Prius owner peeved by punchy pedestrian

River Forest police responded to a conflict between a motorist and a pedestrian on May 24 around 6:30 p.m. Several witnesses stated that the pedestrian, a 40-year-old man, was walking on Central Avenue when he inadvertently brushed against the side mirror of a Prius stopped at a red light in the 7200 block. The 63-year-old man driving the Prius got out and shoved the pedestrian to the ground, reentered his car and waited for the light to change. The pedestrian then stood up, walked to the driver’s side window and shattered it with a fist-punch. Both were released from custody after agreeing to call it even.


An irate 40ish man, last seen in a black T-shirt, swore at and threatened injury to a worker at Denny’s in the 700 block of north Harlem Avenue in the course of an argument over food quality, or lack thereof, early on the morning of June 1. 


Police arrested two male juvenile Oak Park residents in the 100 block of Washington Boulevard on May 28 around 5 p.m., for a battery that occurred in the 400 block of south Taylor; both were released to their parents.

Attempted arson

On May 27, a 27-year-old Elburn man was arrested for an attempted arson that occurred in the 1100 block of south East Avenue.


Sometime between May 23 and 28, someone entered an open garage in the 600 block of south Highland Avenue and stole a $250 Craftsman lawnmower

During the night of May 25-26, in the 100 block of Cuyler Avenue, someone entered a garage through an unlocked service door, entered an unlocked Volvo and stole a wallet containing a driver’s license and credit cards. An unlocked service door, during the overnight hours of May 27-28, gave a burglar access to a garage in the 700 block of Lyman Avenue. The burglar(s) entered the (also unlocked) VW Jetta therein and stole cash and two credit cards, then entered a second unlocked vehicle and stole coins.

An unlocked rear door of a residence in the 500 block of north Taylor Avenue gave someone access on May 27 between noon and 4 p.m. Stolen were an iPhone, a laptop, a U.S. passport, an Illinois driver’s license, and various credit cards for a total loss of $1,760.

Using brute force, someone broke through the rear door and entered a residence in the 900 block of Wisconsin Avenue, May 27, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The offender(s) ransacked the place and stole a laptop, two flat-screen TVs, a Playstation console, a Wii console, various video games and a computerized sewing machine. Estimated loss was $2,500.

Someone pried open the front door of an apartment in the 300 block of south Austin Boulevard during daytime hours, May 27, trashed the place and stole two watches, two laptops, shoes, perfume and $10 in coins. Total loss estimated by the victim was $5,780.

Identity theft

On May 21, River Forest police were notified by a 35-year-old woman that someone used her identity to obtain a credit check from a cellphone company. 

Also on May 21, a man in the 8200 block of Lake Street told River Forest police he got two envelopes in the mail; each contained an active credit card, one for Wal-Mart and the other for Victoria’s Secret, neither of which he had opened. 


On May 21 at 7:24 p.m., Ulta employees on Lake Street near Harlem Avenue reported that a man with a large tattoo on the back of his neck stole a $120 bottle of Coco Mademoiselle perfume, then fled on foot southbound on Harlem.

In the 100 block of south Austin Boulevard, between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., May 22, someone stole a UPS-delivered package from the porch. It contained a $504.63 X-Box console, controller and game.

Someone stole two unlocked men’s bicycles from the front patio of a residence in the 1200 block of Francisco Terrace sometime during the overnight hours of May 25-26.

On May 26, at CVS in the 600 block of Cuyler Avenue, police arrested a 28-year-old Chicago man for retail theft.

Someone stole a 2009 Lexus from an underground parking garage in the 100 block of north Euclid Avenue between noon, May 26, and 10 a.m. the following day. The car was recovered around 5:45 p.m. Police found it in the 1200 block of south Millard, Chicago.

At the Walgreens on Roosevelt Road at Ridgeland Avenue, a man put six packages of allergy medicine in his pants, then fled the scene in a Toyota Corolla driven by a short, heavy woman; the theft occurred on May 29 just after 3 p.m.

On May 29 around 6:15 p.m., someone entered the rear yard of a residence in the 100 block of north Taylor Avenue and stole a $200 purple bicycle.

Police arrested a 22-year-old Chicago man for theft in the 100 block of north Humphrey Avenue on May 28 at 4 p.m.

On June 1, around 6 a.m., three women, described as in their 30s, ordered and ate $28.96 worth of food at Denny’s in the 700 block of north Harlem Avenue, then took off in a silver Pontiac Grand Am without paying.

A blue 1988 Camaro, worth $12,000, was stolen from the 400 block of south Taylor Avenue during the night of May 29-30. On the same night, someone stole a Nissan Versa from the 100 block of Forest Place.

A laptop was stolen after being left unattended in Room 314 at Oak Park and River Forest High School between 8 a.m., May 28 and 10 a.m., May 29. 

Criminal damage

An alarm in the 1000 block of Keystone Avenue brought police, who found a forced-open rear door. Nothing appeared to have been taken, and no witnesses were found.

During the overnight hours of May 25-26, someone broke exterior mirrors on 12 vehicles parked in the 7200 block of Division Street and other areas of north River Forest. 

Criminal trespass

At 6:40 a.m., May 27, police were called to the 500 block of William Avenue. The male caller said his ex-girlfriend, a Chicago woman, had arrived uninvited, refused to leave, then scratched and hit the man when he tried to remove her by force. She was charged with criminal trespass. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed May 26-June 1 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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