Business on Garfield robbed at gunpoint

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A business in the 1100 block of Garfield Street was robbed at gunpoint by two men at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 23. The men, described as about 5-foot-7 and 130 pounds, entered the business wearing masks and all-black clothing and carrying silver handguns. They disabled security cameras and demanded the victim's cellphone and money. The victim handed over two iPhones and $200. The two men then fled out the rear door in an unknown direction. The estimated loss is $1,000.


Armed robbery

An Oak Park resident was robbed at gunpoint after parking his car in his garage in the 1000 block of South Maple Avenue at 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 24. The victim pulled his car in the garage and a man entered the garage, displayed a handgun and shouted, "Where is it?" multiple times. That man was described as between the ages of 17 and 25, 160 pounds, and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood over his head, black pants and black shoes. A second man, between the ages of 20 and 30 and wearing dark pants and a dark hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head, entered the garage, pointed a gun to the victim's head and demanded his wallet. The victim handed over the wallet, which contained miscellaneous ID, credit cards and $20. The two men then fled northbound through the Maple/Wisconsin alley.



A vehicle was burglarized in the 900 block of Pleasant Street sometime between 2 p.m. on Nov. 22 and 11:54 a.m. on Nov. 23. The burglar entered the vehicle, which was parked in the rear parking lot, through an unlocked door and took a gold diamond wedding ring, a white gold wedding band with small diamonds, $20, and a Nikon L340 digital camera. The estimated loss is $5,017.81.

Guillermo Moreno, 18, of the 1100 block of South Euclid Avenue in Oak Park, was arrested in the 1000 block of Erie Street, at 11:24 p.m. on Nov. 24 and charged with auto burglary. The victim was identified as a Schaumburg resident.

A residential garage was the target of an attempted burglary in the 700 block of Wenonah Avenue at 11:06 p.m. on Nov. 18. A man, described as in his 50s, about 6-foot-tall, with a thin build and wearing a dark fur winter cap and dark-colored clothing, entered the garage through an unlocked side service door. The resident confronted the burglar, who then fled in an unknown direction. No loss was reported.

Criminal damage to property

The kitchen window to a residence in the 1100 block of North Oak Park Avenue was damaged by an unknown projectile sometime between 5 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 1 p.m. on Nov. 25. The estimated loss was unknown.

The front passenger door and window of a vehicle in the 1100 block of Rossell Avenue were damaged by multiple BB gun pellets sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 and 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 26. The estimated loss due to damage is $500.

A smooth, white stone was used to damage a 10-by-5-foot window in the 100 block of North Oak Park Avenue sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 7:44 a.m. on Nov. 21. The estimated loss due to damage is $1,000.

A window was shattered on the east side of a building in the 6900 block of West North Avenue sometime between 10 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 7:45 a.m. on Nov. 21. The estimated damage is $1,000.


Motor vehicle theft

A silver and white 2008 Smart Car was stolen from a garage in the 700 block of Lyman Avenue, sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 and 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 26. The estimated loss is $550.

A vehicle was stolen from a gas station in the 7100 block of Roosevelt Road at 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 18. The keys were left in the vehicle's ignition, and the thief made off with the vehicle while the victim was inside the gas station. The vehicle was last seen headed eastbound on Roosevelt. The estimated loss is $1,500. The vehicle was recovered the same day in the 700 block of North Central Park by Chicago police. One person was apprehended, but no additional information was provided about the arrest.


Retail theft arrest

A Berwyn man was arrested at 3:09 p.m. on Nov. 17 and charged with retail theft after he was positively identified by store security as the person who stole bottles of liquor from Pete's Fresh Market, 259 Lake St.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Nov. 17-25, 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 Timothy Inklebarger

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Ramona Lopez  

Posted: December 5th, 2017 10:46 AM

Cynthia.....Quite the opposite is true. Of all the crimes listed in this article, even those with multiple eye witnesses, not ONE described race. Are you delusional? Read the article about the shooting on North and Harlem. Again, no mention of race. Please cite examples because I RARELY see the race of alleged criminals printed in the Journal, if ever.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 29th, 2017 7:39 PM

@ Harris: Unless the victim or a substantial witness come forward and state, without being prompted, the race of the perpetrator the box on the report will remain empty or the box crossed out to show the question was asked and not answered. Police Summary Book, the book the reporters use to write their stories has been reduced to that guideline.So that's what gets reported to the reporter. and passed on to you thru the newspaper account.

Cynthia Ayoub Harris from Oak Park  

Posted: November 29th, 2017 6:43 PM

Why, when you report a crime allegedly committed by a black person, do you report the crime as being committed by a black person, and when the crime is (presumably) committed by a white person, no skin color is mentioned. Perhaps I am missing something, but it comes off as racist.

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