Samurai burglar takes only two of three swords

Samurai swords were among the items stolen from a residence in the 300 block of South Harvey Avenue at some point between Aug. 29 and Sept. 1. The house was ransacked, as was a backyard shed. Three samurai swords were removed from the house, though one was found lying in the backyard. One bike was stolen and three were left in the yard. Also stolen were a laptop, a camera and $150 in cash.

Armed robbery

Around 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 5, a man with a gun approached an Oak Park resident in the 400 block of South Taylor and said, “Give it up.” The victim then handed the robber an envelope containing $2,000. The offender fled the scene in a tan 4-door Toyota Camry.

Robbery attempt

In the 600 block of South Austin Boulevard, a Berwyn resident was robbed by a man who came at her from behind and grabbed the strings of the bag she was carrying over her shoulder. As they struggled for possession of the bag, the offender hit the victim in the face with his elbow but ultimately fled the scene sans bag.

Car hijacking

In the first block of West Division Street, an Oak Park resident was accosted by a male who implied the presence of a weapon by putting his hands inside the pockets of his hooded sweatshirt, approaching the victim from behind, and demanding the keys to the victim’s Pontiac Grand Prix. When the victim complied, the hijacker drove away in the $4,000 vehicle.

Aggravated robbery arrest

The FBI took custody of Nicholas D. Connor, 23, of the first block of West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, on Sept. 5 at 3:16 p.m. after Connor was arrested in the 800 block of Harrison St. for the attempted aggravated robbery of U.S. Bank. 

Battery arrest 

At 8:23 p.m., Sept. 1 in the 1100 block of South Cuyler, police arrested 18-year-old Alex Arcos, of the 1400 block of Gunderson in Berwyn, for battery after an incident in which a 15-year-old Oak Park boy was the victim.

Burglary arrests

Oak Park police arrested Anthony Hull, 25, of the 700 block of North Central Avenue, Chicago, with four counts of burglary for four vehicle break-ins; the offenses were committed in the 200 block of Washington, the 100 block of South Taylor, the 100 block of Washington, and the 300 block of South Harvey.

Theft from person arrest

The morning of Aug. 31, police arrested Chicago resident Olajuwan Claiborn, 24, for a “theft from person” that occurred in the 700 block of Jackson Boulevard. 


The night of Aug. 11-12, someone damaged the door handle of a Dodge Neon to get inside, then ransacked the car.

Overnight Aug. 29-30, in the first block of Chicago Avenue, someone smashed the front glass window to gain entry to a business, then damaged a vending machine within.

An unlocked door allowed an unauthorized person inside a Camry parked in the 100 block of North Lombard. Stolen were a GPS unit, some cash and an orange emergency hammer. It happened during the night of Aug. 30-31. That same night in the 200 block of Washington, someone entered a Honda Civic and stole a gold ring and a Chase debit card. Also that night in the 400 block of North Harlem Avenue, a burglar punched out a door lock to enter a parked Aveo, then stole six CDs.

In the predawn hours of Sept. 2, someone ransacked an unlocked and unattended Mustang parked in the 1100 block of Randolph, stealing $2,450 worth of items, including three hard drives, two PlayStations, college textbooks, and women’s clothing.

The night of Sept. 1-2 in the 1100 block of North Austin, someone ransacked an unlocked Subaru and stole coins, an adapter and a Swiss Army knife. 

Between 9:15 and 9:45 on the morning of Sept. 2, an unlocked door in the 700 block of North Kenilworth permitted someone inside a residence and enabled him/her to steal an Apple laptop from the kitchen. The following afternoon, in the 100 block of Lake Street, someone entered and ransacked an unlocked Honda Civic.

Overnight Sept. 3-4, in the first block of Superior, an unlocked service door allowed someone into a garage, where he/she used a golf club to smash the windows of a Kia, then stole a purse containing a U.S. passport, cash, identification and credit cards.

A woman in the 1000 block of North East Avenue told police she saw a man emerge from the back door of her house, run through her yard, climb her fence and flee on a mountain bike, the afternoon of Sept. 4. Nothing was reported missing.

Sept. 2-4 in the 100 block of South Taylor, someone entered a garage through a door left open, and stole a $240 Toro mower.

During the night of Aug. 30-31, a burglar entered an unlocked garage in the 500 block of North Harvey and stole both a lawnmower and a snowblower.

In the early evening of Aug. 30, a burglar got into a residence in the 600 block of South Lombard via an unlocked rear door, then stole two pairs of “Air Jordan” gym shoes and an “Ivanka Trump” wallet, the latter containing checks and a Social Security card.

An unlocked Accord parked in the rear of the 100 block of North Taylor was deprived of some coins and a bike lock during the night of Aug. 30-31. During the same night in the 700 block of South Cuyler, a Dodge Caravan was stolen; it was later recovered by police.

On Sept. 4 between noon and 10 p.m., someone entered an apartment in the 200 block of Lake Street and stole an IPad air. 

Brief freedom

Aug. 29 at 1:14 p.m., police arrested a Chicago man near Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 300 block of North Elmwood, on a Chicago warrant for possession of a controlled substance. After being handcuffed, Eric S. Williams, 23, of the first block of South Menard, ran off but was quickly captured. 

Aggravated Driving Under the Influence

In the 700 block of Madison Street at 12:24 a.m., Aug. 30, a Chicago man was arrested for DUI, aggravated DUI and driving on a suspended license. Fabian Robles, of the 5100 block of North Kildare, was held for bond hearings.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Aug. 29-Sept. 7 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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