Cops: Arsonist set fire to mattress | Police reports Sept. 30-Oct. 6

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

An unknown person lit a mattress on fire, after placing it against a residence in the 500 block of North Harvey Avenue in Oak Park around 5 a.m. on Oct. 2, according to police. 

While the mattress was burning, a man in his 50s entered the 7-Eleven store on the corner of North Harvey and Chicago avenues and reported to staff that a house was on fire. 

The 7-Eleven employee then left the store to investigate the fire, returning shortly after to find the man who reported the fire behind the checkout counter, attempting to steal cigarettes. The man fled the scene. 

Oak Park police are investigating whether that same man started the fire as a diversion or if it was started by a different person, unrelated to the attempted 7-Eleven theft. Police are treating the incident as arson.


Armed robbery

An Oak Park resident was robbed around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard by a man in his 20s who was carrying a gun. The offender took the victim's green purse, keys and iPhone 7, which she carried in her back pants pocket.

The man, described as a black with a medium build and around 6 feet tall, was last seen wearing jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood cinched over his face. 

He was with two other men, also in their 20s, wearing black hoodies with the hoods cinched over their faces. The three men fled in the victim's vehicle. 

Chicago police found the victim's vehicle unoccupied in the 4800 block of West Gladys Avenue, Chicago, around 4:40 p.m. the next day. 


Vehicle break-in

Someone broke into an Oak Park resident's car by prying open the door during the overnight hours of Sept. 28-29 in the 300 block of South Taylor Avenue. The vehicle's ignition was damaged.


Man arrested for vehicular burglary

Devon Richardson, 22, of Oak Park, was arrested on Oct 3 in the 700 block of Columbian Avenue and charged with burglary to motor vehicle.



Someone broke the lock to an Oak Park resident's storage unit inside a building in the 100 block of South Maple Avenue during the early morning hours of Sept. 29. A stereo amplifier and speakers were removed and stacked outside of the unit.

A storage unit belonging to an Oak Park resident in the 200 block of Wesley Avenue was broken into between Sept. 27 and Oct. 3 after someone cut the security lock. The person rummaged through boxes. 

An attempted residential burglary occurred around 8 p.m. on Sept. 29 when someone tried to pry open the rear door of an Oak Park home in the 600 block of South Austin Boulevard.

An Oak Park residence in the 900 block of Fair Oaks Avenue was broken into after the rear kitchen door was forced open Oct. 1. A silver MacBook Air laptop was taken from inside.


Vehicle theft

An Oak Park resident's vehicle was stolen during the overnight hours of Sept. 29-30 from the 700 block of Woodbine Avenue, where it was left unlocked with the keys inside.  

Around midnight Oct. 2, Chicago police recovered a stolen 2016 Mazda CX9, belonging to an Oak Park resident, in the 3400 block of West Congress Parkway, Chicago, after it was involved in an accident. The vehicle was reported stolen on Sept. 23 from the 500 block of North Marion Street. Chicago police apprehended one person.



A man in a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans and white shoes with a black backpack was caught on a security camera taking an unchained blue and white Giant bicycle in the 1100 block of Lake Street on Sept. 28.

In the 1000 block of Lake Street on the night of Sept. 29, a men's black Gravity Dutch Express bike was taken after the lock securing it was cut.

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.

Compiled by Stacey Sheridan

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