A Maywood resident’s blue 2007 Pontiac Sedan that was left running, unlocked and with the keys in the ignition was stolen from the 7100 block of West Roosevelt Road at about 2 p.m. on Feb. 24. The vehicle contained a 9MM Glock 17 pistol with a loaded magazine. It was last seen headed northbound on Harlem Avenue, followed by a black, older model Jeep Cherokee. The Pontiac was recovered by the Chicago Police Department in the 4700 block of South 5th Avenue.

In a related vehicle theft, a black Toyota SUV that also was left running, unlocked and with the keys in the ignition was stolen by three men from the 800 block of South Taylor Avenue at about 10 a.m. on Feb. 25. The vehicle was recovered the next day in the 4900 block of Van Buren in Chicago at 5:05 p.m. The Glock that was reported stolen in the Feb. 24 motor vehicle theft was found inside the Toyota.

Woman robbed on West Randolph

A Schiller Park woman threw her phone toward the street in the 1000 block of West Randolph Street (near Home Avenue) after three men, who she believed were about to rob her, approached her and asked to see the device at 8:15 p.m. on Feb. 22, according to police.

The victim was on the sidewalk when the three men walked up. After one of the men asked to see the phone, she tossed it near the street. The man then attempted to go through her coat pockets, but the victim ran west on Randolph.

One of the men picked up the phone and then all three fled northbound to an alley, according to police.

No injuries were reported and police report that a weapon was not displayed during the robbery.

The victim said the men were black, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9, weighed between 130 and 150 pounds and wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts and dark pants. One wore a mask covering the lower portion of his face.


  • A residence in the 500 block of North Euclid was burglarized sometime between 11 p.m. on Feb. 23 and 8 a.m. on Feb. 24. The offenders entered the residence through an unlocked side or rear door and stole a purse containing a wallet, keys and cash. The burglar also stole a men’s wallet from the residence. The estimated loss is $1,125.
  • A residence was burglarized in the 100 block of South Maple Avenue sometime between 8 a.m. and 8:16 p.m. on Feb. 16. The burglar entered through an unlocked window and stole a Lenovo laptop computer and cash. The estimated loss is $785.

Criminal damage

  • Someone punctured the rear tires to a victim’s two vehicles in the 1200 block of North Harlem Avenue sometime between 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 and 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 11. The estimated damage is $400.
  • Someone shattered a storefront window with a brick in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard at 4:33 a.m. on Feb. 18. The offender did not gain entry to the store. The estimated damage is $800.

Aggravated assault

Derrick Barnes, 37, of the 5900 block of W. Ohio in Chicago, was arrested in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue at 11:17 p.m. on Feb. 16 and charged with aggravated assault.

Resisting a peace officer

Harold Barnes, 18, of the 100 block of South Humphrey in Oak Park, was arrested at 1128 Lake Street at 10:47 p.m. on Feb. 16, and charged with resisting a peace officer.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Feb. 10-24, 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 Timothy Inklebarger

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