June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, but rainbow flags have been ripped from flagpoles outside three Oak Park homes, two of which happened in the 300 block of South Taylor Avenue within roughly the same timeframe. 

The first reported incident was captured on video surveillance; an unknown person was recorded damaging the rainbow flag outside a home at 4:48 a.m., June 5. The second occurred sometime between 11 p.m., June 4 and 7 a.m., June 5, when someone removed another home’s rainbow flag and bent the flagpole attached to the front porch.

The rainbow flag outside a home in the 200 block of South Ridgeland Avenue was targeted in the early morning of June 5 as well. At 4:35 a.m., an unknown person was observed via Ring video surveillance walking up to the front porch of the home and forcibly ripping down the 3-by-5-foot Pride flag that was hanging outside. 

Aggravated assault

A man with a knife approached someone seated in the passenger side of a vehicle and attempted to strike the victim through the window at 10:55 a.m., June 2 in the 100 block of Madison Street. The offender then damaged the passenger side of the vehicle.


Someone stole a cellphone from the center console of a 2017 Ford Escape left unlocked and running in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue between 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., May 27. The estimated loss is $1,050.

  • Someone took a Trek bicycle out of an open garage in the 200 block of Marion Street between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., May 30. 
  • A Trek bicycle was taken from a garage. The door was pried open between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., May 30, in the 200 block of South Taylor Avenue.
  • A lawnmower was taken from an unlocked garage in the 500 block of North Cuyler Avenue between 5 p.m., May 30 and 11:16 a.m., June 1. The estimated loss is $650.

Motor vehicle theft

A 2016 Buick Encore was removed from the 6100 block of West North Avenue between 12:55 and 1 p.m., May 31. Estimated loss is $30,000. Maywood police recovered the vehicle early the next morning in the 100 block of 14th Avenue in Maywood at 1:59 a.m.

  • Someone used a key fob to remove a 2014 Hyundai Sonata between 11 p.m., June 6 and 1:16 a.m., June 7 in the 700 block of South Maple Avenue. The estimated loss is $7,500.


Someone cut the catalytic converter from a 2005 Toyota Prius in the 1200 block of Edmer Avenue between noon, May 24 and 7 p.m., May 26.

  • After breaking its security lock, someone removed a bicycle from the 200 block of Chicago Avenue between 3 p.m., May 29 and 9 a.m., May 30. The estimated loss is $1,500.
  • The catalytic converter was cut from a Toyota Prius parked in the rear driveway of a residence in the 200 block of Randolph Street around 5:47 a.m., June 3.
  • A package containing a Graco Pack ’n’ Play was taken from the front porch of a residence in the 1000 block of Linden Avenue about 6:30 p.m., June 2. The estimated loss is $75.

Criminal property damage

Someone threw two bricks into the windows of a residence in the 300 block of South Ridgeland Avenue between 4:57 and 5:01 a.m., May 31. The estimated damage is $300.

  • A concrete picnic bench belonging to the Park District of Oak Park was damaged between 7 p.m., June 1 and 7:30 a.m., June 2 at 167 Forest Ave. The estimated damage is $1,000.
  • The rear window, front windshield and both side mirrors of a vehicle were broken between 10:30 a.m., May 27 and 4 p.m., May 28 in the 500 block of North Humphrey Avenue. The estimated damage is $2,000. 
  • Someone shattered the front and rear windshields of a Chevy Malibu and scratched its driver and passenger side windows between 1:30 and 7:19 a.m., June 3 in the first block of Iowa Street. The estimated damage is $1,000.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports May 29-June 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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