An Oak Park man was the victim of theft in the 400 block of Lake Street about 3:55 p.m. on Sept. 24. The offender approached the victim asking to use his cellphone. The victim handed over his cellphone, and the offender took his Beats headphones and Ventra card. The estimated loss is $450. 

Armed robbery

An Oak Park man was robbed in the 100 block of Harvard Street at 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 27. The offender placed a hard object against the victim’s back and demanded his wallet, which contained $50 and credit cards. The offender then removed the victim’s gold 28-inch Cuban chain from his neck and fled eastbound. The estimated loss is $1,590. The offender was described as between the ages of 30 and 35, 6-feet tall with a thin build and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, a dark Yankees hat and dark pants.  

A man wearing a black ski mask over the lower part of his face, standing about 5-foot-11 and brandishing a black handgun approached a Chicago man in the 6000 block of North Avenue at 9:35 p.m. on Sept. 28 and demanded money. The victim drove away leaving his ATM card in the ATM machine. He learned later that $400 had been taken from his account.  

Two Chicago residents were robbed at gunpoint in the 300 block of North Taylor about 8:43 p.m. on Sept. 27. Two young men pulled up in a brown or bronze Chevrolet as the victims were walking. The two offenders, brandishing handguns, exited the vehicle and approached the victims. One of the victims handed over his wallet and one of the offenders struck the victim. The other victim handed over cash. The two then fled northbound in the vehicle. Both offenders were described as 18 to 20 years old with slims builds. One was 5-foot-10 with a mini-afro and wearing a black and white hooded sweatshirt with a Nike logo on the chest and black pants. The other offender had shoulder-length dreadlocks and wore a light-gray jogging suit. 

A Chicago woman was robbed on the CTA Green Line in the 400 block of South Boulevard at 7:21 p.m. on Sept. 27. The offender, described as around 35 years old repeatedly asked the victim for money and then reached inside the victim’s jacket pocket and took $15 and a pack of cigarettes. She then struck the victim several times and pushed her to the ground. The offender was last seen headed southbound on foot. The estimated loss is $26. The offender was described as 5-foot-5 with a heavy build and wearing a black sweatshirt and multi-colored pants.

Theft

An Oak Park man was the victim of theft in the 200 block of South Ridgeland about 9:15 a.m. on Sept. 26. The man was approached by a male in his late teens, who asked several questions and then took the victim’s iPhone from his hand. The offender then fled on foot. The estimated loss is $1,000. The offender was described as 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 with an athletic build, short twisted dreadlocks and wearing a white T-shirt and white pants.

Someone stole an estimated $12,000 worth of jewelry in the 900 block of North Marion Street, sometime between noon on Aug. 26 and noon on Aug. 29. No details were given about the crime, but police noted that the thief took a gold bridal set of jewelry, including an engagement/wedding rings, a yellow-gold anniversary ring with diamonds, and two gold tennis bracelets. 

A gray 2018 Audi A3, reported stolen on Aug. 23 from the 500 block of South Taylor, was recovered by Chicago police in the 5600 block of West Adams, Chicago, at 11:18 p.m. on Sept. 25. No arrests were made.

Burglary

A residence was burglarized in the 700 block of North Harvey sometime between noon and 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 30. The burglar gained entry by use of a pry tool to the basement window. Once inside, an envelope containing cash and a set of keys were stolen. The estimated loss is $500. 

A residence was burglarized in the 200 block of Clinton, sometime between 5:30 and 9 p.m. on Sept. 30. The burglar entered through an unlocked rear door and stole a Macbook Pro valued at $2,600.

A residence was burglarized in the 600 block of South Humphrey sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 5:45 a.m. on Sept. 27. The burglar entered through an unlocked window and stole the following: two iPhones; two wallets with cash and cards; a Macbook Air; a jar of cash; keys; and a garage remote. They then used the keys to steal the victim’s 2015 Jeep Cherokee, which was recovered by Chicago police in the 100 block of North Central Park at 6:49 p.m. the same day. No arrests were made. The estimated loss is $28,000.

The driver of a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox caught a young man, roughly 19 or 20 years old, burglarizing a vehicle at 10:52 a.m. on Sept. 27 in the 800 block of South Humphrey. The burglar fled the scene and dropped several stolen items. He was described as 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 with short hair, a thin build and wearing a black jeans and a black and red hooded sweater with cartoon character logos. No loss was reported.

A garage was burglarized in the 700 block of Fair Oaks, sometime between 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 and 8:48 a.m. on Sept. 26. The burglar entered through an unlocked door and then burglarized a 2015 Jeep Wrangler, taking a pair of sunglasses and also stealing three bicycles. The estimated loss is $2,500. 

A garage was burglarized in the 1100 block of Hayes, sometime between 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 8:10 a.m. on Sept. 26. The burglar entered through an unlocked side service door and then ransacked a 2007 Mercedes, taking two bags of miscellaneous hand tools. The estimated loss is $292.

A 2014 Ford Focus was burglarized in the 900 block of South Humphrey sometime between 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 24 and 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 26. The burglar took cash, a gas card and a black bag with a Dell laptop computer. The estimated loss is $510.

A Toyota Sienna was burglarized in the 400 block of Greenfield Street about 2:41 p.m. on Sept. 26. The burglar stole a Lincoln electric 140HD wire feed welder, then fled southbound on Ridgeland Avenue in a red Honda Civic. The estimated loss is $524. The offender was described as a male between the ages of 25 and 30. He was 5-foot-6 with a stocky build and wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt with orange inside the hood, black shoes with white soles and a red hat. 

A male juvenile from Chicago was arrested in the 5500 block of West Grand in Chicago at 9:27 a.m. on Sept. 25 and charged with a burglary that took place in the 500 block of North Humphrey on July 5.

Arion McNeary, 19, of the 100 block of North Hamlin, Chicago, was arrested in the 5500 block of West Grand Avenue at 9:27 a.m. on Sept. 25 and charged with a burglary that took place in 100 block of North Humphrey on Aug. 15, 2017 and a burglary that took place in the 200 block of Washington on Aug. 17, 2017.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Sept. 24-Oct. 1, 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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