Guitar, amp stolen in robbery

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Jean Lotus

Staff reporter

Oak Park police said a man carrying musical equipment near Austin and Jackson Boulevards around 2 p.m. Nov. 18 was beaten and robbed of his guitar, amplifyer and cash.

Police said two men in their 30s exited a dark blue Chevy Impala and approached the man.

The offenders struck the victim in the face and removed a Fender guitar amplifier and a Martin D-12 guitar from the victim. One offender then reached in the victim's pockets and removed $183 in cash. The offenders then jumped in the Chevy and fled eastbound on Jackson Boulevard.

The estimated loss was $2,983.

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joe from south oak park  

Posted: December 8th, 2013 12:51 AM

ends up this guy sold the stuff to a pawn store in Berwyn hours before making a false report of a robbery. very odd.

Welcome to OP from Oak Park  

Posted: November 21st, 2013 9:15 PM

Why no witnesses? Let's try the same game WJ plays hehe... The crowd is roughly of two halves. One half thinks it's ok to rob the victim since the victim must be crazy to carry valuables in open sight. The other half is simply afraid of being accused of racism.

The dude  

Posted: November 21st, 2013 8:59 PM

Muntz, most people I know avoid Austin Blvd at all cost, even if it's a busy road. There been a shooting at the store at Division and Austin, and stuff goes down there despite the number of people. Why? Because thugs think they can get away with it, and don't have much foresight. If you look at the stats, you'll see that far more robberies happen along Austin Blvd than 1 or 2 streets over in Oak Park. Regarding more people, it's also easier to vanish in a crowd than on an empty street.


Posted: November 20th, 2013 10:28 AM

Most folks choose to walk down Austin vs one of the bordering side streets figuring it's more safe due to the # of cars and people in general on a busy street. Dozens of cars must have passed by during this altercation. It's not like you can easily mask the activity of beating someone, then taking a large musical instrument case and equipment. No witnesses?

White Liberal Guilt  

Posted: November 19th, 2013 8:33 PM

Colors are only important when it comes to cars, clothes and items.

The dude  

Posted: November 19th, 2013 8:32 PM

I agree with everything Tom said except for the statement about everything between North and Roosevelt and east of Ridgeland. That's way too general, and there have been plenty of robberies west of Ridgeland. You do get more on Austin and a couple of blocks west, but then the numbers start to change. There are various factors such as density of population, main arteries for easy get away etc... More stuff goes down all along Washington and Oak Park than Division and Ridgeland. Just depends.


Posted: November 19th, 2013 8:19 PM

no description of the perps....again? I now know to be concerned about a blue chevy and from earlier a pearl colored car. come on wednesday journal, time to get specific about the criminals not their cars.

THe dude  

Posted: November 19th, 2013 7:27 PM

It's sad, but not surprise at all. I'd wouldn't walk on Austin Blvd with anything valuable in plain sight, during the day or at night. I'm not blaming the victim, because you should have the freedom to carry your valuables anywhere, but you're asking from trouble is you do it close to or not Austin Blvd. I agree with Tom that the number of robberies and burglaries are going to sky rocket in the next month up to Jan. IT always happens, and won't stop happening.


Posted: November 19th, 2013 5:33 PM

If your from Oak Park, everyone knows that east of Ridgeland from North Ave. to Roosevelt Rd that walking around with merchandise like that and most anything else, your out of your mind's only getting worse ...getting into holidays thefts will increase ....sad but most definitely True!


Posted: November 19th, 2013 4:59 PM

Unbelievable. Can't you even carry a musical instrument in broad daylight anymore? Certainly there were numerous witnesses on a busy street at 2pm in the afternoon. I'm sure a local pawn shop already bought these cheap.

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