A woman braved having a gun pointed at her while stopping a burglary at Fitzgerald’s Fine Stationery, 111 N. Marion St.

At 7 p.m., Feb. 7, the woman heard banging in the rear of the business, where her vehicle was parked, and found two male teenagers using a tool to hit an “unknown object,” according to police. When the two burglars saw her, one pulled a black handgun from his waistband and pointed at the woman, who subsequently left the area and called 911.

Police were already responding to the call, having been alerted by the shop’s security alarm, and found a safe belonging to Fitzgerald’s in the alley. The shop’s rear door had also been damaged.

The safe was returned to the business with no loss reported. The cost of damage to the door is unknown.


  • Someone broke into a residential garage then removed the victim’s 2014 Kia Optima between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Feb. 12, in the 300 block of North Cuyler Avenue. Chicago police later recovered the vehicle in an alley behind the 1100 block of North Mason Avenue in Chicago.
  • Someone broke into an apartment by prying open the front door, then ransacked the place and removed a black gun safe, which contained $900 in cash, a crypto ledger and personal documents, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Feb. 9, in the 400 block of Washington Boulevard. The total estimated loss is $11,600.
  • Someone broke the rear window of a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 then removed miscellaneous tools from inside the vehicle between 10:15 p.m., Feb. 8, and 6:50 a.m., Feb. 9, in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard. 
  • Someone forced open a red 2016 Chevrolet Express parked in the 1150 block of South Clinton Avenue between 12 p.m. and 12:25 p.m., Feb. 7, and removed from its interior a red and black Milwaukee tool case, containing a red and black Milwaukee Sawzall, a red and black Milwaukee hammer drill, a red and black Milwaukee impact drill, a red and black Milwaukee fine saw and six rechargeable Milwaukee batteries. The estimated loss is $1,900.

Motor vehicle theft 

  • A 2020 Jeep Cherokee was removed from a lot in the 700 block of Garfield Street between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Feb. 10. 
  • A 2017 Kia Optima was removed from the 700 block of Lake Street between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Feb. 10. 
  • Someone removed a 2015 Hyundai Sonata parked in the 300 block of Wisconsin Avenue between 4 p.m., Feb. 7, and 7:59 a.m., Feb. 8. The estimated loss is $12,000. The vehicle was recovered with a broken rear passenger’s side window and a pulled ignition by Chicago police at 6 p.m., Feb. 8, in the 400 block of West 97th Place in Chicago. 
  • A gray 2021 Kia Sportage was removed from the 1000 block of Pleasant Street between 7:05 p.m. and 10:02 p.m., Feb. 7. Chicago police recovered the vehicle, which had been involved in an accident, in the 2300 block of North Cicero Avenue in Chicago at 1:27 a.m., Feb. 8. 
  • A Hyundai Sonata was removed from the 100 block of North Kenilworth Avenue between 1 p.m., Feb. 5, and 9 a.m., Feb. 6. Chicago police later recovered the vehicle in the 4000 block of Drexel Avenue in Chicago without apprehension.

Attempted motor vehicle theft 

Someone damaged the steering column and ignition of an unlocked Kia Soul parked in the 200 block of South Austin Boulevard between 8 p.m., Feb. 7, and 7:30 a.m., Feb. 8.


  • Someone removed security cameras from a condominium building in the 200 block of North Grove Avenue between 6 p.m., Jan. 24, and 8 a.m., Jan. 25. The estimated loss is $505.
  • A secured Giant Revel 2 bicycle was taken from a bicycle rack in the 400 block of South Ridgeland Avenue between 8:45 a.m. and 3 p.m., Feb. 6. The estimated loss is $600.
  • The catalytic converter was cut from a black 2007 Toyota Prius parked in the 500 block of Gunderson Avenue between 5 p.m., Jan. 17, and 2 p.m., Feb. 4.
  • A 16-foot ladder was taken from an Oak Park resident’s yard in the 1500 block of North Austin Boulevard between 3:55 a.m. and 4 a.m., Feb. 6. 

Criminal property damage

Someone broke the rear cargo hatch window of a black 2005 BMW parked in the 6900 block of West North Avenue between 6:05 a.m. and 6:20 a.m., Feb. 7. The estimated damage is $500.

These items obtained from Oak Park Police Department reports, Feb. 6-13, 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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