Red spray paint was used to deface an AT&T utility box, a railway embankment and the Illinois Department of Transportation box at Jackson Boulevard and Harlem Avenue late last week. 

In addition to sharing the same paint color and method of defacement, the graffiti attacks all reportedly took place primarily Jan. 6, according to Oak Park police. The IDOT box was tagged with the red spray paint at 9:14 a.m. that morning, the police report stated, while the AT&T utility box, located in the 1000 block of Susan Collins Lane, was hit shortly after at 10:06 a.m. 

The railway embankment in the 800 block of South Boulevard may have been the first location to be sprayed, as police have determined it was damaged between 4:30 p.m., Jan 5, and 9:45 a.m., Jan. 6. The estimated cost of the damage is $300, while the damage estimates for the other incidents were unknown at the time of reporting.


A pair of white Jackson Ultima ice skates were taken from a Hyundai Sonata with an unlocked passenger’s side door parked in the 800 block of South Boulevard between 9 p.m., Jan. 2, and 10:45 a.m., Jan. 7. The estimated loss is $600.

Someone forced open the rear basement door of a vacant residence then removed a blue Graco Magnum Pro-19 paint sprayer from inside the home between 3 p.m., Dec. 30, and 3:30 p.m., Jan. 3, in the 600 block of North Cuyler Avenue. The estimated loss is $730.

Two Hitachi finish nail guns, a DeWalt leaf blower, a DeWalt Sawzall and a DeWalt power hand sander were taken from a possibly unlocked 2019 Mercedes Sprinter Van parked in the 600 block of North Grove Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Jan. 2. The estimated loss is $1,500.

Motor vehicle theft 

An unlocked Chevy Captiva, which was left with its keys in the ignition, was taken from the 1000 block of Lake Street at about 1:43 p.m., Jan. 6. The estimated loss is $10,000.


Three packages were taken from a front porch in the 1200 block of North Ridgeland Avenue between 12:17 p.m., Jan. 6, and 2:35 p.m., Jan. 8.

The front and rear license plates were removed from a 2003 Toyota Corolla parked in the 400 block of South Maple Avenue between 9 p.m., Jan. 7, and 8:15 a.m., Jan. 8. 

The rear license plate was taken off a 2008 Mazda CX-9 parked in the 1400 block of North Austin Boulevard between 8 p.m., Jan. 7, and 5:45 p.m., Jan. 8.

Someone stole a personal check made out for $125 from the U.S. Postal Service mailbox at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Harlem Avenue between noon, Dec. 18, and noon, Dec. 23. The check has not been deposited.

Criminal property damage

Someone used spray paint to put graffiti on the brick façade of a building in the 700 block of Lake Street between noon, Dec. 20, and noon, Dec. 22. The estimated damage is $300.

The rear driver’s side tire of a 2004 Dodge Durango was slashed while the vehicle was parked in a garage in the 6000 block of Roosevelt Road between 3 p.m., Dec. 20, and 9:30 p.m., Jan. 5. 

Someone broke the rear passenger’s side window of a Kia Sportage parked in the 200 block of Pleasant Street between 5:03 p.m. and 5:06 p.m., Jan. 7. 

These items were obtained from Oak Park Police Department reports dated Jan. 3-9 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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