Thomas R. Reed, 28, of Oak Park, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and drunken driving after he was stopped by police in the 400 block of Chicago Avenue at 5:40 a.m. on March 7.

According to police, Reed was found to be in possession of a firearm that had been reported stolen out of south suburban Hazel Crest. He also appeared intoxicated, police reported, and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • Oak Park police charged a juvenile from Hillside with unlawful use of a weapon after he was found to be in possession of a firearm on March 5 at 10:39 p.m. in the 400 block of Home Avenue.

Police provided no details regarding why they detained the juvenile.


An unknown man wearing a ski mask confronted an Oak Park woman in the vestibule of a building in the 800 block of Washington Boulevard on March 6 at about 8:25 p.m. and forcefully removed her purse before fleeing on foot.

Juveniles charged with carjacking

Two juveniles from Chicago, whose ages were not given by police, were arrested and charged with vehicular hijacking on March 6 at 7:37 p.m. in the 100 block of Madison Street.

The police activity report provided by the Oak Park Police Department stated that the two suspects approached a Niles resident, struck him and then took his vehicle. It is not clear from the information provided by police whether the carjacking occurred at the time and place of the arrest or if the incident occurred at some time in the past and at some other location.

Wendy’s employee struck

Oak Park police charged a 25-year-old Cicero man with battery and criminal damage to property after he allegedly struck an employee and damaged property at Wendy’s, 11 N. Harlem Ave., on March 6 about 9:30 a.m.


Someone entered a residence through an unlocked window in the 700 block of South Cuyler Avenue during the overnight hours of Feb. 24-25, ransacked the kitchen and removed a wallet, Apple iPad and vehicle keys. The offender then entered the victim’s garage and removed a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was later recovered in Chicago. The estimated loss is $2,650.

  • Someone entered an unlocked and vacant residence, under construction, in the 1100 block of south Oak Park Avenue and removed copper piping during the overnight hours of March 1-2.

Police also reported that someone tried but failed to force open the rear door of another residence in the 1100 block of south Oak Park Avenue overnight on March 2-3. No damage or loss was reported.

  • A resident of the 900 block of Clinton Avenue called police to report that someone broke into their vehicle overnight on March 2-3, ransacked the interior and took two keys from inside, then opened the trunk and removed a portable car battery charger, a car jack and a pair of jumper cables.


Someone cut the catalytic converter from a 2009 Toyota hatchback parked in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue sometime between 3:50 p.m. on Feb. 26 and 5 p.m. on March 1. The estimated loss is $3,515.

  • Police reported that the catalytic converter was cut from a 2005 Honda CRV parked in the first block of South Boulevard during the overnight hours of March 3-4.
  • A white Trek bicycle with green lettering and a front and back light was taken after someone broke the lock securing it to a fence in the 200 block of North Euclid Avenue between 12:50 and 5:30 p.m. on Mach 3. The estimated loss is $300.
  • Someone took FedEx packages containing an Erica Synths Pico System III audio synthesizer, a Cre8audio eurorack, a 10-foot Roland Musical instrument digital interface cable, a 10-foot Pro Co TS to TS cable and a Black Market Monomult splitter cable that had been delivered to a residence in the 1000 block of Wesley Avenue between 1:10 and 1:30 p.m. on March 4. The estimated loss is $787.

Criminal damage to property

Someone damaged the south-side door and frame to a storage unit at a building in the 200 block of South Maple Avenue between 12:01 a.m., Feb. 14 and 5:34 p.m., March 2.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Feb. 24-March 7 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

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