Seniors: Don't let strangers into your house

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A woman was tricked into letting thieves into her house last Thursday at 2:35 p.m. when an older-model, gray-and-white Pontiac pulled into her driveway on the 1100 block of Rossell. Three men exited and told her there were electric wires hanging on her garage. One mustachioed man, wearing a Chicago Bears knit cap, reportedly smooth-talked his way into her home. While she was speaking to him, the victim noticed the other two men in her bedroom. She called 911 and all three fled in the Pontiac. The first man was described as a male Hispanic, 35-50 years old, around 200 pounds. Miscellaneous jewelry, valued at $15,000, was missing.

Armed robbery

A woman was robbed at gunpoint on Thursday morning around 5:35 a.m. on the 100 block of S. Humphrey by two men who bumped into her and then displayed a full-size black revolver. One assailant went through her pockets, removing a silver LG cellphone, worth $300. The offender was described as a male black, 20-25 years old, 5 feet 10, 150 pounds, wearing a black leather coat with a fur hood.


A woman was pushed to the ground at 6:35 p.m. on Jan. 4 on the 200 block of N. Austin Blvd. by two males who approached her from behind. One offender grabbed her purse, containing a CD player and a wallet with cash and credit cards. The offenders fled on foot across Austin into Chicago. They were described as male blacks, 18-22 years old, 145-160 pounds, wearing black waist-length hooded jackets. Loss was estimated at $333.

Cars stolen

A 2002 black Mitsubishi Eclipse was stolen from a driveway on the 700 block of Forest, the evening of Jan. 8. Total loss is estimated at $12,000.

Late at night on Jan. 9, a red 2006 Volvo parked on the 300 block of Marion was stolen. It was recovered in Oak Park on Monday parked in the 1100 block of Washington.

Garage burglaries

Someone entered a garage on the 1000 block of S. Lombard, overnight last Wednesday, through an unlocked overhead door and stole a set of golf clubs, a golf bag and a 22-inch chrome rim and tire. Loss was estimated at $2,450.

A woman saw two male juveniles from Oak Park tampering with the side service door of her garage on the 200 block of S. Humphrey at 3:32 p.m. on Jan. 8 and called police. The lads were charged with disorderly conduct.

Hit and run

Police arrested Calvin Tate, 48, of the 1500 block of N. Leaminton in Chicago after a hit-and-run accident on the 1100 block of N. Harlem at 8:32 a.m., Friday, Jan. 7. Tate was found to have a suspended license and was released on bond.

Basement robbery

Sometime Jan. 3-5, someone pried a door open and broke into the basement of an apartment building on the 100 block of S. Austin. Thieves carried off a 30-inch Gibson furnace, a Maytag washer/dryer combo and 120 feet of copper piping. Estimated loss was $1,900.

Residential burglary

Saturday during the day, someone pried open the front-door lock of an apartment on the 600 block of N. Austin and stole a 46-inch Panasonic flat screen TV, a Dell computer tower and two bottles of alcohol. Loss was estimated at $1,360.

Persons unknown removed $14,000 worth of gold jewelry from a residence on the 900 block of S. Humphrey, Jan. 2-9.

A house on the 1000 block of Bonnie Brae in River Forest was burglarized between Dec. 17 and Jan. 8. Police found a pried window. More than $5,000 worth of electronics, jewelry and clothing were removed.

Burglaries from cars

A parked vehicle on the 400 block of S. Harvey was ransacked sometime Jan. 2-3. CDs and a zip-lock baggie filled with $10 in coins were removed. Loss estimated at $310.

Someone smashed the window of a parked Ford Explorer in the parking lot of Grandma Sally's restaurant, 7301 W. North Ave., River Forest, and grabbed a red book bag at around 2 p.m. on Jan. 5.

Someone broke the driver's side window of a red Chevy Trailblazer, parked overnight on the 1100 block of S. Oak Park Ave. on Thursday and stole a Garmin GPS unit valued at $400.

Someone broke the window of a parked Honda Pilot on the 1000 block of N. Oak Park Ave. Saturday night and stole a TV/DVD unit mounted to the rear of the front seats. Loss was valued at $500.

These boots weren't made for shoplifting

Managers of Famous Footwear, 7231 W. Lake in River Forest, called police when a female customer, accompanied by three friends, wore a pair of new brown boots out of the store and left her old boots in a box. The women were followed across Harlem into Oak Park where they were stopped by police. The alleged shoplifters returned to Famous Footwear and paid for the boots. No charges were filed.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Jan. 3 to Jan. 10. Not all incidents are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

Compiled by Jean Lotus

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