Oak Park River Forest Crime Report: Oct. 20-29

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Police charge two with seven Oak Park burglaries

Oak Park police nabbed two Chicago men caught committing a burglary in the 100 block of Randolph around noon Oct. 24. By working with information shared through the West Suburban Drug and Gang Enforcement (WEDGE) unit, police were able to recover five laptop computers and a digital camera believed to have been taken during five other recent residential burglaries in the area. The computers and camera were found at a computer repair shop in Chicago. The two suspects cooperated with police, said David Powers, spokesman for the village government. Through detective work with WEDGE, the two men were tied to seven different local burglaries, Powers said.

North Taylor Avenue in Oak Park was the location of most of the burglaries to which the two men admitted. Deontray H. Dennis, 18, of the 900 block of Laramie was charged with four counts of burglary and Dustin Betancourt, 19, of the 1800 block of North Central Park Avenue was charged with five counts of residential burglary and one count of burglary.

Both men admitted to participating in burglaries Oct. 3 in the 900 block of North Taylor Avenue, Oct. 7 in the 500 block of North Taylor and Oct. 24 in the 100 block of North Taylor. Additionally, Dennis was charged with an incident in the 200 block of North Taylor Oct. 22. Betancourt also admitted involvement in incidents Oct. 19 on the 1000 block of North Hayes Avenue and Oct. 23 in the 900 block of North Lombard.

"These arrests demonstrate the value of communities sharing law enforcement resources and information to fight crime," said Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley, pointing out that neighboring communities share both borders and "we share criminals."

Give me what you've got

A victim was approached from behind in the 100 block of West Madison Street around 4 p.m. Oct. 23 by an unknown male and female. The man, with his hand in his pocket pointed toward the victim and said, "Give me what you've got," while the woman served as a lookout. The victim handed over $125 and offenders fled eastbound on Madison.

Threatened with garbage can

River Forest police arrested a 49-year-old man in the intersection of North Avenue and Harlem Avenue who was threatening to hit people with a garbage can around 11 p.m. Oct. 21. He was charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault.

Group grab

  • Oak Park police said six women with oversized bags entered the Deals store in the 6400 block of North Avenue around 10 a.m. Oct. 26 and stuffed cosmetic products into their bags and purses. They then fled as a group without paying.
  • River Forest police arrested a 32-year-old Oak Park woman who allegedly removed $140-worth of Huggies diapers from the Jewel Foods at 7525 W. Lake St. and then fought with store security. She was charged with felony theft after a 2005 retail theft conviction was discovered.


  • Someone forced in a basement door of a house in the 900 block of Hayes during the day Oct. 21 and removed a Toshiba laptop, an HP laptop, a pair of Bose headphones, a wireless mouse, a PlayStation 3 game system and games and an iPod. A 750 ml bottle of Patron tequila was also reported missing. Estimated loss was $2,730.
  • A home in the 200 block of North Taylor Avenue was burglarized during the day Oct. 22. Removed were three laptops, a digital camera and cash. Offenders forced in the locked side door. Loss was estimated at $4,250.
  • Also on Oct. 22 during the day, someone forced in the rear door of a house in the 200 block of North Harvey Avenue and removed jewelry, an iPod, a black backpack, a Canon camera and two MacBook laptops. Estimated loss was $2,990.
  • Someone entered a house in the 200 block of South Lombard Avenue during the day Oct. 22 by prying open the rear door. Residents found the house and garage ransacked. Missing were jewelry, a digital camera, a black MCI notebook and two mountain bikes. Estimated loss was not specified.
  • Two men were observed entering a house in the 900 block of North Lombard Avenue by forcing open the rear door between 8- 11 a.m. Oct. 23. Once inside the offenders ransacked the interior and removed two digital cameras, a MacBook computer, iPad, Wii gaming system and games. The men then kicked in the service door of the garage and removed three bikes. Estimated loss was $5,250.
  • Someone kicked in the rear doors of two apartments in the 1500 block of North Austin Boulevard the afternoon of Oct. 25. Both were ransacked. A black leather jacket, jewelry and $350 were removed from one unit. Estimated loss was $5,285. From the second, a 42-inch Panasonic television, a bracelet, $1,000 in coins and $5,000 cash was removed. Estimated loss was $7,900.
  • Burglars entered a house in the 800 block of North Taylor Avenue during the day Oct. 28 by forcing open a rear door. Once inside they ransacked the living room and removed a coral necklace and a Sony computer. Estimated loss was $6,500.


  • Landscaping bricks were used to shatter panes of glass of the garage at Oak Park and River Forest High School Oct. 21.
  • A package containing new women's boots was removed from a vestibule of a building in the 400 block of Home Avenue Oct. 22. Loss was $191.
  • Lawn furniture was removed from a yard in the 1100 block of North Elmwood Avenue overnight Oct. 22-23. Missing were two chaise chairs and a table. Loss was estimated at $1,500.
  • An unattended Revolution stroller was removed from the sidewalk in the 900 block of Lake Street between Oct. 21-23. Estimated loss was $450.
  • Someone damaged a house in the 500 block of North Kenilworth by attempting to pry off a chunk of aluminum siding between Oct. 17-24.
  • Someone removed $40 from a desk drawer in a 4th floor office at West Suburban Hospital in the 100 block of Erie Court between Oct. 23-24.
  • Someone shattered a 6-foot x 4-foot window on the north side of the IDOT building along the Eisenhower Expressway overnight Oct. 24-25. Estimated loss was $1,750.
  • A black iPhone was removed from the women's locker room at Oak Park and River Forest High School the morning of Oct. 23. Loss was estimated at $300.

