Officer fender-bumped by fleeing driver
When a River Forest officer tried to make a traffic stop in the River Forest Town Center parking lot, the afternoon of Feb. 7, the driver refused to roll down her window to speak with him, so he called a supervisor. The driver then reportedly yelled at the officer to move lest she hit him with her car. According to the report, she proceeded to make good on her threat, striking his left leg with her bumper before attempting to drive away. The responding supervisor pulled the vehicle over after it reached Lake Street. Driver Patricia C. Gold, 63, of Oak Park, showed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests. She refused the Breathalyzer test at the station and was charged with felony aggravated battery to a peace officer, obstruction, DUI and several traffic violations. The officer was not seriously hurt.
At 4:50 a.m. Feb. 1, it was discovered that someone had entered an unlocked car parked behind the 700 block of Garfield. Three razor blades were reported stolen from the Honda Civic, which was found ransacked.
The night of Feb. 2-3 in the 100 block of South Kenilworth, someone entered a parked Highlander SUV and ransacked it, though apparently nothing was stolen.
On the same night in the 600 block of South Boulevard, someone entered a Hyundai parked behind a residence, rummaged through it and stole $3 in coins.
Someone pried open the lock on the back door to enter a residence in the 1100 block of South Maple during the day on Feb. 3. Nothing was missing, though the intruder(s) ransacked the master bedroom. Door damage was estimated to be $200.
An open door permitted entry into a Jeep by the uninvited, who stole $5 in coins, overnight Feb. 2-3, in a lot in the 100 block of South Kenilworth.
An unlocked door on a Toyota Corolla that same night may have allowed someone inside to fish for, find and remove $20 in coins; the car was parked in the rear of the 300 block of Wisconsin.
During the night of Feb. 5-6 in the 400 block of South Clinton, someone entered an unlocked Dodge Neon, ransacked it and stole a backpack containing an Apple laptop.
A male Oak Park juvenile was arrested midday, Feb. 6, in the 800 block of Lexington and charged with a residential burglary that occurred Aug. 17 of 2013.
In the 400 block of South Grove, overnight Feb. 5-6, someone entered a Nissan SUV, went through the glove box and console, and stole a GPS unit and a phone charger.
The following night in the 200 block of Iowa, a burglar got inside a parked Toyota, broke into a storage compartment, and stole credit cards, gifts cards, the victim's driver's license and other ID along with $80 cash.
A Honda Civic, parked in the 200 block of North Lombard, was deprived of $4.50 in cash during the night of Feb. 6-7.
An unlocked Pontiac Sunbird, parked in the 300 block of South Grove during the night of Feb. 5-6, was ransacked, though nothing was stolen.
A burglary attempt was reported in the 700 block of South Gunderson after someone removed a basement screen window at some point between last October and Feb. 8.
Between Jan. 30 and Feb. 8, in the same block, someone used a brick to break a basement window, entered, and walked out through the rear door.
The afternoon of Feb. 7, police arrested Chicago resident Feb Burage, age 22, with a charge criminal trespass after he reportedly took a Glendale Heights resident's vehicle without permission.
Someone shattered the glass of the front door of a business in the 6600 block of Roosevelt Road, causing $1,000 in damage, overnight Feb. 3-4.
Recovery of stolen car
A white Chevy, reported stolen from Avis in Oak Park on Jan. 12, was found on Feb. 2 in the 600 block of South Kedzie.
A man in the 700 block of North Humphrey approached someone from behind around 9 p.m., Feb. 5, and pushed the victim to the ground before fleeing on foot.
Two male Chicago juveniles were arrested in the 400 block of North Harlem at 8:40 p.m., Feb. 5, and charged with disorderly conduct for an incident in the 1100 block of Lake Street.
A Chrysler convertible was stolen from the 100 block of South Kenilworth during the night of Feb. 5-6.
Attempted car theft
Behind the 900 block of South Grove, a tall man was seen prying open a vehicle around 4 p.m. Feb. 6; he ransacked the glove box and peeled the steering column in an apparent attempted car theft.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Feb. 2-8 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 Amy Malina
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