 18 and 20, in the 1100 block of Harvey Avenue, someone entered a garage and stole a $300 women’s bicycle. During the day, May 21, in the 1000 block of Highland Avenue, a burglar entered a garage and stole a circular saw and a jigsaw.

During the night of May 22-23, someone entered a minivan parked in the 200 block of north Kenilworth Avenue and stole sunglasses, an iPhone charger and a GPS unit.

In the 400 block of north Austin Boulevard, during the nighttime hours, May 23-24, someone broke a window to enter a Chevy Malibu, then stole a GPS unit and an iPod.

Unknown persons entered an unlocked Chevy Equinox in the 700 block of south Humphrey during the night, May 24-25, and stole $5 in coins. 


In the 800 block of south Grove Avenue, around 1 p.m., May 20, a man wearing black clothing and a black backpack with a British flag on it stole an unlocked and unattended Bianchi racing bike from a front porch, and was last seen pedaling southbound upon it.

An unknown offender stole two lawn chairs and a barbecue grill from a backyard in the 300 block of south Harvey Avenue sometime between 2 p.m., May 19 and May 20 at 9 a.m.

A Chevy pickup truck was reported stolen from the 400 block of north Taylor; the theft occurred between 8:20 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. on May 21.

In the 400 block of north Harlem Avenue, a Chicago man told police, a man and a woman bumped into him while he rode the bus on May 23. Soon after exiting the bus, the victim said, he noticed his wallet — with ID and $1,150 cash — was no longer in his pocket.

Someone stole a Honda motorbike, valued at $2,000, from the 200 block of north Scoville Avenue on May 23 between 10:30 a.m. and 4:39 p.m.

On May 23 around 5:40 p.m., a man snatched a cellphone, valued at $799, from the owner’s hand and fled on foot northbound on Austin.

At the Circle K store in the 400 block of Madison Street, three offenders — two males and a female — allegedly stole 11 quarts of engine oil, three bottles of brake fluid, a bottle of fuel injector and five cigarette lighters, around 9:22 p.m. on May 22.

Two FedEx packages, left on the front steps of a residence on May 15 in the 1100 block of south Austin, were reported stolen.

A white wrought iron chair was stolen from a backyard in the 3100 block of Cuyler Avenue during the night, May 23-24.

Death investigation

A 52-year-old man was found unresponsive in his home in the 800 block of south Kenilworth Avenue in the overnight hours of May 20-21. He was pronounced dead at 11:26 a.m. at West Suburban Hospital; the investigation report is pending.

Order of Protection violation

On May 20, at 6:45 p.m. in the 900 block of Wenonah, a 31-year-old man from the 700 block of north Mayfield, Chicago, turned himself in to police for violating an order of protection. He was held for bond hearings. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed May 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 Amy Malina

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