A residence was burglarized in the 500 block of South Taylor Avenue in Oak Park sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 and 5:48 a.m. on Aug. 24. 

The offender gained entry through an unlocked second-story window and then stole a PlayStation 4, a MacBook Air laptop and a wallet containing cash, credit cards and a key to the victim’s vehicle. 

The offender then entered the garage through an unlocked side service door and stole the victim’s vehicle. The make and model of the vehicle were not given. The estimated loss is $75,000.

The construction site for the new residential development near the corner of Harlem and South Boulevard was burglarized sometime between 11:05 p.m. on Aug. 23 and 6:54 a.m. on Aug. 24. The offender gained entry to the site and stole 13 rolls of electrical wire. The loss is estimated at $3,400.

Leon Dukes, 32, of Oak Park, was arrested in the 100 block of Jackson Boulevard at 2:48 a.m. on Aug. 26 and charged with burglary and possession of stolen property. 

A vehicle was burglarized in the 500 block of Fair Oaks Avenue at 1 a.m. on Aug. 21. The offender gained entry to the vehicle through an unlocked front driver’s side door and removed a red Lockback knife with a built-in seatbelt cutter. The estimated loss is $20.

A common storage area was burglarized in the 100 block of South Maple Avenue sometime between 8 a.m. on Aug. 20 and 4:50 p.m. on Aug. 21. The offender used a pry tool to damage 12 storage lockers. The offender then stole two Sony flat screen televisions from one of the lockers. The estimated loss is $2,300.


An unattended Adidas backpack was stolen from a Scoville Park bench in the 800 block of Lake Street sometime between 4:45 and 5 p.m. on Aug. 24. The backpack contained cash and notebooks. The estimated loss is $130.

An unattended fanny pack containing a credit card, a passport, keys, cash and a health card was stolen from the 100 block of Lake Street at 7:32 a.m. on Aug. 25. A male in his late teens, who was accompanied by three or four others, was identified by police as the offender. The estimated loss is $70.

A Burbank resident’s vehicle was stolen from the rear parking area in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue sometime between 8 p.m. on Aug. 25 and 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 26. The vehicle was recovered in Westmont at 5:20 a.m. on Aug. 26.

A man between the ages of 25 and 30 stole several packages of Nicorette gum from a business in the 1100 block of Lake Street at 2:22 p.m. on Aug. 26. He was described as wearing a light colored T-shirt, black shorts and shoes and carrying a large dark green duffle bag. The estimated loss was $348.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Aug. 20-26 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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