Off the grid and way past curfew in River Forest

River Forest police assisted the village building department with a search warrant in the 500 block of Bonnie Brae, May 30 at 9 a.m., after multiple complaints that a residence on the block was using a code-violating generator to power the home.

River Forest police stopped a vehicle at 1:11 a.m. on June 3 because of the apparent youth of the driver. The driver turned out to be 16 and licensed, but not for that hour of the day. Both the driver and passenger, also 16, were from Oak Park, and both were violating curfew, for which they were cited. The teens were then handed over to their parents. 


Overnight May 30-31 in the 200 block of South Elmwood Avenue, someone stole a $200 bicycle by means of the unlocked side door.

During the same time period, in the 1100 block of Wenonah Avenue, an unlocked garage door allowed the theft of a $900 men’s mountain bike.

During the night of June 1-2, in the 1100 block of South Gunderson Avenue, someone pried open a garage side door and stole a $620 purple bicycle.

The same night, but in the 100 block of Francisco Terrace, someone entered an unlocked Honda SUV and removed $5 and an iPhone charger.

Early in the morning of June 2, someone forced open the side door of a garage in the 100 block of South Kenilworth Avenue and stole a $288 bike.

In a daytime burglary in the 7000 block of North Avenue, someone broke a Nissan SUV’s window and stole a $2450 pair of patio lights.

In the 1100 block of Clarence Avenue, June 2-4, an unlocked side door enabled someone to enter a steal a hedge trimmer, two bicycles, a hockey bag, some household supplies and a case of baby wipes from Costco, for a total loss of about $755.

An open overhead door permitted an opportunist to enter a garage in the 800 block of South Humphrey Avenue on June 4; a Craftsman snowblower was stolen from the garage between 1:50 and 2:30 p.m.

In the 400 block of South Austin Boulevard on June 5 between 1 and 2:30 p.m., someone broke a window in order to unlock the front door leading to the common area of an apartment building. Once inside, the offender(s) got into the victim’s unlocked flat and ransacked it, stealing jewelry and an Xbox 360 console.

At 4 a.m. June 5 in the 900 block of Pleasant, a 20-year-old Chicago man was arrested and held for auto burglary.

A pried-open service door gave someone access to a garage in the 1100 block of Wisconsin Avenue between 9:30 and 11:30 p.m., June 7, enabling the removal of a racing bicycle and a backpack containing bicycle and trombone parts. Estimated loss was $1,850.

In the 100 block of Lake, two male teens were seen entering a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country during the night of June 7-8; a Swiss Army knife was reported missing from the glove compartment.

A Berwyn resident parked in the 300 block of North Oak Park Avenue, during the night of June 7-8, reported that someone entered the unlocked Mitsubishi Galant and stole a pair of Nike Swoosh shoes, gift cards and $5 in coins.

Three unlocked vehicles were ransacked in the 500 block of North Euclid Avenue, overnight June 7-8. The same night in the 1100 block of North Lombard Avenue, someone stole a camera and a cellphone from an unlocked Caravan. Also the same night in the 7800 block of North Taylor Avenue, a Ford Taurus was entered and ransacked. 

Criminal damage to property

On May 30 at 7:26 a.m., a caller told River Forest police someone damaged the hood and broke off the side mirror of his 2007 Hummer H3 while it was parked in the 7200 block of Division Street.

Someone damaged a garage service door with a pry tool in the 1100 block of Lyman Avenue, overnight June 4-5. Same thing happened on the night of June 6-7 in the 1200 block of North Taylor Avenue.

Someone threw a rock through the window of a residence in the 1100 block of North Humphrey Avenue around 5:30 p.m., June 8. 

Reckless driving and DUI

An 18-year-old Oak Park man was arrested for reckless driving and speeding, May 31 at 12:32 p.m., after he was clocked in the area of Madison Street and Forest Avenue doing 70 mph in a 25 mph zone in his Jeep.

A 42-year-old Chicago man, driving a Dodge Caravan was spotted by police weaving severely on Harlem Avenue north of Chicago Avenue. He was stopped on June 1 at 3:47 a.m. The driver failed field sobriety tests, refused a Breathalyzer and was charged with DUI, improper lane usage and driving on the wrong side of the road.


On June 3 at 3:12 p.m., River Forest police were called to the Lake Street Jewel. A security guard there said he noticed several items missing from the shelves when he got to work, so he reviewed security video footage, which showed a man stealing several hundred dollars’ worth of Allegra, Claritin, Pepcid and Rogaine, stuffing them into a backpack or duffle and fleeing the store.

Someone entered the vestibule of a residence in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard and stole a portable air conditioner valued at $478 on June 4 between 4 and 7 p.m.

A 51-year-old Chicago man was arrested in the 500 block of Wesley Avenue, June 6 at 1:45 p.m., after a resident saw him steal a UPS-delivered package left between the screen and front door of the victim’s house.

In the 100 block of North Grove Avenue, overnight June 5-6, someone stole a library card and a Jewel rewards card from a silver Civic. Same night, same block, $10 worth of CDs were stolen from a black Acura parked there.

A black backpack containing music CDs and a container of Xanax anti-anxiety meds was stolen from an address in the 100 block of North Grove Avenue, June 8 between 3:50 and 4:11 p.m.

In the 200 block of Clinton Avenue in the early evening of June 8, someone stole a locked bicycle worth $300 from the victim’s front yard. 

Recovered stolen vehicle

A pickup truck reported stolen May 21 from the 400 block of North Taylor Avenue was found in the 4900 block of West Race in Chicago. 


A 22-year-old woman from Chicago was arrested, June 5, in the 100 block of Madison Street at 4:30 p.m. and charged with an aggravated battery she allegedly committed May 18 in the 700 block of Belleforte. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed June 2-8 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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