Oak Park and River Forest police reports-Dec. 9-15

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Keep your eyes on the road

River Forest police observed a vehicle making erratic movements and committing several traffic violations around 2 a.m., Dec. 13, near Greenfield Street and Harlem Avenue. 

Police stopped the car and further investigation revealed the driver, a 19-year-old man from Oak Park, was "engaging in sexual conduct" with his girlfriend, age 15. He was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor criminal sexual abuse after the juvenile's mother signed complaints.  

Grinch swipes porch packages

A package containing a baby video monitor was removed from the front porch of a house in the 400 block of Greenfield Street, Dec. 6. A package was removed from the front porch of a house in the 1000 block of Thatcher Avenue in River Forest, Dec. 10. In the 1000 block of Wisconsin Avenue, Dec. 13, a woman observed a 30-year-old male wearing a dark stocking cap and carrying a Marshall's bag open a package on her porch. When she confronted him, he fled on an older red bike. A package was removed from a porch in the 1000 block of Home Avenue around the same time, and police found bicycle tire tracks in the snow. Three packages were taken from the front porch of a house in the 800 block of South Lombard Avenue, the evening of Dec. 13. 

Dorm weed at Dominican

Police arrested a Dominican University student, 18, from Oak Park, after school security reported a strong smell of cannabis emitting from a dorm room in Coughlin Hall. A search of the room revealed 15 grams of cannabis, packaged for sale, a digital scale and 200 baggies. The student was charged with felony unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Off-road vehicle

River Forest police arrested a woman who drove her car off the road and into the snow in the 7900 block of North Avenue around 3:20 a.m., Dec. 14. The driver, 28, from Hampshire, exhibited signs of intoxication. She failed field sobriety tests and was found to be in possession of oxycodone pills. 

She was also found to have her license suspended for a previous DUI. She was charged with felony DUI and various traffic offenses.

Someone removed a 2002 red Ford Focus parked in the 400 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, overnight Dec. 12-13. Estimated loss was $2,000.

A 24-year-old male fare jumper and Oak Park resident was arrested near the Ridgeland Avenue Green Line train station around 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14, and charged with theft of services from the CTA. 

Target practice

A 48-year-old Chicago man was arrested in the 100 block of North Oak Park Avenue after he allegedly shot a pellet from an air rifle out the third-floor window of a building and hit a victim in the ear as he walked in the 700 block of Lake Street. The man was charged with aggravated battery in the public way and aggravated battery.


A Honda portable generator was removed from the flatbed of a trailer parked in the 1100 block of South Gunderson Avenue, the afternoon of Dec. 11. Estimated loss was $2,500.

A jacket containing car keys and a personal check was removed from a business in the 800 block of Lake Street around noon, Dec. 14. 

A team of two male customers, about 50 years old, distracted a cashier and removed $200 from the register at Jewel in the 400 block of Madison Street around 3 p.m., Dec. 13.

A violin worth $1,200 was removed from a classroom at Mann School in the 900 block of North Kenilworth Avenue sometime between Nov. 29 and Dec. 6.

An iPhone was reported stolen from an unsecured locker at Oak Park and River Forest High School, the afternoon of Dec. 9. Estimated loss was $325.

Two men were observed on surveillance video attempting to tamper with the ticket pay station machine at the Holly Court Parking Garage around 10 p.m., Dec. 9. They damaged the machine with an unknown object. Damage was estimated at $1,500. 

Fists in action

A clerk at the Go Lo gas station in the 300 block of Chicago Avenue told police two men entered the station convenience store, stuffed their jackets with merchandise and attempted to leave without paying around 6:40 p.m., Dec. 10.

When the clerk confronted them, both offenders struck him with their fists, fled out the door and entrered a maroon four-door vehicle. 

A juvenile was arrested for battery at a building in the 6500 block of North Avenue, the morning of Dec. 11 and was turned over to a parent. 

A 38-year-old Chicago man was arrested and charged with battery to a police officer around noon, Dec. 14, in the 1000 block of Chicago Avenue.  

Purse snatchings

A woman told police she was approached by three young men in the alley behind her house in the 1000 block of Mapleton around 5:30 p.m., Dec. 9. One juvenile attempted to grab her purse but was not successful. The three fled down the alley.

A woman's purse was snatched around 6:30 p.m., Dec. 13, in the 1000 block of South East Avenue by a male offender who approached her from the rear and grabbed her black Rositti handbag from her shoulder. Loss was estimated at $531.

Persons unknown sprayed 10 Christmas trees for sale with a fire extinguisher, damaging them with foam, overnight Dec. 14-15, at a tree lot in the 1100 block of Chicago Avenue. Estimated loss was $100.


Someone entered a house in the 1000 block of North Taylor Avenue through an unlocked rear window during the day, Dec. 11, and removed a black flat-screen TV, two laptops, a watch, a purse and a pair of Michael Jordan gym shoes. Loss was estimated at $1,600.

Someone entered Green Home Experts in the 800 block of South Boulevard, overnight Dec. 8-9, by breaking a 10 x 10-inch window, and removed a laptop computer. Estimated loss was not given.

Someone entered a residence in the 900 block of Lake Street by prying open the front door, the afternoon of Dec. 9. The residence was found ransacked and a laptop, iPod, miscellaneous jewelry, a cellphone and cash were discovered missing. Estimated loss was $1,050.

Two men were observed breaking into a residence in the 1000 block of North Harvey Avenue around 3:15 p.m., Dec. 9, by forcing open the front door. Removed from the house were a silver iPad tablet, an iPod and a laptop. Loss was estimated at $2,400.

Someone tried to enter the rear stairwell door of an apartment building in the 300 block of Washington Boulevard, the afternoon of Dec. 14, by prying open the back door, but failed to gain entry to an apartment.

Someone tried to kick open the rear door of a house in the 400 block of South Taylor Avenue during the day, Dec. 14, but was unable to gain entrance. Damage was estimated at $200.

Someone tried to pull off the door by removing the hinges of a storage unit in the basement of a building in the 1000 block of Pleasant Street, sometime between Nov. 29 and Dec. 15. No loss was reported. 

An unlocked garage was burglarized, the afternoon of Dec. 11, in the 900 block of Wisconsin Avenue.

Unlocked vehicles were burglarized in the 500 block of Lake Street, Dec. 11, and in the 800 block of North Austin Boulevard, overnight Dec.13.

 These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Dec. 9-15 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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joe from south oak park  

Posted: December 26th, 2013 9:58 PM

When I was a younger we used to say, "15 will get you 20". A young man's life likely wasted over a stupid decision on his part. Unless the charges are reduced the young man will be a sexual offender for the rest of his life and will likely be on welfare and unemployable with taxpayers footing the bill. These two could have easily went to high school together. I'm glad we have laws in place to punish folks for the abuse of children, but this is a good example of the need for Judicial discretion.

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