Car owner thwarts theft of vehicle

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A Chicago resident prevented a thief from stealing their car in the 500 block of South Austin Boulevard at 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 10. The thief entered the owner's silver 2009 Lincoln MDX, and the intended victim confronted the thief. Police report that the car owner, whose gender was not revealed, observed a gun in the thief's waistband. The owner pulled the man out of the vehicle, and the thief fled to the passenger side of a small, dark-colored SUV, which fled in an unknown direction. No loss was reported.  



  • A residence was burglarized in the 1200 block of North Euclid between 5:50 and 9:25 p.m. on Dec. 11. The burglar used a pry tool to gain entry to the victim's closed but unlocked master bedroom window. The intruder then stole miscellaneous jewelry and cash. The estimated loss is $2,300.
  • A residence was burglarized in the 700 block of North Lombard between 8:30 a.m. and 6:08 p.m. on Dec. 11. The burglar entered through a closed but unlocked rear bedroom window and stole an Apple computer, a checkbook, cash, and a Herschel brown leather handbag. The estimated loss is $1,425.
  • A residence was burglarized in the 600 block of Highland Avenue at 3:28 a.m. on Dec. 12. The burglar used large hedge shears found in the backyard to smash the 2-by-3-foot window on the rear locked door. The burglar reached in and removed a small purple wallet with keys attached and then used the keys to steal the victim's black 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee parked in the rear. The estimated loss is $20,000.
  • An office was burglarized in the 7000 block of West North Avenue at 4:40 a.m. on Dec. 13. The burglar smashed glass on the exterior door and then used brute force to open the office door, then ransacked the office. Nothing was reported taken, but the estimated loss due to damage is $3,000.
  • A garden apartment was burglarized in the 400 block of North Taylor between 2 and 11 p.m. on Dec. 10. The burglar entered through a closed but unlocked kitchen window and proceeded to ransack the apartment, making off with an Xbox video gaming console, a copy of the Xbox game "Call of Duty," an ASUS laptop, a black backpack, a black gym bag and a black safe. The estimated loss is $660.



  • Two yellow stump grinder wheel attachments were stolen from an Oakbrook Terrace resident in the 200 block of South Lombard Avenue about 2 p.m. on Dec. 11. The estimated loss is $200.
  • Two young men, described as between 15 and 20 years old, one of whom wore a surgical mask to disguise his identity, entered a store in the 1100 block of Lake Street at 6:03 p.m. on Dec. 11 and stole two iPhones. The two entered the store and walked over to a display near the front door on the east wall and took a black iPhone XS Max and a gold-colored iPhone XS Max. The two then exited the store and ran eastbound on Lake Street. The total loss is $2,309.
  • A man, described as in his 40s, stole $113.97 worth of Jameson Irish Whiskey from Walgreens, 811 Madison St., at 4:40 p.m. on Dec. 13. He departed the store on a blue mountain bike without paying.



A 28-year-old resident of the 800 block of North Lockwood, Chicago, was arrested in the 100 block of Madison Street at 11:04 a.m. on Dec. 11 and charged with two counts of aggravated battery.


Unlawful use of a weapon

A 26-year-old resident of the 800 block of North Humphrey, Oak Park, was arrested in the 800 block of Hayes Avenue at 3:20 p.m. on Dec. 13 and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Dec. 10-13, 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



Love the Journal?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

No Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Latest Comments