Three armed robberies, including one at a bank, took place in Oak Park over a five-day time period. 

The first occurred Feb. 19 at 10:20 a.m. when two men got out of a tan vehicle and approached the victim in the 1100 block of Home Avenue. 

One of them showed a silver handgun and demanded the victim’s property, while the other took the victim’s Samsung cell phone, wallet and a purple and gold hat from the victim’s coat pocket. The two men fled in the tan vehicle driven by a young woman. 

Police describe the men as being black, about 140 lbs. and approximately 19 to 20 years old. The man with the gun a had a tattoo on his right hand, was dark skinned and was about 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded jacket with red stripes on the sleeves and a black mask. The other man was about 5 feet 10 inches, light skinned and last seen wearing a black hat, black jacket and tan pants. Police estimate the victim’s loss as $525.

PNC Bank, 6621 North Ave., was robbed by a gun-toting man Feb. 21. at 4:32 p.m. The man showed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money, then fled from the scene with $2,200 in cash. The entire incident lasted two minutes.

According to the police description, the man is black, of thin build and around 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall.  He was last seen wearing light blue jeans, a black Nike hooded sweatshirt and a black skull cap. 

The third armed robbery happened Feb. 23 at 7-Eleven, 661 South Blvd., when two men with covered faces entered the business. One showed a silver handgun and demanded money. The two men fled with $500 in cash.

Police describe the man with the gun as being black, 5 feet 6 inches tall, of thin build and wearing a black scarf over his mouth and nose, a tan winter jacket with the hood up, dark jeans, white gym shoes, a red glove on his right hand and a gray glove on his left. The second man is described as black, 6 feet tall and thin. He wore a black ski mask, black winter jacket, white and black tennis shoes, black jeans and black gloves.

Strong arm robbery

While on the train, a teenage boy grabbed a clear and gray Apple iPhone 11, 64G out of the victim’s hands then fled the compartment with two other teenage boys; after following them, the victim was struck and pushed to the ground by the third teenage boy in the 300 block of South Boulevard Feb. 16 between 2:10 and 2:15 p.m. The estimated loss is $920.

Burglary

Someone pried open an Oak Park resident’s overhead garage door and removed two RYOBI power tool batteries, a RYOBI air compressor, RYOBI circular saw and cash from the unlocked vehicle parked in the garage between 7 p.m. Feb. 15 and 7 a.m. Feb. 16 in the 500 block of Clarence Avenue. 

A person forced open a kitchen window and then removed W-2 documents, a jar containing $30 in change, a Nintendo NES Classic Edition entertainment system, a Nintendo SNES Classic Edition entertainment system, a Nintendo Switch gaming system containing a Mario Kart videogame, two bottles of liquor and four gold rings between 6:50 a.m. and 12:55 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard.

Someone entered an Oak Park residence through an unlocked kitchen window and stole a brown Louis Vuitton purse, brown Louis Vuitton wallet (containing multiple debit and credit cards), house keys, a black Apple iPhone 6 and vehicle keys, then entered the detached garage through an unlocked door and removed the victim’s vehicle between 9:15 p.m. Feb. 18 and 6 a.m. Feb. 19 in the 700 block of Gunderson Avenue. 

Police later recovered the vehicle in the 3100 block of South Rhodes Avenue, Chicago. The estimated loss is $17,800.

Criminal damage to property

Someone slashed all four tires of the victim’s vehicle between 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and 7:30 a.m. Feb. 18 in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue. The estimated damage is $800.

Recovered stolen vehicle

Police recovered a Toyota Camry reported stolen at 10:44 p.m. Feb. 17 in the 3500 block of West Fifth Avenue, Chicago. The vehicle was reported stolen earlier that day from the 600 block of Garfield Street. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Feb. 17 to Feb. 24, 2020 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.

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