Oak Park and River Forest police reports Feb. 23-27

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A Berwyn resident in Oak Park was the target of an attempted armed robbery in the 300 block of Home Avenue around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 26. 

The victim was standing next to his vehicle when a red or burgundy four-door vehicle with three people inside pulled up. A black male between the ages of 18 and 25, standing about 5'8" with a slim build and wearing a black zippered hooded sweater and red T-shirt stepped out of the passenger side of the vehicle and allegedly pointed a small black gun at the victim and demanded money. 

The victim got into his car and closed the door, and the offender reentered his vehicle and fled northbound on Home Avenue and then westbound on Randolph.  

 Criminal damage to property

The door frame and deadbolt lock to a residence was damaged in the 400 block of South Scoville Avenue on the evening of Feb. 24 or the early morning of Feb. 25 in what police believe was a burglary attempt. 

The damage was an estimated $100.


A man was observed allegedly stealing an orange and white Stihl TS700 concrete saw that was left unattended in an alley in the 1000 block of Randolph Street around 1 p.m. on Feb. 25. 

The alleged offender stole the saw and left in a red Ford Explorer with an Illinois license plate. The last two digits of the plate were an 8 or a 9. He then drove off southbound in the alley. The loss was an estimated $1,300.

 Criminal damage to motor vehicle

The driver's side rear windows to two different vehicles parked in the 200 block of North Grove Avenue were shattered sometime between 6 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 11:24 a.m. the next day. 

The damage to each vehicle was an estimated $200.

 Attempted motor vehicle theft

The rear passenger side window of a vehicle was shattered in the 400 block of West Washington Boulevard sometime between 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 26. 

The offender ransacked the interior and peeled off the ignition column. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle. The damage was an estimated $1,000.

Burglary to auto

A pry tool was used to open the driver's side door of a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Harrison Street sometime between 9:15 p.m. on Feb. 26 and 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 27. The offender ransacked the vehicle and stole the victim's driver's license and $10. The loss, including the damage done to the vehicle, was an estimated $200.

 Residential burglary 

An apartment was burglarized in the 300 block of South Oak Park Avenue on Feb. 23, between 1:30 a.m. and noon. No additional information was given. 

Another apartment in the same block was the target of an attempted burglary during the same time frame. The offender also used a pry tool in an attempt to gain access through the front door. 

The estimated loss due to damage in the attempted burglary was $500.


A theft occurred at a business in the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue sometime between 6 a.m. and 8:34 a.m. on Feb. 24. The offender entered the business through an unlocked back door and stole a tan lockbox containing $250. 

 These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Feb. 23-27, 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

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: March 4th, 2016 9:37 AM

Read the second heading, criminal damage to property. "police believe was a burglary attempt" This is classified as criminal damage to property because damage was done to the door frame and deadbolt.Probably no entry was gained.Skip down to Residential burglary,"The offender used a pry tool in an attempt to gain through the front door" There must have some type of mark or damage left to be noticed by the police. So the question is who, how and why are offenses being titled and by what standard.? Sight seen at a sign on the east exterior wall at the high school just south of the south door on Scoville Street, "report missing bicycles to security" What is a missing bicycle? How can a bicycle go missing? Especially if the bicycle is locked. Does a bicycle walk away like a dog,cat or person? If security writes a report is the report titled missing bicycle or stolen bicycle? Again, who, how and why and by what standard are security personnel using to title the report? And who is making the final count.

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