An Oak Park resident was held at gunpoint during an armed robbery that lasted about 20 minutes in the 300 block of South Elmwood Avenue on Dec. 23. The victim was walking northbound on Elmwood Avenue at 9:45 p.m., Dec. 23, when he was approached from behind by two male offenders. The first offender pulled out a handgun and demanded all of the victim’s property, while the second offender reached inside the victim’s pockets and took his keys, a black cell phone and a black leather wallet.

The two offenders forced the victim to walk to an unknown location and then took turns using the victim’s Chase debit card to withdraw money, while the other watched the victim. The victim was allowed to leave at 10:05 p.m. The total estimated loss is $3,500.

The two offenders are described as Black male teens, both between 5 feet 10 and 6 feet tall. The first was last seen wearing a black hat, black face mask, orange and purple New Balance tennis shoes with black pants and a red hoody with black stripes on the sleeves. The second offender was last seen wearing a black face mask, black hat and black coat with a white tag on the zipper.

Armed robbery

  • True Discount, 1155 Garfield St., was robbed at 7:03 p.m., Dec. 21 after a man entered into the business and began grabbing items on display; he then walked behind the counter, opened cash registers, and pointed a black and silver handgun at the victim before taking cash from the registers. He fled on foot eastbound on Garfield Street where he was picked up in a waiting tan minivan occupied by other people. The van drove off southbound on Maple Avenue. The loss is estimated at $1,500.


  • Someone shattered the glass front door to Wheel & Sprocket bike shop, 1118 Westgate St., then took a Super73 electronic bicycle and an ABUS bicycle lock from inside the business at about 6:07 a.m., Dec. 24.
  • Someone entered a residential garage via an unlocked side service door, ransacked the interior and removed several collectable toys and shoes between 10 p.m., Dec. 15 and 4 p.m., Dec. 19 in the 1100 block of South Lombard Avenue. The estimated loss is $3,000.


  • An L.L. Bean package and a Yoto package were removed from a front porch in the 1100 block of South Lombard Avenue between 3 p.m., Dec. 16 and 8:06 a.m., Dec. 20. The estimated loss is $247.
  • The catalytic converter was cut from a black 2007 Honda CR-V parked in the 400 block of Home Avenue between 3 p.m., Dec. 13 and 9 a.m., Dec. 16.
  • Two offenders were captured via security camera removing the catalytic converter from a silver 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport parked in the 1100 block of North Humphrey Avenue at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 20.
  • Two packages were removed from a front porch in the 1100 block of North Marion Street between 3:45 p.m. and 4:14 p.m., Dec. 17. The packages contained a black Kate Spade wallet, a black Kate Spade coin purse, one blue Tommy Bahama sweatshirt and one red Tommy Bahama sweatshirt. The estimated loss is $290.
  • Someone took a package containing 48 bottles of Kate Farms Pediatric Peptide 1.0 medical formula from an open foyer of a building in the 100 block of West Washington Boulevard at about 4 p.m., Dec. 21.
  • The catalytic converter was removed from a Toyota Prius parked in the intersection of Lake Street and Scoville Avenue between 1:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., Dec. 21.  

Criminal property damage

  • An unknown male subject threw a brick at the drive-thru window of the Wendy’s at 11 N. Harlem Ave., breaking the window, after becoming angry when an employee refused to take his order as he was on foot in the drive-thru. The total estimated damage is $1,000.
  • Someone shot five rounds at a blue Mazda CX-5, shattering its rear windshield, while it was unoccupied and parked in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard at 10:46 p.m., Dec. 26. The estimated damage is $700. A second victim heard the shots and a glass window break, then saw the single-pane storm window on the southside of his building was broken. Shell casings were found by the Oak Park Police Department, which is investigating the incident.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports through Dec. 21 to Dec. 28 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.

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