Oak Park resident carjacked on Austin Blvd. | Police reports Oct. 21-27

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

An Oak Park resident was carjacked around 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 in the 200 block of North Austin Boulevard after being approached by two men, both approximately 5-foot-3 with thin builds, one of whom wore a black ski mask, light colored jeans and exposed plaid shorts. 

The man in the mask, holding a handgun, reportedly demanded the victim's cell phone and car keys. Both men then got in the car and drove east on West End Avenue. The unoccupied vehicle was found later by Chicago police in the 200 block of North Central Avenue in Chicago.


Vehicle theft

An unknown man stole an Oak Park resident's 2019 Honda Fit in the 1100 block of Fair Oaks Avenue Oct. 27 around 6:40 p.m. The unattended, unlocked vehicle was left running. The estimated loss is $18,000.


Residential burglary

Oak Park police reported that someone forced open the door to an apartment inside a building in the 400 block of South Taylor Avenue sometime between Sept 1 and Oct. 14. A Frigidaire gas stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and an LG combination washer and dryer unit were taken. The apartment was unoccupied.

A person broke into an Oak Park residence in the 400 block of North Harlem Avenue on Oct. 25 around 1:10 p.m. The person entered through an unlocked rear window and took a 27-inch iMac computer, a GoPro Hero 5, a GoPro Hero 4, a Canon Rebel T31 camera and a safe containing passports and paperwork. The estimated loss is $2,700.

Someone broke into an apartment in the 900 block of Pleasant Street, entering through a closed but unlocked door on Oct. 25, between 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. The apartment was ransacked and an Apple iPod plus $100 in cash were taken, a total estimated loss of $300.



Around 5 p.m. Oct 26, two men took an Apple iPhone X from the a Schaumberg resident's hands while she was riding on a CTA train at the Blue Line stop in 700 block of South Austin Boulevard. The two men fled from the train. One collided with another person as the two ran east on the train platform. 

A woman's wallet was stolen from her backpack while she was shopping in the 400 block of Madison Street around 4 p.m. on Oct. 26. The wallet contained debit cards and identification. 


These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Sept. 23-29 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.

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Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: November 2nd, 2019 8:06 AM

@Fred - the plaid was code for them being Scottish

Fred Bernacchi  

Posted: November 1st, 2019 4:29 PM

Stacey: I guess this armed car-jacking wasn't a "serious crime", or "the suspect is still at large" is no longer a factor. Wouldn't knowing the suspects' race help out? But at least we know they were "two men, 5' 3" with thin builds, ......exposed plaid shorts". Thanks!

Kevin Peppard  

Posted: October 30th, 2019 8:09 AM

It helps to put a faces and real human beings behind the victims of these reports. The person who was carjacked near Austin wrote of her experience on a local Facebook site. Absolutely terrifying. The police were responsive, but can't be everywhere at once. We all wish her well.

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