Three men and an unknown fourth person robbed a UPS delivery driver at 1:21 p.m., Aug. 21 in the 1100 block of Highland Avenue. The offenders, at least one of them armed, approached and ordered the victim to get on the ground. Two of the offenders then removed packages from the UPS vehicle. The offenders fled the scene in a silver Kia.

Chicago police arrested one of the offenders later that day. Darius Young, 24, of Berwyn was arrested for the robbery at 6:50 p.m. in the 5200 block of West Polk Street in Chicago. Chicago police turned Young over to Oak Park police for further prosecution. 

Police described two of the offenders as Black and of average height. The first was wearing a face mask, dark hooded sweatshirt and light-colored jeans. The second offender was described as being of medium build and wearing dark blue sweatpants with white stripes, a royal blue hooded sweatshirt and a facemask. 

Police described the third offender as Black, taller and of heavier build, wearing a facemask, dark blue sweatpants with white stripes and a dark blue hooded sweatshirt.

 

Armed robbery

A man carrying a firearm approached two people and demanded their property on Aug. 20 in the 1150 block of South Euclid Avenue, Oak Park. The offenders reportedly stole $20 from both victims and fled in a dark vehicle driven by an unknown person. 

A man displaying a handgun approached a man at 9:27 p.m. on Aug. 20 in the 1150 block of Home Avenue, demanded his property and then reached into the victim’s pocket and took his gray Apple iPhone 11 Pro. A total estimated loss of $1,000.

 

Vehicular hijacking

A person brandishing a firearm approached a man at 9:40 p.m. on Aug. 20 in the 1100 block of Lyman Avenue, demanded his property and then took his wallet and the key fob to his 2011 Mercedes E350. The offender fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. The estimated loss is $20,520.

The vehicle was later recovered by Chicago police in the 5200 block of West Polk Street in Chicago.

Two offenders approached a woman in her vehicle at 1:41 p.m. on Aug. 21 in the 1200 block of North Lombard Avenue and demanded she exit the vehicle, as a man pointed a firearm at her. The two offenders then entered the victim’s black 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan and were last seen driving east on North Avenue.

Burglary

Someone entered an unlocked vehicle at 5:27 a.m. on Aug. 19 in the 7100 block of Roosevelt Road and took miscellaneous items and a brown Louis Vuitton wallet that contained two silver bracelets. The estimated loss is $2,700.

Someone entered a residence through an unlocked front door between 1 and 6 a.m. on Aug. 23 in the 1000 block of Wesley Avenue and took the keys to a vehicle, a black bag containing a Surface laptop and a Lenovo laptop and a purse containing wallet, cash and cards. The estimated loss is $1,700.

 

Motor vehicle theft

Someone took a red 2003 Dodge Caravan parked in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard between 2 p.m. on Aug. 15 and 8 a.m. on Aug. 17. Chicago police recovered the vehicle on the night of Aug. 18 in the 1600 block of South Kedvale Avenue.

 

Theft

Someone took a delivered package containing various items of Ricchezza clothing from the secured vestibule of a building in the 1000 block of North Boulevard between 9:17 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 17. The estimated loss is $970.

 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Aug. 17-24 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 Stacey Sheridan

Student injured in hit-and-run

An Oak Park and River Forest High School student was injured in a hit-and-run at around 2:44 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 16 at 746 S. Ridgeland Ave. The Oak Park Police Department is investigating the incident but were unable to provide further details due to the victim's status as a minor.

The student and the student's father declined to speak with Wednesday Journal, but according to a GoFundMe account set up to help pay the student's medical bills, the student's ankles were broken and suffered a head injury with a concussion as a result of the accident.

To preserve the victim's privacy, Wednesday Journal has opted not to publish a link to the GoFundMe page, which was started by a fellow OPRF student who also declined to speak on the record.

Stacey Sheridan

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