Oak Park and River Forest police reports - Dec. 20-26

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Tire-slasher retired after leaking havoc

A 57-year-old man was arrested in the 100 block of Madison Street and charged with criminal damage to a motor vehicle, Dec. 22, after a witness saw him holding a shiny object and slashing tires on a vehicle. Police discovered three vehicles with slashed tires in the 400 block of South Lombard Avenue, and a total of at least 28 vehicles with slashed tires on that block as well as the 400 block of South Taylor Avenue and the 100 block of Washington Boulevard. Oak Park Police Sgt. Michael Richardson said it seems as though the incidents are connected.

Drugs/driving under the influence

A 22-year-old Long Grove man was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, Dec. 19, in the first block of West Harrison Street after an officer saw him slumped over in his parked vehicle. He was found to have 0.7 grams of heroin in his possession.

A 32-year-old Chicago man was arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence, Dec. 20, after an officer saw his red Dodge Durango pull over in a no-parking zone in the 500 block of South Austin Blvd. The officer observed an open bottle of beer in the vehicle and the man had a blood alcohol level of 0.204.

Damage to property

An unknown person damaged a building trash compactor in the 1100 block of Lake Street, Dec. 17-19, by cutting electrical wires. Estimated damage is $1,000.

Someone started a fire in two garbage cans, Dec. 21, which caught the exterior of a garage in the 600 block of Fair Oaks Avenue. Estimated loss is $1,600.

Police are investigating whether that incident is related to another on the same day, when an offender started a fire in a garbage can in the alley of the 800 block of North Grove Avenue for an estimated loss of $100.

Residential burglary

An unknown person broke the window on the rear door of a residence in the 100 block of North Lombard Avenue, Dec. 20, and removed a silver Apple Macbook Pro, a white Apple Macbook, an Apple iPod and about $70 in cash. Estimated loss is $2,970.

An unknown person was observed by a neighbor removing a package from the front stoop of a residence in the 1100 block of North Lombard Avenue, Dec. 20. The offender then entered a white older sedan, last seen heading southbound on Lombard Avenue and eastbound on Greenfield Street. The package, which contained an iPad cover, was recovered at Humphrey Avenue and Greenfield Street.

Someone entered a residence in the 100 block of South Grove Avenue, Dec. 21, and removed a gold and diamond piano ring, a gold and diamond ring, a tourmaline Titanic ring, a French jet and white pearl necklace, two single strand pearl necklaces and a maple wooden jewelry box with miscellaneous jewelry. Estimated loss is $16,250.

An unknown person entered an apartment in the 800 block of Lake Street, Dec. 22, and removed a black Apple Macbook laptop for an estimated loss of $1,500.

Someone removed various pieces of jewelry from a residence in the 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue, Dec. 25. Estimated loss is $1,120.

An unknown person removed a 35-inch flat screen TV and $200 in cash from a residence in the 900 block of Columbian Avenue, Dec. 25. Estimated loss is $700.

Someone removed several handguns, valued at more than $2,000, from a residence in the 1400 block of Harlem Avenue. A witness reported on Dec. 21 that her neighbor's back door and window were open.


An 18-year-old Chicago man was arrested and charged with armed robbery and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, Dec. 20, after he and another subject entered a 7/11 in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue, pointed a silver handgun at the cashier and removed currency and cigarettes from the store. The 18-year-old fled on foot eastbound on Chicago Avenue and was stopped by officers in the 600 block of North Humphrey Avenue.

An unknown person damaged the pastor's closet door, a pantry door, and wood money boxes at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church in the 1100 block of North Humphrey Avenue Dec. 18-19. The offender also removed $1,500 in cash as well as electronic items, but the electronics were found in the courtyard of the church. On Dec. 24-25, an unknown person broke a glass window at the church and broke the door on the donations collection box for estimated damage of $300.

An unknown offender grabbed an Apple iPhone 4 from a woman sitting inside a CTA Green Line train car, Dec. 22, in the 1100 block of South Boulevard. The woman was waiting for the train to leave when the offender got on, took her phone from her hand and exited the car with three other people. Estimated loss is $199.


An unknown person entered the lobby of a building in the 800 block of Pleasant Street, Dec. 21, and removed an Apple Macbook laptop from its package. The empty package was left in the rear of the building. Estimated loss is $600.

A staff member at Concordia University, 7400 Augusta Street, reported Dec. 22 that an unknown person removed a wall-mounted 40-inch Dynex LCD TV from a staff lounge on campus. Estimated loss is $350.

A victim reported, Dec. 24, that their wallet was stolen while shopping at Whole Foods Market in the 7200 block of Lake Street. The victim's credit card carrier reported $3,400 in fraudulent charges. Personal identification information and $25 in cash was also taken.

An unknown person removed a black and silver Apple iPhone 4 from the pocket of a 15-year-old girl who noticed it missing while she was outside of Oak Park and River Forest High School on Dec. 21. Estimated loss is $500.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Dec. 20-26, 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.

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Violet Aura  

Posted: December 28th, 2011 2:32 PM

@Ralph: LOL- Read the latest breaking newz from WJ about the burglar "from Chicago" caught in breakin at church. Pretty soon WJ will say "an IL resident" to avoid any possible racist connotations with perp and his locale!

Ralph Wiggum  

Posted: December 28th, 2011 2:14 PM

All arrested are black, and live in Austin. Satisfied?

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 28th, 2011 11:54 AM

@Joe: It's RACIST, my friend! Sheesh...get with the program. Here is the WJ's Code of Ethics for Journalists: 1) No racial/ethnic descriptors but it's all good to mention the COLOR of gun handles, cars, clothing, and height/weight. 2)No names, which may give evidence of race/ethnicity.

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Joe Friday  

Posted: December 27th, 2011 10:11 PM

The Forest Park Review is OWNED and OPERATED by the Wednesday Journal,Inc. They print the name, age and town of those charged with a crime. For some reason, the Wednesday Jounal does not. Does anyone find that odd ?

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