The Dollar Tree, 922 Madison St., was robbed at 8:52 p.m., Feb. 4 when a man entered the discount store and got in line under the pretense of purchasing an item. When the cashier opened the register, the offender pulled out a gun and directed the cashier to put money in a plastic bag.

The offender then told the cashier to walk into the manager’s office. He then pulled the gun out again and demanded the manager put more money in the bag. The offender told the cashier and manager to stay in the office then closed the door, left the store and was last seen traveling westbound on Madison Street. The total loss is unknown.

Police reports describe the offender as a Black male of medium build, in his 30s and about 5-feet-10 to 6-feet tall. He was last seen wearing a black mask, black pants and a black coat with a hole in the back. Underneath the coat, he wore a green hoodie.

Armed robbery

  • A CTA passenger was robbed while traveling on the Green Line westbound from Austin after he denied the offender’s request for money at 8:35 p.m., Feb. 6. When the victim refused to hand over cash, the offender showed the victim the handle of a handgun in his waistband and attempted to remove the victim’s bookbag. The offender managed to get cash out of the victim’s pocket after the two began to wrestle. He pushed the victim’s head in the seat multiple times, then got off the train at Oak Park Avenue and fled in an unknown direction. The estimated loss is $100.

Attempted armed robbery

  • A man armed with a black semi-automatic handgun approached a Chicago resident from behind and grabbed the victim’s backpack straps; when the victim refused to let go of the backpack, the offender hit the victim in the head with the handgun at 11:22 a.m., Feb. 5 in the 200 block of Lake Street. When the offender was unable to get the backpack, he fled towards Harvey Street. No loss was reported.

Aggravated discharge of firearm

  • Someone discharged six or seven rounds of gunfire from the front of a building, damaging the victim’s daughter’s bedroom window at 2:10 a.m., Feb. 2 in the 1000 block of Washington Boulevard. No injuries were reported. Oak Park police are investigating the incident.

Reckless discharge of firearm

  • While walking, a witness saw an unknown subject fire shots from inside an older model green Volkswagen at 12:50 a.m., Feb. 6 in the 500 block of Lyman Avenue. The witness fled on foot and the offender drove away in an unknown direction.

Aggravated discharge of firearm arrest

  • A Chicago man, 41,  was arrested by the Oak Park Police Department for having an active original warrant of aggravated discharge of a firearm at 11:05 a.m., Feb. 4, after Oak Park detectives’ investigation identified him as the offender who exited a vehicle in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard and shot a handgun on Dec. 17. He was transported to the police station, processed and held for bond.


  • Someone broke into a Jeep Cherokee, then ransacked its interior and removed a RIDGID circular saw, a first aid kit, an AC power adapter and the vehicle’s owner manual between 9:30 p.m., Feb. 2 and 8:30 a.m., Feb 3 in the 100 block of South Taylor Avenue. The estimated loss is $290.

Motor vehicle theft

  • A maroon 2016 Honda Accord was removed between 1 a.m. and 8:46 a.m., Feb. 4 in the 1000 block of South Lombard possibly using the vehicle keys as the victim lost them while sledding. The estimated loss is $16,200.

Recovered stolen vehicle

  • The silver 2004 Lexus RX330 reported stolen from the 200 block of South Oak Park Avenue Jan. 21 was recovered without apprehension in Indianapolis, Indiana by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department at 11:11 p.m., Feb. 2.


  • The catalytic converter was removed from a silver 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander that was parked in the 200 block of Lake Street between 1 p.m. and 1:20 p.m., Feb. 1.
  • A Wayfair package containing 12 glass baking dishes was taken from a residence in the 1000 block of Susan Collins Lane between noon, Jan. 28 and noon, Jan. 29. The estimated loss is $108.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports through Feb. 1 to Feb. 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.

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