Oak Park River Forest Crime Report: Oct. 22-Nov. 4

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Man sent cyber gun threats, police say

River Forest police arrested an 18-year-old Chicago man, Oct. 22, after he allegedly sent emails displaying photos of a gun and menacing messages to several fellow students at Concordia University. Further investigation revealed he had ordered a BB gun replica of a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol and sent stock photos of his new purchase to the other students. He was arrested at his residence in Chicago and charged with felony disorderly conduct.

Courtyard robbery with gun

A man was approached in the courtyard of his building in the 200 block of South Boulevard around 8:45 p.m., Oct. 31, by an unknown male, around 16 years old, his mouth covered with a black winter mask. The offender displayed a black handgun and stated, "Give me all you got." The victim handed over his wallet and a white HTC Radar cellphone. The offender fled westbound on South. Loss was estimated at $439.

Burglary arrests

Oak Park police arrested a Chicago man and a Chicago juvenile in connection with a burglary ring targeting northeast Oak Park in October. Last week, they arrested Deontray H. Dennis, 18, and Dustin Betancourt, 19, in connection with seven Oak Park burglaries. Officers also picked up Maurice L. Pryor, 18, at his home in the 5200 block of West Washington Boulevard, Oct. 31. The male juvenile was nabbed Nov. 4 while burglarizing an Oak Park home in the 1000 block of Fair Oaks. The juvenile was charged with five related burglaries, processed and transported to the juvenile detention center.

75 in a 30-mph zone

River Forest police arrested a 32-year-old Melrose Park woman around 3:45 a.m., Oct. 25, in the 7900 block of North Avenue after observing her driving a vehicle travelling 75 mph in a 30-mph zone and committing several traffic violations. She was found to be intoxicated and blew a .160 blood alcohol content score on the breathalyzer, twice the legal limit of .08. She was charged with DUI and traffic offenses.


  • Police arrested a 37-year-old Chicago man in the 1100 block of North Grove Avenue at 3 a.m., Oct. 31, and charged him with theft.
  • Someone took an Apple iPhone left in the bathroom at McDonald's, 624 N. Harlem Ave., around 5:15 p.m., Oct. 29.
  • Someone removed an iPhone from an unlocked locker at Oak Park and River Forest High School during the day, Oct. 29.
  • An iPhone was stolen from a backpack at OPRFHS during the day Nov. 4.


  • A resident entered a house through a rear door in the 100 block of South Harvey Avenue around noon, Oct 29, found it ransacked and heard someone escaping through the front door, which had been kicked in. Estimated loss due to damage was $175.
  • Someone kicked in the basement door of a residence in the 800 block of Mapleton, the morning of Oct. 30, and removed three HP laptops, an iPad, a gold and diamond bracelet and an XBox 360 set. Estimated loss was $2,750.
  • Someone pried open the lock of the common storage area of a building in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard during the day, Oct. 31. Removed from a storage unit were a wood saw, a Black & Decker drill kit, and a hammer. Estimated loss was $55.
  • Someone entered a residence in the 500 block of Washington Boulevard during the day, Oct. 31, via the rear door and removed a Compaq laptop and jewelry. Loss was $600.
  • A rear-door screen and back window of an apartment in the 1100 block of Pleasant Street were reported damaged, Oct. 31.
  • Someone pried open the rear door of a home in the 700 block of North Cuyler Avenue during the day, Nov. 1, and removed an Apple iPad. Estimated loss was $1,000.
  • Jewelry and an Asus laptop were removed from a home burglarized between 2 and 2:30 p.m., Nov. 1, in the 300 block of Home Avenue, entered by prying open a door. Estimated loss was not provided.
  • Someone kicked in a rear door of a residence in the 100 block of Garfield during the day, Nov. 1. Missing were a 42-inch Vizio television, a black XBox 360 and games, jewelry, a laundry basket and an undetermined amount of cash. Loss was estimated at $1,400.
  • Unknown offenders kicked in a rear basement door of a house in the 800 block of North Harvey Avenue during the day, Nov. 1. Removed were an Apple Macbook, a Dell laptop, an iPod, four cellphones and an external hard drive. Loss was estimated at $2,350.
  • Someone crawled into an apartment in the 800 block of Wesley Avenue during the day, Nov. 1, through the closed-but-unlocked dining room window and removed a laptop and $20 in change.

Halloween mischief

  • A victim standing on the southeast corner of the 700 block of South Ridgeland Avenue around 6 p.m., Oct. 31, was splattered by a paint gun wielded by unknown persons in a passing black SUV.
  • Two men were seen hurling a pumpkin at a house in the 400 block of North Cuyler Boulevard, breaking the front storm window around 8:30 p.m. Damage was estimated at $200.
  • Someone shot out a front window of a house in the 900 block of North Harvey, overnight Nov. 2, with a BB-type projectile. Damage was estimated at $300.

Auto burglaries

  • Thieves broke into an unlocked 2001 Hyundai parked in the 1000 block of South Harvey Avenue, overnight Oct. 29-30, and removed a Garmin GPS. Using the car's overhead garage remote, they then entered the garage and ransacked an unlocked vehicle inside. Estimated loss was $220.
  • River Forest police nabbed two Chicago men seen opening an unlocked car door in the parking lot of the Kirk Eye Center in the 7400 block of Lake Street around 2:30 p.m., Oct. 30. They admitted they had been eyeing a black canvas bag in the vehicle and were planning to steal it. They were charged with misdemeanor attempted theft.
  • Chicago police recovered a purple 1999 Dodge van, removed from the 1100 South Harvey Avenue, Oct. 21. The vehicle was found in the 800 block of South Tripp Avenue on Oct. 31.

Garage burglary roundup

Garage burglaries were reported from an unlocked garage in the 600 block of South Taylor Avenue, overnight Oct. 28-29, and from an unlocked garage in the 300 block of South Cuyler Avenue, overnight Oct. 31-Nov. 1. An unlocked garage was burglarized, overnight Nov. 1-2, in the 500 block of South Humphrey Avenue.

Bike theft roundup

Locked bicycles were removed from the 300 block of South Kenilworth Avenue during the evening, Oct. 29, and from the 800 block of Wenonah Avenue, overnight Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Oct. 22-Nov.4 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 Jean Lotus

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Violet Aura  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 11:26 AM

@Rez: That is my old 'hood! So I know the boundaries and find it odd that it spans from Austin to Cuyler (these recent break-ins). I believe it might be an actual OP resident who knows the area rather than just someone passing through from Chicago. What is alarming is that there were all those arrests and still the same inordinate amount of burglaries! Does anyone care about this? It's not being highlighted as a big deal and it strikes me as very much one.


Posted: November 7th, 2013 12:59 AM

VA, yes, for some reason it's focused around whittier. May the criminals are coming straight up Division or Augusta, from the west side.

PSA from BlackBerry  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 2:32 PM

Prevent iPhone thefts...buy a BlackBerry.

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 11:00 AM

OMG, the Whittier district is getting hit hard with burglaries the last three weeks, even after this ring has been busted.

OP Dude  

Posted: November 5th, 2013 10:59 PM

A nice collection of thuggery these past 2 weeks. Hope these thugs get what's coming to them. Also, why describe the color of the mack and gun, but not the robber?

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