Panhandlers attempt wallet snatch

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A River Forest man was walking on the 200 block of N. Harlem, Jan. 10 around 10:25 p.m., when a woman and man approached him and asked for change. When the man removed his wallet, the couple allegedly attempted to grab it, but failed. The victim fled the area. The woman was described as a black female, around 30 years old, 5 feet 9, with a thin build, wearing a red hoodie, blue jeans and black eyeglasses. The man was described as a black male, 20-25, 5 feet 10, thin build, wearing a white and blue jogging suit with a U.S. flag.

Ascension office break-in

Unknown persons entered the Ascension Parish office building on the 800 block of S. East Ave., overnight Jan. 11, through a closed but unlocked door. A glass door was shattered and an HP 17-inch laptop and western Digital external hard drive were removed. Loss was estimated at $1,030.

Oak Park boy punched on the bus

An Oak Park juvenile riding the CTA Austin Ave. bus at 3:55 p.m. on Jan. 1 was approached by two male teens who reportedly demanded, "Hey, let me see your phone!" When the boy refused, the two punched him three to four times until the bus driver got up and started walking toward them. They exited the bus and were last seen running westbound on Lemoyne from Austin. The alleged assailants were described as black males, 14-17 years old, around 5 feet 10, 160 pounds, wearing dark clothing and one wearing an orange baseball cap.

Attempted armed robbery

A man on the 900 block of Highland was approached on Jan. 14 at 6:50 p.m. by a man who displayed a chrome semi-automatic handgun and demanded the victim's money. The man refused and the would-be robber fled the area. The suspect was described as a black male, 18 years old, 5 feet 9, thin build with a very thin mustache. He was wearing a black coat, blue hoodie and jeans.

Burglary arrest

A neighbor on the 600 block of Home observed a man allegedly removing objects from a neighbor's garage at 1:18 p.m. on Jan. 12. Police were summoned and arrested Larry D. Moore, 26, of the 2300 block of N. Mason in Chicago.

Residential burglary

An apartment at 100 Forest Place was burglarized during the day on Jan. 12. Numerous electronic items were stolen from the victim's bedroom and living room, including a white Nintendo Wii game system, and an orange 16-gig Apple iPod Nano and a white 2-gig iPod. The front-door lock was found to have been broken. Estimated loss is $2,370.

An apartment on the 100 block of Wesley was burglarized, Jan. 13-16, after someone broke the glass to the rear door. Two Apple iPod Nanos were removed, valued at $300.

You can pry, but you can't get in

Persons unknown damaged the boiler room entrance door of a building on the 1200 block of N. Austin, Jan 8-10. Damage was estimated at $50.

An overhead garage door on the 700 block of Lyman was pried but not defeated though three hinges were damaged. Total damage was estimated at $100.


Police arrested Kirk T. Body, 41, of the 5000 block of W. North Ave., Chicago, and charged him with theft and driving with license suspended.

An iPod Touch worth $300 was stolen from an unlocked girls' gym locker at Percy Julian Middle School on Jan 13 between 10:30 and 11 a.m.

Two Hondas and a Chevy stolen

During the day Jan. 13, thieves located a spare ignition key, hidden in the center console of a tan 1994 Honda Accord, parked on the 400 block of N. Harvey and drove off with it.

A white 1996 Honda Accord 4-door was stolen overnight from the 1000 block of W. Randolph on Jan. 14. Estimated loss was $6,000.

A 1989 blue and gold Chevy K2500 pickup truck was removed from the lot of Tomar Auto Body on the 1000 block of Garfield, Jan. 15-17.

Cops find Oak Park car stolen in Sept.

Chicago police found a silver '02 Honda Civic on the 3300 block of W. Division. It had been stolen from the 600 block of Highland in September.

Burglary from motor vehicle

Between 12:30 and 1:20 p.m., Jan. 13, someone broke the driver's door window on a black 2006 Honda Pilot parked on the 200 block of Clinton and stole a black Pioneer GPS unit from the dashboard. Loss is estimated at $700.

A car battery and bolts were removed from a GMC box truck parked on the 7100 block of Roosevelt Rd., the evening of Jan. 14. Loss was estimated at $187.96.

Someone broke the driver's side rear window of a silver 2008 Dodge Caliber, parked behind the 200 block of Lemoyne and removed a digital camera, overnight Jan. 14.

A black apple iPod Touch and miscellaneous CDs were stolen after someone broke out the driver's side window of a 1999 red Grand Caravan, parked on the 300 block of S. Euclid, overnight Jan. 16. Estimated loss is $700.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Jan. 10 to 17, 2011. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

—Jean Lotus

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