Oak Park and River Forest police reports-Feb. 2-16

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Fake $50 bill questioned by tailor, customer flees

A tailor shop employee questioned the authenticity of a $50 bill offered by a man in his 30s who needed a coat repaired around 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15. When the victim discovered the bill was counterfeit, the offender fled the scene eastbound on Madison Street.  

At the high school

An Oak Park juvenile was arrested Feb. 12 at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 200 N. Scoville Ave.  after being found in possession of cannabis. He was cited with a local ordinance ticket and turned over to his parents. 

Someone removed a black iPhone from an unlocked locker at OPRFHS Feb. 12 during the day. Estimated loss was $300.


A wallet was removed from a business in the 400 block of Lake Street sometime during the day Feb. 2. 

An iPhone was removed from a stationary bicycle rack at the Fitness Formula Club, 1100 Lake St., around noon Feb. 15. Estimated loss was $550.

Two men from Chicago and a woman from Schiller Park were arrested in the 6800 block of Roosevelt Road and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver around 4 p.m. Feb. 12. The woman was charged with possession of paraphernalia.


Someone broke into the front porch area of a residence in the 1100 block of South Oak Park Avenue by forcing open the exterior door. Property was shifted around, but owners reported no loss. Damage was estimated at $200.

Someone entered a residence in the 300 block of Wesley Feb. 12 during the afternoon and removed an olive colored shaving bag containing a men's watch and $80. 

A rear door deadbolt of a residence in the 500 block of Clarence was broken by persons unknown during the afternoon Feb. 16. Police said no one entered the house.

Leaving the scene of an accident

A 47-year-old Oak Park woman was arrested in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard Feb. 11 and charged with leaving the scene of an auto accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. She was released after posting bond.

Oak Park police arrested a 29-year-old Chicago man in the 1000 block of North Austin Boulevard Feb. 12 after he was found to have an active warrant from Lake County, Ind. for theft.


Oak Park police identified and arrested a 25-year-old Oak Park man Feb. 14 in connection with damage done to the front window of a business in the 800 block of Oak Park Avenue. 

Vehicle crimes

Police said a 25-year-old Berwyn man lost control of his Chevy Impala in the 800 block of Oak Park Avenue around 6:25 a.m. Feb. 2 and drove up on the sidewalk, knocking down four parking meters and damaging a streetlight and paybox. He also drove through the plate glass window of the Blocks 24-hour childcare center at 815 S. Oak Park Ave. No one was injured. 

Illinois State Police recovered a 2013 Nissan Altima Feb. 10 owned by Hertz Rental reported stolen from Oak Park Oct. 23, 2013. The car was found at I-80 and Calumet. Police made one arrest.

Someone took a black GPS unit from the glove compartment of a 2003 Chevy parked in the early morning Feb. 11 in the 800 block of South Elmwood Avenue. The car was also ransacked. Estimated loss was $100.

Someone entered and ransacked an unlocked 2011 Nissan Versa overnight Feb. 12-13. Removed from the car were a red sweater, three pairs of ballet shoes, black snow pants and other clothing. Loss was estimated at $260.

Chicago police recovered a 1999 green Nissan Quest reported stolen on Feb. 11. The minivan was found in the 1200 block of Woodbine around 3:30 a.m.

A 1997 silver Honda Accord was removed from the 500 block of North Lombard Avenue the evening of Feb. 13. Estimated loss was $2,500.

Oak Park police arrested a 30-year-old Skokie man and charged him with DUI after he was seen driving his vehicle in a dangerous manner the morning of Feb. 16. The driver was arrested in the 300 block of Oak Park Avenue after crashing his car. He was charged with DUI and driving with a revoked license. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Feb. 2-16 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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