Two incidents of shoplifting, which took place in the 400 block of North Harlem Avenue just hours apart, resulted in a total estimated loss of $1,370 in women’s and children’s clothing.

The first incident took place at 10:20 a.m., when three women entered a retail shop and stole an estimated $700 in women’s jeans and children’s clothing. They exited the shop and left in a silver vehicle that headed westbound on Westgate then northbound on Harlem.

A shop in the same block (police did not specify if it was the same store) was the target of a female shoplifter on the same day. The thief made off with an estimated $670 worth of toddlers’ clothing sometime between 5:30 and 6:46 p.m.

The police report noted that the offender left eastbound through the parking lot of clothing retailer Old Navy, but did not say if she was in a vehicle or on foot.


  • Someone stole the license plate from an Oak Park resident’s vehicle parked in the 100 block of Washington Boulevard, sometime between 8 p.m. on Feb. 23 and 10:54 a.m. on Feb. 28. The estimated loss is $26.
  • A Berwyn resident was the victim of theft at a store in the 6200 block of Roosevelt Road at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 28. The thief took the victim’s black Samsung Galaxy S2 from the victim’s shopping cart. The estimated loss is $180.
  • A business in the 1100 block of Lake Street was the victim of shoplifting at 8:11 a.m. on Feb. 25. The offender used a cutting tool to cut the cable on a security device for a Galaxy Samsung S9 cellphone on display in a store. The offender left the establishment, entered a dark green Pontiac sedan, and departed. The estimated loss is $850.


An Oak Park resident was the victim of battery in the 6900 block of North Avenue at 7 a.m. on Feb. 28. The offender struck the victim on the upper right arm. No additional information was provided.

Criminal damage

  • A butterfly chair, which police described as an art object, was damaged in the 700 block of Van Buren, sometime between midnight on Feb. 24 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 27. The estimated damage is $2,500.
  • A projectile was used to damage the hood of a 2014 Toyota RAV4 in the 200 block of South Lombard, sometime between noon on Feb. 26 and noon on Feb. 27. The estimated loss due to damage is $1,400.

Failure to report accident

A 50-year-old man from the 1800 block of South 22nd Avenue, Maywood, was arrested at 6:06 p.m. on Feb. 26 and charged with failure to report an accident with injury from an incident that took place on Nov. 29 in the area of 900 Garfield Street. No additional information was provided.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Feb. 25-March 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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