An Elmwood Park resident has been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and driving with a suspended license after Oak Park police pulled the 30-year-old man over shortly after midnight, Jan. 21. 

The man, from the 2300 block of North 77th Court in Elmwood Park, was out driving when he was stopped at 12:31 a.m. in the 100 block of South Harlem Avenue in Forest Park by Oak Park police officers for a traffic violation. A subsequent name check found that the man had been driving with a suspended license while a search of his vehicle uncovered a loaded handgun underneath the driver’s seat. 

Robbery

An Oak Park resident was robbed of his wallet by two men outside of West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Ct., at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 19. The two men approached the victim and told him, “Ho, ho, ho, break yourself,” before grabbing the victim and pushing him to the ground. After taking the victim’s wallet, the two men fled the scene in a burgundy sedan. The victim’s wallet contained his Illinois state identification, his U.S. Bank card, his bus pass and medical insurance card – an estimated loss of $30.

Arson

Someone ignited a small fire using exhilarant on a hallway carpet in a building in the first block of Washington Boulevard at 1:06 a.m., Jan. 16. 

Public indecency

An Oak Park resident witnessed an unknown man masturbating in the driver’s seat of a gray 2012 Volkswagen van between 10:46 a.m. and 10:50 a.m., Jan. 19, in the 300 block of Garfield Street.

Burglary

  • Someone broke a kitchen window lock then entered into an Oak Park resident’s home through the window and removed an Xbox 1, a pair of black Timberland boots and a pair of blue Nike Air Jordan shoes from inside the residence between 10 a.m., Jan. 15, and 12:21 a.m., Jan. 17, in the 400 block of South Maple Avenue.
  • Someone broke into a 2020 Kia Sportage, peeled the vehicle’s steering column and took a silver Apple MacBook Pro laptop from the vehicle between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Jan. 18, in the first block of Forest Avenue.

Motor vehicle theft 

  • A 2019 Kia Optima parked in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue was taken between 11:59 p.m., Jan. 21, and 7:30 a.m., Jan. 22. 
  • Someone removed a gray 2019 Kia Forte parked in the 300 block of South Harvey Avenue between 6:30 p.m., Jan. 18, and 7 a.m., Jan. 19.
  • A 2016 Kia Sorento was taken from the 1100 block of Holley Court between 1:04 p.m. and 4 p.m., Jan. 15. The vehicle was recovered by North Riverside police in the 500 block of North Albany Avenue in Chicago at 7:41 p.m., Jan. 19.
  • A 2018 Hyundai Tucson parked in the first block of Randolph Street was taken between 5:30 p.m., Jan. 20, and 12:06 p.m., Jan. 21. 

Attempted motor vehicle theft 

Someone broke the rear passenger’s side door of a 2014 Hyundai Accent then damaged the vehicle’s steering column between 5 p.m., Jan. 21, and 8:30 a.m., Jan. 23.

Theft

  • The catalytic converter belonging to a Toyota Prius of an unknown year was cut between 10 a.m., Jan. 17, and 3:10 p.m., Jan. 21.
  • Someone cut the catalytic converter from a 2022 Toyota Tacoma between 9:10 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., Jan. 20, in the 100 block of South Elmwood Avenue.
  • Someone cut the catalytic converter from a 2009 Ford E-450 belonging to Oak-Leyden Developmental Services between noon, Jan. 18, and 7:11 a.m., Jan. 19, in the 300 block of Chicago Avenue. 
  • The catalytic converter was removed from a 2011 Toyota Prius parked in the 200 block of South Oak Park Avenue between 8 a.m., Jan. 17, and 7:49 p.m., Jan. 18.
  • The catalytic converter was cut from a 2015 Toyota Prius at 2:30 a.m., Jan. 18, in the 200 block of South Grove Avenue.

Criminal property damage

Someone removed five wooden planks from the deck on the east side of William Beye Elementary School, 230 N. Cuyler Ave., between noon, Jan. 19, and 6:27 a.m., Jan. 20.  

These items were obtained from Oak Park Police Department reports, Jan. 16-23, 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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