The formal name of the tenth month is October, but many prefer to call it spooky season. Much fun is had during the lead up to and on Halloween, with scary movies, trick-or-treaters, ghost stories and excessive candy consumption. However, not everyone is thrilled with the festivities surrounding Oct. 31 and in Oak Park, many homes have lately had their Halloween decorations damaged or stolen, costing them quite a lot of bones.

The vandalism and theft are more nefarious than smashing jack-o-lanterns. One household in the 1000 block of Home Avenue had five fake tombstones, a 5-foot scarecrow and a decorative funeral hearse and faux pony stolen between 9:45 p.m., Oct. 10 and 7 a.m. Oct. 11. Police estimate the total value of the stolen decorations at $1,137 – a frightening sum indeed.

Another Halloween vandal took a stab at dragon slaying in the 900 block of North Mapleton Avenue between 10:35 and 10:40, Oct. 10. The unknown individual used a sharp object to puncture an inflatable 9-foot-tall purple dragon that was sitting watch on the victim’s front lawn.

Oct. 10 wasn’t the only mischief night, either. Between 3:52 a.m. and 10:46 a.m., Oct. 13, someone stole a 9-foot-tall skeleton from a front lawn in the 800 block of South Highland Avenue. The skeleton has an estimated value of $600.

Reckless discharge of a firearm arrest

  • A 21-year-old resident of the 500 block of South Ridgeland Avenue was arrested for the reckless discharge of a firearm in the 500 block of South Ridgeland Avenue at 11:44 p.m., Oct. 16. The man was taken to the station, processed and held for bond hearings. According to police, the suspect, who has a firearm owner’s identification card, told officers he had been cleaning the gun when he accidentally dropped it, causing it to discharge.

Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon arrest

  • A 19-year-old resident of the 6600 block of North Seeley Avenue in Chicago was arrested for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon at 2:04 a.m., Oct. 14 in the 200 block of North Austin Boulevard. The 19-year-old was found in possession of a weapon during a traffic stop without a firearm owner’s identification card and no conceal and carry license. He was taken to the station, processed and held for bond hearings.

Public indecency arrest

  • A 50-year-old resident of the 1900 block of East 73rd Street, Chicago, was arrested in the 100 block of North Grove Avenue at 11:09 a.m., Oct. 12 for public indecency after he was reported to police for being fully naked and inappropriately touching himself.


  • Someone broke into a construction site and removed copper wire spools and already installed copper wiring between 4 p.m., Oct. 7 and 9 a.m., Oct. 10 in the 400 block of Madison Street. The estimated loss is $20,000.

Motor vehicle theft

  • A 2012 Mazda Grand Touring parked in the 400 block of South Harvey Avenue was taken between 6:30 p.m., Oct. 9 and 12:29 p.m., Oct. 11.
  • Someone took a 2020 Kia Forte parked in the 400 block of Washington Boulevard between 8 p.m., Oct. 9 and 8 a.m., Oct. 10. Chicago police recovered the vehicle at 9:42 p.m., Oct. 11 in the 4000 block of West Roosevelt Road in Chicago.
  • A 2016 Kia Optima was taken from the 400 block of Washington Boulevard between 6 p.m., Oct. 9 and 8:30 a.m., Oct. 10.
  • A 2020 Hyundai Elantra was taken from the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard between 1:15 p.m. and 3 p.m., Oct. 11. Chicago police recovered the vehicle in the 1700 block of South Ridgeway Avenue in Chicago at 3:06 p.m., Oct. 12.
  • A 2020 Hyundai Sonata was taken from the first block of Washington Boulevard between 9:30 p.m. and 11:33 p.m., Oct. 13.

Attempted motor vehicle theft

  • Someone broke the rear passenger’s side window of a 2019 Kia Optima parked in the 400 block of Wesley Avenue and removed the steering column between 10:30 p.m., Oct. 9 and 6:45 a.m., Oct. 10.


  • The catalytic converter belonging to a 2020 Ford parked in the first block of Erie Court was removed from the vehicle between 4 p.m., Oct. 6 and 9:59 a.m., Oct. 11.

Criminal property damage

  • Someone broke the rear passenger’s side window of a 2021 Hyundai Sonata parked in the 400 block of South Humphrey Avenue between 6:30 p.m., Oct. 11 and 8:40 a.m., Oct. 12.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports through Oct. 11 to Oct. 17 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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