Man attacked, robbed by group of young men
An Oak Park man was attacked and robbed by a group of seven men, two of whom were described as between the ages of 16 and 20, in the 400 block of South Austin Boulevard about 3:20 p.m. on Jan. 16. Police reported that one offender approached the victim from behind and put him in a chokehold. A second offender punched the man in the eye, face and body repeatedly, threw him to the ground and kicked him in the face. They then stole a green iPhone 5C, a pair of white Panasonic earbuds, a wallet containing cash, a debit card and miscellaneous ID cards. The two plus five companions fled the scene on foot. The loss was an estimated $525.
Credit card fraud arrest
Christopher E. Beasley, 34, of Chicago, was arrested by River Forest police at Jewel Foods, 7525 W. Lake St., at 10:38 p.m. on Jan. 8, for attempting to use fraudulent gift cards. Beasley was in possession of six altered and recoded debit cards. He attempted to purchase a $500 Visa gift card using the fraudulent cards. The Cook County state's attorney approved charging Beasley with one felony count of unlawful use/possession of altered credit cards.
A residence in the 800 block of Randolph was burglarized sometime between noon and 1 p.m. on Jan. 14. The offender used a key to gain access to the residence and, once inside, stole $5,000 in cash.
Theft of motor vehicle
A tan Honda Accord was stolen from the 400 block of South Boulevard sometime between 6 p.m. on Jan. 14 and 5:12 a.m. on Jan. 15. The loss was estimated at $1,000.
Burglary to auto
Two vehicles were burglarized in the 6000 block of North Avenue sometime between midnight and 2:50 a.m. on Jan. 11. The offenders entered the first unlocked vehicle and stole an output car charger for a camera, a fire extinguisher, backseat organizer, portable car jumper, three Sandisk sim cards and two cameras. The loss was an estimated $501. The offenders also stole a Tom-Tom navigation device worth about $100 from the second vehicle.
A 2013 silver Dodge Avenger was burglarized in the 1000 block of North Austin Boulevard about 6:41 a.m. on Jan. 11. The offender stole a yellow SpongeBob SquarePants duffle bag that contained clothing and jewelry valued at $200.
A 2000 black Honda CRV was burglarized in the 400 block of Madison Street on Jan. 9, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The offender stole a Garmin Nuvi GPS unit and a pair of green and pink Kate Spade sunglasses. The loss was an estimated $350.
A 2012 gray VW Routan was burglarized inside a garage in the 1100 block of South Humphrey sometime between 7:20 p.m. on Jan. 11 and 7:45 a.m. on Jan. 12. The offender forced open the side service door to the garage, entered the unlocked vehicle, and stole a blue and black canvas bag containing a black Dell laptop computer and charger and a red Costco backpack containing textbooks. They also entered a 1998 white Honda Civic. The total loss was an estimated $855.
Burglary to garage
Two garages in the 1100 block of Lyman were burglarized, one between 10 a.m. on Jan. 12 and 12:12 a.m. on Jan. 13, and the other between 11 p.m. on Jan. 11 and 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 13. The offender entered through an unlocked side door and stole a blue men's bike valued at about $30 in the first burglary. In the second, the offender entered an unlocked vehicle in the garage and stole coins. The combined damage and loss in the second burglary was an estimated $102.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Jan. 11-16, 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 Timothy Inklebarger
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