The 7-Eleven located at 661 South Blvd. was robbed in the early morning hours of Nov. 16. A white man walked into the convenience store brandishing a knife about 6 a.m. that day and demanded the cash register be opened. As the victim fled the scene, the man removed lottery tickets. The loss was unknown at the time of reporting.
Police reports describe the man as white, about 5-feet-7 and wearing dark clothing with a blue surgical mask.
Attempted armed robbery
A man approached the glass counter of BP gas station, 520 S. Austin Blvd., showed a black and gray semi-automatic handgun and demanded money about 12:25 a.m., Nov. 19; the victim refused and called the police, as the man fled the store without taking anything. Police reports describe the man as Black, 160 lbs., 5-feet-10. He was last seen wearing a blue surgical mask, a green and black Nike winter jacket, black jeans and gray shoes.
An Oak Park resident was approached by a man who asked for money around 4:30 p.m., Nov. 18 in the 1100 block of South Oak Park Avenue. When the resident refused to hand money over, the man lunged at him with a knife, causing minor injury. Police reports describe the man as Black, thin, 6-feet-1-inches tall, wearing a black hoodie with black pants and a black mask. No loss reported.
A woman was beaten up and her vehicle taken by four juveniles about 11 p.m., Nov. 19 in the 700 block of North Boulevard. The woman was sitting in her car when she was approached by a teenage girl who asked to use her phone; when the woman handed it over, the girl walked away. When the woman tried to retrieve the phone, three juvenile boys demanded her car keys. When she refused to hand them over, the boys struck her multiple times and took her wallet and keys from her coat pocket. All four juveniles drove off in her vehicle. The reported loss is $10,150.
Attempted vehicular hijacking
A woman driving a red Jeep Cherokee rear-ended a Chicago man’s vehicle about 8 a.m., Nov. 21; as he got out to check the damage, the woman hopped into the man’s vehicle and attempted to drive away but the man pulled her out of his vehicle in the 600 block of Woodbine Avenue. The woman fled the scene in the red Jeep, which was occupied by another person.
Someone broke into the laundry room of an apartment building and removed five bicycles and a coin machine containing cash between 5:10 a.m. and 6:06 a.m., Nov. 14 in the 300 block of South Oak Park Avenue. The estimated loss is unknown.
Motor vehicle theft
A 2003 Honda Civic was removed from the first block of Chicago Street between noon and 8:30 p.m.
Unsecured aluminum pieces were removed from a worksite in the 700 block of Madison Street between 4:15 p.m., Nov. 11 and 8 a.m., Nov. 16. Estimated loss is $5,000.
Someone removed a package from the front porch of a residence in the 700 block of North Taylor Avenue between 1 a.m. and 9 p.m., Nov. 17. The estimated loss is $1,500.
A witness observed two men taking an orange Stihl concrete saw from the 1200 block of North Ridgeland Avenue at 11:23 a.m., Nov. 18. The estimated loss is $1,000.
Two men used counterfeit money to purchase two Xbox Series X gaming consoles from an Oak Park resident during a transaction that occurred in the 500 block of South Taylor Avenue at 12:20 p.m., Nov. 19. Estimated loss is $1,400.
Criminal damage to property
Someone shattered the rear windshield of a vehicle parked in the 900 block of South Elmwood Ave at 2:22 p.m., Nov. 16. The estimated damage is $300.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Nov. 16- 23 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