Three armed robberies in less than a week | Police reports Feb. 17-24

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

Three armed robberies, including one at a bank, took place in Oak Park over a five-day time period. 

The first occurred Feb. 19 at 10:20 a.m. when two men got out of a tan vehicle and approached the victim in the 1100 block of Home Avenue. 

One of them showed a silver handgun and demanded the victim's property, while the other took the victim's Samsung cell phone, wallet and a purple and gold hat from the victim's coat pocket. The two men fled in the tan vehicle driven by a young woman. 

Police describe the men as being black, about 140 lbs. and approximately 19 to 20 years old. The man with the gun a had a tattoo on his right hand, was dark skinned and was about 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded jacket with red stripes on the sleeves and a black mask. The other man was about 5 feet 10 inches, light skinned and last seen wearing a black hat, black jacket and tan pants. Police estimate the victim's loss as $525.

PNC Bank, 6621 North Ave., was robbed by a gun-toting man Feb. 21. at 4:32 p.m. The man showed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money, then fled from the scene with $2,200 in cash. The entire incident lasted two minutes.

According to the police description, the man is black, of thin build and around 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall.  He was last seen wearing light blue jeans, a black Nike hooded sweatshirt and a black skull cap. 

The third armed robbery happened Feb. 23 at 7-Eleven, 661 South Blvd., when two men with covered faces entered the business. One showed a silver handgun and demanded money. The two men fled with $500 in cash.

Police describe the man with the gun as being black, 5 feet 6 inches tall, of thin build and wearing a black scarf over his mouth and nose, a tan winter jacket with the hood up, dark jeans, white gym shoes, a red glove on his right hand and a gray glove on his left. The second man is described as black, 6 feet tall and thin. He wore a black ski mask, black winter jacket, white and black tennis shoes, black jeans and black gloves.


Strong arm robbery

While on the train, a teenage boy grabbed a clear and gray Apple iPhone 11, 64G out of the victim's hands then fled the compartment with two other teenage boys; after following them, the victim was struck and pushed to the ground by the third teenage boy in the 300 block of South Boulevard Feb. 16 between 2:10 and 2:15 p.m. The estimated loss is $920.


Someone pried open an Oak Park resident's overhead garage door and removed two RYOBI power tool batteries, a RYOBI air compressor, RYOBI circular saw and cash from the unlocked vehicle parked in the garage between 7 p.m. Feb. 15 and 7 a.m. Feb. 16 in the 500 block of Clarence Avenue. 

A person forced open a kitchen window and then removed W-2 documents, a jar containing $30 in change, a Nintendo NES Classic Edition entertainment system, a Nintendo SNES Classic Edition entertainment system, a Nintendo Switch gaming system containing a Mario Kart videogame, two bottles of liquor and four gold rings between 6:50 a.m. and 12:55 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard.

Someone entered an Oak Park residence through an unlocked kitchen window and stole a brown Louis Vuitton purse, brown Louis Vuitton wallet (containing multiple debit and credit cards), house keys, a black Apple iPhone 6 and vehicle keys, then entered the detached garage through an unlocked door and removed the victim's vehicle between 9:15 p.m. Feb. 18 and 6 a.m. Feb. 19 in the 700 block of Gunderson Avenue. 

Police later recovered the vehicle in the 3100 block of South Rhodes Avenue, Chicago. The estimated loss is $17,800.


Criminal damage to property

Someone slashed all four tires of the victim's vehicle between 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and 7:30 a.m. Feb. 18 in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue. The estimated damage is $800.


Recovered stolen vehicle

Police recovered a Toyota Camry reported stolen at 10:44 p.m. Feb. 17 in the 3500 block of West Fifth Avenue, Chicago. The vehicle was reported stolen earlier that day from the 600 block of Garfield Street. 


These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Feb. 17 to Feb. 24, 2020 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.


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Chris Johnson from OP  

Posted: March 11th, 2020 2:04 PM

After yet another incident with cars literally flying through our streets, passing just to speed through intersections (including a stop light this morning), narrowly missing pedestrians (I know, its our fault we live in a place where its up to us walking to make sure a car two blocks away isn't going to fly through 2 intersections and potentially hit you going 50mph in a 25 - where are you going that you need to fly through residential streets like that? What did you do? But that doesn't matter. Torrez Cathery got away with everything. You can now probably add murder to that. Arrested 22 times before on weapons and violence). Compare this: to "Downers Grove" where my same property taxes get me a bigger lot and a "new" house worth over $1mn. You could say the schools are different but if you look closer at scores, etc, DG really is better at the HS level. After this latest property assessment and the uptick in crime and all the stupid politics, its making it very difficult to find a reason to stay here.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: March 10th, 2020 8:55 PM

Tom, Trustee Arti Walker Peddakotla meets the clinical definition of delusional: believing in a falsehood irrespective of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Tom MacMillan  

Posted: March 10th, 2020 3:48 PM

Village Trustee Arti Walker Peddakotla on her facebook page 2/26/20 - "We demand that the Village defund the police". WOW

Jim Frenkel  

Posted: February 27th, 2020 8:34 AM

Tommy, then you didn't see my earlier reference to the article in Oak Leaves reporting the "absolute" (not relative) 5% increase in crime compared to last year. This is the point, not that the reporter is being selective in what he or she is reporting or that we are more sensitive to certain types of news, both of which are true and subjective, but are not quantitatively objective. Your responses neither agree with the objective facts nor the subjective details presented-- they're simply a knee jerk response suggesting to me that you for some reason have already made up your mind on the subject, regardless of the facts presented.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: February 26th, 2020 2:27 PM

Jim Frenkel I thought that question would come up and the answer is in a question to you and that is has the percentage of crime reported in the blotter increased from last year or is it a perception that if the news reports a robbery on public transportation that all public transportation is dangerous regardless that 100's of thousands of people use it every day. It is all very subjective and you are not going to get readers to read the blotter if it is not interesting for the curious

Jim Frenkel  

Posted: February 26th, 2020 1:24 PM

@Tommy, it's true that we need to be vigilant. But to use a ready example to test your statement, how many of the reported incidents above in the article are truly not premeditated, spontaneous, "crimes of opportunity" like the ones you reference? Most of them?

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: February 26th, 2020 11:52 AM

Jim Frenkel cell phone usage is projected to increase to 9.3 percent from 2019. You may want to observe how many people walk around with their heads bent downward instead of using situational awareness. Just spend 30 minutes observing people showing what they have, walking up to their homes unaware what is 3 feet in front of them. Approaching their vehicle without looking around. Then notice smart Patrol Officers with their windows rolled partly down in the colder weather listening for screams of help. Notice they are not seating in their vehicle looking down at cell phones. They are observing. Sure it would be nice if there were not criminals although that has never been in my time since I was a child and I do not expect an Agent personally assigned to protect myself. Had an instructor once say, "Locks keep honest people honest". There are crimes of opportunity and then there are hardcore criminals. Most crimes in my opinion are opportunity. You can prevent a lot of opportunity by not being a target

Jim Frenkel  

Posted: February 26th, 2020 11:09 AM

Sad to see this article in the OP Leaves saying that crime in OP is up 5% from last year. What are our Trustees and public safety leaders saying are the reasons for this and what actions are being taken to improve in 2020?

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