Oak Park and River Forest police reports - Oct. 9-15

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Men push their way into Oak Park home, rob resident

An unknown man rang the doorbell of a resident in the 600 block of South Humphrey Avenue the evening of Oct. 12, and asked if he could rake leaves. When the resident declined, he and another man pushed their way into the home and demanded money. The resident and another man at the home complied and handed them cash. The offenders also removed an Apple Macbook laptop computer before leaving through the rear. Estimated loss is $2,220.

Criminal damage to property

A 49-year-old Chicago woman was arrested for criminal damage to property the afternoon of Oct. 8, when she banged on the door of an apartment in the 900 block of North Austin Boulevard and broke the window.

Someone used a sharp object to slash four tires of a white Chevy Malibu in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard overnight Oct. 10. Estimated damage is $800.


A car battery was removed from under the hood of a Jeep Grand Cherokee parked in the 200 block of Lake Street the afternoon of Oct. 8. Estimated loss is $100.

A 27-year-old Cicero man was arrested the morning of Oct. 9 after police discovered he took a vehicle that belonged to Hertz on July 28 from the 600 block of Madison Street.

A spare tire was removed from a Jeep Wrangler parked in a lot in the first block of Erie Court between the afternoon and night of Oct. 9. Estimated loss is $1,200. During that same time, a spare tire was removed from another Jeep Wrangler parked in the same lot.

A witness saw an unknown man riding a black and green Raleigh bike in the 100 block of North Oak Park Avenue the morning of Oct. 10 that the witness knew did not belong to the man. Estimated loss is $528.

Someone used a cutting tool to remove the catalytic converter from underneath a 2000 Toyota 4-Runner that was parked in the Senior Center parking lot in the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue the afternoon of Oct. 10. Estimated loss is $1,388.

Two unknown men removed a woman's wallet from her purse that was hanging on the back of a chair in the 1100 block of Lake Street the afternoon of Oct. 12. Estimated loss is $100.

A UPS package containing an Adidas jacket and pants that was delivered and left in the front hall of a residence in the 400 block of Home Avenue was removed between the morning and night of Oct. 10. Estimated loss is $118.

Someone removed a catalytic converter from a 1999 red Chevy Cavalier in the 6500 block of Roosevelt Road between the morning and evening of Oct. 13. Estimated loss is $1,000.

A resident of the 100 block of Park Avenue told police the afternoon of Oct. 9 someone removed jewelry and a camera valued at more than $3,100 from her home.


Someone removed an orange and grey backpack-style Stiehl leaf blower from a garage in the 600 block of North Kenilworth Avenue between the afternoon of Oct. 7 and evening of Oct. 9. Estimated loss is $500.

An unknown person entered a residence in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard between the afternoon and night of Oct. 10 by defeating the lock on the interior door and removed a Playstation 3, two televisions, a laptop computer, a stereo, a Blu-Ray player, a computer tower and miscellaneous pieces of jewelry. Estimated loss is $11,500.

Someone broke the driver's side door window on a blue 2006 Toyota Highlander and ransacked the interior overnight on Oct. 11 in the 400 block of South Grove Street. Estimated damage is $300.

An unknown person used a rock to break the driver's side window of a black Nissan Altima in the 200 block of South Marion Street between the night of Oct. 10 and morning of Oct. 12, ransacked the interior and removed prescribed medication. Estimated damage and loss is $255.

A Garmin GPS unit and $30 in cash was removed from a 2002 Chrysler Concorde in the 200 block of West Washington Avenue overnight Oct. 13. Estimated loss is $170.

An unknown man who was observed inside a vehicle in the 300 block of South Lombard Avenue the night of Oct. 13 removed an iPhone charger and loose change. He fled the scene when confronted. Estimated loss is $37.

A security officer at Concordia University told police the evening of Oct. 10 that someone had forced entry to five lockers in the varsity football locker room and removed cell phones, keys, identification and credit cards. The next evening, an officer at Dominican University reported that cell phones, an iPad and identification had been taken from lockers in their varsity soccer locker room.

Residents of the first block of Thatcher Avenue told police that someone removed a Toro snow blower from their garage overnight Oct. 13. Estimated loss is $470.


An unknown man approached another man in the 1100 block of Wesley Avenue the night of Oct. 10, displayed a gun and demanded the man drop his iPhone. The victim complied and fled the scene. Estimated loss is $500.

A man was approached from behind in an alley in the 100 block of North Taylor Avenue the night of Oct. 12 by an unknown man who grabbed him around the neck and attempted to punch him and throw him to the ground. The offender implied he had a gun and demanded the contents of the victim's pockets. The offender then removed $20 in cash and an iPod Nano before he fled on foot. Estimated loss is $135.

