Keep those doors locked. A residential burglary ended in the theft of a vehicle last Friday, when, at about 10 p.m., an unknown offender gained entry into an Oak Park resident’s home in the 300 block of South Austin Boulevard through an unlocked rear door.

Once inside, the burglar took the resident’s house and vehicle keys, then used the keys to remove the resident’s 2012 white Ford Focus, which was parked in the 800 block of South Humphrey Avenue.

The missing vehicle has an estimated value of $12,000.


  • Two masked men driving a black Jeep were captured on surveillance camera breaking into Golo gas station, 330 Chicago Ave., by shattering the front glass door with a crowbar at 2:38 a.m., Aug. 26. Once inside, the two men attempted unsuccessfully to remove the ATM machine. One of the men then grabbed three soft drinks and a package of black T-shirts. The estimated loss is $200.
  • Someone stole $120 in cash from an unlocked 2019 Volkswagen and ransacked the vehicle’s interior between 4 a.m. and 2 p.m., Aug. 25 in the 600 block of Madison Street.

Motor vehicle theft

  • A white 2013 Ford E150 cargo van parked in the 1100 block of South Taylor Avenue was removed between 9 p.m., Aug. 20 and 8 a.m., Aug. 22. The  vehicle was recovered by Chicago Heights police on Aug. 23 in the 500 block of West 14th Place, Chicago Heights.
  • Someone removed a white 2017 Kia Forte parked in the street between 3 p.m., Aug. 27 and 10 a.m., Aug. 28 in the 100 block of Maple Street. The estimated loss is $15,000.

Attempted motor vehicle theft

  • Someone threw a brick at the rear passenger’s side window of a black Kia Sorrento then, once inside the vehicle, damaged the key ignition on the steering column between 2:50 a.m. and 3:01 a.m., Aug. 28 in the 500 block of South Cuyler Avenue.
  • Someone gained entry into the victim’s silver 2015 Hyundai Sonata by breaking the rear passenger’s side window and unlocking the vehicle, then attempted to pull the vehicle’s ignition cylinder between 11:30 p.m., Aug. 27 and 6:31 a.m., Aug. 28 in the 800 block of South Lombard Avenue.
  • After hearing a vehicle alarm go off, a witness saw a man near an Oak Park resident’s gray 2020 Kia Soul; when the witness yelled out, a second man got out of the Kia and the two offenders both fled at 8:29 p.m., Aug. 28 in the 100 block of North Austin Boulevard. It was later discovered that the driver’s side window had been broken and the vehicle’s steering column peeled.
  • Someone shattered the rear driver’s side window of a gray 2021 Kia Soul then removed the vehicle’s steering wheel panel at around 9 p.m., Aug. 28 near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Taylor Avenue.


  • Several packages were taken from the front porch of a residence in the 900 block of North Humphrey Avenue around 2 p.m., Aug. 26. The estimated loss is $203.
  • The catalytic converter was cut from a 2006 Honda CRV in the 400 block of South Harvey Avenue between 5 p.m., Aug. 25 and 7:38 p.m., Aug. 26.
  • A package was taken from the front porch of a residence in the 200 block of Wesley Avenue between 4:45 p.m., Aug. 27 and 4:08 p.m., Aug. 28. The loss is estimated at $235.
  • The catalytic converter was cut from a silver 2009 Toyota Prius parked in the 100 block of North Scoville Avenue between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., Aug. 24.

Criminal property damage

  • Someone broke the rear windshield of a white 1996 Toyota RAV4, which was parked in the street in the first block of Fillmore Street, between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., Aug. 27.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports through Aug. 23 to Aug. 29 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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