Oak Park and River Forest police reports - Nov. 6-12

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Hillside woman, Chicago girl take woman's phone and wallet

Police arrested a 20-year-old Hillside woman and a 16-year-old Chicago juvenile for taking another woman's phone and wallet while she sat in her car.

The woman told police, the night of Nov. 7, that she was parked in front of Core Yoga in the 7500 block of Lake Street in River Forest when a woman knocked on her car window and asked to use her iPhone. The victim got out of the car and gave the phone to the woman, who fled on foot through the parking lot while the victim chased her. The juvenile then entered the unlocked vehicle and removed the woman's purse.

Officers located both offenders, who had the iPhone and wallet. The purse was recovered from the rear of Core Yoga. The 20-year-old was charged with one felony count of theft and the 16-year-old will be petitioned for burglary and was turned over to a parent.


Someone broke the driver's side window and unlocked the door to a vehicle in the 1100 block of North Harlem Avenue, the morning of Nov. 5. Once inside, the offender removed a purse containing an Apple iPhone, $100 in cash, a checkbook and credit and identification cards. Estimated loss is $525.

Two red Honda generators, a Dynapac plate compactor and a Bosch chipping gun were removed from a construction site in the 800 block of Madison Street between the afternoon of Nov. 2 and morning of Nov. 5. Estimated loss is $4,200.

An unknown person gained entry to a rear yard in the 1000 block of South Ridgeland Avenue between the afternoon and evening of Nov. 4 and removed a Honda pressure washer, a 3-gallon air compressor, a silver men's mountain bicycle, a blue men's mountain bicycle, a saw and miscellaneous hand tools. Estimated loss is $775.

Someone removed a grey Specialized Expedition men's bicycle from a locked garage in the 500 block of North Cuyler Avenue, overnight Nov. 6. Estimated loss is $400.

An unknown person used a pry tool to enter a garage in the 700 block of South Cuyler Avenue, overnight Nov. 6, and remove a 21-speed Diamondback mountain bicycle and a 14-speed Motobecane bicycle. Estimated loss is $700.

Someone broke a basement window to enter a residence in the 1200 block of North East Avenue, the night of Nov. 7. Once inside, the offender ransacked the bedrooms, kitchen and basement and removed $25 in cash. Estimated loss and damage is $235.

An unlocked white 2007 Volvo parked in a driveway in the 900 block of South Boulevard was entered, overnight Nov. 7, and someone removed a leather wallet containing $20 in cash as well as credit cards and identification from the center console and a checkbook from the glove box.

An unlocked vehicle in the 1300 block of North Harlem Avenue was ransacked, overnight Nov. 9, and a Nikon digital camera was removed. Estimated loss is $200.

Someone removed a laptop computer from a vehicle in the 300 block of South Wesley Avenue between the mornings of Nov. 8 and 10. Estimated loss is $350.


A woman walking in the 900 block of Ontario Street, the night of Nov. 5, was pushed from behind and fell to the ground. Someone removed her shopping bag containing two hardcover books and $10 in candy bars. The offender then fled in an unknown direction. Estimated loss is $110.


A Cricket Muse cellphone was removed from the counter of the Shell gas station in the 400 block of Madison Street, early on the morning of Nov. 6, after the victim placed it there. Estimated loss is $120.

Someone entered a locked rear yard in the 600 block of South Scoville Avenue between the evening of Nov. 3 and morning of Nov. 6 and damaged and removed parts of the fan on the victim's air conditioner. Estimated damage and loss is $300.

Several solar-powered lights and fall decorations were removed from a front yard in the first block of Washington Boulevard, overnight Nov. 6. Estimated loss is $1,000.

A 2002 Volkswagen parked in a rear lot in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard was removed between the morning and evening of Nov. 8. Estimated loss is $8,200.

A green 26-inch men's Mongoose mountain bicycle, left unlocked and unattended in a front yard in the 600 block of Washington Boulevard, was removed on the night of Nov. 9. Estimated loss is $100.

A checkbook and $200 in cash were removed from a table at Bar Louie in the 1100 block of Lake Street, the afternoon of Nov. 11. Estimated loss is $210.

While a River Forest resident was eating at Panera Bread in the 7300 block of Lake Street, the morning of Nov. 9, someone removed her snakeskin purse from underneath her table. The purse contained her wallet with currency, identification documents, credit cards and a pair of Cartier sunglasses. The loss was over $500.

Criminal damage to property

A large cement brick was used to shatter the front windshield of a 2006 Chevy Cobalt parked in the rear of the 300 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, the afternoon of Nov. 7. Estimated damage is $200.

Someone damaged three exterior doorway lights in the 700 block of Erie Street, the early morning of Nov. 1. Estimated damage is $200.

A metal lawn chair was thrown at a pool cover, causing a two-inch tear, in the gated rear yard of a residence in the 300 block of North Euclid Avenue, overnight Nov. 7. Estimated damage and loss is $1,200.

An unknown person used a pry tool on the front driver's side and passenger's side doors of a vehicle in the 700 block of Garfield Street, overnight Nov. 8, but entry was not gained. Estimated damage is $50.

Someone shattered the front and rear driver's side window of a 2007 Lexus in the Metra lot in the 400 block of Thatcher Avenue, the morning of Nov. 11. Estimated damage is over $500.

Possession of a controlled substance

A River Forest officer observed a 23-year-old man who was known to him panhandling at 7-Eleven in the 1100 block of North Harlem Avenue, the early morning of Nov. 6. The officer asked him if he had anything he was not supposed to have and the man produced a bottle of methadone not prescribed to him. The officer took the man into custody.

During a traffic stop of a 20-year-old Elmwood Park woman, police searched the car and found a plastic bag containing 3.8 grams of a white powdery substance suspected to be cocaine where a 23-year-old woman had been sitting in the passenger seat. The 23-year-old was charged and held for a bond hearing.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Nov. 6-12 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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joe from south oak park  

Posted: November 14th, 2012 7:17 PM

either that or people need to stop leaving valuables unattended while picking up their food.


Posted: November 14th, 2012 3:42 PM

You would like to think its not the employees but you never know. Having a visible security guard should deter theifs.


Posted: November 14th, 2012 11:39 AM

@FOOM I agree either that or watch the employees, because someone knows who is doing it or they're part of it.


Posted: November 14th, 2012 8:51 AM

I'll say it every week Panera needs a visible security guard to curb these thefts. Every report there is someone getting robbed at Panera, clearly these theifs feel comfortable there.

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