Criminal trespass

Police arrested two juveniles from Chicago, ages 14 and 17, who an Oak Park resident said entered an unlocked vehicle in the rear of the 300 block of South Elmwood Avenue and ransacked the center console. A witness reported to police that he saw suspicious people walking in a nearby alley looking into yards and garages, and police found the suspects hiding in a yard in the 300 block of Scoville Avenue.


Police arrested an 18-year-old man Oct. 11 in the 800 block of North Boulevard for his involvement in a fight the day before in the 800 block of Lake Street. A 15-year-old boy was also arrested the afternoon of Oct. 11 for his involvement in a related fight the day before in the 700 block of Lake Street. Both arrestees are students at Oak Park and River Forest High School and had been involved in a prior dispute with another 15-year-old student. No injuries were reported.

Driving under the influence

A 36-year-old Oak Park woman was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol the night of Oct. 11 after the white Hyundai she was driving in the 200 block of Harrison Street struck a car parked in front of her as she pulled out of a parking space. Her blood alcohol level was 0.167.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Oct. 9-15 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 apprehension.

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Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: October 23rd, 2012 7:41 AM

long retired cop on disability

Keeping track  

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 8:37 PM

The other two Oak Parkers busted for child porn in recent years (the cop who committed suicide and Bruce Dumont's partner) were both white.

Keepn It Real   

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 4:48 PM

Scary Halloween Costume Idea: Dress up as Joe V. Hymon


Posted: October 22nd, 2012 3:58 PM

What a class act @ Steve. I thought you were leaving this blog never to return again.This is why they don't post pictures for racist clowns like you. These people that like child porns come in all shapes and colors and for you to say the statement you made shows me ur a chatroom racist. And I say chatroom, because not even in you best day would you say what you said outside of a chatroom,better yet you're a chatroom kitty if you know what I mean. Get a life you clown!!!

Keepn It Real  

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 1:28 PM

WJ, I think its time to disable the comments because Steve is about to make me say something REAL bad...What a asshole..sorry, to late

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 12:38 PM

Not reading, just looking at the pictures. Nice to know the guy arrested for child porn was black and the identity of the two guys who forced their way into a home were...

OP Guy  

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 11:42 AM

What's up with the child porn criminal story having it's comments disabled before any comments are even made?


Posted: October 19th, 2012 12:15 PM

@Concerned, what I'm saying is be grateful that someone is reporting something to you.Some news is better than no news,And if you're soooo concerned get out in the community and get involved closing your doors and locking your windows only sounds good until you're the victim. Then you'd want everyone to support and help you.And @ Steve PLEASE DON'T LEAVE WHAT ARE WE TO DO WITHOUT YOU!?????????

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: October 19th, 2012 8:49 AM

So Mr. Haley, you will only publish a description of a suspect at large involved in a serious crime when it is detailed. However, you do not hesitate to publish a picture of a suspect who has been apprehended. Interesting policy... This is my last post on the subject, and I will not read this paper again.

OP Guy  

Posted: October 18th, 2012 10:06 PM

Cont... the more details given, regardless of how insignificant one may think, could actually mean something to someone else and lead to an arrest. Leaving out details is irresponsible as far as crime goes. Every time I've called the police about suspicious activity, they always ask for every single detail... I wonder why? I'm a news outlet wants to report generic stories, it may be more efficient to have a few pre-typed versions that they can cut and paste regularly... this would save time.

OP Guy  

Posted: October 18th, 2012 9:57 PM

Someone somewhere in Oak Park did something to someone in someone's home and got away with something... The things that separates one story or event from another are the details. The more the details are glossed over, the more generic the story makes the event out to be. This is why I can read the crime section every so often and feel like I'm reading the same story over and over again. The fact that similar crimes happen in Oak Park frequently should prompt more details to separate them cont...

Concerned resident  

Posted: October 18th, 2012 9:50 PM

U_CRACK, so we residents should be grateful for half a report just cause you lived in a place where people didn't report at all? Taking your logic a little further, should the poor just east of us in Chicago be grateful for where they live and what they have because people in certain parts of Africa are starving and are victim to a much higher levels of violence?

And yet you have sawdust for brains ...  

Posted: October 18th, 2012 8:10 PM

S You realize that the hits are what keep this turd in the punch bowl afloat through advertising dollars.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: October 18th, 2012 5:58 PM

Sarcasm hat - We at the Wednesday Journal strive for mediocrity; no matter the cost. We could report news in a more accurate manner but what would be the point of that?


