A CTA passenger was caught on video surveillance damaging government-supported property while traveling on the Green Line. The man boarded the train at Harlem at 11:30 p.m., Feb. 26, then began to kick the train car’s windows. 

He then took out a hammer from the backpack he was carrying and proceeded to smash the windows with it, resulting in 14 broken windows. The damage is estimated at $5,507.


A verbal altercation in the lunchroom between two high school students escalated into a physical confrontation between numerous students at 11:40 a.m., Feb. 24 at Oak Park River Forest High School, 201 S. Scoville Ave. School security personnel intervened, and students were separated. 


Someone broke into a 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 and removed miscellaneous Milwaukee tools at about 8:48 a.m., Feb. 23 in the 300 block of South Harvey Avenue. The estimated loss is $2,000.

Someone gained entry to a black Hyundai, possibly through a trunk left ajar, and took a wallet that contained, an Illinois driver’s license, the victim’s Social Security card and credit and debit cards, as well as prescriptions for Xanax and Omeprazole, between 6 p.m., Feb. 26 and 9:30 a.m., Feb. 27 in the 600 block of Washington Boulevard.

Motor vehicle theft 

A gray 2011 Honda Civic, left running with the keys in the ignition, was removed at 5:06 p.m., Feb. 22 in the 1100 block of Clarence Avenue. It was last seen traveling eastbound on Roosevelt Road. The estimated loss is $4,000. Chicago police recovered the vehicle at 11:03 p.m., Feb. 24 in the 3000 block of West Lexington Street. Two juveniles were apprehended.

A white 2015 Acura TLX four-door, left running without the key fob, in a parking lot in the 200 block of West Lake Street was removed at 10:22 p.m., Feb. 25. Video surveillance captured two men driving up to the vehicle in a dark sedan; one man exited the sedan and got into the Acura and left the parking lot, following the dark sedan. The Acura was recovered at 11:55 p.m., Feb. 26 in the 100 block of North Central Avenue in Chicago. 


The catalytic converter was removed from a gray 2015 Mitsubishi between noon, Feb. 3 and noon, Feb. 17 while the vehicle was parked in the 200 block of Kenilworth Avenue. 

Someone removed a package containing a brown Coach purse from the vestibule of a building in the 200 block of South Maple Avenue at approximately 10:14 a.m., Feb. 23. The estimated loss is $200.

The catalytic converter was cut from a gold 2005 Chevy Equinox while it was parked in the 100 block of Flournoy Street between 10 p.m., Feb. 22 and 7:09 a.m., Feb. 25. 

Criminal property damage

Someone cut a one-inch hole into the passenger side tire belonging to a white 2013 Chevy Cruz that was parked in the 500 block of South Taylor Avenue between 12:45 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., Feb. 23. The estimated damage is $200.

The rear passenger side window of a red Toyota Camry was smashed between 11:45 a.m. and 12:46 p.m., Feb. 25 in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Feb. 22-28 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.

Compiled by Stacey Sheridan

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