Four cars burglarized on Christmas night near Ike

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Almost $400 in cash and possessions were stolen from four cars during the overnight hours of Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 in the 800, 1000 and 1100 blocks of South Humphrey Avenue and the 1100 block of Lyman Avenue.

An Oak Park resident's black 2012 GMC Terrain was hit in the 800 block of South Humphrey Avenue between 10 p.m. on Dec. 25 and 10 a.m. on Dec. 26. The offender entered through an unlocked door and took two cell phone chargers worth $5. 

Another Oak Park resident's gray 2007 Infinity Q35X was burglarized in the 1000 block of South Humphrey between 12:24 and 6:43 a.m. on Dec. 26. The burglar entered the vehicle by unknown means, ransacked the interior and stole an envelope containing $65.

In the 1100 block of South Humphrey, a Broadview resident's red 2003 Ford Taurus was broken into sometime between 10 p.m. on Dec. 25 and 11:56 a.m. on Dec. 26. 

The offender entered the unlocked car, ransacked the interior and stole silver jewelry, including a ring, earrings and necklace with blue and green stones. They also made off with a Samsung tablet and cash. The loss is estimated at $165.

A black 2018 Ford Fusion was also burglarized a block away in the 1100 block of Lyman Avenue. The offender entered through an unlocked door and stole a pair of Apple earbuds valued at $160.     



A Cicero resident was carjacked at gunpoint in the 400 block of North Scoville at 7:19 p.m. on Dec. 21. The victim exited a silver 2012 Nissan Maxima, worth an estimated $21,000 and was approached by four men with handguns. One, who was wearing a "Jason" mask and brandishing a handgun demanded "everything" and the victim complied, handing over a wallet, a Samsung cell phone and the keys to the car. 

The four men entered the vehicle and sped off on Chicago Avenue. At 11:15 p.m., the vehicle was found in the 3100 block of West 15th Place in Chicago. 

All four offenders were black and described as between the ages of 18 and 20. The man wearing the Jason mask was described as also wearing a black and red sweater with a hood and dark pants. Police did not give detailed descriptions of the other offenders. 



Navarrow Vandyke, 31, of the 5600 block of West Washington Boulevard, Chicago, was arrested in the 500 block of Harrison Street at 8:57 on Dec. 24 and charged with aggravated robbery and violation of parole for an incident that occurred at the above location. Police gave no further information. 

An Oak Park man was robbed at gunpoint in the 500 block of South Austin Boulevard at 4:33 a.m. on Dec. 23. The victim was walking south when a man with a handgun jumped out from gangway of a building and demanded money, the victim's possessions and the pin number for his debit card.

The victim dropped his wallet and gave the PIN for the debit card. The offender stole $90, the debit card and the victim's driver's license from the wallet. He fled in a White Dodge Caravan that was waiting nearby. The offender was described as black, 20 to 29 years old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, 180 pounds with a dark complexion and wearing a dark hoodie with the hood cinched around his face and blue jeans. The estimated loss is $90.

A man in his late 20s to early 30s wearing a painter's mask robbed a Chicago resident in the 1000 block of Lake Street at 1:20 p.m. on Dec. 23. The offender approached the victim and asked for assistance to deposit a check into the ATM. 

The offender forced the victim to deposit a check in the victim's account then withdrew $400. The victim then was forced to hand over the money. The offender was described as a black male, 6-foot-2, with a goatee and wearing a gray hoodie and black jeans. 

An Oak Park resident was the victim of aggravated robbery in the 500 block of South East Avenue at about 4:17 p.m. on Dec. 20. A man in his early 20s approached the victim and said, "Give me all your money." 

The victim refused and the offender pushed the victim to the ground and held an unknown object to the victim's head. The victim then handed over $80.


Criminal damage

Both side mirrors were damaged on a gray 2016 Honda Civic in the 400 block of North Taylor Avenue during the overnight hours of Dec. 25-26. Someone bent the mirrors backward, causing the covers to break. The estimated loss is $400.

Someone threw an empty mini beer keg through the front window of a residence in the 600 block of South Harvey Avenue at 11:44 p.m. on Dec. 21. The estimated loss is $300.



An Oak Park resident was the victim of theft in the 1100 block of Lake Street at 1:52 a.m. on Dec. 26. A woman removed a pink Victoria's Secret handbag that was left unattended and contained gift cards, cash, headphones, and lip gloss. The estimated loss was unknown. 

The offender was described as a black female between the ages of 30 and 40 with a heavy build, black hair and wearing a blue long-sleeved denim shirt, black leggings and white shoes.

A maroon 2002 Lexus ES300 that was left running and unattended was stolen from the 6100 block of North Avenue at 6:29 p.m. on Dec. 25. It was recovered a short time later by Chicago police. The victim's black Samsung 8 cell phone was missing from the vehicle. 

A license plate was stolen from an Oak Park resident's white 2014 Chrysler 300 in the rear of a residence in the 100 block of North Euclid Avenue sometime between noon on Dec. 18 and 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 20.

A white Chevy Traverse that was left running and unattended was stolen from the 1100 block of South Grove at about 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 22. The estimated loss is $10,000.



A delivery vehicle was burglarized in the 1100 block of Lake Street around 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 26. The offender gained entry to the delivery vehicle's trailer while it waited for a business to open to make a delivery. The offender then took three small rugs and three boxes of unknown merchandise that belonged to the business. 

The offender was seen leaving eastbound on Westgate Street from North Maple Avenue on a red mountain bike.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Dec. 18-26, 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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