Garage burglary roundup

Garages were burglarized though unlocked side service doors in the 1100 block of Clinton overnight Oct. 20-21, in the 800 block of North Elmwood Avenue Oct. 23-24. Burglars entered an open garage door in the 800 block of North Grove Avenue overnight Oct. 25-26 and removed two bikes.

Fifty textbooks were removed from an unlocked storage locker at Brooks Middle School in the 900 block of Washington Boulevard sometime between Aug. 1-Oct. 20. Estimated loss was $3,000.

Vehicle burglaries

  • Unlocked cars were burglarized in the 1100 block of South Oak Park and the 100 block of South Boulevard Oct 20-21.
  • Cars were burglarized by breaking a window in the 1000 block of South Ridgeland Avenue and on the 800 block of South Lombard Avenue overnight Oct. 20-21.
  • A Chicago juvenile was arrested in the 5900 block of West Hirsch Street Oct. 22 for burglary to auto in Oak Park. He was given a talking-to by Oak Park police and released to his parents.
  • A purple 1999 Dodge Caravan was removed from the 1100 block of South Harvey Avenue during the evening of Oct. 21. Estimated loss was $2,500.
  • A catalytic converter was removed from a Chevy Cavalier parked in the 1500 block of North Harlem Avenue by means of a cutting tool during the evening of Oct. 23. Loss was unknown.
  • Two vehicles, a 2003 Toyota Camry and a 2007 Mercedes Benz parked in the 100 block of North Kenilworth Avenue overnight Oct. 24-25 were damaged with a piece of concrete. Estimated damage was $2,400.
  • A 2000 green Honda Accord reported stolen from Oak Park on Oct. 19 was found Oct. 21 near the 400 block of North Mayfield Street in Chicago. Chicago Police made one arrest in connection with the theft. Chicago police recovered a 2000 maroon Dodge removed from Oak Park Oct. 13 in the 700 block of East 111th St. Oct. 23.
  • On Oct. 20 Chicago police recovered a green 1995 Toyota Avalon reported stolen from Oak Park in April in the 6600 block of South Drexel Avenue. One arrest was made.

Bike thefts

Unlocked bikes were reported removed from a yard in the 800 block of South Harvey Avenue Oct. 23 and the 1000 block of North Oak Park Avenue between Oct. 8-17.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Oct. 20-29 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 Jean Lotus

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lee from oak park  

Posted: October 31st, 2013 6:25 PM

Thank you Jean Lotus for keeping us updated on what's going on in Oak Park. Some of the crime reports or incidents don't make it to the evening news and we really wouldn't know if it wasn't published or by word of mouth. I think some Oak Park residents need to be more cautious, especially when walking down the street late at night and walking to and from the el and bus stops in the Oak Park area. Some residents do not really pay attention to what's going on around them; mostly looking down.


Posted: October 31st, 2013 11:56 AM

@Steve - It has been my experience that 'The Patch' news stories frequently (if not always) precedes their appearance on the Wednesday Journal site. I know this because I frequently toggle over to the WJ site only to find a significant delay in posting. It seems to be protocol.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: October 31st, 2013 7:29 AM

I read the article in the Patch 24 hours before it was posted in the WJ. Just an aside, how come this story of a serious nature is not presented on the WJ's homepage?

joe from south oak park  

Posted: October 30th, 2013 1:14 PM

No kidding Violet, I'm feeling better about spending some money this summer on replacing the 2 pane window on the back door with lexan and installing a high security strike plate for the deadbolt on the back door.

Likely Story from Oak Park  

Posted: October 30th, 2013 11:53 AM

Sure, Steve, sure.....

Violet Aura  

Posted: October 30th, 2013 11:47 AM

Wow, all these burglaries in recent weeks is quite alarming! Breaking into someone's house is only considered a home invasion if residents are present. The thing of it is that people can come home while the burglary is in progress and an OP woman was murdered as a result. It's scary that they caught a couple of guys but there are still others doing it in the same area. Are they connected to the arrested perps, I wonder...Stay safe, OPers!

More Police Presence Please!  

Posted: October 30th, 2013 11:02 AM

Around the north east section of Oak Park.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: October 30th, 2013 9:53 AM

FYI: when I posted this comment, there was NO article anywhere on the website.

Jean Lotus from Wednesday Journal Wednesday Journal Employee

Posted: October 30th, 2013 8:38 AM

Steve, For incidents that are of a serious nature, we often run a separate story and they do not appear in the crime blotter. http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/10-29-2013/Bullying-leads-to-fall-at-OPRF/

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: October 30th, 2013 8:25 AM

Where is the incident report on this: http://oakpark.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/student-pushed-over-oprf-railing-after-bullying-incident?

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