Rideshare drivers have become something of a target for carjackers in Oak Park as of late, with Wednesday Journal reporting two separate occurrences in last week’s print edition. A third incident occurred in the village on Aug. 23 when an Uber driver was confronted by an armed carjacker posing as a passenger.

The driver, a Berwyn resident, picked up the offender in the 100 block of South Lombard Avenue at 6:03 p.m. that evening. The offender confronted the driver with a black gun and demanded the driver exit his white 2018 Nissan Rogue. 

Upon the victim exiting the car, the offender drove off in the vehicle, inside of which sat the victim’s wallet, Samsung cell phone and gray Apple iPad. The loss is estimated at $38,530.

The vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on Pleasant Street from Lombard Avenue.

 Discharge of a firearm

Police received numerous reports from callers who heard five to seven gunshots in the vicinity of the 400 block of South Taylor Avenue at 12:31 a.m., Aug. 27. Responding officers found six shell casings in the alley behind the block. Officers located no damage or victims.


Someone broke into a 2014 Buick LaCrosse and removed from inside the vehicle a blue tote bag, containing a black SIG SAUER P365 9-millimeter handgun, Illinois driver’s license and credit cards, between 8:45 p.m., Aug. 25 and 6:30 a.m., Aug. 26 in the 300 block of North Austin Boulevard. The estimated loss is $600.

Someone broke into a residential garage with an unlocked side service door and removed a DEWALT Sawzall, Tacklife circular hand saw, BOSCH orbital sander and a RYOBI hand sander between 11:30 p.m., Aug. 23 and 9 a.m., Aug. 24 in the 900 block of South Lombard Avenue. Estimated loss is $500.

Someone broke into a residential garage with an unlocked side service door and removed an electric Kobalt lawnmower, snowblower, weedwhacker and leaf blower with Kobalt batteries and charging stations, as well as a Dremel circular saw and a miter saw between 10 p.m., Aug. 22 and 2:46 p.m., Aug. 24 in the 900 block of Mapleton Avenue. The estimated loss is $1,675.

Someone used a garage remote left in an unlocked car to open a residential garage then removed a time trial racing bicycle, RIGID compound miter saw, a PORTER-CABLE saw, and a Craftsman circular saw from the garage between 7 p.m., Aug. 23 and 4:40 p.m., Aug. 24 in the 700 block of North Lombard Avenue.


The catalytic converter of a black 2008 Honda CRV was cut while the vehicle was parked in the 700 block of Hayes Avenue between 11:30 p.m., Aug. 22 and 8 a.m., Aug. 23. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Aug. 23 through Aug. 27 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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