Posted: October 18th, 2012 3:45 PM

Excuse my typos and mis spelled words


Posted: October 18th, 2012 3:43 PM

This is why I say it doesn't matter, when I stayed in Chicago something was happening everyday and no one reported anything.From burglaries, car break ins, and robbery,The only thing that would get reported was if someone was shot or killed. And most of the time that wouldn't get reported. You guys should be glad someone is getting something out to you. As far as I see it KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK DAN and DEVIN I APPERICATE ALL YOU DO. THANKS!!!!!!!

And Yet...?  

Posted: October 18th, 2012 2:37 PM

And yet you are perfectly willing to voice your considerable opinions at every chance on the website run by this same paper. Maybe the WJ should start charging for the online subscription/ability to comment like other papers do.


Posted: October 18th, 2012 12:32 PM

Dan, you are what is wrong with this society and Oak Park in particular. Your paternalistic approach does far more harm than good. It is also incredibly outdated and undermines your paper as a credible source of information. Your paper to run as you see fit, but it's also why our family won't spend a plug nickle to get your paper at our home.


Posted: October 18th, 2012 11:50 AM

OK Steve, I'm going to tell you what Dan REALLY wants to tell you,he said it in a nice way I'm not. "We print the facts here but we don't care about the races, if you want to start up your own blog Please feel free and do so. If you don't like our policy we don't care". Ok now it's me talking Steve stop whinning and start up a green beret group and hit the street stopping crime and their races. I know you can do it, you and Violet,I have you hero names Clownman and Birdbreath

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: October 18th, 2012 8:36 AM

Dan, thank you for responding. But... when two men force their way into a home, that is a serious crime. Any incident involving a gun is a serious crime. Any description of suspects at large involved in a serious crime, not just a "detailed" description would be appreciated. And just what is detailed? Height, weight, hair color? Or perhaps a name and address?

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: October 18th, 2012 8:11 AM

Dear Steve, Don't know the reference you are making. I never said we "print the information the police department gives" us in some sort of stenographic fashion. If you go back and read what I actually wrote a month or so back on this subject it had to do with our policy on racially identifying people in our newspaper -- blotter, news, features, sports, etc. As it relates to blotter, our policy is that only in the case of serious crime when the suspect is at large and when the police are able to provide a detailed description of the suspect -- beyond a young black man in a black hoodie -- then we include that full description. Other news outlets are free to set their policy. If you don't approve of our policy I can live with that.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: October 18th, 2012 7:23 AM

OK, Dan Haley. You said you print the information that the police department gives you. You printed "An unknown man approached another man in the 1100 block of Wesley Avenue the night of Oct. 10, displayed a gun ..." while the previous poster actually gives a description from another news source. You're both getting the same information, you choose NOT to print the facts. This paper has lost what little credibility it had.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: October 17th, 2012 4:24 PM

regarding the armed robbery, this is the write up in the patch. Much better information. "Police reported that a Justice resident was robbed at gunpoint on the 1100 block of Wesley at about 9:23 p.m. The robber, described as black, in his early 20s, of medium build and wearing a black hoodie, demanded the victim hand over his iPhone. The estimated loss was $500"

Violet Aura  

Posted: October 17th, 2012 12:51 PM

Steve, do you have a window near the front porch? If so, open it and ask thru the window, rather than risk having this happen. This has happened to me, as well, and I have those crank-type windows that you can open and speak to a person without having to open the door. Sometimes the person may be pretending to sell something but is casing the house to see if someone is home. If the resident answers, they might pretend they're selling magazines or something.


Posted: October 17th, 2012 12:50 PM

So who argues that we don't live in Orwell's 1984? People invade home: recharacterized as a rude home entry with permanent borrowing of other person's stuff. Race of "borrowers" is conveniently absent. Here's the thing: the truth is the ultimate defense. If two people of [insert race] invade a home, it's ok to say that. Residents should be aware so that they can pressure the police to do their job better and the Village to stop hiding the truth.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: October 17th, 2012 12:07 PM

So this wasn't a home invasion? If it walks, talks and smells like a duck, chances are it's a duck.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: October 17th, 2012 11:13 AM

Not to re-open a can of worms, a general description would help.. This time of year I continually get people knocking on my door to rake my leaves. Do I not answer the door? Do I only answer for children 10 and under? Should my wife answer the door? What about when they come around offering to shovel my snow? Should I constantly call the police department when I get people knocking on my door offering their unsolicited handyman services? Please don't jump to any conclusions about my questions.


Posted: October 17th, 2012 10:31 AM

we hear so often "no comments or details while under investigation" but it can be very valid to not disclose detail or desription. surely specific addy of the 600 block would not be so ideal. victim also, understandably might be terrified of another home invasion or retaliation from insane offenders getting caught.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: October 17th, 2012 7:22 AM

"Men push their way into Oak Park home, rob resident" same old story, same old song and dance...

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