Putting Pace in its place with a punch

On Nov. 21 just after 3 p.m., a man, apparently became angry that a Pace bus didn’t pick him up at the bus stop in the 900 block of Lake Street. The driver told police it was because the bus was already full. The would-be passenger ran up to the bus when it stopped for a red light at Lake and Forest, and punched the glass window of the door with his fist, breaking it. Then he ran way. The damage was estimated $500.


In the 600 block of Wisconsin, overnight Nov. 19-20, someone entered a garage through the open overhead door and rolled out with a stroller/car-seat combo, valued at $230. During the day, Nov. 20, in the 1000 block of Woodbine, someone pried open a garage side door and snitched a snowblower worth $500. 

Nov. 18 between 2:30 and 9 p.m., someone entered an unlocked garage in the 300 block of North Lombard, stealing a miter saw and a pressure washer. 

In the 1100 block of South Harvey, overnight Nov. 20-21, someone, using a pickaxe-type tool broke a window on a Nissan and stole a laptop and other items totaling $1,153.00.

Between 8 a.m. and noon on Nov. 21, in the 600 block of Wesley, someone forced open the basement door to a residence and ransacked multiple rooms. Stolen items, estimated in value at $7,630, included electronics and jewelry.

During the late afternoon of Nov. 22, in the 1000 block of Wisconsin, someone entered an unlocked rear door to a home and stole jewelry and cash.

In the 1000 block of Wisconsin, during the late afternoon of Nov. 22, someone entered a residence through its unlocked back door and stole jewelry and some loose change.  

Attempted burglary and burglary arrest

On Nov. 22 at 10:08 a.m. in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue, a male Chicago juvenile was arrested for an attempted residential burglary in the 1000 block of South Grove. Another male Chicago juvenile was arrested that afternoon in Oak Park for a burglary that occurred the previous day in the 600 block of Wesley. 

Criminal trespass

A 22-year-old Maywood man was arrested at Oak Park Public Library on Lake Street and charged with criminal trespass; it happened on Nov. 20 just after 9 a.m.

A man who had been banned from McDonald’s in the 600 block of Harlem returned and refused to leave, Nov. 14. Just after 10 a.m., police assisted the 53-year-old Chicago man outside and charged him with criminal trespass. The same man was arrested for the same thing on Nov. 20 around 4 p.m., when he showed up at Noodles & Company in River Forest, despite having been banned previously from the property. 

Police noticed a vehicle with two people inside in the rear, secure, area of the River Forest Public Works building. The pair, both from Chicago, were trying to remove metal parts from the rear of the facility. They were arrested and charged with criminal trespass to state-supported land.

Marijuana arrest 

In the 200 block of Scoville, a male Oak Park juvenile was arrested for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia; it happened Nov. 18 just after 2 p.m. 


A 19-year-old Chicago woman, stopped for several traffic violations, Nov. 16 at 2:35 a.m. near North and Harlem avenues, had a blood alcohol level of .174, more than twice the legal limit, not to mention being under 21. She was charged with DUI.

Nov. 22-23 saw four DUI arrests in River Forest, featuring drivers from Elmwood Park, Worth and Lisle.


Someone stole a girl’s IPhone from her unattended bag while she was in class at Oak Park River Forest High School. The phone was valued at $200; the theft occurred Nov. 19 in the final hour of classes.

An unlocked and unsupervised bicycle was easy prey for a thief who entered the back yard of a residence to retrieve it; it happened the afternoon of Nov. 17 in the 200 block of Wesley. 

A Chicago man, aged 42, was arrested in the first block of North Mason in Chicago for a theft that took place Nov. 17 at 9:23 p.m. at the CVS store in the 300 block of Madison.

The night of Nov. 21-22, someone cut the catalytic converter off a parked Oldsmobile in the 700 block of Wisconsin.

Three male Chicago juveniles were arrest and charged with theft Nov. 23 after they reportedly stole a delivered package off a front porch in the 200 block of South Ridgeland Avenue. They were processed and returned to the care of their legal guardians. 


In the Oak Park Public Library on Lake Street, between 6:25 and 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, someone damaged 12 wooden pegs that held a piece of art on a wall of the building’s second floor. 

On Nov. 16 just after 7 p.m., someone broke the large glass front window of a furniture store in the 7000 block of North Avenue, dumping shattered glass onto a sofa and cabinet on display.

A garage was damaged by someone forcing open its service door in the 700 block of North Elmwood, Nov. 14-17.  

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Nov. 17-23 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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